“I liked this, but not as much as the earlier Darcy mysteries. The conceit of this series is that Jane Austen's Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pride and Prejudice become involved in a series of mysteries--ones that involved characters and places involving Austen's other novels. In this case, it's Emma. A blurb just inside the cover calls this one "the most faithful sequel to Austen" and I'd agree actually. In the other books, we tend to deal only tangentally with the characters of the other books--not usually the major ones. In this one though, Emma and her Mr Knightly are front and center and the familiar characters from the novel--Reverend and Mrs Elton, Miss Bates, Frank and Jane Churchill are intimately involved--indeed the central mystery involves the murder of Frank's uncle and guardian who had come to his wedding.
I can't fault Bebris' characterizations. It's her appeal for me, that it's so much like visiting old friends to read her Mr and Mrs Darcy. I thought her (still) matchmaking Emma and (still) vain and arrogant Mrs Elton to be truly pitch perfect, conjuring the characters very much in my mind and I agree with the reviewer that Bebris is wonderful at mining Emma in weaving together a mystery. (Gypsies ho!) The banter between the Darcys still sparkles. By and large I also like that like the last book, The Matters of Mansfield, there's no fantasy element as there was in the first three mysteries and seemed so out of keeping with Jane Austen. The mystery plot is well-paced and kept me intrigued to the end. And I like the element of romance that is usually so much a part of these books.
I think if this is my least favorite of this series to date, it's because so much less is at stake for the Darcys in this book. In the first book, Pride and Prescience, their sister-in-law was in danger, in the second, Suspense and Sensibility, Elizabeth's sister was involved. In North by Northanger, Elizabeth was pregnant, dealing with coming into her own as mistress of Pemberly and her husband was endangered. In the last book, The Matters at Mansfield, again people in their family were involved. In this case, nothing more personal than stolen baptismal clothes are at stake for the Darcys, and so they're involved purely as sleuths. I did enjoy this, however, and will eagerly pounce on the next in the series. (Especially since it involves Persuasion, my favorite Austen book.)”
“Though good, this has been my least favorite of the Mr. & Mrs. Darcy mysteries by Bebris. The author models each of her mysteries on an existing Austen text, the inspiration for this particular one being EMMA. I understand and appreciate Bebris’s inclusion of Emma’s unquenchable thirst for matchmaking at the beginning of the novel, but I felt it didn’t flow with the rest of the storyline; also, the murderers in these books are usually individuals we have seen but have no idea are nefarious. In this installment, we meet the ultimate guilty party right at the start of the novel, and her motives are suspect throughout the book, making her guilt hardly a surprise. Still an enjoyable installment in the series, but, again, not as seamless as the others have been, and not without a few plot missteps.”Alethea wrote this review Wednesday, May 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good continuing story of the mystery series by Carrie Bebris”VictorianFan wrote this review Saturday, April 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I very much enjoy this series of Pride & Prejudice continuations by Carrie Bebris, and this installment was just as enjoyable as previous books.
As Darcy and Elizabeth are attempting to get to an Inn on their way home from travels, they are stopped by what appears to be a young woman alone and in distress on the road in their path. It turns out that the woman was merely a decoy to allow for robbing the Darcys' coach.
When they go to the local magistrate to report the robbery, they end up staying with Mr. Knightley and his wife, Emma [the same Emma from Austen's novel] overnight.
But the Knightleys are involved in an intrigue of their own with a series of inexplicable deaths in the neighbourhood. When both Elizabeth and Darcy strike friendships with Emma and her husband, their previous sleuthing abilities are welcomed by the Knightleys and they are asked to assist in determing what is happening in the neighbourhood.
I love the way Bebris writes Elizabeth and Darcy as true partners, as well as intelligent and loving spouses who are more than capable of investigating troublesome events and determining the truth of matters. The mysteries are well-written and interesting, and the way that the author places Elizabeth and Darcy into others of Austen's own books is charming and entertaining.
I recommend this as a good read, particularly for Pride & Prejudice, or Jane Austen fans. But this series could also appeal to lovers of either cozy mysteries, or the Victorian era.”
“Emma was never my favorite character so I suppose my rating is a little biased but I don't think this was the best of the series.”Jackie wrote this review Thursday, March 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I think this is the most confusing and least interesting of the series.”humbledaisy wrote this review Saturday, December 31, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Darcy's meet Emma and Mr. Knightly; Miss Bates gets married :)”Pam S wrote this review Saturday, December 25, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Once again Carrie Bebris brings two beloved characters back to life and this time we get to visit the delightful village of Highbury. Most of the wonderful characters from Emma are joined with Darcy and Elizabeth as they investigate the murder of Edgar Churchill. This is a delightful cozy mystery, possibly not as strong on the mystery side as it is on the dialogue and characterizations. Emma and Knightley are just as fun as the original story and their personalities mesh with the Darcy's so well that it is quite believable that friendships would be forged.”Roxhill wrote this review Monday, November 8, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“a charming and fun twist on Jane Austen's Emma”Nancy M wrote this review Sunday, July 25, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No