The Garden District Book Shop will transform the atrium of The Rink into an intimate gardenscape on May 4 to celebrate the release of Claudia Gray’s latest work, The Murder of Mr. Wickham. Complete with lush greenery and candlelight, guests will feel like they are transported back to the Regency era for the evening.
Doors will open at 6:00 PM and the event is open to the public. The evening will start with a welcome reception followed by a moderated discussion with Gray and the Jane Austen Society of North America’s regional president, Andrea Brown. Following the discussion, Gray will be available to meet with guests and personalize books. Books will be available for purchase at the event and in The Garden District Book Shop.
In The Murder of Mr. Wickham, a summer house party turns into a thrilling whodunit when Jane Austen's Mr. Wickham—one of literature’s most notorious villains—meets a sudden and suspicious end in this brilliantly imagined mystery featuring Austen’s leading literary characters.
The happily married Mr. Knightley and Emma are throwing a party at their country estate, bringing together distant relatives and new acquaintances—characters beloved by Jane Austen fans. Definitely not invited is Mr. Wickham, whose latest financial scheme has netted him an even broader array of enemies. As tempers flare and secrets are revealed, it’s clear that everyone would be happier if Mr. Wickham got his comeuppance. Yet they’re all shocked when Wickham turns up murdered—except, of course, for the killer hidden in their midst.
Nearly everyone at the house party is a suspect, so it falls to the party’s two youngest guests to solve the mystery: Juliet Tilney, the smart and resourceful daughter of Catherine and Henry, eager for adventure beyond Northanger Abbey; and Jonathan Darcy, the Darcys’ eldest son, whose adherence to propriety makes his father seem almost relaxed. In this tantalizing fusion of Austen and Christie, from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray, the unlikely pair must put aside their own poor first impressions and uncover the guilty party—before an innocent person is sentenced to hang.