Arsenic with Austen: A Mystery (Crime with the Classics #1) (Hardcover)
When Emily Cavanaugh inherits a fortune from her great aunt, she expects her life to change. She doesn't expect to embark on a murder investigation, confront the man who broke her heart 35 years before, and nearly lose her own life.
Emily travels to the sleepy coastal village of Stony Beach, Oregon, to claim her inheritance, centered in a beautiful Victorian estate called Windy Corner but also including a substantial portion of the real estate of the whole town. As she gets to know the town's eccentric inhabitants--including her own once-and-possibly-future love, Sheriff Luke Richards--she learns of a covert plan to develop Stony Beach into a major resort. She also hears hints that her aunt may have been murdered. Soon another suspicious death confirms this, and before long Emily herself experiences a near-fatal accident.
Meanwhile, Emily reads Persuasion, hoping to find belated happiness with her first love as Anne Elliot did with Captain Wentworth. She notices a similarity between her not-quite-cousin Brock Runcible, heir to a smaller portion of her aunt's property, and Mr. Elliot in Persuasion, and her suspicions of Brock crystallize. But as she and Luke continue to investigate and events speed toward a climax, Emily realizes that underneath the innocent-looking rocks of Stony Beach lurk festering jealousies that would have shocked even the worst of Jane Austen's charming reprobates.
About the Author
KATHERINE BOLGER HYDE has lived her life surrounded by books, from teaching herself to read at age four to majoring in Russian literature to making her career as an editor. She lives in California with her husband. Arsenic with Austen is her first novel.
“Puzzler fans and literary junkies alike will enjoy the fun as passages from Jane Austen’s novels bolster and embellish Emily’s investigations.”—Bookpage
“Hyde makes her adult fiction debut with an intelligent traditional mystery that stars an endearing woman of a certain age who draws on her knowledge of literature to solve crimes.”—Library Journal
"A cleverly-constructed village mystery, filled with hidden treats for Jane Austen fans and mystery--lovers alike--a promising and delightful series debut!" —John Clement, author of the Dixie Hemingway series
"Arsenic with Austen is an intelligent mystery, with surprising plot twists and a dash of good old-fashioned romance. A delightful debut." —Hannah Dennison, author of the Honeychurch Hall Mysteries and the Vicky Hill Mysteries
"Arsenic with Austen--what's not to love in crime solved by a classic?" --Cara Black
"I couldn't put it down! An endearing heroine, a chilling plot, a delightful love story, all in a gorgeous old mansion! I'm recommending this to all my friends." --Jeanne M. Dams, author of the Dorothy Martin and Hilda Johansson mysteries