This off-shoot of "Pride and Prejudice" is not so much a read as a romp. From the very first pages our heroine, the recently widowed Lydia Wickham, whisks us round England and Europe in her efforts to secure a glittering future for herself as far away as possible from her boring relatives at Pemberley. She really is "the bad Miss Bennet": a card-sharp, a highwayman's moll, seductress, spy, and all-round self-serving hoyden - in fact, the female counterpart of many a roguish hero from the Picaresque (a tradition of novel-writing which the author says informed her choice of subject). Like her male counterparts, Lydia lives by her wits and ricochets from one adventure to another. The pace is fast and the humour dry and often outrageous. Don't expect a plot arc or any character development; that's not what "Who Needs Mr Darcy?" is about. Just jump on board and enjoy the ride!