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on August 16, 2012
I am a huge fan of Jane Austen and the mystery genre. I have been reading Stephanie Barrow's Jane Austen mysteries series for over a decade now and was excited at the prospect of an acclaimed mystery novelist turning the world of Pride and Prejudice into a murder mystery. But I was sadly disappointed. As a mystery novel, it is boring and lacks the suspenseful twists and turns that boggle the mind. As a Jane Austen-esque genre novel, it provides an adequate continuing story, but P.D. James just simply lacks the ability to enthrall the reader with the wit and satire of English upper crust life, as well as the colorful Jane Austen prose (but honestly few have accomplished this in the now popular genre). It just fails in both the novel's objectives. I will stick with the Jane Austen mysteries. Stephanie Barrow has just set too high a standard.
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on March 18, 2012
An interesting peek into what could have been the continuation of the lives of some favourite Jane Austen characters. I like the idea of the book, but I wasn't in love with the book itself. The story focused on many characters, without really allowing you to develop a strong relationship with any. I guess the author trusted that you had this bond from Jane Austen stories and it is there, but I felt it needed more development in this context. I also found that the word "said" was used way too much and listening to the audio CD, it almost got annoying. It's a nice story and if you're a Jane Austen fan, it's worth a read, but it's quite forgettable afterwards.
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on May 22, 2012
This was not my favorite book by P.D.James. She deviated from her usual style and type of writing to match Jane Austen and I much prefer her more up-to-date novels. However,it was interesting and a goosd,quick read. But,no substance like her newer mysteries have.
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on March 8, 2013
My book group didn't think this mystery was up to P.D. James standard. We felt the mystery was weak and poorly developed.
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on January 23, 2012
Plodding and Tedious! I expected a masterfully-written Whodunit, but was subjected to repetitious rephrasing of the key elements of the story, which drew to an eventual conclusion that was unsatisfying and unconvincing. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who appreciates good mystery fiction. I'm glad I only paid half price for this book.
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on April 14, 2012
Nothing of Austen's comic genius here. What I expected, and would have applauded, would be a synthesis of Elizabeth's clear eye and Darcy's learning to actually solve a mystery. As it is, they are basically bystanders. The mystery and its solution are convoluted, as is standard with James, but fail to grip our interest.
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on September 24, 2012
As a P.D. James fan and a lifelong Austen lover, I had hopes that this would be a fun read. Unfortunately, the 'mystery' hardly qualified as such and the attempt at a sequel showed yet again how difficult it is to write as well as Jane Austen. Not recommended.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon March 21, 2012
I was expecting A LOT more from this book especially seeing as there was so much hype built up upon its release last December. The truth? It was too short, too boring in spots and the ending was highly predictable. I quickly discovered who the murderer was about half-way through the book and that's not a good sign in any mystery novel. A good mystery novel has shocking plot twists and sordid backstories; this one had absolutely nothing.

It's worth a read if you manage to get your hands on a free copy, but I certainly wouldn't recommend purchasing it. Go to your local library and see if there is a copy available there for you if you're desperate to read this book.
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