There Must Be Murder – Margaret C. Sullivan

This is a short story which follows on from some of the many of characters from Austen’s Northanger Abbey. It does not really matter if you have not read Northanger Abbey because the story is quite sweet on its own merit.

Catherine and Henry Tilney, recently married are back in Bath, to remind themselves of the places they have visited and the people they know. Henry’s father General Tilney looks like he is about to remarry Lady Beauclark widow of Sir Arthur Beauclark, but Sir Arthur’s sister is convinced that her brother’s death was not of natural causes. Added to that Lady Beauclark’s daughter seems obsessed with products from an apothecary who is obsessed with Lady Beauclark himself. The true heir to the Beauclark fortune, Sir Arthur’s nephew has a reputation and seems intent on making himself known to all the female characters within this novella.

Catherine and Henry, observers from the side and also part of the intrigue make a sweet little story which shows the rules and lives of the Regency period which Jane Austen captured so well in her novels. In this particular novel there are beautiful illustrations and they look as wonderful on the kindle version as well.

A book for all Austen fans. Or even those who like me have not read very little Austen, this is a good introduction to period, place and language of her novels.

I was pointed in the direction of this novel from seeing it featured on a blog, and my greatest apologies but I cannot remember which one. Please refresh my memory because I would like to thank you for it. It was a really pleasant little diversion from some of the other books I have been reading lately. I have now downloaded Northanger Abbey and will make an attempt at that at some point soon. I certainly want to see how Catherine and Henry came together. 

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