23 June 2010

Murder at Longbourn | Book Review Mini

Authoress: Tracy Kiely
Pages: 308 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Available formats: Hardcover, Kindle
Genre: Mystery | Cozy Mystery

My summary: Janeite Elizabeth has just broken up with another Mr. Wrong when she gets invited to her auntie's new Bed & Breakfast for a murder mystery. Little does she know, a real murder is in store and she might just meet Mr. Right (i.e. Mr. Darcy).
My whodunit verdict: This mellow light mystery is perfect for cozy fans. It will charm you and keep you guessing all the way through.
My star rating: 3 out of 5 stars

My kiddie-o-meter: Despite the minor sexual innuendos and liberal drinking, this one is pretty clean and quite tasteful.

My final say: I loved that the mean kitty was named Lady Catherine. Have you ever named a pet after a literary character?

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Murder at Longbourn is my 8th entry in the Thriller and Suspense Reading Challenge 2010 hosted by Book Chick City and I read it in honor of the Book Rat's Jane in June.


  1. I might need to pick this up soon, I need a good cozy mystery to get my mind off of all the serious stuff I've been reading recently!

    I love your final say, I must say. I haven't yet named a pet after a literary character, but I may have to now! :o)

  2. This sounds like a perfect read for me. I've read great reviews about it and I'm glad you enjoyed it too!

  3. I know there's a bit of a time difference between us, but I'll have an award for you on my Wednesday post! :-)

  4. Morning, Juju!

    I just wanted to say thank you. You do two things in every review that I know takes time but that help everyone when adding books to their lists.
    You include the name and author of the book in your posts to make it easy to copy & paste or do a quick search.
    You also include a link to goodreads. I wasn't a hughe GR fan until lately - but knowing that I can click on a link and go to whichever bookstore I prefer just thrills me.

    So thank you, Juju! My tbr pile grows exponemtially because of you!! :)
    Have a wonderful day!

  5. Always love your reviews, Juju!

    This one is already on my TBR list - - sounds like a great read. I love the thought of a mean cat named Lady Catherine. Very clever!

    I haven't named a pet after a literary character per se but I did have a cat named Dylan after 90201's Dylan McKay (and yes, it is kind of embarrassing now).

  6. If the B & B is the lighthouse keepers house, oh yes!

  7. This one looks like so much fun! I need to get back into some cozies!

  8. I named one of my cats Coraline.

  9. oooh in liked your verdict wrapped up very nicely :D

  10. Lol, a kitty named Lady Catherine = very cute. I'll have to buy a male one to name Mr. Darcy... Glad you enjoyed this one! :)

  11. Kitty? Reminds me of Curran :) What can I say? I'm Ilona Andrews fan forever!

  12. Cherry: I've never read Illona Andrews :)

    Jenn: Ooo Mr. Darcy is an adorable cat name.

    Blue & Christie: Thanks doll :)

    Lisa: Brilliant. I love that name!

    Jana: A cozy fan? Hooray :)

    Maya: It's not but I've always wanted to stay in a lighthouse :)

    BTW, cute new avy picture :)

    Lori: LOL A cat named Dylan? I love it. I loved 90210 when I was in middle school :) Not embarrassing at all! :)

    Gina: O thank you sweetheart :) Do you think I should add a Shelfari link too?

    Shannon: On my way :) Thank you!

    Kals: Yah :)

    1stdaughter: Serious stuff? I do hope your ok :) *hugs*

  13. Nice review! Sounds like a fun little mystery. As far as pets named for literary figures, nope. But I do have one after a musician... ^_^

  14. I had a miniature snouser named Mr. Darcy and a cat named Odd Thomas.

  15. Thanks for the great review! I'm glad you enjoyed it - and the next in the series, Murder on the Bride's Side, comes out August 31. Elizabeth again finds herself in the midst of a murder investigation; this time in a situation that parallels Sense and Sensibility. Cheers! Tracy

  16. Pretty cool!! Will be sure to check it out!!

  17. hehe, Nah I tend to name my pet Hawaiian names.

  18. Sounds like a fun read! We tend to name our pets after movie characters....Augusta is named after Robert Duvall's character (Augustus McCrae) in the tv mini series Lonesome Dove. To quote my mom when we were bringing her home...."To bad your not a boy. We could have called you Gus." And it stuck.

  19. Hi there, just stumbled across your blog and wanted to say how much I love it! The layout is amazing and your reviews are great. Something to inspire towards with my new book review blog :)

  20. GMR: Really? Do tell ;)

    Jessica: I LOVE it! How cute :) Schnauzers are so royal.

    Tracy: OMG Welcome! Thank you for stopping by. I have Murder on the Bride's Side on my list :)

    Linna: Thanks for stopping by :)

    Cleverly: *giggle* I lean on Mexican names :)

    Jamie: I love the name Augustus :) and I need to check out that mini series.

    Linda: Why thank you Linda :) You've flattered my tender heart. I LOVE your avy ;)

  21. How fun! So glad you enjoyed this one -- I've had it in my bookcase for a little while now. Sounded great, and I can't resist any Austen-related fiction!

  22. sounds like a fun and light mystery. i haven't named pets after literary characters. i prefer "pet" names like Fluffy or Sparky.

  23. My dog is named after a book in the Bible ~ Obadiah or Obie for short...but its Obadiah when he's in trouble!

  24. An evil kitty named after Lady Catherine de Burg? How awesome is that!

  25. I named one cat Brisco (after Brisco County Jr.--90's TV series), one Spooky (Mulder's nickname on the X Files) and then three Apollo, Starbuck & Boomer (Battlestar Galactica). I named one son Carter John (after John Carter--ER) and one Max (Where the Wild Things Are). But, that's as close to literature as I got!! Obviously love the TV references though!

  26. Jana: I LOVE all those fun names :) Starbuck is an awesome name! So it Spooky and Brisco :) FAB choices.

    Whitney: :) My thoughts exactly :)

    Stacy: I LOVE that name! :)

    vv: :)

    Meg: Yah :) I hope you like it.

  27. This is a cute read! Gotto look it up!

  28. Sounds like a fun read. I am requesting this from the library as we speak. thanks Ju-Ju

  29. This sounds cute, and fun. I'll definitely have to pick it up. Thanks for the review! I've seen a few pets named after Harry Potter characters, but sadly that's it. I'm currently trying to pick a name for a new kitten, and am thinking about Zeus or Darcy haha

  30. Lizzy: I vote Darcy of course. Or maybe Knightley since I LOVE Mr. Knightley so much.

    Jenny: Yah! I hope you like it :)

    Aths: :)

  31. I have been wanting to read this. Great blog, BTW!

  32. nice review! i also like reading murder/mystery books.. have you tried reading Skytrain to Murder by Dean Barett? I'm sure you'll also love it :))

    1. I haven't :) I'm off to look it up. Thanks for the suggestion.