The Murder of Mr. Wickham

Books on Tape. May 2022. 12:03 hrs. ISBN 9780593592359. $95. M
Jane Austen fans will delight in Gray’s (The Fallen Star) 19th-century whodunit featuring the key players of Austen’s works. An unexpected—and much despised—attendee of the Knightleys’ house party, George Wickham, immediately puts the hosts and their guests on edge. When his body is discovered late one night, it is apparent that foul play was the cause. Local magistrate Frank Churchill doesn’t consider the possibility that one of the guests committed the crime, causing Juliet Tilney and Jonathan Darcy to conduct their own investigations. Billie Fulford-Brown’s narration fully immerses the audience in this murder mystery, transporting them 200 years in the past, where they will find themselves rooting for the budding romance between the two amateur detectives, gasping at the plot twists, and sympathizing with the characters’ plights. Fulford-Brown expertly performs the extensive cast of characters, easily moving between them while imbuing each with their described personalities, quirks and all.
VERDICT A captivating production that’s perfect for readers who enjoy historical mysteries and for those Austen fans who’d love to see Mr. Wickham’s ultimate comeuppance.
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