**Disclaimer: I was given a free e-ARC in exchange for an honest review from as part of a tour from TBR and Beyond Tours.**
Title Sense and Second Degree Murder
Author Tirzah Price
Release Date April 5, 2022
Date Finished April 6, 2022
Three of Jane Austen’s classic novels receive a murder mystery makeover in this romantic and thrilling three-book series that’s perfect for fans of The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy and Stalking Jack the Ripper. 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 To make matters worse, an outdated will entails his estate—including Norland & Company, the private investigation firm where her younger sister Marianne worked as her father’s partner and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.
I loved the first book in this series. P&P is my favorite Jane Austen novel but I was very interested in reading Tirzah Price’s take on another Jane Austen classic.
Some Things I Liked
The sisters were amazing. I loved their interests and the way they each brought something unique to the table to aid in solving their father’s murder.
Glorious banter. I also loved that this book preserves the wit and banter of the original story while giving it a new spin. I loved that the sisters are forward thinking and progressive and that shines through in their dialogue.
I can’t wait to continue this series. I’m actually quite disappointed it’s only tagged as a trilogy because I’d love to read more of Tirzah’s Austen-inspired murder mysteries!
Tirzah Price captured the best parts of the original story while enhancing it with the addition of a mystery plot and a pinch of modern thinking. This series is a must read for Jane Austen fans.