Death and Sensibility: A Jane Austen Society Mystery (Hardcover)
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This is book number 2 in the A Jane Austen Society Mystery series.
Bookstore owner Erin Coleridge seeks the scoundrel who silenced a conference's keynote speaker in Elizabeth Blake's second charming Jane Austen Society mystery.
When the quaint English town of York hosts a Jane Austen Society conference, bookseller Erin Coleridge is glad to get out of Kirkbymoorside for a while--until featured speaker Barry Wolf suddenly perishes from what appears to be a heart attack.
Erin is suspicious, since Barry had no history of heart disease. But who did him in? Was it the decedent's assistant, Stephen, who was observed chatting to Barry's young wife Luca earlier that night? Might it have been Barry's ex-wife Judith, who was seen arguing with her erstwhile betrothed at the bar? Meanwhile, conference co-chairs Hetty and Prudence have been at one another's throat since the conference. Is one of them the culprit?
Matters of the heart are putting Erin off her guard. Both Detective Inspector Peter Hemming and schoolteacher Jonathan Alder have made gestures of romantic interest, but Erin isn't sure who is her Willoughby and who is her Colonel Brandon. DI Hemming tries to persuade Erin that her entanglement in the murder investigation is far from sensible, but his entreaties come to naught. Dauntlessly, Erin joins forces with Kirkbymoorside's cat lady, Farnsworth, to ferret out the guilty party.
About the Author
Elizabeth Blake has written fifteen published novels, six novellas, and a dozen or so short stories and poems under other pseudonyms. Many of her works appear in translation internationally. Winner of both the Euphoria Poetry Competition and the Eve of St. Agnes Poetry Award, she is a two time Pushcart Poetry Prize nominee and First Prize winner of the Maxim Mazumdar Playwriting Competition, the Chronogram Literary Fiction Prize, Jerry Jazz Musician Short Fiction Award, and the Jean Paiva Memorial Fiction Award. She was a finalist in the McClaren, MSU, and Henrico Playwriting Competitions. She is a Hawthornden Fellow and Writer in Residence at Bydcliffe, Lacawac, and Karun Colonies.
Praise for Death and Sensibility:
“Christie-style plot . . . A good time.”
“An ingenious plot and an appealing setting . . . Jane Austen fans will look forward to seeing more of Erin and friends.”
“Enjoyable . . . solid mystery.”
Praise for Pride, Prejudice, and Poison:
"[A] winning series launch from Blake...The village is rife with scandals and secrets, as well as both shocking and delightful romances."
“Wickedly devious...highly recommended for mystery connoisseurs.”
—Midwest Book Review
“With a perfect English setting and characters who leap off the page, Elizabeth Blake’s Pride, Prejudice, and Poison is one of the most delightful and bookish books I’ve ever read. Don’t miss this debut.”
—Paige Shelton, New York Times bestselling author of the Scottish Bookshop mysteries
“Utterly charming, and as cozy as a cup of tea by a crackling fire. A must read for Jane Austen fans—and anybody else who enjoys a witty, well-crafted mystery. I loved it!”
—Laura Levine, author of the Jaine Austen mysteries
"Elizabeth Blake hits the ground running with this new series...A fast read with believable characters and good pacing. If you are a Jane Austen fan, you will love this book."
"For Austen fans, the liberal scattering of Austen quotes and references will delight."