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Intrigue at the Ball ~ A Pride and Prejudice Variation: (A romantic Regency mystery for Jane Austen fans) (Dark Darcy Mysteries Book 2) by [Swan, Penelope]
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Intrigue at the Ball ~ A Pride and Prejudice Variation: (A romantic Regency mystery for Jane Austen fans) (Dark Darcy Mysteries Book 2) Kindle Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
Book 2 of 4 in Dark Darcy (4 Book Series)

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Sign up to be notified of new releases and other book news at: penelopeswan.com/newsletter Penelope Swan is the pen name of author, H.Y. Hanna, who also writes best-selling romantic suspense and sweet romances under her other name, as well as award-winning children's fiction. She has been an avid Jane Austen fan since her teens and is delighted that she can now live out her Regency fantasies through her books. She has always been a great lover of mysteries and so the DARK DARCY MYSTERIES is her variation on the Pride & Prejudice story - a romantic Regency mystery series inspired by Jane Austen, combining suspense and romance. * Each book in the series features a standalone mystery which is resolved, but the overall story of Darcy and Elizabeth's courtship is told over the 4 books of the series. - The Netherfield Affair (Book 1) - Intrigue at the Ball (Book 2) - The Poisoned Proposal (Book 3) - Secrets at Pemberley (Book 4) - coming Jun 2015! You can find out more about Penelope Swan and get in touch at: www.penelopeswan.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3950 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wisheart Press; 2 edition (11 April 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00UEL508M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,745 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is what I wrote for the first book and it seems appropriate to repeat it for this one too. "What fun! I know, the series is called Dark Darcy and at times, he lives up to his name but the style of writing is light, fun and just how a mystery story should be written, in my humble opinion. These stories aren't thrillers so no need for an angst warning, rather, they are in the style of Barbara Silkstone's Mister Darcy's Dogs series. The four books take us through the whole plot of Pride and Prejudice and have all the elements and characters plus a couple of extras thrown in for good measure, although they don't dominate at all. Each book could be read as a stand alone if you know the P & P plot (you don't? where have you been the last 200 years!) but they are better read sequentially. I loved how they followed that plot but not always in the way you expected. Lizzy is her usual stubborn, independent self and Darcy has that arrogant streak in him we secretly love. Penelope Swan has woven in four separate mysteries into these books and they slide effortlessly alongside the plot. Nice, easy but good reading."
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Enjoyed book 2 very much...Am greatly looking forward to reading the third book in the series! Really well written and interesting plot.
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Absolutely brilliant I can't wait to read book 3 and to find out how this ends. I hope I don't have to wait long.
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Excellent, as are the others I this series. More please.
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars 34 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable series of novels 4 Nov. 2016
By Cindy - Published on Amazon.com
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Actually, those above choices are not particularly accurate for a "retelling" of Jane Austen. However, I chose the better of the not-so-great options. Ms. Swan has created an imaginative series of short novels in which she examines the major characters in Pride and Prejudice (sorry--apparently there is not an option to italicize the title). I like the way she has taken Darcy and Elizabeth's growing interest in each other and moved it to unusual new situations--she's humanized them in a way that Austen would have approved of. The majority of the style borders on copying that of Austen, but doesn't quite achieve a true recreation like Carrie Bebris does. Throughout the series, there are notable quotes from the novel as well as from the more recent movies, but these don't pretend to be anything original, and they are smoothly incorporated into the rest of the novels. [Perhaps I should insert here that I have taught Austen's novels, particularly Pride and Prejudice, for at least 25 years, and I have studied it seriously for more than 45.] Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of Penelope Swan's books, and I would thoroughly enjoy reading any subsequent retellings of any of Austen's novels.
3.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth's Foolishness Knows No Bounds. 11 July 2015
By Wrappedinharry, Vic, Australia - Published on Amazon.com
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Regardless of Lizzie's foolishness, this book sucked me in as much as the first one in the series did. This story and the last were both entertaining and easy reads. The mysteries in each were easy scenarios to nut out, but the writing and the characters (yes, even foolish Lizzy) make up for the easy plots. Please don't read further if you wish to avoid spoilers.

Elizabeth Bennett prides herself on being an astute judge of character...she is supposedly the clever sister. So how is this astute young woman continually taken in by an out and out scoundrel?

She actually witnesses this handsome and charming rogue going about the business of relieving an acquaintance of his hard-earned money, but because she has no respect for the victim of the robbery, she does not seem to see the deed as a crime, committed by a man with a reputation for having perpetrated many similar acts that had garnered him much in the way of ill gotten gains. But because he is charming and flamboyant, and because he eventually has the opportunity to tell a tale of woe that drops another, not very well liked acquaintance right in it, Lizzy thinks she has found a suitable candidate to lavish all her sympathy and outraged indignation upon.

She worries when this villain decides that he will attend a masked ball, supposedly so that he can dance with her but in actuality, so that he can carry out further robberies.

Needless to say, Mr Bingley's ball becomes a shambles when a valuable piece of jewellery is found to be missing and this shambles turns into a complete disaster when several cases of virulent food poisoning is added to the mix.

The villain is actually captured but he drops a Miss Bennet in it when he names her as an accomplice...something Lizzy has been dreading, even though she did not believe up to this point, that said villain was actually the person who stole the jewellery. This is where credibility is stretched to breaking point I am afraid.

Beautiful, gentle Jane Bennet steps forward to shoulder the blame and her heart is broken when, even after being publicly exonerated, Bingley more or less publicly shuns her and then disappears to London. Poor Jane's reputation is in tatters in Meryton and the Gardiners come to the rescue and take their niece off to London hoping distance will restore equilibrium in Meryton and help mend a broken heart.
The final thing that really annoyed me about Lizzy was the fact that after being so very worried about her gallant highway man turning up at the ball, after he is arrested and taken away, not once does our fickle heroine think about his fate.

There are many little subplots that add to the enjoyment, so, despite Lizzy's foolishness, this is a nice essay read.

5.0 out of 5 stars This is a very good book. 19 Nov. 2016
By lunchlady - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this first book and loved it. I read this the second book and loved it. I like the fact that it had a mystery to it. It was fun to figure out the mystery and be right ( I will not put any spoilers in it ) about where something was hidden. Thank you for writing it. Please please write more.
3.0 out of 5 stars Implausible but not the worst I've read 27 Jun. 2015
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OK ... Lizzy is dumber than a doorknob .... Maybe one step above Lydia. This story flows OK, but the premise is beyond believable. I gave it three stars because of it's readability, otherwise it's a definite two stars. Darcy, however, does come off nicely. Wickham is a fascinating highwayman and Lizzy seems titilated by him. I presume she's too dumb to realize that a thief is a thief no matter what romantic name you want to affix to him. Duh!
4.0 out of 5 stars Grow a pair Bingley! 5 Aug. 2015
By Tina Carter - Published on Amazon.com
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This story centers around Wicked George and the Netherfield Ball which gets changed to a masquerade in this tale. Mr Collins makes his first appearance in this book and as soon as he does he gets held up at gunpoint and robbed while walking into Meryton with his Bennet cousins. It's right after this that Bingley and Darcy show up where he is recognized as Wickham and steals Bingley's horse all within one scene. The rest of the story has Wickham taking an interest in Lizzy which makes him do some reckless things. Especially as he is supposed to be a wanted man. Oh I forgot to mention there is also a cursed music box in this tale that takes up part of the story.

I totally knew that Wicked George was Wickham. I just knew it. I would have loved for this book to be a little longer than what it was. I do think it was a genious idea to hide the jewels that he stole at the local balls to be hidden in the food. However Bingley is a douche at the end of this book.
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