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RELEASE DATE April 5, 2022
Synopsis: In Sense and Second-Degree Murder, aspiring scientist Elinor Dashwood and her sister Marianne, a budding detective, work together to solve the mystery of their father’s murder.
When eighteen-year-old aspiring scientist Elinor Dashwood discovers her beloved father slumped over the desk of his office study, she knows his death means dire straits for the Dashwood women. To make matters worse, an outdated will entails his estate—including Norland & Company, the private investigation firm where her younger sister Marianne worked as her father’s partner and protégé—to their half-brother and his haughty wife, who waste no time in forcing the Dashwoods out of their home and into a cramped apartment on London’s Barton Street.
But before they go, the Dashwood sisters make a startling discovery that points to foul play, and the killer might be family.
Obviously, the girls must investigate. It could be dangerous; it could ruin their reputations; and most importantly, it won’t bring back their father. But if the Dashwood sisters can combine their talents and bring their father’s murderer to justice, it may bring them all some comfort—and it might even lead to love.
Jane Austin's stories are timeless and this series proves how her female characters are still valid in today's time. Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret are three strong women each with their own goals and desires. When their father who was a private detective dies, Marianne who wants to continue his work starts to question his death, and she and Elinor come to the conclusion he was murdered after Elinor uses chemistry.
I love how the writer used science and the act of solving a mystery in this book in Elinor and Marianne's POV. Margaret the younger sister was a great comedy relief and as the youngest sister of 6 sisters in my family, I related to her the most. No one listens to us LMAO
This lovely story has all the Jane Austin vibes. A ball, catty women, men you can swoon to, and the whole only men are allowed to inherit anything, which was infuriating even to the Dashwood sisters. So if you're a fan of her Austin's work and love historical fiction with a mystery, I guarantee you will enjoy this book and series. The dialogue still had that Jane Austin feel to it and I didn't see the "whodunnit" which was nice.
Sense & Second Degree Murder releases today! So go out and crab a copy and curl up with a good cup of tea and be whisked away with the Dashwood sisters as they try and figure out who murdered their father.