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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 t 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 To make matters worse, an outdated will entails his estate—including Norland & Company, the private investigation firm where her younger sister Marianne worked as her father’s partner and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.


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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 t 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.

30 review for Sense & Second-Degree Murder

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Jane Austen’s epic novel Sense and Sensibility meets whodunnit thriller with Christie vibes is tempting and absolutely promising reading concept I could never resist! I liked the author’s way to retell the original Jane Austen concept with smart changes and transferring the entire plot into murder mystery. She added quirky tone to mature, sensible, rational Elinor’s character who dreams to be a scientist, meeting with her adorable Edward at the wrong circumstances: poor guy telling them their cr Jane Austen’s epic novel Sense and Sensibility meets whodunnit thriller with Christie vibes is tempting and absolutely promising reading concept I could never resist! I liked the author’s way to retell the original Jane Austen concept with smart changes and transferring the entire plot into murder mystery. She added quirky tone to mature, sensible, rational Elinor’s character who dreams to be a scientist, meeting with her adorable Edward at the wrong circumstances: poor guy telling them their cruel step brother and his merciless, greedy wife ( she’s also her sister) left them penniless. Romantic, reckless Marianne is also portrayed as fiery, bold and determined. You know the original story: their father suddenly passed away and he leaves the bulk of his estate to his son from his first marriage and three daughters Elinor, Marianne and little Margaret in straitened circumstances. But there’s a quite big difference in this new version: their father owns Norland& Company- the private investigation firm where Marianne works as his protégée and he dies in suspicious circumstances even though his death was reported as heart attack. Now poor family moves from their estate to cramped apartment on London’s Barton Street. Marianne is extremely furious about not only losing their family estate but also the investigation firm she’s dreamed to take over. But what if their father didn’t die of natural causes? He had too enemies because of the nature of his occupation and let’s not forget his greedy son and greedier daughter in law who are fully and financially benefited from his death. You may sense what’s gonna come next: Marianne’s impulsive, straightforward, intuitional methods balance with Elinor’s observant, rational side and scientific approach to find the perpetrator and bring out the justice! So buckle up, get your popcorn and your choice of poison ( mine is chilled bottle of Chardonnay as usual) and get ready to be lost in this historical cozy murder mystery! I liked the smart approach of the author to throw the thriller elements into the retelling equation. The characterization and dialogues are well developed. There are so missing pieces and plot holes about mystery side but at least the conclusion is satisfying. Overall: I found this creative retelling idea brilliant! I’m looking forward to read more works of the author and more books from this series! Special thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins Children’s Books - Harper Teen for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    This series is a true delight. The second book is even better than the first. Our favorite S & S characters come to life in a murder mystery with the narrative split between Elinor and Marianne. Don't you for one minute think that Margaret is forgotten. Her character arc really shines in this retelling. So precocious and endearing! Another fun surprise is having a teeny bit of crossover with Pride and Premeditation. If you haven't read that one yet, no worries. You can jump in with either book a This series is a true delight. The second book is even better than the first. Our favorite S & S characters come to life in a murder mystery with the narrative split between Elinor and Marianne. Don't you for one minute think that Margaret is forgotten. Her character arc really shines in this retelling. So precocious and endearing! Another fun surprise is having a teeny bit of crossover with Pride and Premeditation. If you haven't read that one yet, no worries. You can jump in with either book as they are standalones just as Austen wrote her versions to be. Tirzah Price has added some STEM elements (Elinor aspires to be a chemist) and a thrilling murder mystery (Marianne assisted her late father in his detective business). Edward is as adorable as ever. Fanny and Lucy Steele as infuriating as ever. And watch out for Willoughby! There is a central element to this tale that haunts us still in its modern version. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Edward is as adorable as ever. Fanny and Lucy Steele as infuriating as ever. And watch out for Willoughby! Thank you to HarperTeen and Edelweiss+ for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shauni

    This was such a fun read. With the wit and charm of Jane Austen and the mystery and sleuthing of Agatha Christie, this book was a delightful blend of romance, humor and who-dunit? When their father unexpectedly dies, the Dashwood sisters go on a hunt to discover what really happened. They soon find that their father was in fact murdered and the killer may still be on the loose. I loved the dynamics of the sisterly relationships in this book. Elinor has a scientific mind and is continually trying This was such a fun read. With the wit and charm of Jane Austen and the mystery and sleuthing of Agatha Christie, this book was a delightful blend of romance, humor and who-dunit? When their father unexpectedly dies, the Dashwood sisters go on a hunt to discover what really happened. They soon find that their father was in fact murdered and the killer may still be on the loose. I loved the dynamics of the sisterly relationships in this book. Elinor has a scientific mind and is continually trying to learn more as she dreams of one day being a chemist in a man's world. Marianne is a romantic and dreams of marrying for love. And young Margaret is a budding novelist with a quick mind, forever on the lookout for inspiration for her upcoming stories. Their spats felt true to typical sibling rivalry and often made me chuckle. But in the end, bonds of family and love run deep. I loved the loyalty they showed for eachother. This book was a delight. While the plot was a little predictable, I absolutely loved watching it unfold. Many thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins Children's Books for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bon

    ...Hmm. Hmmmmm. 3.25? So this was...Better than the awful first book that I DNFed, but still was...Just Mostly Fine. I think I'm more attached to and defensive of P&P so some retellings of it just completely fizzle out pretty early on. Sense and Sensibility has different things to work with, and I'll give this writer some kudos for contriving a...mostly feasible mystery out of this plot. I will say, I sort of blanked out once Marianne said "I'm not a gold digger", a term not in common parlance f ...Hmm. Hmmmmm. 3.25? So this was...Better than the awful first book that I DNFed, but still was...Just Mostly Fine. I think I'm more attached to and defensive of P&P so some retellings of it just completely fizzle out pretty early on. Sense and Sensibility has different things to work with, and I'll give this writer some kudos for contriving a...mostly feasible mystery out of this plot. I will say, I sort of blanked out once Marianne said "I'm not a gold digger", a term not in common parlance for at least another century according to google. The historical inaccuracies abound, but then, the author has huge disclaimers at the end of every book so I guess it's kind of down to how much you can suspend your disbelief to enjoy a read (I personally find it really difficult in most cases that aren't like a fluffy puff piece read...). Margaret was a spunky, enjoyable little gremlin like I usually find her, and a total scene stealer. The best parts were when she was on-page; or, since I listened to audio, when the narrator was channeling her with a hilarious little voice. Marianne was, funnily enough, on-brand in the sense that she was like Hmm this man's hot so definitely not a suspect. In the matter of her and Elinor's "roles" as investigators, I didn't buy her as a hardcore detective in training, not with her latter weaknesses lol. Anyways this was a Fine listen to while away time at work, I'm glad I gave the author another shot. We'll see if Manslaughter Park is worth it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brogan Lane

    'Elinor stood frozen just on the edge of it all. No amount of society training or experience had ever prepared her for the moment in which she had to safely extricate her sister from a fight at a private club!' I absolutely adored this murder-mystery retelling of Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. Sense and Second-Degree Murder is a fun and intelligent mystery that gives us the nostalgia of Jane Austen's beloved characters while also giving us a freshness and unexpectedness with the added myst 'Elinor stood frozen just on the edge of it all. No amount of society training or experience had ever prepared her for the moment in which she had to safely extricate her sister from a fight at a private club!' I absolutely adored this murder-mystery retelling of Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. Sense and Second-Degree Murder is a fun and intelligent mystery that gives us the nostalgia of Jane Austen's beloved characters while also giving us a freshness and unexpectedness with the added mystery. Tirzah Price is a very confident writer and this is a very solid 'follow-up' to her debut Pride and Premeditation. Taking upon Jane Austen is a big task and I feel like Tirzah Price has accomplished something great here that gives Austen fans what they want. I really loved this book and I was instantly enthralled by the mystery and the writing. Elinor and Marianne are an iconic sisterly duo as they try to solve their own father's murder - it is dark, humorous and twisty. Even though I've read Sense and Sensibility and know the plot very well, Price uses that to her advantage. While certain culprits are obvious (if you have read the S & S), the twists and the ways in which Elinor and Marianne find clues were not. I found it so fascinating and I was kinda sad when I finished it! I wanted more from these characters. Sense and Sensibility, I'll be very honest, is not my favourite Jane Austen novel, however, I really loved this book. It brought to life certain characters I didn't care for and really shaped them into characters I did care for. I loved the sisterly bond and I loved how Tirzah Price developed Margaret's character a lot more. She is an aspiring novelist and wants to know every gritty detail about solving a murder purely for her writing. She was a fun character! A very promising trilogy and I'm very excited for Manslaughter Park that is coming out next year!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility gets a murder mystery makeover that is perfect for fans of the original story. I love how the author stays true to the character’s personalities while presenting a new and fresh plot that still has elements of the original story. The Dashwood sisters are fantastic, and the author does a great job in creating layered and compelling young women with feminist ideal, determination, and intellect. They are so different from the typical women in their social circle, Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility gets a murder mystery makeover that is perfect for fans of the original story. I love how the author stays true to the character’s personalities while presenting a new and fresh plot that still has elements of the original story. The Dashwood sisters are fantastic, and the author does a great job in creating layered and compelling young women with feminist ideal, determination, and intellect. They are so different from the typical women in their social circle, and they have hopes and dreams that extend beyond balls, marriage, and motherhood. Elinor is an aspiring scientist, and Marianne wants to follow in her father’s detective footsteps. Each goes through their own trials and tribulations, yet they work together to find out what really happened to their beloved father. They each use their strengths to help solve the mystery, and they work together so well. The mystery is intriguing and has many twists and turns, which I enjoyed. It is such a fresh twist on the original story, and I like how the author still included important events that occurred in Sense and Sensibility while adding a whole new plot that is unique. I thought mystery and sleuthing complemented the original piece well. The plot also includes two fantastic romances that you will recognize from the original story. Though the mystery is the focus of the novel, I enjoyed the love stories just as much. I also appreciated the messages about following your dreams, trusting your instincts, and supporting those you love. Although this is the second book in the series, it is a standalone, and if you’re looking for a fresh twist on a classic novel, you should definitely check it out. Special thanks to Edelweiss and Harper Collins for providing me with a copy of the book. All thoughts are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Literary Redhead

    SENSE AND SECOND-DEGREE MURDER by Tirzah Price HarperCollins Children's Books, HarperTeen Pub Date: April 5 Oh how I adored this second in the Jane Austen Murder Mystery series. Even more fun than Pride and Premeditation, Sense and Second-Degree Murder is a delightful nod to Austen's story of the Dashwood sisters with a fine twist of mystery. Elinor finds her father dead in his office and she and Marianne soon discover traces of poison in his teacup. And as their father once instructed, where there SENSE AND SECOND-DEGREE MURDER by Tirzah Price HarperCollins Children's Books, HarperTeen Pub Date: April 5 Oh how I adored this second in the Jane Austen Murder Mystery series. Even more fun than Pride and Premeditation, Sense and Second-Degree Murder is a delightful nod to Austen's story of the Dashwood sisters with a fine twist of mystery. Elinor finds her father dead in his office and she and Marianne soon discover traces of poison in his teacup. And as their father once instructed, where there is poison, there is always murder. The sisters work together to discover the killer, and to deal with their half-brother's inheritance of the estate. He and his snobby wife soon kick the sisters out of their father's house, forcing them to move to a tiny apartment. Will they succeed in finding the murderer? And what about the will that's turned up giving all to their nasty half-relation? Any Janeite will love this story, as will fans of wonderful mysteries that keep them pinned to the last absorbing page. Thanks to Tirzah Price, HarperCollins Children's Books, HarperTeen, and NetGalley for the e-ARC. Opinions are mine. #SenseandSecondDegreeMurder #TirzahPrice HarperCollinsChildrensBooksHarperTeen #NetGalley #AustenInspiredMysteryNovel #DashwoodSisters #SenseandSensibility #bookstgramcommunity

  8. 4 out of 5

    lydia

    well this book was nothing short of delightful! i haven’t actually read Sense and Sensibility, but there’s a BBC series that i’ve watched several times and it is just the best 😂 so i basically know the story and the characters, and this book followed them to the very minute details (which i loved, bc i love the original characters :) ) the murder mystery aspect of this story was really intriguing and it felt like an agatha christie story (someone who’s read both lmk if i’m wrong, but i’ve seen a well this book was nothing short of delightful! i haven’t actually read Sense and Sensibility, but there’s a BBC series that i’ve watched several times and it is just the best 😂 so i basically know the story and the characters, and this book followed them to the very minute details (which i loved, bc i love the original characters :) ) the murder mystery aspect of this story was really intriguing and it felt like an agatha christie story (someone who’s read both lmk if i’m wrong, but i’ve seen a few of her movies and it seems similar lol). complaint: this book moved sooooo sssslllloooowwwwllllyyyyy for like the first 60% which was pesky (like i found myself counting down the percentages on my kindle), but it sure did speed up past that 😅 honestly that’s my one and only complaint. the author kept both of her books squeaky clean, besides the very few according-to-the-period curse words. overall very nice book 4.5/5 stars

  9. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    This book is just so much fun. I love Tirzah Price's Jane Austen mystery series. They're so smart and engaging. This book is just so much fun. I love Tirzah Price's Jane Austen mystery series. They're so smart and engaging.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kara Gemian

    CW: Drug Addiction Oh, I just loved this. There is a slight possibility I enjoyed this more than Pride and Premeditation and I think that has to do with how well I know that source material. I am a little less familiar with Sense and Sensibility and it made for a more thrilling read of this reimagined version. I loved the powerful Dashwood sisters and their dreams of becoming more than societal ladies and their mother's (plus Edward and Brandon's!) adamant support of their wants. I loved Edward CW: Drug Addiction Oh, I just loved this. There is a slight possibility I enjoyed this more than Pride and Premeditation and I think that has to do with how well I know that source material. I am a little less familiar with Sense and Sensibility and it made for a more thrilling read of this reimagined version. I loved the powerful Dashwood sisters and their dreams of becoming more than societal ladies and their mother's (plus Edward and Brandon's!) adamant support of their wants. I loved Edward and the swoony Mr. Brandon (who I will always, always picture as a young Alan Rickman) and I even enjoyed these iterations of Willoughby and Lucy Steele. It was incredibly interesting to read of opium and morphine at this early stage in their 'medicinal' uses. I loved the line where Brandon says something like, 'just because a doctor gave it to you doesn't mean it is completely safe.' and I felt that so deeply. I personally know many people who developed drug habits after being prescribed medication for an injury. Reading about that type of situation in this historical setting made me so sad because the horrible after effects weren't necessarily known then as they are now. I highly recommend this book for any regency/Austen fan and of course any thriller fan! I cant wait to purchase a finished copy in April. *Thank you to Edelweiss for the chance to read!*

  11. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Sense & Second-Degree Murder is a well written period murder mystery pastiche based on Jane Austen's characters and the second book in this series by Tirzah Price. Due out 5th April 2022 from Harper Collins, it's 416 pages and will be available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Sense & Second-Degree Murder is a well written period murder mystery pastiche based on Jane Austen's characters and the second book in this series by Tirzah Price. Due out 5th April 2022 from Harper Collins, it's 416 pages and will be available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. Although it's the second book in the series, this is a standalone story and self contained in one volume. The characters and dialogue are appealingly written (with nods to the original period characters) but the whole is perfectly accessible and enjoyable for the modern reader. Although fairly true to the original source material, the author has constructed a solid mystery with a satisfying denouement and resolution. Although published under the HarperTeen imprint, this is a robust mystery for all ages. Four stars. Enjoyable and well done. Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Literary Redhead

    SENSE AND SECOND-DEGREE MURDER by Tirzah Price HarperCollins Children's Books, HarperTeen Pub Date: April 5 Oh how I adored this second in the Jane Austen Murder Mystery series. Even more fun than Pride and Premeditation, Sense and Second-Degree Murder is a delightful nod to Austen's story of the Dashwood sisters with a fine twist of mystery. Elinor finds her father dead in his office and she and Marianne soon discover traces of poison in his teacup. And as their father once instructed, where there SENSE AND SECOND-DEGREE MURDER by Tirzah Price HarperCollins Children's Books, HarperTeen Pub Date: April 5 Oh how I adored this second in the Jane Austen Murder Mystery series. Even more fun than Pride and Premeditation, Sense and Second-Degree Murder is a delightful nod to Austen's story of the Dashwood sisters with a fine twist of mystery. Elinor finds her father dead in his office and she and Marianne soon discover traces of poison in his teacup. And as their father once instructed, where there is poison, there is always murder. The sisters work together to discover the killer, and to deal with their half-brother's inheritance of the estate. He and his snobby wife soon kick the sisters out of their father's house, forcing them to move to a tiny apartment. Will they succeed in finding the murderer? And what about the will that's turned up giving all to their nasty half-relation? Any Janeite will love this story, as will fans of wonderful mysteries that keep them pinned to the last absorbing page. Thanks to Tirzah Price, HarperCollins Children's Books, HarperTeen, and NetGalley for the e-ARC. Opinions are mine. #SenseandSecondDegreeMurder #TirzahPrice HarperCollinsChildrensBooksHarperTeen #NetGalley #AustenInspiredMysteryNovel #DashwoodSisters #SenseandSensibility #bookstgramcommunity

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stephenie

    "I will be mistress of myself." Sense & Second-Degree Murder is a fun mystery with twists, murder, and a dash of romance. This was such a delightful and clever spin on the original. The Dashwood sisters are a force, and the last quarter was an absolute page turner that kept me glued to the book. Despite wanting to shake Elinor and Marianne on several occasions, I adored their sisterhood and seeing them as progressive women. And Margaret, she is so clever and mischievous here. So glad she got to s "I will be mistress of myself." Sense & Second-Degree Murder is a fun mystery with twists, murder, and a dash of romance. This was such a delightful and clever spin on the original. The Dashwood sisters are a force, and the last quarter was an absolute page turner that kept me glued to the book. Despite wanting to shake Elinor and Marianne on several occasions, I adored their sisterhood and seeing them as progressive women. And Margaret, she is so clever and mischievous here. So glad she got to shine here! Sadly, I was a little underwhelmed by the lack of swoon-worthy moments, but it still kept me guessing and rooting for the sisters, for justice, and for everyone's HEA! This is book 2 in the Jane Austen Murder Mystery series, but can be read as a standalone. what to expect: • dual pov • sister bonds • twists & turns • Elinor, an aspiring scientist • Marianne, an investigator apprentice • Margaret, a budding novelist 😂 • cozy murder mystery • balls & gowns & stink bombs • fun retelling of Sense & Sensibility • a dash of romance & secret pining cw: drug addiction

  14. 5 out of 5

    Naomi's Bookshelf

    Sense and Sensibility is one of my favourite Jane Austen novel. I love it because of the sister dynamic so I was interested to see that portrayed throughout this mystery. It went above and beyond what I expected in regards to that and everything else! All three sisters felt authentic but new. I loved the new setting of London and how other characters were the same at heart with a few tweaks of circumstance. I also love the fact that I was throughly tricked! It must so hard as everyone knows who Sense and Sensibility is one of my favourite Jane Austen novel. I love it because of the sister dynamic so I was interested to see that portrayed throughout this mystery. It went above and beyond what I expected in regards to that and everything else! All three sisters felt authentic but new. I loved the new setting of London and how other characters were the same at heart with a few tweaks of circumstance. I also love the fact that I was throughly tricked! It must so hard as everyone knows who is good guy and who is a bad one but the twists and turns kept me entertained while tricking me. My only negative was that I had a robot narrator as I had an arc so that impacted my enjoyment. I refuse to let it take away a star though! I received an arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    Oh my gosh, I flipping LOVED this book! I honestly couldn’t put it down and read it in an afternoon/evening. I found it to be even more engaging than Pride and Premeditation, and I didn’t think it possible. I’m very familiar with the source material, but I don’t think you have to be to enjoy the story. The author’s interpretations of the characters, even the villains, was brilliant, and I could so easily read further escapades of the Dashwood sisters! I received a copy of this book from the publi Oh my gosh, I flipping LOVED this book! I honestly couldn’t put it down and read it in an afternoon/evening. I found it to be even more engaging than Pride and Premeditation, and I didn’t think it possible. I’m very familiar with the source material, but I don’t think you have to be to enjoy the story. The author’s interpretations of the characters, even the villains, was brilliant, and I could so easily read further escapades of the Dashwood sisters! I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss. All opinions are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Millie Nevelos

    i loved it so much. i already love jane austen and i like murder mystery’s so them together is just perfect. love

  17. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn DeRouin

    Read my full review and others here: https://teatimelit.com/ Sense and Second-Degree Murder centers around the Dashwood sisters — Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret — after the discovery of their father dead in his study. John, the girl’s half-brother, and his wife, Fanny, are to inherit their family estate and so they quickly kick the girls and their mother out of the house, forcing them to move into a much smaller apartment. However, getting kicked out of their home is the least of their worries. W Read my full review and others here: https://teatimelit.com/ Sense and Second-Degree Murder centers around the Dashwood sisters — Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret — after the discovery of their father dead in his study. John, the girl’s half-brother, and his wife, Fanny, are to inherit their family estate and so they quickly kick the girls and their mother out of the house, forcing them to move into a much smaller apartment. However, getting kicked out of their home is the least of their worries. While the doctor is quick to dismiss their father’s death as a heart attack, Elinor and Marianne put their science and detective skills to work and quickly discover that their father had been poisoned. The Dashwood girls work together to discover the killer, but with every new discovery they find themselves in more danger. Can they find the killer before they strike again? It’s no secret that I love Jane Austen, so this Jane Austen Murder Mystery series is one that called to me right away. I thoroughly enjoyed Pride and Premeditation, so I was very eager to get my hands on Sense and Second-Degree Murder and it did not disappoint! This was a very cleverly crafted mystery! At the start of the book it seems like there is an easy culprit — they have means and motive, it had to have been them! — but as the story goes on, more layers to the mystery are revealed. There were a few things that I just didn’t see coming and hadn’t anticipated — I loved it! The reveal surprised me, but didn’t feel as though it came out of the blue, which is, in my opinion, a super important aspect of mystery storytelling. If the reader is going to be surprised by the ending, it must make sense and I’m very glad that this one did. Sense and Second-Degree Murder may have just been released, but I already can’t wait for the next book in this series. If you like regency stories and mysteries, I definitely recommend checking out the Jane Austen Murder Mystery series!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Grace

    ahhh this was so fun! I love this series and can't wait for the third book. I definitely recommend for fans of Jane Austen or historical mysteries! ahhh this was so fun! I love this series and can't wait for the third book. I definitely recommend for fans of Jane Austen or historical mysteries!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Maria Cecelia

    It was so good! In the beginning, I didn't think it would be as good as Pride and Premeditation, but it was! It was so good! In the beginning, I didn't think it would be as good as Pride and Premeditation, but it was!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    When their father is found dead in his study, the sisters Dashwood are both devastated and financially ruined. Mr. Dashwood may have made some enemies as an investigator, so his enterprising daughters Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret, are out to catch his killer. This was a fun Regency mystery. It was well done, if a bit heavy-handed at times, and I enjoyed the characters. I’ll definitely read sequels or other books by the author if there are any! Thank you to NetGalley and the the publisher for th When their father is found dead in his study, the sisters Dashwood are both devastated and financially ruined. Mr. Dashwood may have made some enemies as an investigator, so his enterprising daughters Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret, are out to catch his killer. This was a fun Regency mystery. It was well done, if a bit heavy-handed at times, and I enjoyed the characters. I’ll definitely read sequels or other books by the author if there are any! Thank you to NetGalley and the the publisher for this ARC ebook!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view. In the second instalment of the Jane Austen Murder Mystery series, Sense and Second-Degree Murder follows the intrepid Dashwood sisters, who, having just lost their father and their home, search for the truth about his death, and try and continue his work at Norland & Company. When the eldest sister, Elinor, discovers her father's dead body, she thinks only to protect her sisters, Marianne and I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view. In the second instalment of the Jane Austen Murder Mystery series, Sense and Second-Degree Murder follows the intrepid Dashwood sisters, who, having just lost their father and their home, search for the truth about his death, and try and continue his work at Norland & Company. When the eldest sister, Elinor, discovers her father's dead body, she thinks only to protect her sisters, Marianne and Margaret, but soon it's clear that his death was not normal. There's clues afoot, and with Marianne's knowledge of investigating, soon the sisters find themselves in a twisted web of lies, and the new people in their lives may be hiding their own secrets. When I finished reading Pride and Premeditation I couldn't wait for Tirzah's next book. I love Austen's works, and the premise of this series was perfect for me, but I struggled a little with this book. Part of that may have been that I was approved for a voice galley, and it takes me longer to 'read' them than e-books, but I wasn't as invested. I mean, P&P is my favourite of Austen's book so I was bound to enjoy that more, however I had really high hopes for Sense and Second-Degree Murder. What I found was that Marianne was very annoying, until about the last 20% of the book. Obviously if you know the source material, Willoughby is a wrong-one, and Marianne is taken in, but with how she is introduced to us, it's a bit farcical how easily he dupes her. Margaret may have just been my favourite character. She's so plucky and smart, and really helps the plot when all was just about lost. Elinor, I just wanted to hug and comfort. She takes on so much responsibility in the book, and honestly, she deserves to be treated better by her family, and friends. I found once the plot had really begun, and the characters had settled, it definitely improved, and the last 25% or so made it a 4 star book! I was hoping a book in the series would focus on Emma, but it seems the next book will be Manslaughter Park.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sasha Kuntsevich

    A fun sequel that captured the essence of Sense and Sensibility while also breathing fresh life into Jane Austen's novel. Sense and Second-Degree Murder is a Austen retelling with a murder mystery twist which follows sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood as they deal with the unexpected death of their father (which might be not as natural as they thought) and due to their father's outdated will, losing the home that they grew up in and their father's private investigator firm to their older brothe A fun sequel that captured the essence of Sense and Sensibility while also breathing fresh life into Jane Austen's novel. Sense and Second-Degree Murder is a Austen retelling with a murder mystery twist which follows sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood as they deal with the unexpected death of their father (which might be not as natural as they thought) and due to their father's outdated will, losing the home that they grew up in and their father's private investigator firm to their older brother and his bratty wife. When Elinor, an amateur chemist, finds evidence that their father was poisoned, she teams up with Marianne, a partner in their father's private investigator firm, to try to solve his death and find a way to provide for their mother and younger sister Margaret. And just maybe, find love. This was such a perfect reimagining of Sense and Sensibility. I loved the fact that Tirzah Price made both Elinor and Marianne, and even Margaret, have a passion that they strived toward; Elinor with chemistry, Marianne with the private investigator firm, and Margaret with writing. I also enjoyed the whodunit elements in the story. Even if you are familiar with the Austen novel, Price still keeps you on your toes with fast-paced thriller elements as you try to figure out along with Elinor and Marianne who the culprit is. Edward and Brandon are oh so cute as well! I love how supportive and encouraging both of them are to the sisters and their dreams. This is the second book in the Jane Austen Murder Mystery series but you don't have to read the Pride and Premeditation to dive right into this one. However, there is a fun connection to the first book! So, I do hope some characters from this book show up in the third :)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline Firkins

    A fun and brisk follow up to Pride and Premeditation, Price delivers another mash up of Austen and Christie with lots of touches entirely her own. As with the first book, readers won't need to know the source material, but those who do can enjoy all the parallels as they turn the pages, wondering which member of the extensive cast is the villain this time? Price keeps the romance plots from Austen's novel, but they take a back seat to the mystery here, as the three Dashwood sisters race to find A fun and brisk follow up to Pride and Premeditation, Price delivers another mash up of Austen and Christie with lots of touches entirely her own. As with the first book, readers won't need to know the source material, but those who do can enjoy all the parallels as they turn the pages, wondering which member of the extensive cast is the villain this time? Price keeps the romance plots from Austen's novel, but they take a back seat to the mystery here, as the three Dashwood sisters race to find their father's murderer before the evil-doer claims another victim. Elinor and Marianne are clever girls with professional dreams modern readers can relate to, while scene-stealing Margaret begs for a follow up book all her own. Price also peppers the novel with interesting historical facts, while taking a few liberties to suit the story. These books are such enjoyable reads and I'm already looking forward to number three!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This is the second in the series following the storyline and spirit of the original Austen stories but adding a Mystery.  These Dashwood sisters are even more independent and advantageous than the originals. I really enjoyed following them trying to solve this mystery. Their father had taught them what he knew in his investigating and even had them accompany him. Fanny is just as horrible in this book than the other. She's the perfect petty selfish character that everyone hates, and everyone knows This is the second in the series following the storyline and spirit of the original Austen stories but adding a Mystery.  These Dashwood sisters are even more independent and advantageous than the originals. I really enjoyed following them trying to solve this mystery. Their father had taught them what he knew in his investigating and even had them accompany him. Fanny is just as horrible in this book than the other. She's the perfect petty selfish character that everyone hates, and everyone knows of one of these people in their life. I didn't want to put this book down! The characters have similar names and characters from her original book but were doing much different things. The mystery kept unraveling and things they didn't realize were related were connected. Then when it all panned out it was a much bigger conclusion than they were expecting. The two sisters trying to stay in the same occupation as their father and finding support from the two men they ended up with was great! Loved the chemistry experiments!  Tw: drugs, death Thank you HarperCollins Children's Books, HarperTeen and Net Galley for the e-ARC for my honest and voluntary review

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jeannette

    Elinor Dashwood dreams of studying chemistry, and she thinks she can convince her father to approve. After all, he allows her sister Marianne to help him with his investigation business, and their youngest sister Margaret spends her time dreaming up dramatic novels to write. But when Elinor goes to speak with him, she finds him dead. It isn't long before the girls come to the conclusion that he has been murdered. The top suspect? Their brother and his wife, who have just inherited everything the Elinor Dashwood dreams of studying chemistry, and she thinks she can convince her father to approve. After all, he allows her sister Marianne to help him with his investigation business, and their youngest sister Margaret spends her time dreaming up dramatic novels to write. But when Elinor goes to speak with him, she finds him dead. It isn't long before the girls come to the conclusion that he has been murdered. The top suspect? Their brother and his wife, who have just inherited everything the late Mr. Dashwood owned, and who show no qualms about ejecting the Dashwood ladies from their home with barely a penny to their name. As the Dashwood girls dive deeper into their investigation, we encounter all the familiar Austen characters, but Price has put a wonderful spin on each. They are entirely recognizable and themselves, and yet in other ways they are new, fitting perfectly into this altered version of Austen history (and may I say, I have never enjoyed Marianne as much as the way Price has written her!). Despite knowing who the original antagonists are, it was fun to follow this mystery and see how the author weaves it using real historical issues. By the end, I found it hard to put down and was dying to see how it played out all at once. I wish I didn't have to wait so long for the third in this series! *Thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins for providing this ARC for review!*

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    4.5 stars. Mr. Dashwood is found dead in his study and the girls feel that something is not right. When they discover he has been murdered Marianne, who had been helping her father in his detective agency, decides to figure out who did it. With the help of her sisters Elenor the aspiring chemist and Margret the writer they set off to find out who killed their father. I really enjoyed this journey with the Dashwood sisters. They all had such different personalities and I loved each of them. Of co 4.5 stars. Mr. Dashwood is found dead in his study and the girls feel that something is not right. When they discover he has been murdered Marianne, who had been helping her father in his detective agency, decides to figure out who did it. With the help of her sisters Elenor the aspiring chemist and Margret the writer they set off to find out who killed their father. I really enjoyed this journey with the Dashwood sisters. They all had such different personalities and I loved each of them. Of course Marianne was as frustrating as ever haha but she has always been a bit to spontaneous for me. I liked how the author weaved in the additional characters. There were a few surprises along the way and I liked the chase that you were taken on.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kelli Roberts

    I absolutely adore this series! These YA murder mystery retellings of Jane Austen novels are clever and entertaining, and I can't put them down once I start. I'm not very familar with Sense & Sensibility, but that didn't matter. The story is engaging and the characters are well-drawn, and I was interested right through the last page. I can't wait to read the next one! Thank you to HarperCollins Children's Books and Netgalley for the chance to read this very fun advance digital copy! I absolutely adore this series! These YA murder mystery retellings of Jane Austen novels are clever and entertaining, and I can't put them down once I start. I'm not very familar with Sense & Sensibility, but that didn't matter. The story is engaging and the characters are well-drawn, and I was interested right through the last page. I can't wait to read the next one! Thank you to HarperCollins Children's Books and Netgalley for the chance to read this very fun advance digital copy!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jeanna Bosick

    This second novel from Tirzah Price is a fun little continuation. In this YA murder mystery the Dashwood sisters must investigate the death of their father. Things being taken out from under them and the mysterious death they must work together to find the murderer. Cozy and quaint little mystery read that I would recommend to all that love mysteries and Jane Austen. 🎉 Thanks to NetGalley & Harper Collins Childrens Books for the opportunity to review this advanced copy!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Rivera

    Oh man I really enjoyed this book. While I am not very familiar with Sense and Sensibility that didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story or how much I enjoyed all character especially the Dashwood sisters. But if you do know the story then you will have fun seeing how it connects to the original story and how it was turned into a murder mystery retelling of the story and what was changed to make that happen. I really liked the trio of sisters Marianne the detective, Elinor the chemist who i Oh man I really enjoyed this book. While I am not very familiar with Sense and Sensibility that didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story or how much I enjoyed all character especially the Dashwood sisters. But if you do know the story then you will have fun seeing how it connects to the original story and how it was turned into a murder mystery retelling of the story and what was changed to make that happen. I really liked the trio of sisters Marianne the detective, Elinor the chemist who is also the oldest and little sister Margaret the writer and how they didn’t let the fact that they were young women and stop them from trying to figure out what happened to their father. The mystery was good and it kept me guessing until the end and it was a pretty fast read. Now I have to get the first in the series and give that a read since Pride and Prejudice is my favorite Jane Austen story. Thanks to Harper Collins Childrens Books and Netgalley for the complimentary copy of this book in e-book form. All opinions in this review are my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen

    3.75 Will recommend to my young friends. A fun mystery in the style of Jane Austin which handles more difficult issues (drug addiction in this time period) in a gentle and intelligent fashion. I listened to this early copy via audio via NetGalley. I appreciated the opportunity to read this and am planning to enjoy the first book in this series, Pride and Premeditation, as well.

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