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Jane Austen meets mystery novel

Posted on: June 22, 2010

I have a deep love for Jane Austen. Since high school I’ve read and re-read several of her books. Obviously, like most Jane Austen lovers, Pride and Prejudice has been my favorite. So when I was at the library last Friday, this caught my attention:

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Pride and Prescience begins at the wedding of Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy. It weaves a mystery surrounding Elizabeth’s new sister-in-law, Caroline Bingley. Caroline, who gets married right after Elizabeth, is entangled in horrific happenings. If you’ve read the original or seen the movie(s), then you might feel little sympathy for Caroline {who proves to be just as self -centered in this story as the original}. But once the other characters become involved, it draws you in even more. I won’t go into detail about the plot, since I’ve had a least one reader voice their desire to read it and I’d hate to ruin it for them.

Two things I loved about the book were:

1. I already had a “relationship” established with the main characters {Darcy and Elizabeth} making it easy to start the book.

2. It was written in the fashion of Austen, so there was no “inappropriate” scenes.

Since having had the girls, it takes me a good long while to finish any book. But, I devoured all 287 pages in four days {partly due to Friday’s power outage and lack of internet distractions}. I’d say that’s a testament of a good book.

9 Responses to "Jane Austen meets mystery novel"

Ooooo!!! Looks good! I’m going to check it out. I ❤ Elizabeth

I loooove to read! But, the whole internet thing sure does get in the way! Maybe a few power outages would do me some good! 🙂

I’ve been hesistant to read the mystery P&P spin offs because I’m not a huge mystery fan and the combo seems strange to me, but maybe I will give it a try. I did read one series that was written like Pride and Prejudice from Mr. Darcy’s viewpoint. There were 3 books and I loved the first and third, but the middle not as much.

I also read one other P&P spin off, which I can’t remember the name of. It took off at the wedding, but really was more like a steamy romance novel, which was odd, and so not Jane Austen “appropriate”.

I hear ya about the mystery novels. I don’t typically go for them, because the few I have read seem like bad movies. I’d never heard of a P&P mystery until this. But, like I said, it was really good. There were a few times that I thought “Jane Austen would never write that” – more because of the way it was written {more 21st century wording} then what was actually said.

I did tell Leah today, the few “scenes” were overly mild. Like once, when Elizabeth is braiding her hair for bed, Darcy says something like “Leave it down” and then you’re left to assume what might happen. But nothing was actually ever stated {can’t even recall kissing}.

Oh my word!!! Must read now! Do a give-away! Just kidding, it would be ridonculous to mail it over here.

Ohhh… I’ll have to look into shipping. If it’s not crazy expensive I might just do it!

It’s been added to my Good Reads “to read” shelf!

Do you know the name of the series written from Mr. Darcy’s point of view?

I think it’s Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman, but I could be totally wrong… You should enter my giveaway for a chance to win a copy! 🙂

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