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There Must Be Murder Paperback – December 4, 2010
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The novel picks up the NA story three months after Henry and Catherine are married and the premise is that they return to Bath to celebrate the first anniversary of their meeting there. I am happy to report that the couple is blissfully satisfied with married life--Henry reads The Mysteries of Udolpho to Catherine, continues to make her laugh with his arch commentary, and is more than happy to let her adore him.
Despite the ominous title, the plot is gently satirical, soft-boiled, and entirely enjoyable. Catherine discovers a rival for Henry's affections, Catherine is pursued by a rake, General Tilney is courting a likely murderess (aka The Merry Widow), and Catherine and Henry are revealed to be potty about dogs and indifferent, if not hostile, to cats. Who knew?!
Finally, the illustrations by Cassandra Chouinard are absolutely charming.
A quick read, There Must Be Murder, is a treat for Janeites and a must for those of us who are consider themselves players on Team Tilney.
We find Catherine and Henry comfortably settled as newlyweds at Woodston parsonage in Gloucestershire. Ever the thoughtful romantic, Henry proposes that they celebrate the anniversary of their first meeting in Bath with a visit to the city. Once there they are reunited with Henry's sister Eleanor and introduced to her new husband Lord Whiting. Also in attendance at the Lower Rooms is Henry's father the dour autocrat General Tilney, his recently widowed wealthy neighbor Lady Beauclerk, her twenty-seven year-old unmarried daughter Judith, and her husband's nephew and heir Sir Philip Beauclerk. Catherine is happy to dance the night away, while family differences bubble and stew.
As Henry and Catherine continue to enjoy the delights of Bath attractions, they begin to learn that there are suspicious circumstances involving the death of General Tilney's neighbor Sir Arthur Beauclerk brought forward by his widowed sister Fanny Findlay. She believes his death had not been natural - and it appears that many in this unhappy family would benefit from his early demise. The suspects stack up like winter cord-wood ready for the fire. Is it the wife, Lady Beauclerk, eager to be free of his miserly pocketbook?Read more ›
What brings the general to Bath? Not his health, this time. It seems after being a widower for ten years, the general is once again contemplating marriage. Who's the lucky lady? The recently widowed and supposedly wealthy Lady Beauclerk. Because of Eleanor's and Henry's concern for their father and disapproval in his choice of wife, the Tilneys and the Whitings keep close company with Lady Beauclerk and her clan. To Catherine, the Beauclerks seem a mysterious and scandalous bunch, and after spending some time with Lady Beauclerk's flirtatious daughter, immoral nephew, and melodramatic sister-in-law, Catherine begins to suspect that there are several skeletons in their closet!
There Must Be Murder is a brilliant and reverent homage to Jane Austen's Northagner Abbey. At 112 pages, this novella makes for an engaging and riveting afternoon read. In addition, the beautiful illustrations by Cassandra Chouinard delightfully enhance the story! My favorite aspect about this novella is Ms. Sullivan's portrayals of Henry and Catherine.Read more ›
I picked up this book free during an Amazon giveaway. For some reason, otherwise sensible authors feel compelled to add on to Austen's stories. This isn't nearly as bad as most of them; Sullivan mimics Austen's style well and keeps her story in line with their characters. But it lacks focus, and whatever it is, it is certainly not a mystery. The characters themselves are interesting enough that I finished the book, but the only reason I can see to read it at all is if you want to see Sullivan's take on what happened to Catherine and Henry after "Northanger Abbey" ended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very nice continuation of Henry and Catherine's story. In the style of Jane Austen, a pleasant afternoon read with lovely illustrations.Published on February 8, 2014 by moonshroob
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Henry Tilney and Catherine Morland have now been happily married for a year and decide to revisit their old haunts in Bath. Read morePublished on February 17, 2013 by The One Who Reads
This book drew me in right away and it was well written and even has cute illustrations. However, it seemed to end rather abruptly leaving loads of questions unanswered. Read morePublished on June 7, 2012 by Chris Christo
Based on the characters of Henry and Catherine from Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey. Henry and Catherine return once again to Bath where they first met just a year ago. Read morePublished on January 15, 2012 by lanlynk
Although reviewed as Jane-esque, Jane is not boring or fails to accomplish the mystery or suspense. I'm glad this book was short. Read morePublished on May 21, 2011 by Daphne reads-&-reads