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
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.
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