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A MYSTERY SET IN THE TOWN OF JANE AUSTEN’S PRIDE & PREJUDICE

 

Victoria has always had a deep fondness for Jane Austen and that novelist’s works. In fact, Victoria – who has no ability to distinguish between makes of automobiles – locates her car in the parking lot with the assistance license plate holder, which states: “I’d rather be reading Jane Austen.”

A couple of years ago Victoria wrote The Highbury Murders: A Mystery Set in the Village of Jane Austen’s Emma.  Writing it was a sort of guilty pleasure, but rather to her surprise, people enjoyed reading it as well.  So much so that many reviewers said they would eagerly buy and read another.  Some reviewers even tracked her down and wrote to her personally to say the same thing.

But it is one thing to want to do something, and quite another to do it.  Jane Austen’s Emma had a lovely opening for a murder, but writing a murder based on any of her other books needed some consideration.  Finally Victoria came up with The Meryton Murders: A Mystery Set in the Town of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.

Victoria had several reasons for basing her next mystery on Pride & Prejudice.  It is Austen’s most famous work, and so opened up the biggest market (yes, Victoria, like Jane Austen, wants to earn some pennies for her pages).  Elizabeth Bennet (now Darcy) is inquisitive and proactive, so it was easy to imagine her as the heroine in a mystery.  Finally, the characters in Pride & Prejudice are so perfectly drawn that figuring out what they would say and do in other circumstances was straightforward.

So Victoria sat down one day, did her best to channel the spirits of Jane Austen and Agatha Christie, and began the book.  It was more fun than she expected, because Austen’s characters are so wonderful.  However, instead of feeling elated when finishing – her usual sensation upon the completion of a project – she was actually sad.  Writing it was so much fun that she did not want the experience to end.  There comes a time, alas, when an author has to save her files and move on to the next project.

So you can buy The Meryton Murders at any of the Amazons, or “borrow” it and read it. 

The Highbury Murders is also available at Amazon, both electronically and in paper. 

The most frequent question being posed – by bookstore owners, by reviewers and by readers – will Victoria write another in this style?  Answer: she is working on several ideas, but it is too soon to tell if these will be cakes or just crumbs.

About the Book

Elizabeth Darcy receives a letter from her father informing her that her sister needs her. So Elizabeth travels from Pemberley to her old neighborhood to do what she can to support her sister in her time of distress. After her arrival, an acquaintance apparently kills herself, a cousin is found dead, and tempers everywhere are frayed. Soon Elizabeth learns first-hand what is menacing Meryton, and her fortune, her marriage, and even her life are at risk.

Grossack's writing is spot on when it comes to capturing Jane Austen's tone and writing style.” Cozy Mystery Book Reviews.

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The Tapestry of Bronze is a series of interlocking novels set in ancient Greece, starting several generations before the Trojan War. Archaeological evidence indicates that this “Golden Age of Heroes” aligns with Bronze Age dates.  Our series forms a tapestry, because the books tie together, though each novel focuses on one strand of story.  Jocasta, Children of Tantalus, The Road to Thebes, Arrows of Artemis  and Antigone & Creon are available for purchase today. And more are in the works!

Not sure if you’ll like the books?  Then electronically download a sample at Amazon.  Clicking on the covers below will take you to that company’s website.

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The Tapestry of Bronze is a series of novels set in Bronze Age Greece. 

 

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More about our books

      Jocasta

      Children of Tantalus

      The Road to Thebes

      Arrows of Artemis

      Antigone and Creon

     

βλία στα ελληνκα - Our Books (in Greek)

 

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Winners of Past Contests: Zeus  Hera  Poseidon  Demeter  Hermes  Athena Apollo Artemis Ares Aphrodite Hephaestus

 

Pronunciation Guide

 

Maps (Thebes, Pisa/Olympia, Eastern Mediterranean)

 

The Stories Behind the Stories

 

Acknowledgements, Thanks, Bibliography and Links

 

About the Authors

 

The Highbury Murders

 

Victoria's Writing Classes

 

 

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