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Oh dear. From what I read, I'd been afraid this would be your response ... though admittedly not quite as quick! (And minus high school assignment.)

Famous forebears are no guarantee of automatically inherited writing skills, it would appear ...
BrokenTune 6 months ago
It's fun. It's just not the mystery I was expecting. It's more of a pastoral mixed up with crime. It reminds me of Death Comes to Pemberley for some reason, which also sucked...but was entertaining.

I know nothing about the book or its author. I only picked it up (like so many others) because I liked the cover.
So, ... what famous forebears?
Jane Austen, no less -- the author of this one is a distant descendant (via her favorite nephew, IIRC).
BrokenTune 6 months ago
No... Really? That's interesting.
It's the chief reason why this book is still on my TBR, to be honest -- sheer curiosity how her descendant fared in mystery writing, of all things.
BrokenTune 6 months ago
Well, the plot is thoroughly improbable so far.
BrokenTune 6 months ago
It's the sort of book where I wish that it were possible to travel back in time and persuade JA to write this book as fan fiction to the mystery genre. She did a great job on spoofing the Gothics, and I can totally see her writing about drug smuggling and Cambridge spies. It would be a blast.

Sadly, this one lacks JA's writing skills, and unless this is actually meant to be a spoof, it's hilariously bad as a serious work of crime/mystery fiction. I mean, as serious as one can take the genre ... of course.
As I said -- that's what I kind of feared from what I'd read about it ... oh well! I hope it at least continues to be fun. And yes, Jane herself spoofing Cambridge and the mystery genre -- now *that* would be a blast!