Thursday, August 30, 2007

#51 - Pride and Prescience by Carrie Bebris

I love Jane Austen's novel, and Pride and Prejudice is my favorite. So, when I learned about the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mystery series by Carrie Bebris, I had to try them!

Pride and Prescience is the first book in the series. There are two more, Suspence and Sensibility, and North by Northanger.

Pride and Prescience delves into the marriage of Caroline Bingley to a wealthy American landowner. Caroline begins to act strangely, and Jane suspects a supernatural aspect to her behavior.

While the book is enjoyable, because of the added mystery element, the characters do not necessarily behave like they did in Pride and Prejudice. I think this series would have been better if Bebris had just created her own characters and written a Victorian mystery series. The plot just doesn't seem to work as well using Austens P&P characters.

But, I do have to add that it was an enjoyable read and definitely interesting, and novel approach, to a P&P sequel. But, I think I prefer the Jane Austen Mystery series by Stephanie Barron.

50 Book Challenge 2007: 31/50


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