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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for

The Late Mrs. Willoughby by Claudia Gray

• Title: The Late Mrs. Willoughby

• Series: A Mr. Darcy & Miss Tilney Mystery (Book 2)

• Author: Claudia Gray

• Genre: Historical Mystery, Cozy Mystery, Austenesque

• Publisher: Vintage Books (May 16, 2023)

• Length: (400) pages

• Format: Trade Paperback, eBook, & Audiobook 

• ISBN: ‎978-0593313831

• Tour Dates: May 15 – 29, 2023


The suspenseful sequel to The Murder of Mr. Wickham, which sees Jonathan Darcy and Juliet Tilney reunited, and with another mystery to solve: the dreadful poisoning of the scoundrel Willoughby’s new wife.

Catherine and Henry Tilney of Northanger Abbey are not entirely pleased to be sending their eligible young daughter Juliet out into the world again: the last house party she attended, at the home of the Knightleys, involved a murder—which Juliet helped solve. Particularly concerning is that she intends to visit her new friend Marianne Brandon, who’s returned home to Devonshire shrouded in fresh scandal—made more potent by the news that her former suitor, the rakish Mr. Willoughby, intends to take up residence at his local estate with his new bride.

Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley are thrilled that their eldest son, Jonathan—who, like his father, has not always been the most socially adept—has been invited to stay with his former schoolmate, John Willoughby. Jonathan himself is decidedly less taken with the notion of having to spend extended time under the roof of his old bully, but that all changes when he finds himself reunited with his fellow amateur sleuth, the radiant Miss Tilney. And when shortly thereafter, Willoughby’s new wife—whom he married for her fortune—dies horribly at the party meant to welcome her to town.

With rumors flying and Marianne—known to be both unstable and previously jilted by the dead woman’s newly made widower—under increased suspicion, Jonathan and Juliet must team up once more to uncover the murderer. But as they collect clues and close in on suspects, eerie incidents suggest that the killer may strike again, and that the pair are in far graver danger than they or their families could imagine.




• “An absolute page-turner full of well-plotted mystery and hints of simmering romance…. More of the Jane Austen characters we love (as well as those we love to hate).” —Mia P. Manansala, author of Arsenic and Adobo

• ”Gray makes her endearing leads’ sleuthing both plausible and entertaining while evoking the wit and feel of Austen’s classic novels. Admirers of P.D. James’s Death Comes to Pemberley will be delighted.” —Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

• ”Absolutely delightful! Fans of Jane Austen and historical mysteries will fall in love with this series. Gray remains true to Austen’s style and intent for her beloved characters while still adding her own spin on them and their progeny—one that is both refreshing and absorbing. I’m already looking forward to the next installment.” —Anna Lee Huber, USA Today bestselling author of the Lady Darby series


From the desk of Gwendalyn

A Delightful Austenesque Style, Regency Era Whodunnit

The Late Mrs. Willoughby is the second installment in Mr. Darcy & Miss Tilney Mystery Book Series, by the author Claudia Gray.

Claudia Gray once again does an excellent job of transporting readers back to the world of Sense & Sensibility. Juliet and Jonathan find themselves using their clever amateur sleuths capabilities to solve another murder mystery.

While attending a house party to welcome John Willoughby, new bride, disaster unfolds. Jonathan was a little reluctant to the party at John Willoughby estate, because of his past school days trauma. His knowing that a certain lady, a Miss Tilney will be there is all the motivation that he needs. Together Mr. Darcy and Miss Tilney work together to solve the murder, as their relationship starts to blossom into a proper romance.

After enjoying the first book in this cozy historical mystery series, I was overjoyed to once again accompany Mr. Darcy and Miss Tilney on another investigation. Full of rich imagery and vibrant details, the author grabs your attention from start to finish. This wonderful charter driven novel, will satisfy readers who enjoy books inspired by the people in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility book. The author stays true to the period and her seamless narration helps to keep readers on their toes as the twists of the investigation brings our two MC’s close to danger. The ending will have you excited for the next book, and I am anxiously waiting for its release.


Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of Amy Vincent. She is the writer of multiple young adult novels, including the Evernight series, the Firebird trilogy, and the Constellation trilogy. In addition, she’s written several Star Wars novels, such as Lost Stars and Bloodline, and Jane Austen-inspired series, A Mr. Darcy & Miss Tilney Mysteries. She makes her home in New Orleans with her husband Paul and assorted small dogs. 


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