Friday, 23 December 2011


Lyn Shepherd: Did Santa put Death Comes to Pemberley in your stocking?
Maria Grazia: YES!!!
Lynn Shepherd: Did you read Murder at Mansfield Park when it came out last year?
Maria Grazia: YES!!!
Lynn Shepherd: If so, why not join in some Austenesque festive frolics and take part in the #AustenMurderMatch on Twitter?
Maria Grazia: YES, COUNT ME IN!!!

What is this all about?

It's about  ... a great fun event Lynn Shepherd, author of Murder at Mansfield Park and Tom-All-Alone's (to be released on February 2012in the UK, then in the US as The Solitary House)  has just launched on her site and on twitter.
She’s going to pitch two Janeite murder mysteries (her Murder at Mansfield Park and P.D. James’s Death Comes to Pemberley ) together, head to head, and see which one we readers think comes out on top. She’s  inviting anyone who’s read both books to write a short review comparing the two, and
giving them each a score. The #AustenMurderMatch will start on December 26th and run till Monday 9th January 2012, and at the end all the scores will be added up and the winner announced!

Three of the reviewers who take part will also be chosen at random to receive a prize:

1.     One UK reviewer will receive a copy of my next book, Tom-All-Alone’s, a murder mystery inspired by Charles Dickens’ Bleak House

2.       One US or Canada reviewer will receive a copy of my Dickens book under its North American title,  
          The Solitary House

3.       And one reviewer from the rest of the world will receive a signed copy of Murder at Mansfield Park.

I’ve already accepted the invitation and ... sharpened my quill! Do you want to know what you need to do to take part in the event?

Send Lynn Shepherd an email at before midnight UK time on Sunday 8th January. The email needs to contain:

•            Your Twitter name

•            A review, in English, comparing Death Comes to Pemberley and Murder at Mansfield Park. This     
             should be no more than 150 words long. 
•            A score out of ten for each of the books.
•         The country where you live (this will not be made public – it’s purely for the purpose of the prize draw).

All  reviews will be published in full on Lynn’s website (including your Twitter name), though of course she  reserves the right not to publish anything I’m sent that’s inappropriate or offensive. Hopefully there will be enough reviews to allow her to publish them in batches, so we can keep a running score of which book is winning! And of course you can publish your own review on your blog or elsewhere if you want to as well. 

If you got any question, do not esitate to write Lynn Shepherd at the e-mail address given above. 

1 comment:

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Maria, as a lifelong avid reader I am ashamed to admit that I have read neither of these books. Life has gotten too hectic and this past year has included very little fiction. I hope to remedy that, starting in February. Then I can sharpen my quill and let you know what I thought of these volumes!