Sep 192014

Dying to WriteDetective Sergeant Patrick Shea Meets Jane Austen

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Besides crafting lovely historical Austenesque romances, variations, and tales of time travel, Mary Simonsen also pens a series of detective/crime mysteries featuring Patrick Shea, a thirty-something detective sergeant working for Scotland Yard. For the fourth installment of her Patrick Shea Mystery series, Mary Simonsen decided to throw a little Jane Austen into the mix. While we don’t see a mystery involving Mr. Darcy, the Bennets, or Jane Austen herself – we do see a Jane Austen conference become very grim when one of the conference speakers is found dead in her room…

I’ve always been a fan of Jane Austen-related mysteries; the series by Carrie Bebris, Tracy Kiely, and Stephanie Barron are amongst some of my favorite Austenesque reads. 🙂 However, Dying to Write is quite different from all those.  This is a series about a real detective who works with a police force team that gathers evidence and interrogates the suspects. Think less Nancy Drew and Miss Marple and more Law and Order or NYPD Blue. Continue reading »

May 022014

Another Place In TimeBack to the Regency Era!!! (Sorry… Attempting a  Back to the Future Reference) 😉

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy From Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Time Travel, Austen-Inspired Original

SETTING: Baltimore, Maryland in 2012 and London, England in 1812

MAIN CHARACTERS: Mr. Darcy, Christine (Chris) O’Malley, Georgiana Darcy, Colonel Fitzwilliam, Elizabeth Bennet

SYNOPSIS: When Elizabeth Bennet rejects his proposal at Hunsford Parsonage, rather than give up his dreams, Darcy decides to travel to the future to consult with an expert on Pride and Prejudice. (Darcy is aware of time travel and the science behind it due to his support and participation in science societies and lectures. And he is also aware of Jane Austen and the fact that his life is portrayed her novel.) Christine O’Malley (the Jane Austen scholar Darcy is advised to seek) offers to help Darcy get back on track with Elizabeth, and in order to save her beloved Pride and Prejudice, even agrees to travel back to 1812! Continue reading »

Jun 142013

Would You Like Mr. Darcy To Give You a Tour of Florence, Italy?

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author


TIME FRAME: The spring and summer of 1821. Around seven years after the close of Pride and Prejudice.

MAIN CHARACTERS: Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Darcy, Alexandra Darcy, Jane Bingley, Charles Bingley, and Cassandra Bingley

SCENARIO: What if Elizabeth never encountered Darcy on her tour of Pemberley? What if Mr. Darcy thought it was pointless to pursue Elizabeth a second time and married another woman? What if, seven years later, Darcy invited the Bingleys, their daughter Cassandra, and Elizabeth to join him in a villa in Florence, Italy – where he and his young daughter, Alexandra have been residing since the unfortunate passing of his wife.

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