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The Homicide of Mr. Wickham, by Claudia Grey — A Overview – Austenprose

From the desk of Sophia Rose:

‘Homicide’ and ‘Wickham’ in the identical title makes any Jane Austen lover value their salt sit up and take discover. Now, add that with an creator title lengthy related to younger grownup sci-fi and fantasy, and that makes Claudia Grey’s The Homicide of Mr. Wickham well-nigh irresistible.

The Homicide of Mr. Wickham is each a historic thriller and pays homage as a sequel to not one, however all Miss Jane Austen’s accomplished six novels. There are a number of factors of views to tantalize followers of Austen’s revered {couples}, however the highlight is on two creator unique characters representing the subsequent technology decided to unravel issues.

An Invitation to Donwell Abbey

“This isn’t like Northanger, Juliet thought, pleasure mounting as her carriage drew nearer to the good home the place she was to spend the subsequent few weeks.” (Loc 308)

Younger, vibrant Juliet Tilney arrives fresh-faced and longing for her first journey away from residence. Egged on by a novel-writing mom who skilled her personal first time touring at Juliet’s age and a cautious practical-minded father, she is decided to benefit from the journey whereas not disappointing her dad and mom.

Emma Knightley is happy to obtain her husband’s distant cousin and his spouse, Edmund and Fanny Bertram. The Wentworths had been invited to remain whereas repairs are made on Emma’s former residence, Hartfield, which they’re leasing. Emma is curious to satisfy her husband’s previous good friend from college, Fitzwilliam Darcy, alongside along with his spouse and oldest son. The not too long ago wed, Colonel and Marianne, are a research in contrasts. Mr. Knightley doesn’t miss the truth that his spouse has slipped in a younger woman when she discovered the Darcys had been bringing their son. Matchmaking once more, Emma? Donwell Abbey is filled with visitors, and she or he anticipates a profitable nation home get together till the get together sits right down to dinner.

“Sure mishaps befall each feast. Gravy is spilled, seating preparations show awkward. An adept hostess, and congenial visitors, can clean away such small imperfections and permit the get together to proceed pleasantly. There was no smoothing over the sudden look of Mr. Wickham.” (Loc. 588)

A Assassin in Their Midst

Juliet and Jonathan each sense from the start that the home get together won’t be a simple one. For one factor, all of the visitors are caught up in private drama of their very own.  That’s nothing to the looks of Mr. Wickham along with his smirks and nasty habits and threats. When a storm prolongs his keep, issues come to a boiling level resulting in Juliet’s late-night discovery of the murdered Mr. Wickham.

Past their very own pure inclinations to find the reality, each Jonathan Darcy and Juliet Tilney notice early on that the Justice of the Peace, Mr. Frank Churchill, has preconceived concepts and justice is in jeopardy. They individually resolve to get to the reality irrespective of to whom the path leads.

“The second wherein politeness demanded that anybody else close by withdraw to some extent the place they might not overhear, Jonathan didn’t transfer. Miss Tilney didn’t both… Juliet Tilney was as curious in regards to the homicide as he.” (Loc 1535)

Not So Fortunately Ever After

The Homicide of Mr. Wickham begins slowly as the big solid of characters and their current conditions are launched. All of Austen’s romantic pairs save Catherine and Henry Tilney are current and their marriage lives haven’t been a mattress of roses as soon as the blush of early love has settled into every day lives. And this can be a story of them as a lot as a homicide thriller. The creator masterfully offered the unhappy, bitter ambiance their plaguing points have on the gathering and the setting. The emotional tone carried weight and {couples} I beloved had been now disappointing me. I needed to push by way of the primary half particularly the dragging moments and belief that the dreariness can be dispelled as individuals handled what lay between them of their respective marriages.

Rising Detectives and Budding Emotions

After all, the stability to all these grown-up troubles was the optimism and sparkle of the newbie detecting crew decided to get an answer. 

Juliet Tilney is in her mom’s picture in curiosity about individuals and wanting an journey, however she can also be very a lot her keen-witted paternal father or mother’s offspring, too. She is inexperienced but applies herself to discovering the proof and being attentive to individuals’s actions and phrases with out prejudice since she alone is neutral. She additionally experiences her first-time attraction for somebody in contrast to her and out of her sphere as she sees it. 

Her associate in detecting, Jonathan Darcy, would probably be positioned, in trendy instances, on the Autistic spectrum. He has endured by way of a incapacity that wasn’t recognized to exist in that point, however he’s a wonderful fellow and after a poor first impression, Juliet thinks so too and provides him fairly a lift of encouragement. He has by no means met her clear-eyed honesty and earnestness in any of the ladies of trend and far prefers Juliet.

“All his life, his habits had been a supply of consternation to his dad and mom. To others, that they had been the reason for contempt. Jonathan’s ears nonetheless burned with a number of the insults that had been hurled at him at school. Miss Tilney both can be bewildered or would snigger at him… “It’s peculiar, after all,” Miss Tilney stated, “however my mom has typically instructed me that most individuals are actually very, peculiar, when you get to know them. The one distinction is in how properly we conceal our peculiarities.” (Loc 1824)

All’s Nicely That Ends Nicely

On the danger of giving something away, I’ll no less than share that readers needn’t be frightened that the entire thing is doom and gloom—not even for the Bertrams who’ve the longest path to vary of all of them. The heaviness that permeated the sooner half of the guide lifts as Austen’s {couples} work by way of their marital struggles and the aid is nice when the homicide is solved. The answer was a shock, and my coronary heart was in my throat till the case was closed. Anybody might have finished it and I appreciated this whilst I used to be pulling a Frank Churchill and hoping a stranger did it.

I wasn’t positive I used to be going to love this one by way of the early chapters, till the guide gained me over. I used to be very taken with Juliet and Jonathan and was deeply impressed with the creator’s sensitivity to Austen’s characters and their ongoing story. Whereas initially I used to be uncertain about a number of the portrayals of Austen’s characters, the resolve got here, and I might nod with quiet approval. Nicely finished, Ms. Grey.

Whereas this can resonate finest with these aware of Austen’s novels, there may be sufficient background for any reader to choose it up and admire a sluggish construct old-style historic thriller.

4 out of 5 Stars


  • The Homicide of Mr. Wickham, by Claudia Grey
  • ‎Classic (Might 3, 2022)
  • Commerce paperback, eBook, & audiobook (400) pages
  • ISBN: 978-0593313817
  • Style: Austenesque, Historic Thriller, Cozy Thriller


We acquired a evaluate copy of the guide from the writer in trade for an trustworthy evaluate. Austenprose is an Amazon affiliate. Cowl picture courtesy of Classic © 2022; textual content Sophia Rose © 2022,


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