North by Northanger
About the Book
After the intrigues and excitements of their time in the city, the Darcys are more than prepared for a bit of peace and quiet at Pemberley. This is time that they can spend together as Elizabeth settles into her pregnancy. However, such serene solitude is not meant to be. First a letter from Lady Anne Fitzwilliam Darcy, long deceased, is discovered. The contents are both mysterious and prescient for Mrs. Darcy. Then a summons to Northanger Abbey involves the young couple in intrigues that threaten not just the Darcy legacy and good name, but Mr. Darcy’s freedom as well…and to make matter even worse and more uncomfortable for the expectant mother, Darcy’s overbearing aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, arrives on the scene to further bedevil Elizabeth.
Add to this rumors of treasure and past scandals, and it becomes obvious that peacefulness is not at home in Pemberley, but secrets and spirits of the past are, and their revelations can have a most a chilling effect on both the Darcys and their family to come.
North by Northanger earns four stars for its intriguing mystery and spot-on characters.
As the Darcys expect their first child, they're entangled in a twenty-year-old mystery concerning Lady Anne Darcy and Northanger Abbey. When they visit Northanger they experience their own gothic misadventure, complete with suspicious rooms, missing servants, and an enigmatic host.
Once again, the best part of the book is the character interactions. Bebris perfectly captures each of Austen's characters. I particularly enjoyed her interpretation of Lady Catherine. And her original characters fit perfectly with the Austen cast.
The paranormal aspect is more subdued than those of the earlier books in the series. Instead of voodoo or cursed mirrors, Elizabeth encounters a good old-fashioned ghost. Not as exciting, but very well done.
I would have liked to have seen more of the Northanger Abbey characters. Henry Tilney was the main crossover, and I enjoyed his scenes with Darcy. But Catherine never even made an appearance! (The mention of "Henry and his wife" at the end does not count!)
Overall, North by Northanger is a great addition to the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mystery series.