The Murder of Mr. Wickham, by Claudia Gray — A Review – 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 authentic characters representing the subsequent era decided to resolve issues.

An Invitation to Donwell Abbey

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

Younger, vibrant Juliet Tilney arrives fresh-faced and anticipating her first journey away from house. 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 set to benefit from the journey whereas not disappointing her mother and father.

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

“Sure mishaps befall each ceremonial dinner. Gravy is spilled, seating preparations show awkward. An adept hostess, and congenial company, 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 straightforward one. For one factor, all of the company are caught up in private drama of their very own.  That’s nothing to the looks of Mr. Wickham together with his smirks and nasty conduct 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 determine to get to the reality irrespective of to whom the path leads.

“The second during which politeness demanded that anybody else close by withdraw to a degree the place they’d 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 forged 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 day by day lives. And it is a story of them as a lot as a homicide thriller. The creator masterfully offered the unhappy, bitter environment their plaguing points have on the gathering and the setting. The emotional tone carried weight and {couples} I beloved have been now disappointing me. I needed to push by the primary half particularly the dragging moments and belief that the dreariness could be dispelled as folks 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 beginner detecting workforce decided to get an answer. 

Juliet Tilney is in her mom’s picture in curiosity about folks and wanting an journey, however she can be very a lot her keen-witted paternal dad or mum’s offspring, too. She is inexperienced but applies herself to discovering the proof and being attentive to folks’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 possible be positioned, in fashionable instances, on the Autistic spectrum. He has endured by a incapacity that wasn’t identified to exist in that point, however he’s a superb fellow and after a poor first impression, Juliet thinks so too and offers him fairly a lift of encouragement. He has by no means met her clear-eyed honesty and earnestness in any of the women of style and far prefers Juliet.

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

All’s Effectively That Ends Effectively

On the danger of giving something away, I’ll at the least 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 e book lifts as Austen’s {couples} work by 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 may have completed it and I appreciated this whilst I used to be pulling a Frank Churchill and hoping a stranger did it.

I wasn’t certain I used to be going to love this one by the early chapters, till the e book 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 may nod with quiet approval. Effectively completed, Ms. Grey.

Whereas it will resonate finest with these conversant in Austen’s novels, there may be sufficient background for any reader to choose it up and recognize a gradual 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


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