I have a confession – I have never read Pride and Prejudice. I have never read any of Jane Austen’s works. I did see a lovely community theatre production of P&P, so I know the basics of the story. But unlike the author, I have never dreamed of walking the halls of Pemberley. With that being said, I don’t believe a lack of pre-Austen reading diminished my enjoyment of this book one bit.
Eliza Darcy, namesake of Lizzy Bennet Darcy, is off to England for a family reunion, packing her beloved Agatha Christie novels and wool socks. She meets a dashing stranger on the plane, and in moments that can only happen in Hallmark movies and cozy mysteries, meets him once again at Pemberley. But there’s a mystery afoot at Pemberley, and Eliza is only too eager to follow in the footsteps of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.
I really enjoyed this mystery. It made me laugh out loud a few times, and I completely understood how Eliza could find comfort in her books with cracked spines and wool socks. Add a cup of tea and that is a mood. Aunt Iris, the slightly crazy aunt who is always up for an adventure, is an absolute hoot. For me, the eccentric characters make a cozy mystery work, and Iris definitely plays an important role for comic relief and sage advice.
I would say that readers of Jane Austen are more likely to enjoy this book since they will get all the references, but even a casual reader can get a kick out of Murder Most Pemberley.
I received an advance review copy of this book for free, and am leaving this honest review voluntarily.