Oct 312014

The Deception at LymeOh Dear! Another Horrific Fall from the Cobb!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

The Deception at Lyme: Or, the Peril of Persuasion is the sixth installment in Carrie Bebris’s critically acclaimed Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mystery series. This magnificent and long-running series is a collection of sequels to Pride and Prejudice, that place our dear Mr. and Mrs. and many situations of mystery, murder, and mayhem. After the first of the book in the series, Pride and Prescience, Carrie Bebris begins to combine characters from different Jane Austen novels. It is such enormous fun to see the Darcys encounter the happily married Brandons, Knighleys, and Wentworths and solve mysteries together with them! For prospective readers who have not read this series, it might help to know these books do not need to be read in order. Also, while the first two deal with a good amount of supernatural elements and powers, none exist in this installment.

After spending some time in Highbury, the Darcys travel to Lyme for a brief holiday with Georgiana and their daughter, Lily-Anne. As we might remember from Jane Austen’s novel, the Cobb can be a very dangerous place, especially on a windy day with a storm coming in…or especially if someone wanted to do somebody harm and make it look like an accident. Darcy and Elizabeth are magnets for murder mysteries, so of course they are the ones to find Mrs. Clay lying unconscious at the base of the Cobb. Their discovery leads to them meeting the Harvilles, Wentworths, and Elliots, and becoming quite embroiled in their affairs… Continue reading »

Dec 032009

An Adventure (or misadventure) for Anne de Bourgh

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

Poor Anne de Bourgh, at the age of twenty-eight she still remains single, friendless, and under her mother’s management. For twenty-eight years she has been subjected to her mother’s dictatorial and domineering personality and has been forced to play the part of an invalid. Furthermore, because her mother went around proclaiming to everyone that she was the next Mrs. Darcy, Anne feels all the humiliation of her cousin’s recent marriage to Elizabeth Bennet. If that’s not enough, the future doesn’t look very promising for Anne either, as her mother is arranging her marriage to the ill-tempered and abusive Neville Sennex. What is Anne to do? After some kind words of encouragement from Elizabeth, Anne decides to take matters into her own hands. Little did Elizabeth know that her advice would result in Anne de Bourgh sneaking off to Greta Green in the middle of a ball and eloping with none other than Henry Crawford! Continue reading »

Nov 192009

Darcy and Elizabeth Solve The Mystery of the Lost Ivories

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

Jane Austen is invading the mystery genre with clever and captivating series such as the “Jane Austen Mystery Series” by Stephanie Barron and this series, “Mr. And Mrs. Darcy Mystery Series,” by Carrie Bebris. In this series, poor Elizabeth and Darcy are attempting to enjoy their first year of blissful marriage, but unfortunately, they seem to be surrounded by a web of intrigue and mystery. Even though North by Northanger is the third book in the series, it is not essential that book one and two are read prior to reading this book. However, North By Northanger is a Pride and Prejudice sequel, so I would recommend being familiar with Pride and Prejudice. In addition, Ms. Bebris incorporated characters and settings from Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, so I would recommend reading that novel prior to this one as well.

Elizabeth Darcy, the new Mistress of Pemberley, is finding it difficult to step out of her mother-in-laws’ (Lady Anne Darcy) shadow. Lady Anne was deeply loved, respected, and revered by all who knew her, and even though she has passed away many years ago her influence and presence in Pemberley is still felt. However, when Elizabeth finds a twenty-year old letter addressed to her from Lady Anne, she discovers new insight, understanding, and appreciation of the former mistress and the life she lived. Furthermore, Elizabeth learns that Lady Anne’s most precious item, a heirloom ivory statuette of the Madonna and child, went missing right before Georgiana’s birth. Continue reading »