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The Matters at Mansfield: or, the Crawford Affair (Mr & Mrs Darcy Mystery) [Mass Market Paperback]

Carrie A. Bebris
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2 Nov 2009 Mr & Mrs Darcy Mystery (Book 4)
Following the birth of their first child, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy are looking forward to enjoying life at Pemberley, but a family crisis draws them away to Mansfield Park. There, the Darcys become ensnared in a complex game of marriage machinations, star-crossed lovers, deceit, mistaken identity, and murder. Once again the Darcys take centre stage as the Regency era's answer to The Thin Man's Nick and Nora in this delightful series by the 2007 Daphne du Maurier Award winning author of "North by Northanger".

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (2 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765358034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765358035
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 767,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On ""North by Northanger"":

"An utter delight . . . every aspect is pitch-perfect."--"Romantic Times BOOKreviews "(Top Pick)

"Bebris captures Austen's style and the Regency period perfectly, drawing her characters with a sure hand. Her plot is poignant and gentle and will appeal to readers who prefer their mysteries without murder or violence."--"Library Journal" (starred review)

On ""Suspense & Sensibility: ""

"Jane Austen fans who regret the author wrote only six full length novels have reason to rejoice: Bebris' second Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mystery is even better than her strong debut...The author smoothly combines characters from"" Pride & Prejudice"" and ""Sense & Sensibility"" while remaining true to Austen's originals."--""Publishers Weekly""

"No evil is a match for the witty and happily married Darcys."--""Kirkus Reviews""
On ""Pride & Prescience"":

"Thoroughly 'light and bright and sparkling, ' in the best Austen tradition with a dollop of murder and mayhem to leaven the whole. A delight." --Stephanie Barron, author of the ""Jane Austen Mystery Series""

About the Author

Carrie Bebris is a freelance writer and editor. She holds a master's degree in English literature and is a life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. A Wisconsin native, she now resides in Ohio. "The Matters at Mansfield " is her fourth Mr. & Mrs. Darcy mystery.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More wit and humour from Bebris. Bravo! 7 Mar 2010
Format:Hardcover
"More accurately, Lady Catherine conversed. Anne listened silently, her attention straying to other parts of the busy room as her mother soliloquied unchecked. Wandering concentration, however, was endemic to participants in Lady Catherine's conversations. It was how one survived them." Chapter 2

Austenesque author Carrie Bebris ventures into her fourth excursion in the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mysteries series with the recently released, THE MATTERS AT MANSFIELD: OR THE CRAWFORD AFFAIR, continuing the story of Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy after their marriage in Jane Austen's novel PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Once again we join the famous couple as they investigate crime and murder among the gentry of Regency England involving many familiar characters from Jane Austen's novels.

It has been two summers since the Darcy's marriage in 1803 and the story opens at Riverton Hall in Buckinghamshire, the ancestral home of Mr. Darcy's mother Anne Fitzwilliam. The present Earl is giving a ball in honor of his new fiancé and the Darcy's are house guests along with other family members; sister Georgiana Darcy, cousins Colonel Fitzwilliam and Anne de Bourgh, and her mother the officious and overbearing Lady Catherine de Bourgh still giving unsolicited advice and talking a blue streak.

Lady Catherine's hen pecked and sickly daughter Anne is now 28 years old and being micro-managed by her mother to within an inch of her life. Lady Catherine is determined to secure a prominent match for her daughter since the mate chosen for her since birth, Fitzwilliam Darcy, defied her wishes and married that `gentleman's daughter', Elizabeth Bennet. Unbeknownst to Anne, her mother brokers a marriage to the son of a family friend and neighbor Lord Sennex, of Hawthorn Manor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars reviewing matters at mansfield 3 Oct 2011
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this book is one in a series of regency style mystery stories. It is particularly enjoyable if you are a janeite, like myself, as it reflects her style of writing. This novel follows the pursuits of Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy, now in possesion of a daughter, as they travel to Mansfield Park to confront the overbearing Lady Catherine de Bourgh as she struggles to contend with her daughters elopement, much to her horror. The Darcys role? To try to avert a scandal whilst contending with a possible murder...cant say any more as it would give this delightful plot away.. highly reccommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars sceptical 6 Dec 2012
By Karin
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sceptical when my friend suggested this --do not mess with the saintly Jane -- but actually pretty good and enjoyed it immensely--one problem was trying to keep out the voice of P.D.James and her characters in 'death at pemberley' (excellent) . Want to read the others and have put on my wish list for xmas--hoping my son will pick them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Book by Carrie Bebris 9 Dec 2008
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A wonderful read her stories get better and better. Anne de'Bough runs away and marries Mr Crawford upon returning from Gretna they go to stay at a Inn near Mansfield park. Darcy, Elizabeth and the Colonel find them and send an express post to Lady C with the bad news that they have not been able to stop the wedding.

All manner of things then start to go wrong. Mariah's husband comes to the inn and demands to speak to Mr Crawford then Mariah comes and they have a huge row and she throws some earings he bought her in his face.

I will not go any further into the story so as to spoil it. All in all an excellent read Ms Bebris's stories get better and better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh happy day! Bebris' best yet! 5 Sep 2008
By Christina Boyd @xtnaboyd - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow, wow, wow! This is Carrie Bebris' best yet! Truly. Her writing and stories just get better and better; top shelf mystery that had me turning pages into the wee hours of the morning. I felt torn between speed reading to find out whodunnit, but wanted to prolong my delight and suspense in this delicious read.

To avoid giving anything away (because that would be a failing indeed on my part as a reviewer!) I'll simply state that her plot development is strong and supportive of much of JA's canon characters. Her writing of Darcy and Elizabeth's private conversations are all that is light, witty and sparkling. I loved the interaction with the Mansfield Park characters, as well as the new personas sprinkled throughout. One such new character, Meg, provided me with several LOL moments, as she unwittingly trifled with Lady Catherine regarding her advancing age and diminishing wits... Too fun! And of course I loved all the regency details Bebris provided (some examples: the betting and strategy of quadrille; proper etiquette for a gentleman's duel; marriage law, divorce court and Gretna Green, etc., etc., etc.) to give flavor and color. A suspenseful mystery with the Darcy's -- what could be more enchanting?! Terrific read. A must buy!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More wit and humour from Bebris. Bravo! 6 Oct 2008
By Laurel Ann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
"More accurately, Lady Catherine conversed. Anne listened silently, her attention straying to other parts of the busy room as her mother soliloquied unchecked. Wandering concentration, however, was endemic to participants in Lady Catherine's conversations. It was how one survived them." Chapter 2

Austenesque author Carrie Bebris ventures into her fourth excursion in the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mysteries series with the recently released, THE MATTERS AT MANSFIELD: OR THE CRAWFORD AFFAIR continuing the story of Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy after their marriage in Jane Austen's novel PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Once again we join the famous couple as they investigate crime and murder among the gentry of Regency England involving many familiar characters from Jane Austen's novels.

It has been two summers since the Darcy's marriage in 1803 and the story opens at Riverton Hall in Buckinghamshire, the ancestral home of Mr. Darcy's mother Anne Fitzwilliam. The present Earl is giving a ball in honor of his new fiancé and the Darcy's are house guests along with other family members; sister Georgiana Darcy, cousins Colonel Fitzwilliam and Anne de Bourgh, and her mother the officious and overbearing Lady Catherine de Bourgh still giving unsolicited advice and talking a blue streak.

Lady Catherine's hen pecked and sickly daughter Anne is now 28 years old and being micro-managed by her mother to within an inch of her life. Lady Catherine is determined to secure a prominent match for her daughter since the mate chosen for her since birth, Fitzwilliam Darcy, defied her wishes and married that `gentleman's daughter', Elizabeth Bennet. Unbeknownst to Anne, her mother brokers a marriage to the son of a family friend and neighbor Lord Sennex, of Hawthorn Manor. This is purely a match of convenience as the future husband is a hot tempered Caliban, about as suitable a love match for fragile and retiring Anne as the odious Rev. Mr. Collins was for Elizabeth Bennet in the original novel.

Certain that her mother will chain her to an abysmal marriage, Anne makes an uncharacteristically bold move and elopes with a man unknown to her family or friends, Henry Crawford of Everingham in Norfolk. Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam pursue the couple to Gretna Green, Scotland only to discover that they are too late. The irregular marriage has already taken place and duly consummated. At Lady Catherine's biding, they escort the couple back to Riverton Hall for an audience with her Ladyship. Along the road they are detained in a country village quite familiar to Henry Crawford, Mansfield Park, the last village in England where we would like to be stranded. Unavoidably he must deal with the village locals and many of the characters in Jane Austen's novel Mansfield Park such as Sir Thomas Bertram, Mrs. Norris and his former paramour, the spiteful Maria Rushworth. While there, a murder is discovered. Who, I will not reveal, but suffice it to say, if you ever felt the desire to kill off one of Jane Austen's most undeserving cads, you will not be disappointed.

Ms Berbris is truly fond of a good Austen quote skillfully applying them as a epigraph to open each of the chapters. In that spirit, I shall paraphrase a quote by Lady Catherine de Bourgh from Pride and Prejudice and exclaim that with THE MATTERS AT MANSFIELD Bebris "has given us a treasure." I was continually charmed by her imaginings of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy as the Nick and Nora Charles of the Regency set, exhibiting all the sensibilities that any Janeite would appreciate in an Austen pastiche; respect for the original author's style, observance of period detail, reverence to the characters, and interjection of circuitous humour and lighthearted banter, all combined in a well thought out and absorbing whodunit that keeps us guessing and engaged to the last. My only disappointment was that it ended all too quickly, and I hope that the next novel currently being penned about Austen's novel Emma will suspend our pleasure for a bit longer.

Laurel Ann, Austenprose
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! 1 Dec 2008
By Tim Lasiuta - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The Matters at Mansfield: Carrie Bebris
Whomever would have thought that the esteemed (and so controlled )Mr and Mrs Darcy would take up a path to ensure true love for their good friend Anne de Bourgh?Carrie Bebris did.

The resulting "Matters At Mansfield" is an excellent novel that is just what you would expect, and what you would not at the same time., "Pride and Prejudice" dealt with the difficult path of true love in a society well guarded by social graces and etiquette, and Anne (Lady De Bourghs daughter) finds herself in a similar position when the meddling Lady Catherine de Bourgh begins to play match maker. It's off to Mansfield in pursuit of Anne and her new husband Mr Crawford following their elopement. A murder complicates the matter, and as society dictates, and the murder solved before the potential scandal erupts.

What is fascinating about this series is the continuation of the story began in "Pride and Prejudice." The supporting cast of Lady Catherine De Bourgh, Georgiana, Elizabeth Darcy, Fitzwilliam Darcy, Mr and Mrs Collins, and Roger Fitzwilliam recreate the mystique and romance of the era. Pemberly, and the great house at Mansfield are home once again to proper `society' and incidents that reflect a public fascination with Victorian society. Packed with humor, romance, light intrigue, and situations readers of Jane Austin revel in, the Darcy Mysteries are a sparkling addition to the growing Victorian/historical mystery sections.

If I were to describe this book in a single sentence, it would be "a charming romp through Victorian romance and the complex machinations of arranged marriages and social correctness." Be prepared for episode four, the Darcy Mysteries. It's a great ride!

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Tim Lasiuta
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the matters at mansfield 1 Nov 2008
By Francesca Sanders - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
"The Matters at Mansfield" is definitely the best Mr. & Mrs. Darcy mystery yet. Unlike previous novels, there is nothing supernatural about the mystery, & most readers will probably appreciate this fact. The mystery centers on Lady Catherine & Anne de Borough, as well as Henry Crawford from Austen's "Mansfield Park." The mystery is fast paced & does not let up. There is also some humor thrown in.

Again, I am surprised at how well Bebris is able to capture the original characters from "Pride & Prejudice." Reading her books, I feel that I am actually reading Austen. The tone & characters are true to form.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Hart to Hart" Meets Jane Austen 2 Jun 2012
By Christina Hamlett - Published on Amazon.com
Given the lack of manners, civility and social graces that so woefully prevail in the 21st century, it's wonderfully refreshing to see that the work of Jane Austen is enjoying a comeback through cleverly crafted variations such as "The Matters at Mansfield." This was my first introduction to the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mystery series but I've already ordered the rest of them. Austen's original characters and settings so artfully lend themselves to different genres and I thoroughly enjoyed the premise of Elizabeth and Darcy's weekend getaway being unpleasantly tainted by an embarassing elopement, a meddling mum's matrimonial machinations, a suitor with a questionable past, and (gasp) a most unsightly murder. As I related the plot to my husband over the course of my reading, I frequently found myself lapsing into an English accent and sitting up a little bit straighter as I sipped my martini. As amateur sleuths, the Darcys are smart, objective, quick witted and yet still take the time to exchange kisses and embraces on the way to the next clue. You've just got to love these two!
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