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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 14 May 2006
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.
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North by Northanger begins with a pregnant Elizabeth attempting to make Pemberley her own. After a desk is moved Darcy finds a letter to his wife by his late mother, who died giving birth to his sister. Writing from her deathbed, his mother mentions a piece of jewelry she believes is linked to safe births, but was put away for safekeeping only to be lost and forgotten. She wants them to find it.

Then the two head out to Bath and receive an invitation from a Captain Tilney. His mother was a friend of Darcy’s mother. When they arrive at Northanger Abbey, it all seems quite strange. The property looks deserted, the help lacking, and the owner’s behavior odd. Their meeting with the Captain is very brief and strange. Once they leave, they are accused of stealing diamonds. Elizabeth isn’t able to get Darcy released, so she calls in the big guns—his aunt. Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Eventually the two are released into the custody of Lady Catherine. Darcy and Elizabeth have double duty while waiting for their first arrival—clear their names and survive months of Lady Catherine’s company until the trial.

The Darcy mystery series is an entertaining one. Very much in the vein of the original characters by Jane Austin. The dialogue is perfect. The lead characters are strong and carry the storyline very well. Lady Catherine is certainly a well-written, unlikable character. North by Northanger is book three in the series.
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on 12 April 2013
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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on 11 September 2010
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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on 25 May 2010
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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