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Pride and Prescience (Or, a Truth Universally Acknowledged)

by Carrie Bebris

Rated: Mild

Fresh from their gloriously happy wedding day, a double event with Jane and Bingley, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy are eager to settle down as a couple in Darcy’s home of Pemberley.

Unfortunately, a series of odd events conspires to keep them away from Pemberley – and some alone time – for weeks. First, the annoying, uppity Caroline Bingley announces her engagement on the very day of their wedding – and then proceeds to say she will be marrying in a mere week.

It gets odder from there. As much as they do not want to get drawn in to the events, propriety forces them to do so. On the day of Miss Bingley’s wedding to a rich American plantation owner, she begins acting very strangely. She wanders down a dangerous London street all alone, and Elizabeth and Darcy just happen to find her and save her from an unsavory fate.

As the Darcys, as well as the new Parrish couple and others, join the Bingleys at Netherfield, the dangerous events continue to transpire. Is a supernatural force at work, or is it merely that some of the guests could be potential murderers? Either way, Netherfield is becoming a minefield for its guests. And Elizabeth and her groom eventually put the pieces together to figure out what is actually happening before anyone they love is killed.

Carrie Bebris successfully places beloved characters from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice into a new genre, a mystery. She retains the feel of the Regency period, the ways of speaking and behaving, and remains true to the characters while allowing them to step into some new, fun roles as amateur private investigators. It works. The supernatural twists might be a bit much for some readers, but the overall result is entertaining.

Rated: Mild. Very mild, actually. About five or six occurrences of mild language.

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for more than 20 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

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