Pride and Prescience
About the Book
Pride and Prescience (Or, A Truth Universally Acknowledged), a Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mystery, embroils the joyous newlyweds Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy in a mystery involving one of their wedding guests.
The lovely Caroline Bingley is engaged to marry a rich and charismatic American. Unfortunately, this windswept courtship is marred by many strange events — nocturnal wanderings, spooked horses, carriage accidents, and even an apparent suicide attempt. Soon the whole Bingley family seems the target of a mysterious plot, with only the Darcys recognizing the danger. Sinister forces are afoot and the Darcys must get to the bottom of the plot before the blushing bride descends into madness — or worse.
Carrie Bebris' Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mystery series combines mystery, murder, magic, and — of course — our favorite Austen characters. Pride and Prescience, the first volume, earns five stars for its suspense and charm!
The Darcys' honeymoon is cut short when Caroline Bingley marries an American — and slowly falls into madness. Caroline's family and Darcy try to cure her with traditional methods, but Elizabeth believes there are darker forces at work.
Pride and Prescience is certainly more gothic than Austen's novels. Netherfield even takes on an atmosphere worthy of Jane Eyre, with people wandering the halls at night and fires springing up. All of the mystery makes this a definite page-turner.
And the characters are amazing. Canon characters remain in-character (with the exception of those affected by magic) and interesting new characters fit right in with the old cast. I love Elizabeth and Darcy's banter and teasing. And I like how Bebris has divided their beliefs between Rational Logical Darcy and Intuition-Driven Open-Minded Elizabeth. It leads to some great discussions.
Pride and Prescience is a wonderful paranormal mystery. (And it's shaping up to be a great series — I've already started the second book!) Definitely worth reading!