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Pride and Prescience: Or, A Truth Universally Acknowledged [Paperback]

Carrie Bebris
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May 1 2007 Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries (Book 1)
Pride and Prescience (Or, A Truth Universally Acknowledged), a Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mystery, embroils the joyous newlyweds Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy in a mystery involving one of their wedding guests.

The lovely Caroline Bingley is engaged to marry a rich and charismatic American. Unfortunately, this windswept courtship is marred by many strange events-- nocturnal wanderings, spooked horses, carriage accidents, and even an apparent suicide attempt. Soon the whole Bingley family seems the target of a mysterious plot, with only the Darcys recognizing the danger.

Sinister forces are afoot and the Darcys must get to the bottom of the plot before the blushing bride descends into madness--or worse.

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From Publishers Weekly

In her well-crafted mystery debut, fantasy author Bebris (Pool of Radiance, etc.) picks up the action where Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice left off-on the wedding day of Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy, who marry in a double ceremony with Elizabeth's older sister Jane and Charles Bingley. The Bennett brides are soon upstaged by Bingley's sister, Caroline, who announces her engagement to a Louisiana planter. Caroline's imminent nuptials mean the Darcys must remain in London, where an evening party leads to a meeting with an archeology professor who specializes in the indigenous culture of North America. Newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. Darcy later travel to Netherfield, as does the professor, who brings along some "curiosities" he's collected that he credits with unusual powers. A series of improbable events ensues, leaving one murdered house guest and two sedated hosts. Can the American artifacts hold the key to the bizarre occurrences? When an unexpected blizzard cuts the house off from the rest of the neighborhood, it's up to Mr. and Mrs. Darcy to unmask the killer and restore everyone's peace of mind. Despite an anachronism or two (e.g., summoning a constable rather than the local magistrate), the author provides convincing portraits of life in London and at Netherfield. With a touch of sorcery and lots of red herrings, Bebris works her own brand of Austen magic, whetting the reader's appetite for a sequel.
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Bebris' charming mystery employs the beloved characters from Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice in a bit of sleuthing. The novel opens with a double wedding--that of Elizabeth Bennett to Fitzwilliam Darcy and Jane Bennett to Charles Bingley. It's the happiest day of Elizabeth's life, but she's a tad put out that her former rival, Caroline Bingley, has chosen this day to announce her engagement to a wealthy American landowner named Frederick Parrish. Rather than returning to Pemberley as they would like to do, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam stay on in London until the wedding. But events conspire to keep them there longer when Caroline begins acting strangely: they discover her walking in a dangerous neighborhood, and days later she almost dies from wounds that appear to be self-inflicted. Everyone close to Caroline is baffled, and the mystery deepens when the father of a former rival for Parrish's hand is found murdered. Fans of Stephanie Barron's Jane Austen books will want to check out Bebris' series debut. Kristine Huntley
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Charming but... July 24 2004
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Format:Hardcover
I enjoyed this book as a piece of literary candy floss. Sweet but not substantial. It had a "Nancy Drew" feel to it which reminded me of countless hours of summer reading in the years before I discovered literature. But as a piece of entertainment it succeeds. It did have me guessing for a second or two although not long. I did like the "supernatural" elements in it although it was highly implausible. What I yearned for was more intimacy between Darcy and Elizabeth and I don't mean the kind of intimacy you are all thinking about---for that read "Mr Darcy Takes a Wife"---but I thought the parts that were best in the book were the witty conversations and gentle loving teasing between the two leads and yet they were not as frequent as say the boring dinners or constant references to Mr. Hurst and the sherry bottle (please....). The best scene is the fire insomuch as real emotions are at play and Darcy is suitably noble and dashing. The biggest error the author made in the novel was to all but ignore the wonderful relationship between the Bennett sisters. Jane is a pale and placid rag doll instead of Lizzy's boon companion and confidant. But alas, it was not to be. So what was good was very good in this novel but more needs to be made of relationships and dialogue if one is to mimic Austen more successfully. Still an enjoyable read though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Wonderful! June 28 2004
Format:Hardcover
For lovers of Jane Austen's PRIDE & PREJUDICE, Carrie Bebris's brilliant sequel appears to pick up precisely where Austen left off, with the first days of married life for Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. The style, grammar and characters are so thoroughly consistent with Austen's masterpiece that they seem to blend into one. You cannot imagine Elizabeth and Darcy NOT behaving as they do in this wonderful novel. Their witty verbal sparring and Elizabeth's no-nonsense observations of the other characters are fresh, engaging and authentic.
For those who think that drawing room comedies are gentle and lack action, Bebris has provided an antidote: PRIDE AND PRESCIENCE features a woman going mad, a spooked horse, a terrible carriage accident, arson and murder. It's hard to imagine the characters have time to change their gowns for tea, with all that going on. Yet the plotting is strong and sure, and each incident appears both surprising and inevitable.
Bebris's own new characters are intriguing and well drawn. They blend beautifully with the Darcys, et al from Austen's classic.
I picked up this book the night I got it and have been unable to resist it since. A lovely, swift and absorbing read, featuring characters you already know if you know the original P&P. If you don't know them, reading Bebris BEFORE reading Austen's original will whet your appetite for the original itself.
This book gets my highest recommendation.
You'll love it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Irritating sequel May 3 2004
Format:Hardcover
I must admit to being an eager consumer of sequels to Jane Austen's novels. Dreadful I know, but I am almost helpless with curiosity when I see a fresh addition to this very long and seeminlgy endless list of the imaginings of others regarding our favourite characters and stories from Austen.
'Pride and Prejudice' I suspect to be the most popular in this regard, and so when I saw this one and read its premise I was intrigued. A new slant on the whole matter! We have had Miss Austen as detective in Stephanie Barron's series and now Darcy and Elizabeth!
Alas all my anticipation did not meet a happy eventuality. I found this made a good start with the opening scenes of the wedding and re-introducing the characters, but ... The whole thing upended itself with the arrival in London and Caroline Bingley's engagement to the mysterious American gentleman. It definitely became Gothic suspense and this is a genre that does not sit well with Austen, especially if one considers her gentle, sharp parodying of it in 'Northanger Abbey'. The resolution made my eyebrows shoot up with annoyance - the supernatural! All the good things in it were subsumed by this and it became silly. Very sad.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charming, if unlikely April 29 2004
Format:Hardcover
Taking up where "Pride and Prejudice" left off, Bebris captures the spark and wit of Jane Austen's characters - although the plot is a bit farfetched - in this charming series debut.
The book opens with the Darcy and Bingley double wedding, where Charles Bingley's sister Caroline, as arrogant and obnoxious as ever, upstages the Bennett sister brides by announcing her imminent marriage to a rich American. But Caroline's triumph is curtailed by a mental breakdown on the night of her wedding.
Caroline's condition, characterized by a midnight slum walk, an attempted suicide, erratic temper and more, causes the three sets of newlyweds, along with a scholar of spiritualism, to convene at her brother's home for a hoped-for Christmas convalescence. Instead, Caroline's deterioration accelerates and a series of nasty accidents threaten other members of the household - much like the eerie coincidences of the popular gothic romances of the day.
Elizabeth and Darcy approach the mysterious events from different perspectives and their repartee owes as much to Nick and Nora Charles as to Austen (as Bebris freely admits). The suspenseful climax ushers in a less than credible conclusion, but the journey is enjoyable. Quotes from "Pride and Prejudice" head each chapter - a particularly nice touch - and Austen readers will find this a diverting entertainment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mr and Mrs Darcy's first mystery together and it's good!
This is one of the better cozies I have come across so far in my cozy mystery reading experience. It feels like you're reading one of those old English gothic novels. Read more
Published on Dec 21 2009 by Karoline
3.0 out of 5 stars Pride Universally Unrealistic
I found the book to be well written and entertaining. I enjoyed watching the characters develop in this mystery plot. Read more
Published on June 17 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Light, gentle use of classic characters
I enjoyed Pride and Prescience, despite it's flaws. The author's respect for Miss Austen and affection for her characters is apparent; I thought she portrayed them nicely. Read more
Published on June 3 2004 by L. Urquhart
4.0 out of 5 stars Light hearted and charming
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. Read more
Published on May 31 2004 by Valerie Fletcher Adolph
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Sequel!
The author took a very entertaining direction with this book. It is hard to put down once you start reading it.
Published on May 14 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow and slogging, difficult to finish
I read the other reviews and then picked up this book. I love mysteries, but there wasn't much mystery here. I found it predictable, though written okay. Read more
Published on April 28 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant hope this becomes a series
Wonderfully written, starts after the double wedding of Elizabeth and Darcy, Bingley and Jane, at the wedding breakfast Miss Bingley announces her engagement to an american called... Read more
Published on April 27 2004 by Lynne Robson
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
As a fan of both Jane Austen and novels set in the Regency period, I was delighted to find a sequel featuring the newlywed Mr. and Mrs. Darcy as detectives. Read more
Published on April 19 2004 by Kimberly
4.0 out of 5 stars as a "sequel".....very nice
I am enamoured of "sequels" and "prequels" to the works of Jane Austen. Some are good and some are bad. Read more
Published on April 6 2004
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