The Late Mrs. Willoughby: A Novel (MR. DARCY & MISS TILNEY MYSTERY #2)
The suspenseful sequel to The Murder of Mr. Wickham, which sees Jonathan Darcy and Juliet Tilney reunited, and with another mystery to solve: the dreadful poisoning of the scoundrel Willoughby's new wife.
“An absolute page-turner full of well-plotted mystery and hints of simmering romance.... More of the Jane Austen characters we love (as well as those we love to hate).” —Mia P. Manansala, author of Arsenic and Adobo
Catherine and Henry Tilney of Northanger Abbey are not entirely pleased to be sending their eligible young daughter Juliet out into the world again: the last house party she attended, at the home of the Knightleys, involved a murder—which Juliet helped solve. Particularly concerning is that she intends to visit her new friend Marianne Brandon, who's returned home to Devonshire shrouded in fresh scandal—made more potent by the news that her former suitor, the rakish Mr. Willoughby, intends to take up residence at his local estate with his new bride.
Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley are thrilled that their eldest son, Jonathan—who, like his father, has not always been the most socially adept—has been invited to stay with his former schoolmate, John Willoughby. Jonathan himself is decidedly less taken with the notion of having to spend extended time under the roof of his old bully, but that all changes when he finds himself reunited with his fellow amateur sleuth, the radiant Miss Tilney. And when shortly thereafter, Willoughby's new wife—whom he married for her fortune—dies horribly at the party meant to welcome her to town.
With rumors flying and Marianne—known to be both unstable and previously jilted by the dead woman's newly made widower—under increased suspicion, Jonathan and Juliet must team up once more to uncover the murderer. But as they collect clues and close in on suspects, eerie incidents suggest that the killer may strike again, and that the pair are in far graver danger than they or their families could imagine.
A VINTAGE ORIGINAL.
Praise for The Late Mrs. Willoughby: A Novel (MR. DARCY & MISS TILNEY MYSTERY #2)
ONE OF THE WALL STREET JOURNAL'S BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
“Claudia Gray joined the ranks of the best Jane Austen pastiche artists with 2022’s The Murder of Mr. Wickham. . . . [The] winning streak continues in The Late Mrs. Willoughby. . . . Graceful writing and the sleuths’ budding romance boost this book above the merely imitative.”
—Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal
“[A] virtuoso performance. . . . Genius. . . . Witty observations abound, as do suspects.”
—The Christian Science Monitor
“An absolute page-turner full of well-plotted mystery and hints of simmering romance, The Late Mrs. Willoughby expands on Gray’s wonderfully original amateur sleuths, Jonathan Darcy and Juliet Tilney, while bringing in more of the Jane Austen characters we love (as well as those we love to hate). This is fast becoming one of my favorite series and I’m already eager for the next installment!”
—Mia P. Manansala, author of Homicide and Halo-Halo and Arsenic and Adobo
“Delightful. Claudia Gray is systematically taking out all of the unpleasant characters in Jane Austen’s novels, and I am here for it.”
—Juneau Black, author of Shady Hollow
“A delectable treat of a read, blending the world of Austen with a gripping and gorgeous detective story—the word romp was practically made for this book!”
—Sophie Irwin, author of A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting
“Claudia Gray brilliantly blends history, mystery, and Austen’s creations with wholly original and deeply drawn characters. The Late Mrs. Willoughby is a jewel of a sequel; both a historical and romantic romp and a smartly conceived mystery, all the while building on the relationships of the first. An utter delight.”
—Lev A.C. Rosen, author of Lavender House
“I adore Claudia Gray's pitch-perfect Austen-verse mysteries! The Late Mrs. Willoughby flawlessly intermingles Austen's characters with Gray's to create a Regency murder mystery that will be satisfying for Janeites and newcomers alike. Particularly endearing are the sleuths, Mr. Jonathan Darcy and Miss Juliet Tilney, who are clever enough to please my inner mystery lover, and tantalizing enough to make my inner romance reader make grabby hands for the next book. Crossover historical mystery romance readers have a new series to add to the TBR list.”
—Manda Collins, author of A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem
“Absolutely delightful! Fans of Jane Austen and historical mysteries will fall in love with this series. Gray remains true to Austen’s style and intent for her beloved characters while still adding her own spin on them and their progeny—one that is both refreshing and absorbing. I’m already looking forward to the next installment.”
—Anna Lee Huber, USA Today bestselling author
“What a terrific concept—to take a cadre of beloved literary characters, wrap them up in a murder, and extract a wonderful investigative duo from the bunch! Claudia Gray’s The Late Mrs. Willoughby is a clever, delightful treat for Jane Austen lovers. Ms. Austen would be thrilled!”
—Colleen Cambridge, author of Mastering the Art of French Murder
“[A] superior blend of humor and detection. . . . Gray makes her endearing leads’ sleuthing both plausible and entertaining while evoking the wit and feel of Austen’s classic novels.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Wonderfully reimagines the lives of Austen’s characters yet stays faithful to the spirit of the classic works. . . . It’s fun to anticipate the other Austen characters the young sleuths might encounter in future novels.”