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 »

Mar 192014

Author Excerpt

Hello dear readers, I am so delighted to welcome author Mary Simonsen back to Austenesque Reviews today!  She has been one of Mary_Lydon_Simonsen_Author_Photomy favorite Austenesque authors for years, a lovely friend to all bloggers, and the biggest supporter of Austenesque Reviews.  In fact, if it weren’t Mary’s encouragement and advice, I might not have ever started blogging!  I’m so happy Mary visits today and shares a tasty little morsel from her new time travel novel, Another Place in Time!


In Another Place in Time, Mr. Darcy travels from 1812 London to 2012 Baltimore seeking advice from Regency expert, Chris O’Malley, after his failed proposal to Elizabeth Bennet at Hunsford Parsonage. Although Darcy is a man on a mission, a guy’s gotta eat! Chris suggests they visit Harborplace:

Another Place In TimeExcellent idea!” Darcy said of one of downtown’s premier attractions, a complex of shops and restaurants abutting Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. “I was there yesterday. I had an egg and cheese burrito for breakfast and a hot dog with chili sauce for nuncheon. At supper, I dined on a cheeseburger with a secret sauce, or so the young lady informed me, and drank a Coca-Cola. When I arrived at the fudge shop, because they were about to close shop, they gave me a free pound of fudge for every pound I purchased. I was told it freezes nicely, so I bought four pounds and stored it in Mr. Caswell’s ice cupboard.” Continue reading »