When Mr Collins is found stabbed to death in Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s garden, simmering tensions are revealed beneath the elegant Regency surface of the Rosings estate.
The prime suspect is Mr Bennet, who was overheard arguing with Mr Collins over the entail of Longbourn in the days before the murder was committed – and who stands to benefit more than anyone from the Rector’s death.
His daughter Mary uncovers a scandalous secret that holds the key to the murder. Can she prove her father’s innocence in time to save him from the gallows?
What I Thought:
I absolutely love retellings and continuations of Jane Austen novels, particularly Pride and Prejudice, so I was happy to read and review A Murder at Rosings. The Darcys and the Bingleys don’t feature here, where it is discovered that Mr Collins has been brutally stabbed to death in the garden at Rosings Park – and the prime suspect is Mr Bennet!
Although we have to put up with Lady Catherine in all her harrumphing and displeased glory, it’s great to hear more about Kitty Bennet and Anne de Bourgh in this novel, as they begin to develop a friendship which seems to be ruined thanks to Mr Collins’ death. Can Kitty and Anne help to save Mr Bennet from the gallows, and also save their new-found friendship?
I really enjoyed this book – the style perfectly complements the original novel and it was good to see some of the less-developed characters come to the fore. While Anne de Bourgh is dominated by her fearsome mother, she has some real character here and even Lady Catherine seems to mellow as we realise that she really does think she is doing the best for her daughter.
While the links to Pride and Prejudice are a focus of the novel, if you lifted all of those out, you would still have a very clever, regency mystery with quite a shocking resolution – the fact that it does feature characters from Pride and Prejudice is a very happy bonus!
This book is definitely a keeper for me – one to add to my collection of many and varied Pride and Prejudice-connected novels!
A Murder at Rosings is published by Honno Press, the Welsh Women’s Press.
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Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.