Pride & Regicide
by Cathy Bryant
ebook: 90 pages
Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishing
Released: Sept. 29, 2015
Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
Book Description, Modified from Goodreads:
Miss King is dead, and it looks like murder. Three years after the events of Pride and Prejudice, Mary Bennet puts her formidable mind to work to solve the case along with the help of her best friend, Cassandra Lucas, and a nifty suspicion chart involving embroidery. Mary discovers secrets and scandals that may make her the murderer's next victim...
Pride & Regicide is a Regency romance/mystery novella. It's set three years after Pride and Prejudice and contained many of the characters from that story, though not Lizzy and Darcy. Mary is still serious, but she's trying to give up moralizing. She puts herself down a lot as being foolish, and she now likes gossiping.
The mystery was pretty straight forward: Mary witnessed the murder, thought over who might benefit from the death, and read through Miss King's diary (at a relative's request) to discover why she was killed. She then set up a meeting with her suspect at the site of the murder without telling anyone what she found or was doing. So, okay, maybe Mary is foolish.
Whodunit and the motive for whodunit didn't mesh at all with my understanding of the characters from Pride and Prejudice. However, I did enjoy the story up until then as it was humorous. Mary had two men paying special attention to her, though she didn't quite believe either was truly interested in her romantically. There was no sex or bad language.
If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.