I received this book for free from BookSirens in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Murder Most Pemberley by Jessica Berg
Series: Eliza Darcy #1
on February 16, 2021
Genres: Cozy, Mystery & Detective
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Eat a crumpet. Check. Say “bloody hell” in an English pub. Check. Solve three murders and fall in love? Definitely not on the list. But when England dishes up murder, even an American girl knows it’s time to channel her inner Agatha Christie.
American Eliza Darcy travels to Merry Old England to partake in a Darcy/Bennet family reunion for one reason: to solve the estrangement between her father and uncle. Not long after Eliza’s arrival and exploration of the vast estate of her ancestors, a dead body surfaces. Murder and mayhem replace afternoon teas and flirting with her British heartthrob. Eliza has every intention of keeping her snoot out of official Scotland Yard business, but when clues to the murder begin to merge with her investigation into her family’s rift, her inner wannabe sleuth self-activates.
With the help of her batty great-aunt and the sexy Heath Tilney, Eliza hurries to untangle the web of lies and secrets. As corpses start to pile up faster than the clues, Eliza fears the estate’s family graveyard will swallow another body: hers.
What a clever new Cozy Mystery Series! I loved the links from Pride and Prejudice and the fact that there are Darcy’s in this book. Eliza Jane Darcy, the main character is looking for adventure and love at a family reunion in Merry old England. What Eliza finds are many mysteries and family secrets.
Did I mention that Eliza becomes an amateur detective when a murder is committed at the reunion? What follows left me on a merry chase along with Eliza and the other quirky characters in this book. Aunt Iris was an absolute favorite of mine, full of life and ready for any adventure that comes her way! Eccentric characters are a must for me in a cozy mystery and Aunt Iris fits the bill.
There is a lot going on in this book but it did not take away from the main story. I enjoyed the heaping side dish of romance served up between Eliza and Heath, just enough not to be too sappy. I had no idea as to who the culprit was as there were many twists and turns along the way.
The setting, the characters, and the plot were a win for me. I look forward to the next book in this series.
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