Thursday, September 30

Audiobook Review: Pride, Prejudice, & Poison by Elizabeth Blake

Author: Elizabeth Blake
Narrator: Justine Eyre
Title: Pride, Prejudice and Poison
(A Jane Austen Society Mystery #1)
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Fiction, Mystery, Retellings
Format: Audiobook
Published: August 13th 2019
Where I got It: Audible

Antiquarian bookstore proprietor Erin Coleridge uses her sense and sensibility to deduce who killed the president of the local Jane Austen Society.

Erin Coleridge’s used bookstore in Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire, England is a meeting place for the villagers and, in particular, for the local Jane Austen Society. At the Society’s monthly meeting, matters come to a head between the old guard and its young turks. After the meeting breaks for tea, persuasion gives way to murder—with extreme prejudice—when president Sylvia Pemberthy falls dead to the floor. Poisoned? Presumably…but by whom? And was Sylvia the only target?

Handsome—but shy—Detective Inspector Peter Hadley and charismatic Sergeant Rashid Jarral arrive at the scene. The long suspect list includes Sylvia’s lover Kurt Becker and his tightly wound wife Suzanne. Or, perhaps, the killer was Sylvia’s own cuckolded husband, Jerome. Among the many Society members who may have had her in their sights is dashing Jonathan Alder, who was heard having a royal battle of words with the late president the night before.

Then, when Jonathan Alder narrowly avoids becoming the next victim, Farnsworth (the town’s “cat lady”) persuades a seriously time-crunched Erin to help DI Hadley. But the killer is more devious than anyone imagines.

I couldn't resist listening to this. A mystery and a nice nod to P&P?? Pah-lease. This has my name all over it. 

When a murder occurs at the local Jane Austen Society, it is up to Antiquarian bookstore proprietor Erin Coleridge, Detective Inspector Peter Hadley, and Sergeant Rashid Jarral to solve this. It's a small English town, but there are a lot of suspects who seem to be gunning for Erin next. 

Ooooo this was fun. I thought I KNEW who....but I was wrong. The twist in the end was fantastic. After all is revealed it ALL makes sense and so obvious.

I loved our cast here. 

Erin is adorable. 

I loved Hadley and Jarral too! 

I liked Farnsworth and her P&P named cats. I loved her yelling at Wickham all the time because he is a hellion. Too funny. It had me chuckling. HOWEVER, she really could've calmed down on calling Erin "pet" 50 million times though. We get's a common English term of endearment. X_X I wanted to rip my hair out near the end. LIKE STOP. 

The narrator is good. I've heard her in the past and she did a great job. 

In the end, this was a fun cozy perfect for Fall and for those that like Jane Austen. Lots of references that will make you smile. 

I'll give this 4 stars.


- #65 for Audiobook challenge


Melliane said...

It sounds like a nice cozy!

Blodeuedd said...

Sometimes authors go craaaazy with a certain word

Jen Twimom said...

Oh, this does sound like fun!

Carole Rae said...

Mel, indeed it was!

B, yess it drove me insane.

Jen, it was!