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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: TOR; Reprint edition (31 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765328216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765328212
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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"Of the many writers dabbling in the world of Austen's novels, Bebris is one of the best, and readers will be thoroughly hooked by her latest whodunit." --"Booklist ""Bebris' favorite Regency crime-sleuthing couple are perfect foils for the ingenuous, and occasionally ingenious, matchmaking of Emma Knightley (nee Woodhouse)." --"RT Book Reviews" (4 stars) "Perhaps the most faithful sequel to Austen in this beguiling series." --"Publishers Weekly"""The Intrigue at Highbury" is a fantastic addition to Carrie Bebris's already outstanding 'Mr. And Mrs. Darcy Mystery Series, ' and in my humble opinion, it is her best novel yet." --"Austenesque Reviews"

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Award-winning author Carrie Bebris holds a master's degree in English literature and is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. A Wisconsin native, she now resides in Ohio.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Robson on 21 July 2010
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I think I would say this is the best of the series. After rescuing a damsel in distress they find that they are set upon by gypsies and both their possessions and the lady disappear. They continue to Highbury to seek out the parish magistrate. It is then they meet Mr Knightly and his new wife Emma. While hosting a party for their friends Frank Churchill and Jane Fairfax for their wedding Mr Churchill senior dies in suspicious circumstances. Thus the Darcy's and the Knightly's work together to find the culprit.

Like always with Ms Bebris books it is a great page turner and I find hard to put down.
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By cynthia j on 23 April 2013
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If you like the Carrie Bebris books you'll really like this one. My daughter is totally happy with it. She takes the Austen characters and has them meet each other and solve mysteries and my daughter says she doesn't take them out of character so she doesn't spoil things for Austen fans.
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By Moyban on 25 Feb. 2013
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For any Jane Austen lover these books by Carrie Bebris carry on the tradition bringing the Darcys to life and giving a possible insight to a true love match. They have the added ingredient of a who dun it thrown in.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The Darcys and The Knightleys Make a Most Magnificent Sleuthing Team! 6 Mar. 2010
By Meredith - Published on
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After a month of perfect marital bliss, Emma Knightley is itching once again to try her hand match-making. Her latest victim, Miss Bates, is also being targeted by the pretentious and imperious Mrs. Elton, who has some match-making designs of her own. Emma, more mature and circumspect than she previously was, strives to save Miss Bates from the less than desirable and perhaps doltish prospects Mrs. Elton has in mind by introducing Miss Bates to some eligible bachelors during a dinner party she is hosting in honor of Frank and Jane Churchill's recent nuptials. (Frank and Jane are marrying in London, but plan to travel to Highbury before removing to the Churchill estate, Enscombe, located in Yorkshire.)

The dinner party commences splendidly and everyone seems to be having a delightful time except for Frank Churchill's uncle, Edgar Churchill, who has unfortunately imbibed too much wine and is now creating a bit of a ruckus. However, what appears to be a mild case of intoxication ends up being something much more serious and results in the man's death.

On their way to Sussex to visit the newly married Colonel and Anne Fitzwilliam, Darcy and Elizabeth are robbed by some conspiring and sinister highwaymen in the vicinity of Highbury. The Darcys venture to seek assistance from the parish magistrate of Highbury, Mr. Knightley, in hopes that he may be able to apprehend the thieves and recover the precious heirlooms that were stolen from their carriage.

The night of disastrous dinner party is the same night the Darcys appear on Mr. Knightley's doorstep. Poor Mr. Knightley now has two mysteries to solve: a robbery and a murder, as Mr. Perry strongly suspects that Edgar Churchill died from the effects of poison. After learning that the Darcys have had some experience with suspicious deaths, what else can Mr. Knightley do but invite them to stay at Donwell and assist with the investigations...

Gypsies, secret engagements, riddles, inheritances-don't you think Jane Austen's "Emma" is wonderfully primed for intrigue? Carrie Bebris cleverly pens a novel that perfectly captures the charm and humor of "Emma" and infuses it with a riveting and challenging mystery. I immensely enjoyed the camaraderie and easy rapport between the Knightleys and the Darcys and I cannot think of more suitable companion for Emma Knightley than Elizabeth Darcy. The two mysteries were well developed and not at all cliché or predictable. There were many suspects in this investigation and I greatly enjoyed weighing my suspicions and judging their motives for myself.

"The Intrigue at Highbury" is a fantastic addition to Carrie Bebris's already outstanding "Mr. And Mrs. Darcy Mystery Series," and in my humble opinion, it is her best novel yet! One aspect that I loved about this novel is how prominent the characters from "Emma" were. In Ms. Bebris's other novels where she integrates characters from multiple Austen novels, usually only a few characters are present and they often have very minor parts. However, in "The Intrigue at Highbury" we are deeply immersed with many of the delightful and lovable citizens of Highbury and many of them play a very active part in the mysteries.

True to the style of Jane Austen there are a copious amount of laugh out loud moments in this novel such as: long garrulous rambles by Miss Bates, the health concerns and anxieties of Mr. Woodhouse, and narratives that are blended with a very wicked wit. I was very pleased with how clever and Austenesque the writing was in this novel.

To put it simply: I loved "The Intrigue of Highbury!" I highly recommend it to readers who enjoy Austenesque novels and I greatly look forward to rereading this novel many times in the future. I can hardly wait for Carrie Bebris's next installment where Mr. and Mrs. Darcy will encounter the characters from "Persuasion!"

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
superb entry 5 Mar. 2010
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
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While Mr. Darcy and his wife Elizbath are driving in their coach, they see on the side of the road a young woman who starts screaming. They stop to offer help. While on the carriage a light blows out and a raven screams scaring the servants. The young woman who says she is Miss Jones vanishes. The Darcys return to their coach to find their two servants unconscious and Mr. Darcy's christening gown and his mother's ring gone. They were going to give them to his cousin, but instead report the theft to the magistrate Mr. Knightly.

The magistrate and his wife Emma are having problems too. They are sponsoring a wedding dinner for Mr. Frank Churchill and his new bride Jane when his adopted father Edger dies. After Knightly meets the Darcys and learns he has solved several mysteries (see The Matter At Mansfield, Pride And Prescience, NORTH By Northanger, and Suspense And Sensibility) , he confesses he never liked Frank. As a magistrate he can not be objective so he asks Mr. Darcy to help him investigate the suspicious death which the Darcy's agree to do. They learn Edgar died from belladonna poisoning. As the Darcy's looks into the homicide, they also believe they can recover what was taken from them because they think the thief is still in the area. As more poisonings occur, Mr. and Mrs. Darcy focus on stopping a killer before others die.

The latest Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mystery is superb giving readers a look at what Jane Austen's England looked like. The audience will be shocked to realize that even intelligent people like the Darcys and the Knightleys are prejudicial against gypsies; all four believe that if a gypsy is in the neighborhood when a crime occurs the culprit is known even without any witness to the felony. The whodunit and why are very complex; with many suspects having motives as the reader and the lead quartet struggle to decide who is the murderer.

Harriet Klausner
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Simply splendid 13 April 2010
By Tim Lasiuta - Published on
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Carrie Bebris has crafted a marvelous addition to the Mr and Mrs Darcy mysteries in "The Intrigue At Highbury". She skillfully injects elements of "Emma" into the environs and society where Austens' genre works best.

This time, Emma (woodhouse) plays matchmaker and hostess to her dear friends Frank Churchill and Jane Fairfax nuptuals. A death interrupts their celebration, and while the Darcy's are traveling, a robbery forces their stay at the unfortunate site of the death. Darcy,an impartial investigator, is asked to lend his talents to solving the circumstance and at the same time, retrieve his family heirlooms removed by the robbers.

This is not high drama, or even high octane crime drama, but rather a well written, well researched, period book that screams "Sit by the fire, and read me." It is truly an oustanding addition to the Austen legacy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Another entertaining intrigue from Carrie Bebris! 11 Mar. 2010
By Christina Boyd @xtnaboyd - Published on
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Another intrigue from Jane Austen-esque mystery writer Carrie Bebris. This one, set in the Surrey village of Highbury, Mr and Mrs Darcy are set upon by robbers and find themselves yet again immersed in a murder mystery with all of Jane Austen's canon characters from our beloved Emma. The Darcy's and The Knightley's join forces to solve the case. I enjoyed the comradery between Mr Darcy and Mr Knightley... However, I thought maybe Emma overshadowed Elizabeth Darcy --because Elizabeth really wasnt given much to say for much of the novel. At least not until the end. And I thought it was a bit reaching that Darcy's carriage managed a 15 mile trek to and from TWICE in the same day -- with no mention of a change of horses. And I did not think the language of the gypsy people or common folk differed enough from the Quality set... But besides those small hiccups, all in all, an enjoyable read. Light-hearted banter and amusing tale of intrigue. As always love the realtionship between the Darcy's. And thought the new characters introduced to the story added lots of color and flavor. Quite the page turner that kept me guessing til the very end!

Was especially delighted!! by the Epilogue when Bebris hints of Mr Darcy being "persuaded" to attend Elizabeth and his sister, Georgianna to the seaside in the Spring... If you've read the others in the series, this is a must. And if you haven't started the series yet, what's keeping you??
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A charmingly, clever and witty whodunit continuing Jane Austen's EMMA 14 Mar. 2010
By Laurel Ann - Published on
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that in Carrie Bebris' clever Jane Austen inspired mysteries, whenever Mr. and Mrs. Darcy embark on a carriage journey across England they are sure to end up investigating murder in a country village inhabited by some one or other of Jane Austen's characters from one of her novels. This truth has become so well fixed in minds of her fans that we consider this devise our rightful property and any deviations would be insupportable. Happily, her fifth book in the series THE INTRIGUE AT HIGHBURY OR, EMMA'S MATCH does not disappoint opening with the Darcy's in route to Sussex to visit recently married cousins Colonel and Anne Fitzwilliam. In Surrey along the London Road their carriage is hailed by a young woman in distress just outside the village of Highbury. What starts out as an act of kindness by the Darcy's quickly turns into a clever con by highwaymen who assault their coachmen and relieve the Darcy's of their possessions.

Determined to report the crime and recovery their family heirlooms the Darcy's seek out the parish magistrate Mr. George Knightley who is having problems of his own. He and his new bride, the former Miss Emma Woodhouse, are entertaining a large party at Donwell Abbey in honor of friends Jane Fairfax and Frank Churchill's recent London wedding. Among the out-of-town guests are Col. and Mrs. Campbell, newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. Peter Dixon and Mr. Edgar Churchill, the bridegroom's adoptive father. Many of the Highbury set are in attendance including Miss Bates, a woman of a certain age and no fortune whom Emma has taken it upon herself to rescue from Mrs. Augusta Elton's misguided matchmaking by introducing her to several illegible bachelors. The party is a great success until Frank's father Mr. Churchill has a bit too much to drink, promptly becomes ill and unexpectedly dies. There is nothing like a corpse at a party to quickly quell the merriment of a celebration. Emma's grand event has become the most infamous dinner party in Highbury history, and for all the wrong reasons. Moreover, Mr. Perry the apothecary suspects murder by poisoning and Mr. Knightley agrees.

Arriving at Donwell Abbey on the night of the ill fated party, the Darcy's relay the criminal events of the evening to Mr. Knightley who now has two crimes to solve. It is not long before they both see connections between the highway robbery and the murder and join forces to solve both crimes. High on their list on possible suspects in Mr. Churchill's death is his son Frank. Even though he is to inherit the Churchill fortune, other blood relatives could supersede him and dark family secrets are looming. On the other front, itinerant gypsies could be responsible for the robbery and are quickly connected to newly arrived peddler Hiram Deal who seems to have an abundant supply of merchandise and ample stock of gypsie elixirs potent enough to have killed Mr. Churchill. Throw in charades, riddles, secret anagrams, plot twists, red herrings, and many memorable characters old and new and you have one fast paced, witty whodunit that is sure to keep you guessing until the last page.

Readers of Jane Austen's novel EMMA will recognize similarities in the underlying plot to our modern murder mysteries. Filled with charades, riddles, word games, secret engagements and the speculation surrounding Jane Fairfax's gift pianoforte, of all of Austen's novels, EMMA lends itself seamlessly to a continuation with a full mystery plot. Carrie Bebris' skill at mining the original narrative for interesting coincidences to supplement her new story is amazing. In fear of spoilers I will not divulge my discoveries, but slyly allude to the fact that Mr. Knightley never liked Frank Churchill and was always suspect of his motives while others in the Highbury community could see no fault. That has not changed! Neither has the Austenesque wit as I found myself laughing at Mr. Woodhouse's continued anxiety over other's health and safety, Miss Bates' endless chatter and the Mrs. Elton vs. Mrs. Knightley showdown over who would secure a beau for Miss Bates first absolutely hysterical. Unlike the other novels in the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mystery Series, the Darcy's take an equal role in sleuthing with the Knightley's and both the men and ladies as pairs doubled the pace of the investigation. As always, Bebris' historical research and inclusion of medical matters, poisons and gypsie culture in the Regency-era was quite impressive. If she is fibbing, she is a credit to her profession!

Bebris has surpassed herself offering her finest novel in the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mystery Series yet. THE INTRIGUE AT HIGHBURY OR, EMMA'S MATCH will captivate Austen and mystery fans with its briskly paced continuation of Austen's EMMA infused with enough sharp wit, clever underpinnings, devious relations and fearsome gypsie attacks for the most diehard fans. However, I will withhold my highest praise and strongest prejudice for the next novel in the series when the Darcy's travel to the seaside and meet the characters from PERSUASION. Yay! Men in blue. La

Laurel Ann, Austenprose
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