“The Strength of Their Attachment” from Rational Creatures by Sophia Rose
So here at MysteriousEats.wordpress.com I wouldn’t call us lazy, but if my older sister blog JaneAustenRunsMyLife.wordpress.com has already reviewed or posted something, we just copy and paste it minus the Austen-y things as we concentrate more on the mystery.
So my sister blog reviewed a book Rational Creatures, short stories on different Jane Austen female characters from Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion. Now most of these stories are not mysteries or have mysterious elements, so I just passed them by.
But the one that did interest me, was the Northanger Abbey short story by Sophia Rose…yes this one was a mystery!
So quick background copied from my sister blog:
“So for those who haven’t read it it- Catherine Morland seemed so average that no one would think she could ever be a heroine-but those people will be proven wrong. She loves to read, especially gothic stories and has an overactive imagination. She is gifted with a trip to Bath and ends up in her own romance suspense novel! A love triangle, an overbearing father, a mysterious death, a foreboding Abbey, and more! I love it and you all should read it if you haven’t!”
So at the end of Northanger Abbey, Catherine was sent home embarrassed-then Mr. Tilney came and professed his love, and all was happy. Right?
She has returned home to find her brother, James Morland, has disappeared.
After his fiancé Isabella threw James over, trying to snare a bigger fish, he became despondent. They have tried to contact him numerous times, but there are no answers to them. Even their aunt who resides in Oxford has had one of her grooms deliver a letter but nothing.
Catherine takes a moment to work out a plan and convinces her parents to let her go to Oxford and try a personal visit. Catherine prepares for the trip and that there is a stranger in the village asking questions about her brother.
Catherine gets there and it appears her fears were not unfounded. The porter has not seen James, but his mail has disappeared and some of things are gone with no one knowing where he has gone.
Catherine grows more and more worried-nothing heard from James-nothing from her fiancé Mr. Tilney. What is going on with this men?
Catherine once again finds herself in a plot she’s only ever read about-dastardly plans, missing brother, missing fiancé, a viscount, goons after her-straight out of an adventure story. Will she be able to stop this plotter? Will she find her brother? What’s wrong with her fiancé?
Thoughts After Reading:
I thought this was a great mystery. It was funny, suspenseful, and had a great resolution.
To read the full Rational Creatures review check out my sister blog
For more Jane Austen mysteries, go to Suspense & Sensibility (Or First Impressions Revisited)
For more short stories, go to The Idol House of Astarte
For more disappearances, go to Lowcountry Boneyard
For more Northanger Abbey, go to Midnight in Austenland
For more from JaneAustenRunsMyLife, go to Matcha Latte (Hot or Cold)