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From Publishers Weekly

Loosely modeled on Sense and Sensibility, Kiely's pleasing second cozy to feature Jane Austen fan Elizabeth Parker (after 2009's Murder at Longbourn) may be short on plot, but is well populated with lively characters, in particular genteel Southerners. The morning after Elizabeth's best friend's wedding in Richmond, Va., the bride's aunt turns up with a knife in her ribs. Many members of the wedding party are suspect, but when a diamond necklace is found in Elizabeth's room, the police focus their investigation on her. For reassurance, Elizabeth looks to "Elinor Dashwood's almost transcendental calm in the face of chaos." Armchair sleuths will enjoy following the clues up to the surprising dénouement. The most shocking thing in this fun, featherlight read is that these Southerners persist in calling the bride's grandmother by her first name without the courtesy of a "Miss" in front of it.
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"Kiely's characters are instantly appealing, plucky Elizabeth chief among them....Fun throughout, and ultimately moving, 'Murder on the Bride's Side' places Kiely in the first rank of cozy-mystery writers. And any author who can credibly quote Jane Austen and Daffy Duck in the same novel possesses a rich imagination that cries out for being put to use many more times."--Richmond Times-Dispatch
"A delicious cocktail of death, deceit and romance, all wrapped up in a big bouquet of laugh-out-loud dialogue."--Jane Austen Regency World

The social stratum known as old Richmond, complete with old blood and old money, can be viewed with reverence or disdain, but it takes an especially talented novelist to portray it fairly--and particularly in a mystery.That's what Maryland writer Tracy Kiely does in "Murder on the Bride's Side," her second novel featuring Elizabeth Parker, a fact-checker for a local Virginia newspaper. And unlike its predecessor, the Cape Cod-set "Murder at Longbourn," this one is placed firmly in Richmond.Elizabeth has come to Richmond to be maid of honor to a close friend, Bridget Matthews. The Matthews family estate, Barton Landing, overlooks the James River and is presided over by matriarch (and imperious busybody) Elsie Matthews, Bridget's grandmother. Gathered for the wedding are Elsie's three children and their families:•Oldest son Avery is recovering from a stroke and is considering selling the family landscaping business. Abetting him in the latter is his harridan of a second wife, Roni. Avery (Jay Strafford Richmond Times-Dispatch )

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312537573
  • ASIN: B0058M6UVS
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,270,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tracy Kiely graduated from Trinity College in 1990 with a degree in English. This accomplishment, however, merely seemed to prompt most job interviewers to ask "how fast can you type?" Her standard answer of "not so fast" usually put an end to further questions.

She was eventually hired by the American Urological Association (AUA), who were kind enough to overlook the whole typing thing, mainly because they knew just what kind of stuff she'd be typing. Beggars can't be choosers, you know. After several years, Tracy left the AUA taking with her a trove of anecdotal stories that would eventually result in her banishment from polite society.

That's when she thought writing a novel might be a good idea.

Tracy's first novel, Murder at Longbourn, is a mystery set in Cape Cod, and combines her love of the classic English country house murder and Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

Most will be pleased to note that it contains no anecdotal stories of urological conditions.

Tracy's second novel, Murder on the Bride's Side, takes place in Richmond, Virginia and focuses on certain elements of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility.

The third in the series, Murder Most Persuasive, was a finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and parallels certain aspects of Persuasion.

The fourth in the series, Murder Most Austen, takes place in Bath England during the annual Jane Austen Festival. As with the other books, it also contains winks at the reader who loves Jane Austen.

Tracy currently lives in Maryland with her husband, Matt, and their three children.

Customer Reviews

Fast paced, easy reading.
I fell in love with Ms. Kiely's writing when I read her incredible debut novel Murder at Longbourn last year.
The ending was a bit of a surprise and very well done.
Austen lover

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Austen lover on September 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed the first volume to this series, Murder at Longbourn, and the trend continues. We are back with Elizabeth, now in the Richmond VA area and not MA. She and Peter are still together but she continues to let her past insecurities affect the relationship. It is no surprise who gets murdered since that character is as obnoxious as can be. This story has less Jane Austen influence as it proceeds, starting off with more quotes from Sense and Sensibility but it is not needed to keep your attention.
The ending was a bit of a surprise and very well done.
I am hoping that the author continues these delightful books!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laurel Ann VINE VOICE on September 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
An old Richmond, Virginia plantation, a festive wedding and family disputes set the stage for murder in Tracy Kiely's novel MURDER ON THE BRIDE'S SIDE, the second novel in the Elizabeth Parker mystery series inspired by Jane Austen's classic novels. A year ago, Kiely wowed me with her debut novel MURDER AT LONGBOURN loosely based on characters from Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. This time we follow the further adventures of her endearingly flawed, angst ridden sleuth Elizabeth Parker as she draws strength and great quotes from SENSE AND SENSIBILIY.

The story picks up eight months after Elizabeth solved a double murder at her aunt Winnie's B&B in Cape Cod. She and her boyfriend Peter McGowan (who she reconnected with in Murder at Longbourn) are still an item, but the challenge of a long distance relationship niggles at her insecurities. He is joining Elizabeth in Richmond, Virginia while she fulfills her maid-of-honor duties for her best friend Bridget Matthews whose wedding is at the family estate Barton Landing, a former tobacco plantation fronting the James River. It would not be a proper old southern family without an elderly potentate to wield their cane and pelt cross words at their children, so Kiely has supplied us with Elsie Matthews, a meddling grand dame who likes to match make and foretell the future. Upon Elizabeth's arrival her ominous prediction of "death is coming" ultimately comes to pass the day after the wedding when the body of her daughter-in-law Roni is found brutally murder with a large kitchen knife in her chest. This is a tragic event, so why is no one grieving?

Elizabeth soon discovers that almost everyone in the Matthews clan wanted Roni dead. She is what Barbara Bush quipped "a noun beginning with b and rhyming with witch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In Richmond, Virginia, the day after the wedding between Bridget and Colin, someone kills the bride's Aunt Roni. Bridge's BFF maid of honor Elizabeth Parker notices that no one seems concerned about Roni's homicide; in fact the wedding party seems as celebratory as they did for the marriage.

Although the cops insist everyone is a suspect, they narrow the field to Bridge's dashing bad boy cousin Harry and Elizabeth; the latter who found the body had a diamond necklace that belonged to Roni in her hotel room. Not one to panic even when her boyfriend Peter seems engrossed in the wedding planner, Jane Austen aficionado Elizabeth, heeds the serene composure of Sense and Sensibility's Elinor Dashwood in a crisis and then investigates.

The second Parker amateur sleuth (see Murder at Longbourn tied to Pride and Prejudice) is an engaging southern cozy due to the fine cast especially the Austen quoting heroine. The lighthearted story line is entertaining as energizing Elizabeth emulates Elinor's unruffled behavior while on the case of the killer and of Peter's affection. In spite of a thin plot, this is a fun regional whodunit.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meredith VINE VOICE on December 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
It's the day before her best friend's wedding and there's a heap of chaos and commotion surrounding maid-of-honor Elizabeth Parker. With the grandmother-of-the-bride having premonitions about death, the bride's (Bridget) contentious family all living under the same roof, and a wedding planner who is after her boyfriend, Elizabeth is just hoping to make it through the weekend alive!

Well, the good news is that Elizabeth does make it through the weekend alive, the bad news is that Bridget's Aunt Roni does not. Found dead the morning after the nuptials, Roni Matthews, the much younger, narcissistic, conniving, and artificially enhanced wife of Bridget's Uncle Avery, was not very popular with the Matthews' clan. In fact, Avery seems to be the only one who isn't celebrating the death of this vile and vindictive person. The Matthews' lack of grief and sorrow leads Detective Grant, who is called to investigate this case, to suspect one of the family members of this heinous act of murder.

In this case, the question isn't "who would want to kill Roni?" but "who DIDN'T want to kill Roni?" Was it her daughter Meg, whom she constantly belittled and ridiculed? Or maybe it was her stepson Harry, who had a drunken altercation with her the night of the murder? Perhaps it was her brother by marriage, David Cook, who is known to possess a violent and unrestrained temper? Other suspects include: Avery's live-in nurse, Bridget's grandmother, and our very own Elizabeth Parker! Since the gruff and narrow-minded Detective Grant seems to be making little progress with this case, Elizabeth is asked to once again step in and help solve the mystery...

I can't tell you what a pleasure it is to be back in the world of a Tracy Kiely mystery! I fell in love with Ms.
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