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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. Thank you Olga.

    1. A great read! Thanks, Rosie!

  2. These variations of classic novels seem to be becoming more popular. Although I read some Jane Austen in my youth, I confess I found the style a little stilted, and very much of its time. Perhaps I should read them again, now I am much older. As for Pride and Prejudice, I think it actually works better on screen, if adapted well. I am sure this new book will have a ready audience though.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. I love the characters, but I think that whatever we might think about the stories, there is no denying that Austen was a great observer of human nature and of the society of her time. There was a PD James novel that was set after Darcy and Elizabeth had married and it was a mystery. I know it was adapted for the TV but I didn’t manage to catch it at the time…(Death Comes to Pemberley https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2951788/)

      1. I watched that, and it had a great cast. 🙂

        1. Yes. Must try and watch it soon. 🙂

    1. I remember watching the trailer and thinking it looked like fun but never managed to catch it. It was the first of a series of interesting genre-mixing novels, although I haven’t read any of them. I don’t think the others have been turned into movies yet… Keep me posted if you watch it!

  3. These sorts of books fascinate me, Olga. I am never sure whether I agree with people taking famous characters and novels and amending them. It is an endless internal debate for me and I still don’t have the answer.

    1. I know what you mean, Robbie. I’ve read that Austen had imagined the life of her characters beyond the novel, although she didn’t write more books about any of them. They have a big following, for sure (I always get more likes on these reviews on Goodreads than on any other reviews). I guess as readers, we also imagine what happens next… I enjoyed it, and the part of the investigation was very informative as well as intriguing.

  4. Hi Olga. Thanks for this fun review! A Regency police procedural and in the Jane Austen universe? No wonder you couldn’t resist.
    I watched Death Comes to Pemberley. It moved a little slowly for TV, but I enjoyed it. Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Hugs.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. You’re right. It was irresistible and having read another one of the author’s books, I had to. I saw Death Comes to Pemberley advertised but I think it caught me in between places. Have a lovely Easter.

      1. Happy Easter to you as well, Olga. Oh, I didn’t know you had reviewed my “Murder at the Bijou” — Heartfelt thanks! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed it. Hugs.

        1. Thanks, Teagan. Loved it. I always discover new things when I read the book in one go, that I had missed (or probably my brain didn’t remember) when I read it on the blog, although the images you add to the posts always make my day. 🙂

  5. Christina Boyd says:

    I am so glad you enjoyed this mystery too! I think Jenetta James is a talented writer, staying true to the characteristics we expect in Jane Austen’s original characters. Loved how she twisted this beloved classic into something different. Clever story!

    1. I agree, Christina. A very interesting angle. And having studied Criminology, I was fascinated by the historical crime detecting angle. Another great book. Thanks so much for introducing me to such great writers.

  6. jenettajames says:

    Hi Olga – thank you for such a lovely thoughtful review – I am thrilled that you enjoyed the story:-)

    1. Thanks, Jenetta. Great story. I am sure it will do very well. Congratulations!

  7. I love Jane Austen themed novels. Especially from make pov. Such fun to read…

    1. I agree. I think you’d love this one. 🙂

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