“As this is the sixth novel in the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mystery series, I was worried that Bebris would not be writing any further installments, preferring to keep her books in line with each of Austen’s; I was pleased to discover that she does indeed have plans to continue writing the series. This...”see full review » see other reviews »
“As this is the sixth novel in the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mystery series, I was worried that Bebris would not be writing any further installments, preferring to keep her books in line with each of Austen’s; I was pleased to discover that she does indeed have plans to continue writing the series. This installment finds the Darcys in Lyme, exploring the Cobb and meeting the Wentworths in less than ideal conditions. The couple discovers a woman who has fallen from the Upper Cobb while pregnant, and though Elizabeth helps deliver her child, the woman dies in birth. Her history is a tangled one, and dovetails with the suspicious death of Darcy’s cousin Gerard Fitzwilliam on board the navy ship the Magna Carta. It was a great story, with twists abounding, and I enjoyed it immensely.”Alethea wrote this review Tuesday, July 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love this series. Carrie Bebris does a wonderful job.”Sir Casey wrote this review Monday, June 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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“I really enjoy the Mr. & Mrs. Darcy mysteries by Carrie Bebris. These stories do a really wonderful job of taking characters I love and expanding their world by putting Lizzy and Darcy in the position of becoming sleuths - and successful sleuths at that!
When Darcy, Elizabeth, Georgiana and baby Lily-Anne visit the seaside town of Lyme it is partially a vacation and partially family business. A cousin of Darcy's, a former navel officer killed in battle has left his sea-chest in the charge of a fellow officer who wishes to personally deliver it to the family.
In the course of exploring the city, Darcy and Elizabeth stumble - literally! - over a pregnant, unconscious woman who appears to have fallen from a seaside wall. The Darcys take the woman to the home of a local naval officer, who's wife, along with Elizabeth eventually deliver the woman's son, who survives. Sadly, his mother does not.
When circumstances afterward suggest multiple potential fathers for the baby, including a elderly Baronet, whom the woman had wed only the evening prior, as well as the same Baronet's son, and, until the hasty marriage the Baronet's previous heir, things quickly become very complicated, not to mention unseemly!
Given that everyone seems to want the child, questions arise as to whether the mother fell from the wall or might she have been pushed?
And once the sea chest of Darcy's deceased cousin is finally opened and examined, the contents lead Darcy to wonder if his own cousin might have met with foul play.
As always, the Darcys do not shy away from investigating puzzling circumstances to find the truth, even if those investigations lead into danger.
While the books in this series are always charming and entertaining, this story seems to have had a more complex and exciting story/mystery that I recall previous installments having offered, so I enjoyed this story even more than previous ones. I really had to pay attention to who was who, and what happened when, and who knew or said what to whom. That made the reading extra entertaining for me.
And when the truth was finally revealed, I found the plot to have been even more cleverly conceived. I was impressed, and very much enjoyed everything about the book. If you like P&P sequels/continuations, and you enjoy a good murder mystery, I recommend this entire series, but particularly this installment.”
“I was so excited when Ms. Bebris announced that she was finally writing her Persuasion novel (having written mysteries to tie in with Miss Austen's five other published works already). Mr. and Mrs. Darcy, accidental detectives, were finally going to meet the Wentworths. At Lyme (I love Lyme).
The Deception at Lyme had all the things I loved about the previous books in the series - fun characters, complicated mystery, a bit of danger, a bit of humor and, especially in this case, romance. One thing it didn't have was any hint of the supernatural, but the very human mystery more than made up for the lack of magical influence.
I love how well the author incorporated the characters from Persuasion into the mystery. Mrs.Clay, Mr. Elliot and Sir Walter Elliot are all perfectly portrayed in all their less-than-likable glory, tangled in ambition and deceit. Captain Wentworth and Mr. Darcy get along famously, as I have always suspected that they would. My two favorite Austenesque heroes working together at last (sigh). The new characters were wonderful as well, especially the two gentlemen who take an interest in Georgiana (much to Darcy's chagrin). The charming Sir Lawrence and the enigmatic and possibly villainous Lieutenant St. Clair. Watching Darcy's discomfort was highly entertaining.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes cozy mysteries that you can curl up with on a rainy afternoon, and, of course, to anyone who loves Jane Austen's marvelous characters.”
“It was well written and held to the tradition of Jane Austen but slow to read.”Julie wrote this review Friday, March 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A much better entry in this series than the one about Emma. Lots of info about Lyme and naval life at sea. A not bad mystery either.”humbledaisy wrote this review Saturday, December 31, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No