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Pride, Prejudice, and Poison
Jane Austen Society Mystery
BY Elizabeth Blake

Crooked Lane
August 13, 2019/ ISBN 978-1-68331-574-2
Mystery /Cozy

Reviewed by Laura Hinds

Erin Coleridge runs a used bookstore in Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire, England. The bookstore serves as a meeting place for villagers. The village has a Jane Austen Society, and as in many small villages, there are people in such societies and groups who have big egos and tend to want to micromanage things.

The Society’s president, Sylvia Pemberthy, is one such person. After a contentious meeting at the bookstore, Sylvia is murdered and, because she was unlikable, the list of suspects is rather large. Detective Inspector Peter Hadley and Sergeant Rashid Jarral are on the case.

Danger rears its ugly head when Events Committee Chairman Jonathan Alder drinks poisoned beer, but lives. When her close friend, Farnsworth, becomes a person of interest, Erin decides to do some investigating on her own and try to assist DI Hadley. Will her help come in time? Who is the killer and what does he or she want?

Elizabeth Blake hits the ground running with this new series. It was a fast read with believable characters and good pacing. If you are a Jane Austen fan, you will love this book, as the author provides plenty of Austen references throughout.

I have to admit that I have not read much of Austen’s work, so there were details that I didn’t understand. I did enjoy the spattering of humor, and I did not guess who the killer was. I give points for both.

The elements of a cozy mystery are all present, and I think this is a promising start to a new series. If you know anyone who is a Jane Austen buff, I’m sure this would make a great gift. Or if you are a member of a Jane Austen Society, you could be the star of your next meeting by providing copies for other members!

Reviewed 2019