Murder Most Pemberley by Jessica Berg – Book Review

Murder Most Pemberley by Jessica Berg – Book Review

Murder Most Pemberley

Murder Most Pemberley
Eliza Darcy Mysteries Book One

Author – Jessica Berg
Publisher – Red Adept Publishing
Pages – 252
Released – 16th February 2021
ISBN-13 – 978-1948051651
Format – ebook, paperback
Rating – 4 Stars
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Eat a crumpet. Check. Say “bloody hell” in an English pub. Check. Solve three murders and fall in love? Definitely not on the list. But when England dishes up murder, even an American girl knows it’s time to channel her inner Agatha Christie.

American Eliza Darcy travels to Merry Old England to partake in a Darcy/Bennet family reunion for one reason: to solve the estrangement between her father and uncle. Not long after Eliza’s arrival and exploration of the vast estate of her ancestors, a dead body surfaces. Murder and mayhem replace afternoon teas and flirting with her British heartthrob. Eliza has every intention of keeping her snoot out of official Scotland Yard business, but when clues to the murder begin to merge with her investigation into her family’s rift, her inner wannabe sleuth self-activates.

With the help of her batty great-aunt and the sexy Heath Tilney, Eliza hurries to untangle the web of lies and secrets. As corpses start to pile up faster than the clues, Eliza fears the estate’s family graveyard will swallow another body: hers.

Review by Jenna

Book reviewers often say, “I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.” This title falls in that category. 100%. Murder Most Pemberley is a fantastic Jane Austen fan fiction/spin-off novel.

This isn’t a reimagining of Pride and Prejudice. It is a cleaver link: American born, school teacher Eliza Jane Darcy is a descendant of Elizabeth and Mr Darcy. In fact, all of the characters in this modern story are Darcys, Bennetts, Wickhams, and Bingleys. The family has gathered at the Pemberley estate for a family reunion. Love that!!

There are many mysteries in this book. Lots of things for the amateur sleuth, Eliza to figure out. Some involve family secrets, some much more sinister and deadly. I didn’t guess the ending. There are many characters which kept me changing my mind as to who the main criminal was.

You’ll fall in love with the author’s characters: Great Aunt Iris is a HOOT! Tash the butler, Mrs. Bankcroft the cook, squishy, lovable Uncle Fitzwillian etc, etc.

I’m so glad there will be more books in this series.

I had to take away a star for one nit-picky reason. Sorry. The author included characters with the last names of Wentworth (Persuasion), Tilney (Northanger Abbey), and Willoughby (Sense and Sensibility). Maybe you have other thoughts, but I wish she would have stay in the P&P world. It could have been fun to visit descendants of those characters in other books.

Jessica Berg writes for Red Adept Publishing. I also recommend you try titles from that publisher. Always well written books. Amber Waves of Grace is written by Berg and is available now.

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Jessica Berg Murder Most Pemberley

I was born and raised a small-town girl with a penchant for wild imaginings and a love for the prairie. My passions are my family, my husband, and my four children. I take the advice to write what you know to heart, so my writing centers around the strong bonds of family and the land upon which they live.

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14 Responses

  1. Jo Linsdell says:

    This sounds wonderful for so many reasons. I love the synopsis for starts. Your review has me wanting to read it even more.

  2. DJ Sakata says:

    This sounds divine – I wants it!

  3. Tasha says:

    I need to check out this series. I love the synopsis and your review has me even more intrigued.

  4. Nadene says:

    Adding this to my wish list.

  5. This sounds so fun! Excellent review.

  6. How creative! I really enjoyed your critique!

  7. I’m so happy to hear you like the sound of it. I hope you get to read it.

  8. Fantastic, I hope you enjoy it.

  9. I think you do too. I have a feeling you will love it. Thanks

  10. Fabulous, I hope you enjoy the book.

  11. I know it sounds adorable. Thanks.

  12. Thanks Karen, glad you liked it.

  13. Bianca says:

    I love a good murder book and this sounds excellent

  14. Who doesn’t!! Glad you like the sound of it.