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A Most Agreeable Murder: A Novel (utgåvan 2023)

av Julia Seales (Författare)

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Fiction. Mystery. Historical Fiction. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:When a wealthy bachelor drops dead at a ball, a young lady takes on the decidedly improper role of detective in this action-packed debut comedy of manners and murder.
If you grew up reading Jane Austen and Agatha Christie (or are a fan of Bridgerton and Knives Out), you will adore A Most Agreeable Murder.Kate Stayman-London, bestselling author of One to Watch

Feisty, passionate Beatrice Steele has never fit the definition of a true lady, according to the strict code of conduct that reigns in Swampshire, her small English townshipshe is terrible at needlework, has absolutely no musical ability, and her artwork is so bad it frightens people. Nevertheless, she lives a perfectly agreeable life with her marriage-scheming mother, prankster father, and two younger sisters beautiful Louisa and forgettable Mary. But she harbors a dark secret: She is obsessed with the true crime cases she reads about in the newspaper. If anyone in her etiquette-obsessed community found out, shed be deemed a morbid creep and banished from respectable society forever.
For her familys sake, shes vowed to put her obsession behind her. Because eligible bachelor Edmund Croaksworth is set to attend the approaching autumnal ball, and the Steele family hopes that Louisa will steal his heart. If not, Martin Grub, their disgusting cousin, will inherit the familys estate, and they will be ruined or, even worse, forced to move to France. So Beatrice must be on her best behavior . . . which is made difficult when a disgraced yet alluring detective inexplicably shows up to the ball.
Beatrice is just holding things together when Croaksworth drops dead in the middle of a minuet. As a storm rages outside, the evening descends into a frenzy of panic, fear, and betrayal as it becomes clear they are trapped with a killer. Contending with competitive card games, tricky tonics, and Swampshires infamous squelch holes, Beatrice must rise above decorum and decency to pursue justice and her own desiresbefore anyone else is murdered.
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Titel:A Most Agreeable Murder: A Novel
Författare:Julia Seales (Författare)
Info:Random House (2023), 352 pages
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I classified this book as a silly murder story and stopped reading at Chapter 18. It will be fine for some readers, just not for me.

I received a review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.com. ( )
  Dokfintong | Jan 28, 2024 |
I throughly enjoyed this book! ( )
  sfrench95 | Jan 25, 2024 |
* i got this book for review*
I think this was a fun read!! I liked the elements in theory connecting both mystety and jane austen ELEMENTS. I also liked the elements outside of the story that expanded the world. I however did not feel that connected to the characters and that was why this book was a bit of a slower read!! I thought it was fun but not a new favorite, I think i might try to listen to future books via audibooks!! ( )
  lmauro123 | Dec 28, 2023 |
* i got this book for review*
I think this was a fun read!! I liked the elements in theory connecting both mystety and jane austen ELEMENTS. I also liked the elements outside of the story that expanded the world. I however did not feel that connected to the characters and that was why this book was a bit of a slower read!! I thought it was fun but not a new favorite, I think i might try to listen to future books via audibooks!! ( )
  lmauro123 | Dec 28, 2023 |
I saw this title featured in a magazine and, from the blurb, it sounded like something I would enjoy. When will I learn not to have expectations?

Although her obvious intention is to channel her inner Jane Austen, the author fails at recreating the charm or style of a British Regency novel.

This is clearly a book written by a 21st century American daydreaming about the aristocratic splendor of Regency England, but with 21st century tastes and sensibilities. Julia Seales doesn’t even really try to capture period language or social mores. Why are these supposedly Regency characters using terminology that sounds like every lame conversation I have ever been forced to overhear in the closed confines of my local Starbucks? It’s disingenuous, to say the least; at worst, it is disgustingly painful to try and get through.

Every once in a while Seales throws in British terminology just to attempt to sound like she is trying to get it right, but the half-hearted effort only comes across as forced and incredibly phony. Consequently, at one point we are informed of Mr. Steele’s preference for ‘pudding’. Congratulations, Miss Seales, you have figured out that Englishmen often use ‘pudding’ to refer to ‘dessert’…Bully for you! You clearly paid attention while watching an episode of The Great British Baking Show!

Mr. Steele’s obsession with joke shop pranks can only be described as absurd and tasteless. It does nothing but add insult to injury to the memory of Jane Austen. Nothing says Regency literature like whoopee cushions, plastic rats, and fake dagger headbands. It’s all supposed to be humorous, but it’s not…not by a long shot.

Because the reader is constantly reminded that this is a book straight out of 2023 rather than 1799, we get the token half-breed minority character, the token lesbian character, and the unwed pregnancy storyline which are all so misrepresentative of 18th century sensibilities and social norms. The idea that Regency period authors would openly write about homosexuality or react to illegitimacy in a positive way is absurd.

The entire book really is a series of unsuccessful efforts to copy Jane Austen. The reader is subjected to endless (& pathetic) attempts to rewrite Pride and Prejudice’s opening line, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” There is also the terribly feeble attempt to recreate the ‘refusal to dance’ scene at the ball.

The character impersonations are especially awkward and painful: the shrieking shrew of a mother who is obsessed with marrying off her daughters, the good-natured but socially awkward father, and cousin Grub, the drooling and snot-spouting version of Mr. Collins—all of whom are shallow & unnecessarily repellent caricatures of the Austen originals. And for some unknown reason Seales includes a Hedda Hopper-esque neighbor who wears outlandishly elaborate hats…what’s up with that? Any reader who attempts to make it through this book must have a high tolerance level for cringing.

I guess it is inevitable that the plan for this novel is for it to be the first in a series (please, NOOO!). Why does the author make numerous (unresolved) allusions to Mary being a werewolf? And is she seriously implying that Drake will really turn out to be the London Menace? I don’t know, and I don’t really care. I certainly won’t be reading any more in this series; I already resent the couple of hours I spent reading this installment.

A warning to other readers like myself who are sick to death of all the books that never seem to have the benefit of an editor or proofreader: on page 28, we are all treated to a repeat sentence, “This was particularly unfair because he had already inherited four other estates from various relatives. This was particularly unfair because he had already inherited four other estates from various relatives, by somehow outliving them all.” Thank you, Random House, for the glaring lack of interest in the quality of your products.

Overall, the main problem with this book just boils down to the fact that the author isn’t a very good writer. Seales often misuses words. A few examples: She uses ‘controversy’ when ‘scandal’ is clearly the more appropriate word. Like so many nowadays, she simply adds ‘more’ in front of words to indicate comparison rather than using proper terminology; the correct word is ‘guiltier’, Miss Seales, not ‘more guilty’.

And don’t get me started on her gross overuse of the word ‘dryly’; every other sentence of dialogue has one character or another saying something ‘dryly’…Someone buy poor Miss Seales a thesaurus so she can learn some different adverbs, & somebody get this book a humidifier, pronto!

The author bio claims that Julia Seales received a BA in English from Vanderbilt University; she should really consider demanding a refund.

“Do yourself a favor, and avoid this series like smallpox,” remarked the reviewer… even more dryly. ( )
  missterrienation | Dec 7, 2023 |
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Irreverent, satirical, and oh so much fun! ... A young woman of marriageable age and prospects moonlights as a detective in Seales’ tongue-in-cheek Regency murder mystery...dialogue crackles with wit, outrage, subtext, and pluck....The result is a deliciously dark delve into a world that seems genteel on the surface and teems with sex and violence and greed just underneath—not so unlike Austen’s but with a morbid, rather than domestic, bent.
 
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To my mom, Pam

Thank you for raising this morbid creep.

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Fiction. Mystery. Historical Fiction. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:When a wealthy bachelor drops dead at a ball, a young lady takes on the decidedly improper role of detective in this action-packed debut comedy of manners and murder.
If you grew up reading Jane Austen and Agatha Christie (or are a fan of Bridgerton and Knives Out), you will adore A Most Agreeable Murder.Kate Stayman-London, bestselling author of One to Watch

Feisty, passionate Beatrice Steele has never fit the definition of a true lady, according to the strict code of conduct that reigns in Swampshire, her small English townshipshe is terrible at needlework, has absolutely no musical ability, and her artwork is so bad it frightens people. Nevertheless, she lives a perfectly agreeable life with her marriage-scheming mother, prankster father, and two younger sisters beautiful Louisa and forgettable Mary. But she harbors a dark secret: She is obsessed with the true crime cases she reads about in the newspaper. If anyone in her etiquette-obsessed community found out, shed be deemed a morbid creep and banished from respectable society forever.
For her familys sake, shes vowed to put her obsession behind her. Because eligible bachelor Edmund Croaksworth is set to attend the approaching autumnal ball, and the Steele family hopes that Louisa will steal his heart. If not, Martin Grub, their disgusting cousin, will inherit the familys estate, and they will be ruined or, even worse, forced to move to France. So Beatrice must be on her best behavior . . . which is made difficult when a disgraced yet alluring detective inexplicably shows up to the ball.
Beatrice is just holding things together when Croaksworth drops dead in the middle of a minuet. As a storm rages outside, the evening descends into a frenzy of panic, fear, and betrayal as it becomes clear they are trapped with a killer. Contending with competitive card games, tricky tonics, and Swampshires infamous squelch holes, Beatrice must rise above decorum and decency to pursue justice and her own desiresbefore anyone else is murdered.

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