There Must Be Murder

Illustrated by Cassandra Chouinard

"Government," said Henry, endeavouring not to smile, "neither desires nor dares to interfere in such matters. There must be murder; and government cares not how much." - Henry Tilney (Northanger Abbey, Volume I, Chapter XIV)

There Must Be MurderHenry and Catherine Tilney are content with their married life: a comfortable parsonage, their dogs, and one another. The idea of returning to Bath a year after they first met there seems like it can only add to their happiness; but Catherine finds that Bath still carries social dangers that she must learn to navigate. What is the nature of Henry's past relationship with a beautiful young woman? Why is a rakish baronet paying Catherine such particular attention? Is General Tilney going to marry the woman known in Bath as The Merry Widow—and what did she have to do with her husband's death? And will Henry ever be able to keep his Newfoundland out of the river? Revisit the winter pleasures of Georgian Bath with your favorite characters from Jane Austen's hilarious Northanger Abbey, and prepare for a bit of romance, a bit of mystery, and a very nice story indeed!

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What They're Saying About There Must Be Murder

"The story cleverly builds, slowly layering in new characters, revealing family conflicts, planting evidence. Along the way we revisit Milsom-street, Beechen Cliff, the Pump-room, Laura Place and all the highlights of Catherine's first adventure in the beautiful Georgian-era city. Sullivan has captured the charm and endearing delight of Austen's characters beautifully, added new ones rich in folly and nonsense, and a Newfoundland dog named MacGuffin who steals every scene. The numerous illustrations by Cassandra Chouinard are enchanting." - Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

"Margaret's humor also shines through, and I found myself turning page after page until I had finished the story in one sitting." - Vic Sanborne, Jane Austen Today

"A brilliant and reverent homage to Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey." - Meredith Esparza, Austenesque Reviews

"Sullivan captures skilfully the atmosphere, language and characterisation of Northanger Abbey and creates an original and diverting comedy-mystery story that will delight fans of the Gothic romance." - Joceline Bury, Jane Austen's Regency World

"This book absolutely rocks...Also, there are pictures! Yes! Charming sketches depicting all of the main players and scenes drawn by Cassi Chouinard. The wonderful illustrations help set this novella apart and are worth the price of admission (or cost of the book in this case) on their own merit. Luckily for us readers, they are paired with an incredibly well-written and satisfying story! ... There Must Be Murder is fun and awesome. Go buy it. The end." - Jessica Melendez, IndieJane

"At last we have an enjoyable sequel about Catherine Tilney, nee Morland, and her charming husband, the handsome Henry Tilney...To accompany the beautiful story are charming illustrations by Cassandra Chouinard. They are a delightful compliment to the novel. A lover of Northanger Abbey will not at all be disappointed by this faithful sequel. I did not want it to end." - Laurel Obstgarten, Jane Austen Sequels

"I added this to my Kindle and have had the most enjoyable time with Henry and Catherine as they return to Bath shortly after their marriage – filled with Tilney's expected wit and humor, Catherine's laughing at her own efforts to not be temped into gothic thinking, an almost romantic General Tilney pursuing a lovely Bath widow, a possible rival for Henry's attentions, a fair bit about Henry's Newfoundland much appreciated by dog-lovers everywhere, and a possible murder indeed [no spoilers here!]. The illustrations by Cassandra Chouinard are a perfect accompaniment to this fun read – who can resist a few hours with Henry Tilney! ~ highly recommended." - Deb Barnum, Jane Austen in Vermont