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“Light, fun look at post-wedding Mr & Mrs. Darcy. Interesting in that the author includes minor characters from other Austen novels. I had to look up a few characters! Off-putting dive into the supernatural, though. Still, I'm planning on reading the series.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Different, not as good as I had hoped.”Diane S wrote this review Friday, October 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Although I admit Bebris is no Jane Austen, I must confess I relished this book, often smiling while reading, and went on to read and enjoy the rest in the series published to date. The book is first of a series where Mr and Mrs Darcy of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice are sleuths, often with an element of the supernatural and romance.
I have a couple of friends who are Jane Austen fans I pointed this series to who didn't care for them as much as I did. One said she didn't find them anything special and another didn't finish that first book. That friend though said something that gave me insight into why I do enjoy these so much. She said at least Bebris doesn't try to imitate Austen's style--that those who do always fail. I've tried and disliked Stephenie Barron's Jane Austen mysteries. There the conceit is these are written by Austen, and Barron takes a stab at reproducing Jane Austen's prose style and never convinces me. She just doesn't have the wit and insight to carry it off. Bebris, in trying instead to just capture the personality of the Austen characters and sound of their dialogue, succeeds much better, I think. Much better in that than the one Austen pastiche I'd tried before this, Linda Berdoll's Mr Darcy Takes a Wife where I found the characters unrecognizable. And there's the charm for me in the books by Bebris--that they're good enough to make me feel like I'm visiting old friends.
This particular book centers on a mystery surrounding Caroline Bingley, who has married a charming American, Frederick Parrish, soon after the Darcys marry. After her wedding Caroline seems to be becoming unhinged and dangerous accidents dog the Bingleys. There's an element of the supernatural in the events reminiscent of the gothic novels Austen parodied in Northanger Abbey I feel mixed about, with a psychic Elizabeth acting as Mulder to a skeptic Scully Darcy. It's well-done though--just know going in you're dealing with the paranormal taken seriously, which after all is more than hinted at in the title.
Although I'm hardly a scholar of the period, the book feels to me like it gets it right, with lots of details that suggest Bebris did her homework. Even if you changed the names involved, this would work well as a historical mystery with a deft twist and resolution.”
“Really a 3.5 - Doesn't read like an Austen book, but its a fun enough cozy. The real villain was easy to spot by halfway through. Several plot points were a little obvious, but it would be the Darcys' first case together, so you wouldn't want it to be too hard. ;) I kept waiting for a reference to Mesmer or to hypnotism to emerge, since that seemed to be where the tale was going - but at the end the author stuck to the influence being magical? ooohhkkaayyy...”Salar_Shushan wrote this review Thursday, February 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fluff”Kari T wrote this review Thursday, July 5, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I am a huge Jane Austen fan and Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite novels. I was delighted there were mysteries based on Mr. and Mrs. Darcy from P & P. The author did a nice job with the character development, but that is the only thing that ultimately salvaged this book for me. She took the story down a road that is very un-Austen like and cheapened the elegance and sophistication of the genre. On a more positive note, I have read another one of her Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mysteries and it was excellent.
Spoiler: The reason I am unhappy with the outcome of the book is her use of veiled witchcraft and magic. She had a cursed ring, enchanted/spell cast objects, and mystical symbols that either controlled the Bingley family, most particulary Caroline (very odd for her character to be so fully controlled and by a spell). She also had Elizabeth Darcy conceeding to the legitimacy of these items which seems completely out of character for her.(”
“Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy as detectives soon after their marriage - who wouldn't enjoy that!”Carolyn F wrote this review Thursday, May 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fun read!”Kirsty C wrote this review Tuesday, January 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Light, fun look at post-wedding Mr & Mrs. Darcy. Interesting in that the author includes minor characters from other Austen novels. I had to look up a few characters! Off-putting dive into the supernatural, though. Still, I'm planning on reading the series.”humbledaisy wrote this review Saturday, December 17, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Its interesting but a little far fetched for me”npbcis wrote this review Friday, February 4, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No