After George Wickham is found tied up, naked, on the Austen University Campus Square, President de Bourgh gives student journalist Lizzy Bennet an ultimatum: Find out who committed the crime, or be expelled from the school. Lizzy must team up with some old friends (like the Austen Murder Club) and some new (like...Karoline Bingley?) to get to the bottom of the truth.Complicating matters is the fact that the prime suspect is Fo-Hian Darcy. Darcy and Lizzy have a messy history, but even so, Lizzy just can't accept that Darcy committed the crime. An anonymous whistleblower tips off Lizzy about a secret website called the Portraits of Pemberley that may help her get to the bottom of the mystery--but discovering the truth about who's involved may very well challenge everything that Lizzy believes.The Portraits of Pemberley is Book 2 of the Austen University Mysteries series but can be read as a standalone novel. It combines plot points of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice with Sense and Sensibility (and characters from all of Austen's novels) in a modern-university setting, with mysteries.
Praise for Elizabeth Gilliland
“Gilliland puts her expertise on Jane Austen, the subject of her doctoral dissertation, to amusing use in this promising series launch set at Louisiana’s Austen University, where many of the staff and students have names that will be familiar to Austen readers….Gilliland has fun with the conventions of the closed-circle mystery….The idea of a modern versions of Austen’s heroines joining forces to solve a murder is a clever one and is likely substantial enough to sustain several sequels.” Publisher’s Weeky Review
“I LOVE this book! It’s so fun to see favorite Austen characters with a modern twist. Very well written and such a fun book! I can’t wait for the next book to come out.” Reader Review