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The Poisoned Proposal: A Pride and Prejudice Variation: (Dark Darcy Mysteries Book 3) ~ A romantic Regency mystery: Volume 3 Paperback – 26 May 2015
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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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The overall mystery was good. Ms. Swan does a good job of hiding the true poisoner and slowly revealing the truth. The characters are refreshingly modern (not as stiff and boring as other P&P redux) but they do have a bit of a caricature feel to them (Mr. Collins is TOO stupid, Anne is TOO browbeaten and timid)
This book would have been quite good if it weren't for the addition of the forensic toxicologist. Ms. Swan slips a few too many modern characteristics and terms into her books but they're usually easy to overlook. This one was so snort-worthy obvious that it took me right out of the story. While she tries to camouflage him as an 1805 gentleman science enthusiast, he's running around with a laboratory and tests to extract poisons from tea. I'm sure the science was getting its start at this historical period, but Mr. Darcy collecting samples of all the tea things was pretty far-fetched.
Elizabeth and Darcy continue to sneak around, hide the truth from each other, get mad, flounce off and then get all hot and bothered for each other, just to begin the cycle all over again.
I am wondering how it is going to come to an end ! Elizabeth must get her Darcy , but how ? Ingenious , I am ready for Book Four ! A+++