My Review: ⭐️⭐️⭐️/ 5
A murder mystery with all of Jane Austen’s leading characters and the death of the infamous Mr. Wickham. Mr. Knightley and Emma host a summer party at their home, inviting their family and friends to stay – when Mr. Wickham shows up unannounced. Due to turbulent weather, he spends the night and the next day he is found dead. The killer has to be one of the guests. While the case is being investigated, Juliet Tilney and Jonathan Darcy aid with their own research around the estate to unmask the killer.
It was a delight to read most of Jane Austen’s leading characters together in the “room” and up until Mr. Wickham’s death, the story kept up the intrigue. As soon as he dies, the story in between slows painfully. I would have loved to read more about about Jonathan and Juliet’s blossoming friendship/romance, but it focused on a painstakingly slow investigation process. The story picks up as you get closer to the end, but I found it more of a relief that it was over. Overall, a nice mystery for the Jane Austen lover, but I did not love it.
Thank you to Vintage books and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for my honest review!