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OK story but frustrating in parts
on 18 February 2011
I like Jane Austen and murder mysteries and hence thought that I could be in for a treat.
Some aspects of the book were good: the sense of time and place (mostly), some nice scenes and, for me, the pace and turns of the story.
Unfortunately, the usage of whole sentences from Austen's books, often in places where they didn't quite seem to go, jarred somewhat. These yanked me out of the story and into the real world.
I wasn't expecting a large number of real-life people to feature prominently in the book, bar Jane; this limited their relationships, the scope of the tale, and the list of possible suspects. I also found it a bit unnerving, but perhaps I'm just not used to semi-fictionalised books.