Review: A MURDEROUS PERSUASION by Katie Oliver
Updated: Jan 30
ABOUT THE BOOK: Phaedra Brighton is on the case when an innocent murder-mystery weekend turns into the real deal, in the newest Jane Austen Tea Society Mystery. Phaedra Brighton has her life all figured out—she has a profession she enjoys, a wonderful (if exasperating) cat, and a cozy carriage house on the grounds of her aunt’s inn. She needs no Captain Wentworth to sweep her off her feet (though, she would not mind a Mr. Darcy). But when Aunt Wendy decides she is selling Laurel Springs Inn, Phaedra faces losing her beloved home. In a last-ditch attempt to drum up more business, Phaedra convinces Wendy to host an immersive Persuasion-themed murder-mystery weekend. It is a fool proof plan to draw attention to the establishment in the hopes of saving it. Until make-believe becomes reality and one of the participants winds up dead. With more suspects than she knows what to do with, Phaedra finds herself on the hunt for a killer once again. But with time running out, Phaedra quickly realizes that with this investigation, there will be no second chances.
REVIEW: What a great read for a lazy Saturday. I was engaged from the first and read in almost one sitting. Author Katie Oliver’s weaves a clever web, and I loved the characters, especially our heroine Phaedra and all the Persuasion and Jane Austen touches.
And to make it even more fun, Phaedra rushed in, "What if we sponsor a murder mystery week?" She leaned forward. "Jane Austen-inspired of course. With a staged murder, victims, and suspects. We could do a Persuasion theme," she mused. "With each guest assuming the role of a character in the novel. Whoever solves the mystery first, wins a prize." --Chapter 1.