"My investigations and decisions are not usually influenced by my hopes or fears."
—Darcy to Elizabeth, Pride and Prejudice
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The Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries feature newlyweds Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice as reluctant sleuths who become embroiled in intrigues surrounding their friends and family. The series debuted with Pride and Prescience, which made the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association bestseller list and was named one of the five best mysteries of 2004 by Library Journal. Successive books bring the Darcys into contact with characters from other Austen novels, but you do not need to have read Austen's originals to enjoy the Darcy mysteries. If you wish to read the series in order, the books are:
Pride and Prescience (2004), based on Pride and Prejudice
Suspense and Sensibility (2005), based on Sense and Sensibility
North by Northanger (2006), based on Northanger Abbey
The Matters at Mansfield (2008), based on Mansfield Park
The Intrigue at Highbury (2010), based on Emma
The Deception at Lyme (available October 2011), based on Persuasion
If you're a fan of Jane Austen, historical fiction, traditional ("cozy") mysteries, or romance, you won't want to miss the Darcys' further adventures. The series offers plenty of lively dialogue, suspense, and romantic interplay, with eerie twists reminiscent of the gothic novels so popular in Austen's day.
Praise for the Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries
"Mannered prose, Regency backdrops, moody country houses, and delightful characterization place this new series high on the to-buy list."
—Library Journal starred review
"Charming . . . Fans of Stephanie Barron's Jane Austen books will want to check out Bebris' debut."
"Well-crafted . . .Bebris works her own brand of Austen magic."
"The lively dialogue makes Elizabeth truly endearing."
—The Poisoned Pen
"Thoroughly 'light, and bright, and sparkling,' in the best Austen tradition, with a dollop of murder and mayhem to leaven the whole. A delight."
—Stephanie Barron, author of the Jane Austen mysteries
"The characters are delightfully true to Miss Austen's originals and penned in prose worthy of Jane herself. The story moves from love story to mystery and back again in a most sprightly and enjoyable way. Truly a treat for Austen fans and mystery lovers alike."
—Victoria Hinshaw, author of Ask Jane
The Darcys as detectives? Yes!
Austen's works lend themselves well to the mystery genre; in fact, bestselling mystery writer P.D. James has made a case for reading Emma as a mystery. To me, the Darcys are natural protagonists for a mystery series. Though they would never think of themselves as "detectives," Elizabeth and Darcy make a great team when it comes to solving problems and piercing the armor of people they encounter. We see in Pride and Prejudice that Elizabeth is a sharp observer of human nature and foibles, a witty conversationalist, a woman who relies on her instincts. Darcy, in contrast, is a deductive reasoner and a man who knows how to move about in the world. She predicts Lydia's disgrace; he ferrets out the eloped couple. Now, solving puzzles amid quick banter and lighthearted jesting, the newlywed Darcys are a dynamic, resourceful investigative couple in the tradition of The Thin Man's Nick and Nora Charles.