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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; 1 edition (May 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765318431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765318435
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.3 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #329,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
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3.7 out of 5 stars

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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. It has a good mixture of supernatural mystery to satisfy those in need of a creepy but not so creepy experience, and there's a good plot and regular mystery behind it, making you try to guess who is behind all of these strange coincidences. I liked it how they brought in most of the characters from Pride and Prejudice it was nice to see them once again, and to have Elizabeth and Darcy solving the mystery together can't get any better than that. They both have the wit, and the sharp mindedness that brings them even closer together. Of course they have their disagreements as well, which is nice to see, as their arguing takes you back to the days when they didn't get along at all in the beginning of Pride and Prejudice.

I'm happy to see not much drastic change has happened to most of the characters in the book. The scandal behind Mr Hurst seems believable and makes sense considering his vices. Naturally, it was nice to see Caroline hasn't changed, until later in the book but there's a reason for it as you will see if you pick up this novel. There are a few twists and turns in the plot to keep you guessing as to who might have been behind the entire plot, although I did figure it out eventually before it was said. That might have become a disappointment as I would have liked to have been surprised, but the action at the end (there's a fighting sequence!) made up for it and proved to be exciting to read. I thought it was a good book, I was so interested in it, it didn't take me that long to read, and the ending was satisfying despite it being a little obvious who was behind the plot.
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By A Customer on July 24 2004
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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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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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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