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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (30 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765352745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765352743
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.3 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,106,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On "Pride & Prescience" " Well crafted ...Bebris works her own brand of Austen magic, whetting the reader's appetite for a sequel...Taking a lighter approach than Stephanie Barron's sleuthing Jane Austen series this one should appeal as much to Regency readers as to Austenites."--"Publishers Weekly""Mannered prose, Regency backdrops, moody country houses, and delightful characterization place this new series high on the to-buy list."--"Library Journal"

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Carrie Bebris is a freelance writer and editor from Wisconsin. She holds a master's degree in English literature and is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. "North by Northanger" is her third Mr. & Mrs. Darcy mystery

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By tregatt on 14 May 2006
Format: Hardcover
With "North by Northanger," Carrie Bebris seems to have made the decision not to give the latest Mr. & Mrs. Darcy installment the same darkly gothicky, otherworldly tones that she had imbued her previous two novels with ("Pride and Prescience" & "Suspense and Sensibility"), opting instead to make "North by Northanger" more of a "straight" mystery with only the slightest hint of a ghostly presence. And did this decision affect the book in any way? To the contrary, the novel was another excellent read, being both enjoyable and absorbing.

Elizabeth Darcy is happily anticipating the birth of her first child, and although she is finding it to be a bit of a strain trying to follow in her much admired mother-in-law's (Lady Anne Darcy) footsteps. So that when she finds a long lost letter from Lady Anne, the last thing Elizabeth expected was that the letter would herald a disastrous chain of events that would calumniate with Darcy being accused of theft. As Elizabeth and Darcy try to make sense of what has happened and to clear his name, Elizabeth also finds herself once again crossing swords with Darcy's difficult and arrogant aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, over a missing heirloom that Lady Anne held dear and which Lady Catherine is determined to claim for herself...

I thoroughly enjoyed "North by Northanger" and found it to be an easy, absorbing and quick read. One of the things I liked about it is that of all the Jane Austen pastiches out there, this is one series that truly captures what I think the Darcys' married life and relationship would be like. So, thank you Carrie Bebris for fulfilling my expectations.
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By Ms. D. Grey on 12 April 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Another of Carrie Bebris light-hearted crime romps with Mr and Mrs Darcy. Must admit I found the newly revealed friendship between the late Anne Darcy and Mrs Tilney a tad unconvincing, I've grown used to taking Ms Bebris's historical inconsistences with a pinch of salt but in this book the emphasis on a devotion to medieval Catholic relics sat uncomfortably in Regency England where this would have been very much frowned on by most levels of society. In many ways her 'spoof' on a classic made me appreciate 'Northanger Abbey' itself even more, where the 18th century 'gothic horror' craze, is sent up (and debunked) with more dazzling results. In truth ‘North by Northanger’ doesn’t really live up to its inventive title but isn’t a bad read if you like the series.
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By Lynne Robson on 11 Sept. 2010
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This is one of the Darcy Mysteries series and as the series as gone on it has got better and better. It is an excellent read I think even Jane Austen would have loved this series.
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By Jay on 25 May 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the third Mr and Mrs Darcy mystery by Carrie Bebris and is an excelent read as are the other four books in the series. Personally I can't wait for the next one.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
a real treat 30 Mar. 2006
By tregatt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
With "North by Northanger," Carrie Bebris seems to have made the decision not to give the latest Mr. & Mrs. Darcy installment the same darkly gothicky, otherworldly tones that she had imbued her previous two novels with ("Pride and Prescience" & "Suspense and Sensibility"), opting instead to make "North by Northanger" more of a "straight" mystery with only the slightest hint of a ghostly presence. And did this decision affect the book in any way? To the contrary, the novel was another excellent read, being both enjoyable and absorbing.

Elizabeth Darcy is happily anticipating the birth of her first child, and although she is finding it to be a bit of a strain trying to follow in her much admired mother-in-law's (Lady Anne Darcy) footsteps. So that when she finds a long lost letter from Lady Anne, the last thing Elizabeth expected was that the letter would herald a disastrous chain of events that would calumniate with Darcy being accused of theft. As Elizabeth and Darcy try to make sense of what has happened and to clear his name, Elizabeth also finds herself once again crossing swords with Darcy's difficult and arrogant aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, over a missing heirloom that Lady Anne held dear and which Lady Catherine is determined to claim for herself...

I thoroughly enjoyed "North by Northanger" and found it to be an easy, absorbing and quick read. One of the things I liked about it is that of all the Jane Austen pastiches out there, this is one series that truly captures what I think the Darcys' married life and relationship would be like. So, thank you Carrie Bebris for fulfilling my expectations. "North by Northanger" was also enjoyable for the manner in which the author featured characters from both "Pride and Prejudice" and "Northanger Abbey" that remained much as Jane Austen had portrayed them. So that while the mystery was a rather strainght forward one and the villains and their motive easy to figure out (and one rather wonders why the intelligent Darcy doesn't realise what's going on earlier), such was the delightful manner in which this plot was unfolding, that I found myself eagerly reading on until the very end. Well written (the author has a nice prose style) and evenly paced, "North by Northanger" was a treat to read from beginning to end, and is a book I'd recommend highly to all Jane Austen fans.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A Fine addition 7 April 2006
By Amanda Rebbert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Of the three P&P books by Bebris, I found this one to be the best. It had less of the supernatural about it than the previous two and the book profits from it. I read the book very quickly and look forward to the next book.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Jane Austen style mystery. 2 Jun. 2006
By Huntress Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In North by Northanger the newly wedded Elizabeth Darcy finds a letter to her that was written twenty years previously from her mother-in-law's deathbed. In the letter Anne Darcy directs her future daughter-in-law to find a missing family heirloom. Through letters exchanged between Lady Anne and a dear friend, Mrs. Tilney, Elizabeth comes to truly know her husband's cherished mother and also discovers a bigger mystery that involves the missing family heirloom. With the birth of their first child fast approaching and having to deal with the ever difficult and imposing Lady Catherine, Darcy's aunt, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam seek out who has stolen the precious heirloom and who has caused Darcy to be accused of stealing diamonds from Northanger Abby. Will Elizabeth and Darcy discover the scoundrels responsible before their first child is born or will Darcy have to appear before the courts?

***** Carrie Bebris has created a wonderful mystery novel in the charming and delightful Jane Austen style. The story is written with such elegant prose that I believe Austen would very much approve. Elizabeth's quick wit in the face of such stuffiness of the upper class manners of the English ton makes this such a wonderful story. The intimacy that Elizabeth and Darcy exhibit toward each other is very refreshing and romantic. North by Northanger is a real treat for Jane Austen fans! *****

Reviewed by Barbara Stabler.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Saccharine 22 Jan. 2011
By CostumeDesigner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I found the two previous books in this series lightweight, but enjoyable. Although Jane Austen did not write gothics, she read and enjoyed them, so it's not too much of a stretch to assume she might one day have written a gothic. But one thing Jane Austen would never have written, is a gooey sentimental book like North by Northanger. I admit I've never had or particularly liked children: but neither did Jane Austen. This book, even the mystery plot, is entirely focused on Elizabeth Darcy's pregnancy. The reader spends it vicariously wrapped in Elizabeth's obsessed, self-indulgent, fluffy, pink cocoon, as for 309 pages, Elizabeth wants to eat ices. Darcy is happy to take her to a pastry cook's to eat them. The baby kicks. Darcy is thrilled to feel it. Elizabeth feels tired. Darcy is over protective. Elizabeth wants an early lunch. Darcy readily agrees. The baby kicks again. Darcy wants to know all about it. Elizabeth feels tired again. Darcy urges her to go to bed. And on, and on, and on, and on, only varied by, Elizabeth gets a nosebleed. Everyone rushes to help her. Darcy tells virtual strangers about the pregnancy. They urge him to make it his first priority in life. Elizabeth dislikes the doctor Darcy hired, but gets all kinds of wisewoman advice from the local midwife, complete with details on how Elizabeth has to breathe during labor. By the time I'd waded through all this, I felt as if I'd spent nine entire months in a constant state of nausea. The book is topped up with huge dose of religious sentimentality of a kind Jane Austen would not have approved. If you are not into the full-time housewife-and-mother mindset, give this book a miss.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An entertaining read 6 April 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This series got off to a bit of a rocky start in my opinion, but this book and the previous one have only gotten better. In _North by Northanger_ in particular, Ms. Bebris has really caught the bantering tone that I imagine conversations between Elizabeth and Darcy would have had after their marriage, and the back-and-forth between them over the sex and possible names for their coming first child was one of the most enjoyable parts of the book for me.

The mystery is bizarre and a bit far-fetched but not overly taxing, and mainly acts as a vehicle for bringing together several of the characters we love (and love to hate) so much from _Pride & Prejudice_, as well as from the other novels. (I wish that Catherine Tilney - nee Morland - had made an appearance, though. I would have liked to see how she could have matured from the slightly silly, though good-natured, "heroine" of _Northanger Abbey_.) There is also some character development, and it's good to see Elizabeth, who at the beginning of the novel feels overshadowed by the memory of Darcy's mother, gain confidence and become truly the mistress of Pemberley, which certainly would have been a daunting task for her, given her modest upbringing. Darcy, too, must still learn some lessons about humility, particularly in his overprotective attitude over Elizabeth's pregnancy. This is made more understandable, however, by the fuller picture that we gain of his childhood, his mother's personality and the relationship between his parents, mainly through letters that Elizabeth must pore over to discover what has become of a precious heirloom.
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