In this second “Austenland” novel, Shannon Hale takes us on a return journey to an English fantasy camp situated in a lovely 19th century estate called Pembroke Park, where we meet mostly a new set of characters comprised of the Pembroke staff, including actors portraying Austenesque characters and guests who, upon arrival, are given a suitable new identity, a wardrobe of period costume, and a crash course in Regency manners and practices.
Our main character is Charlotte Kinder, a thirty-something recent divorcee, who has decided to celebrate her newfound freedom by having a fling in Pembroke Park. One evening, while playing a parlor game called “Bloody Murder”, Charlotte thinks she’s discovered a real murder and begins an investigation.
This is a comic romp, a mystery, a romance, with a series of fun filled twists and turns, and even a happy ending! This is an enjoyable light read guaranteed to provide a cozy little distraction from the hubbub of daily life.