PositiveLibrary JournalReminiscent of Agatha Christie mysteries, this first in the Harith Athrey series is a sure hit for readers who love a taste of foreign intrigue and a solid whodunit. Fans of Ngaio Marsh’s A Man Lay Dead and Patricia Moyes’s Dead Men Don’t Ski will also enjoy.
Katherine J Chen
PanLibrary JournalAfter a witty prolog[ue] about the family, that wry and elegant tone unfortunately deteriorates into sappiness as Mary recounts the three loves of her life. A bit of satire and parody in the Austen tradition could have leavened Chen\'s interpretation. Reimagining Elizabeth Bennet as manipulative and gentle Charlotte Lucas as proud misses the point of Austen\'s timeless and beloved characters, and the author\'s many fans expect the protagonists in any retelling to be consistent with the originals ... Austen devotees should consider instead P.D. James\'s Death Comes to Pemberley or Jo Baker\'s Longbourn. The more adventurous might try John Kessel\'s Pride and Prometheus, in which Mary Bennet falls for Victor Frankenstein.