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Pride and Prescience (Mr & Mrs Darcy Mystery)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I really enjoyed this book. I have read Pride and Prejudice several times, so it was a joy to find a book that took us beyond the wedding. It is a little far-fetched, but no less enjoyable for that. And the author has managed to adhere faithfully to Austen's characters. I look forward to reading her next book and hope she has plenty more planned.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I enjoyed this Austen 'sequel' and first 'Mr & Mrs Darcy Mystery'. It was generally quite a fun read, although with a number of incidents it's not quite so light-hearted. Many of our favourite characters from Austen's novel make an appearance, and of course Bebris introduces her own selection. Generally this is well written, although there is the usual irritation of Americanised spelling. I don't want to say too much and give things away, but I think I will pick up the sequel when it's available in paperback, although I did find the magic elements a bit strange. This was enjoyable though, and something I will probably pick up again.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This book will be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates the gentle feminine wit of Jane Austen. The story and its characters are set in the Regency world left behind by Jane. This is a refined, drawing room tale, with overtones of detection and Gothic mystery.
The writer has tried to write in the same vein as Jane Austen, but there are a few jarring lapses. It's hard to maintain the accuracy and tone when you're a couple of hundred years after and a couple of thousand miles away.
The writer manages to convey the social scene and offers acute observation of social interactions. Some of her characters are less than finely drawn, though, and this can be a distraction. But the plot holds up well and this makes an intriguing story, interestingly told.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2006
I bought this book mostly for fun, I'm a real Pride and Predjudice (the BBC series) fan and I was reluctant to see my favourite classic's main carracters being dragged through a sequal, ecspecially one not written by the original auther. It wasn't the great big masterpiece, but I didn't feel Darcy, Lizzy or the others where exploited in any way, and I enjoyed the little mystery very much, in fact I must admit that I had a hard time putting it down sometimes :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 September 2005
A lovely and well written book, after the double wedding Caroline drops her bomshell...she is getting married within a week and so this stops the newlyweds from going on honeymoon. after her wedding things start going wrong, but only one person can see the danger head and that person in Elizabeth.
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on 4 August 2012
I enjoyed most of this book but by the end I was furious with it. It's well-written, though there were a few anachronisms. For example, a servant gets "fired" - not a term I can imagine anyone in Jane Austen's world would have used. Also the author is American and this shows in other minor infelicities. Most, if not all, of these little annoying mistakes could have been avoided by simply letting an English fan of the period read the book prior to publication. I'm no Jane Austen expert, but I am English, with a degree in English literature, and the out-of-period or unEnglish slips really stood out. Perhaps other readers won't be so pernickity.

But my main issue with the book, which I enjoyed so much at first, is the plot. It revolves around enchantment and magical items, with a lot of heavy-handed clues, and for a good 4/5ths of the book I was confidently expecting clever, ingenious Elizabeth Darcy to reveal the truth - a devious but real plot underlying the cheesy supernatural rubbish. Imagine my dismay when it turned out that the cheesy supernatural rubbish WAS the plot and that therefore there was no mystery. It was all as silly as it appeared. What was particularly annoying was the idea of Elizabeth believing in voodoo. In the story she persuades a sceptical Darcy that all this mystic guff is real. I can't imagine Pride and Prejudice (Penguin Classics) giving this tale the time of day.

If you don't mind - or don't notice - the little slips out of period, and enjoy supernatural thrillers - then you'll probably enjoy this book. Lots of people like Austen with zombies and such like, and they will love this book. For me, with a clear vision of Elizabeth as a practical, no-nonsense woman, this book was - as you may gather :-) - extremely annoying. Enough so to impel me to write this review.

A far better mystery based on Pride and Prejudice is P D James Death Comes to Pemberley. P D James sticks closely to the original characters while succeeding in providing a convincing mystery.
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on 8 June 2012
This novel, the first in a series, tells a mystery story taking up with all the main characters from Jane Austen's famous 'Pride and Prejudice', on the day of the double wedding of Elizabeth and Darcy, and Jane and Bingley. Elizabeth is irked by the typically selfish behaviour of Caroline Bingley by announcing her engagement and rushed marriage plans to all of the guests, thereby stealing a lot of attention from those whose special day it is. But irritation quickly turns to concern when Caroline, newly-wed to American plantation owner Frederick Parrish, begins exhibiting strange behaviour and all too soon, a couple of little 'accidents' that happen to her begin to encompass all of the Bingleys, including Elizabeth's beloved Jane. The new Mrs Darcy, already involved despite her former feelings toward Caroline, joins forces with her new husband to try to discover what is at the root of the incidents, before things take a sinister turn...

Okay, so let's start on a positive note - the author's writing style, setup and delivery of a mystery story is good and engaging, which keeps you turning pages most of the way through the book. However - and here comes the negative BUT - the story (as I was warned by other reviews) and the solving of the mystery is of a paranormal/supernatural type, and seriously strains the bounds of what you can suspend when reading a novel about such famous, well rooted characters of literature. I think that therein lies the real problem here; if the book had been about new fictional characters, and not Elizabeth and Darcy, the story probably would have been fine, even with the paranormal element (I enjoy Amanda Quick's novels along the same lines, with curses and magical elements/objects in them). But because it is supposed to be happening to such famous characters with very set and ingrained personalities etc, it is just too much to imagine them in this fantastical situation, even with Darcy's initial scepticism.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2004
A wonderfully written book, Elizabeth and Jane marry Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley at the wedding reception ignorant Caroline Bingley announces her engagement to an American whome seems to adore her she also announces that they are marrying on the following wednesday by special licence which stops the two couples going on honeymoon so they can be at her wedding in London. Things start to go wrong not long after the wedding and Caroline looks as though she is going mad, why was she wondering around the most natorious parts of London with a bag full of money in the middle of the night? many other things happen then she is taken to try to recover at Netherfield. Many things happen a fire at Netherfield, Jane and Bingley are nearly killed Elizabeth and Darcy are the only ones to keep there heads but disagree about the out come, then there is a murder all this adds up to a brilliant end. I almost felt sorry for Caroline in some ways but in others I felt she deserved all she got. It reminded me of one of Agatha Christi Tommy and Tuppence murders which I enjoyed as a teenager.
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on 15 February 2010
I was really really enjoying it, I love the way it's written and I felt she'd really captured the characters well, and I loved especially how she portrayed Elizabeth and Mr Darcy. So cute! I loved all the scenes between them. It was really in Austen's style.

And then I got to the end and was just DISAPPOINTED. The supernatural doesn't fit into an Austen novel! It just felt clunky and awkward and rushed. Really disappointed because the rest of the book was so good. I may read the next one but I hope the ending is more satisfying!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The newly wed Mr and Mrs Darcy are back and are the Regency answer to Nora and Nick of the Thin Man. The mystery embroils Caroline Bingley and her engagement to an American, prior to the wedding all kinds of strange events occur; nocturnal wanderings, carriage accidents and Caroline behaving very strangely. Is Elizabeth right in believing supernatural forces are at work, or is Mr Darcy correct in suspecting more mortal forces.

It's a fun mystery, and better than most add ons to Pride and Prejiduce, even if the historical aspects may be a little off kilter. The joy of this is seeing Mr and Mrs Darcy post wedding, and familiar faces from the original are handled well.

The supernatural element is a little far fetched but Berbris credibly handles what the Darcy's reactions would be. For true Austenites the Stephanie Barron series with Jane herself as a sleuth might be more satisfying and certainly mimics the tone and wit of the originals better than this, but as mystery fluff goes this is a good one.
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