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The Highbury Murders: A Mystery Set in the Village of Jane Austen's Emma

Narrated by: Erin Evans-Walker
Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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EXCERPT: The death of Mrs. Bates, a very old lady whose hearing had long since gone and who had spent her last few months either in her bedroom or sitting in her chair in the parlor, would have gone unremarked in London, where people spent their time discussing fashion, nobility, and the latest offering at the theatre. In Bath, her decease might have been mentioned as a piece of dull news, before the residents and visitors resumed discussing who had been seen at the Pump Room during the day or who was giving a whist party that night. In Highbury, however, Mrs. Bates’s passing was an event which was talked over in every house, both great and small.    

Jane Austen's Emma has been described as a detective story without a body - except for those who read carefully, there actually is a body, and the potential for an excellent mystery story. Set about a year after Emma closes, The Highbury Murders pays homage to the wit of Jane Austen and the whodunits of Agatha Christie. You do not need to have read Jane Austen's books to enjoy this novel, but if you have - if you regret that she wrote only six - The Highbury Murders is a welcome extension to her world. Pour yourself a cup of tea, settle somewhere comfortable, and indulge yourself with the proverbial good read.  

©2013 Victoria Grossack (P)2018 Victoria Grossack

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Spare yourself the gutting of beloved characters

Austen novels are not conducive to who-dun-it rewrites.
This book is proof. The plot falls short of the original. The narrator does not distinguish voices believably. Go back to the original Emma.

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  • aria archer
  • 11-20-18

Best of this genre I've heard

This murder mystery has good plot, good pacing, and good narration! And quite the surprise ending, in my opinion. While there was some reference to the original story, this book seemed to dwell less on the past and more on the present situation, which was refreshing.

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  • kate bluffield
  • 11-17-18

Narrator Ruins Story

Awful narration, mainly due to the affected way in which the narrator pronounces some of the words. It grated on me and therefore ruined the book for me.