Who wrote this book and when?
Carrie Bebris published this in 2006.
Has there been a film version?
Who are the important characters?
Mrs Elizabeth Darcy – nee Bennett, the new mistress of Pemberley and wife of Fitzwilliam Darcy
Mr. Darcy – the master of Pemberley, a gentleman in every respect
Lady Catherine De Bourgh – Darcy’s aunt, very proud and vocal in her opinions
Lady Anne Darcy – Darcy’s mother, she died giving birth to Georgiana
What’s it about?
The Darcys are back at Pemberley, eagerly awaiting the birth of their first child. When Elizabeth discovers a mysterious letter from the late Anne Darcy addressed to herself (as the wife of Fitzwilliam) she learns of a mysterious treasure that Lady Anne was desperate to find before she birthed Georgiana and died. Intrigued by this tidbit about Lady Anne, Elizabeth sets out to find the missing artifact and to learn as much as she can about her late mother-in-law. However, her plans are interrupted with the introduction of Lady Catherine to their party. The Darcy’s are accused of a crime involving the Tilney family of Northanger Abbey and Lady Catherine de Bourgh is designated their legal guardian while they suffer under house arrest and she also asserts herself as the true owner of the missing treasure and sets off on her own treasure hunt. With the arrival of Lydia, Wickham, and Mrs. Bennett, things are guaranteed to be interesting.
Why is this book a classic/bestseller?
It’s one of a great series of Regency/Austen based novels by Carrie Bebris that are reminiscent of the Thin Man mystery movies.
Do I recommend you read this book?
Yes, but start with the first one – “Pride and Prescience.”
How did this book make my list?
I love this series.
Has it won any awards?
It won the Reviewers Choice Award for Best Historical Mystery of 2006 and the Daphne Du Maurier Award for excellence in romantic suspense.
“Elizabeth’s mind hovered in that state where dream and wakefulness merge and one cannot quite determine where one ends and the other begins. Images of infants and mothers, letters and locks, keys and chrysanthemums floated through her sleepy consciousness as the rest of her senses similarly teased her.” – p 141
Bebris has already started on the fourth book in this series – it’s been a long time since I got that little excited butterfly dance in my belly about a new book.
These books are wonderful. I don’t really enjoy mysteries – in fact, the only ones I can recommend that aren’t declared classics like Dashiell Hammitt, are Jasper Fforde and this author – Carrie Bebris. She captures the wit of the Darcy couple perfectly while maintaining the air of the Regency era. The mysteries always have a touch or more of supernatural to them – and this one is no different. Although, this is the first with a religious tone to it. As with all the books in this series, I can’t recommend them highly enough. They’re the best “sequels” to Pride and Prejudice out there.