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North By Northanger, or The Shades of Pemberley: A Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery (Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries) Hardcover – March 21, 2006


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Product Details

  • Series: Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; First Edition edition (March 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076531410X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765314109
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Bebris provides another feast for Janeites in her third Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mystery (after 2005's Suspense and Sensibility). Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam, about a year into their marriage, stop off at Northanger Abbey on their way from Bath to Pemberley, at the invitation of Captain Tilney. There the couple find a poorly managed house and their good-natured host swathed in bandages. After a brief visit, they've scarcely resumed their journey when a Gloucestershire constable arrests them on the charge of stealing a diamond set belonging to the late Mrs. Tilney, the captain's mother. A note written by Darcy's mother 18 years earlier hinting at a lost family heirloom and Elizabeth's "condition" further complicate this well-told tale. Austen's fans will be happy to see the reappearance of not only the Bennet family but also Lady Catherine de Burgh. For film buffs, there's an echo of Hitchcock's thriller, though the crags of the Peak District must stand in for Mount Rushmore. (Apr.)
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From Booklist

The third novel in Bebris' charming Pride & Prejudice-based mystery series draws in characters from Northanger Abbey to join in the intrigue. Darcy and Elizabeth are expecting their first child, and Elizabeth is still trying to settle into her new role as mistress of Pemberley when she discovers a cryptic letter written by Darcy's mother just before her death during the birth of Darcy's younger sister. In it, she mentions a missing family heirloom, one Darcy has never heard of. Darcy is further surprised when he receives a letter from a Captain Frederick Tilney, who claims their mothers were friends and urges Darcy to visit him. Curious, Darcy and Elizabeth journey to Tilney's residence at Northanger Abbey and stay for a brief but puzzling visit. When they depart, they are shocked to be accosted by a local constable who discovers a stolen necklace in Darcy's walking cane, and suddenly Darcy and Elizabeth are faced with clearing their names and finding out who set them up. An absorbing mystery that stays true to Austen's tone and characters. Kristine Huntley
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While this book is the third in a series, it is the first I read.
Mollynash
In each book, Bebris incorporates characters from one of Jane Austen's other novels.
HelgaK
I have now read books 1-3 of the Darcy's series and I liked this one the best.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By tregatt on March 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
With "North by Northanger," Carrie Bebris seems to have made the decision not to give the latest Mr. & Mrs. Darcy installment the same darkly gothicky, otherworldly tones that she had imbued her previous two novels with ("Pride and Prescience" & "Suspense and Sensibility"), opting instead to make "North by Northanger" more of a "straight" mystery with only the slightest hint of a ghostly presence. And did this decision affect the book in any way? To the contrary, the novel was another excellent read, being both enjoyable and absorbing.

Elizabeth Darcy is happily anticipating the birth of her first child, and although she is finding it to be a bit of a strain trying to follow in her much admired mother-in-law's (Lady Anne Darcy) footsteps. So that when she finds a long lost letter from Lady Anne, the last thing Elizabeth expected was that the letter would herald a disastrous chain of events that would calumniate with Darcy being accused of theft. As Elizabeth and Darcy try to make sense of what has happened and to clear his name, Elizabeth also finds herself once again crossing swords with Darcy's difficult and arrogant aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, over a missing heirloom that Lady Anne held dear and which Lady Catherine is determined to claim for herself...

I thoroughly enjoyed "North by Northanger" and found it to be an easy, absorbing and quick read. One of the things I liked about it is that of all the Jane Austen pastiches out there, this is one series that truly captures what I think the Darcys' married life and relationship would be like. So, thank you Carrie Bebris for fulfilling my expectations.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Rebbert on April 7, 2006
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Of the three P&P books by Bebris, I found this one to be the best. It had less of the supernatural about it than the previous two and the book profits from it. I read the book very quickly and look forward to the next book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Huntress Reviews on June 2, 2006
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In North by Northanger the newly wedded Elizabeth Darcy finds a letter to her that was written twenty years previously from her mother-in-law's deathbed. In the letter Anne Darcy directs her future daughter-in-law to find a missing family heirloom. Through letters exchanged between Lady Anne and a dear friend, Mrs. Tilney, Elizabeth comes to truly know her husband's cherished mother and also discovers a bigger mystery that involves the missing family heirloom. With the birth of their first child fast approaching and having to deal with the ever difficult and imposing Lady Catherine, Darcy's aunt, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam seek out who has stolen the precious heirloom and who has caused Darcy to be accused of stealing diamonds from Northanger Abby. Will Elizabeth and Darcy discover the scoundrels responsible before their first child is born or will Darcy have to appear before the courts?

***** Carrie Bebris has created a wonderful mystery novel in the charming and delightful Jane Austen style. The story is written with such elegant prose that I believe Austen would very much approve. Elizabeth's quick wit in the face of such stuffiness of the upper class manners of the English ton makes this such a wonderful story. The intimacy that Elizabeth and Darcy exhibit toward each other is very refreshing and romantic. North by Northanger is a real treat for Jane Austen fans! *****

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CostumeDesigner on January 21, 2011
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I found the two previous books in this series lightweight, but enjoyable. Although Jane Austen did not write gothics, she read and enjoyed them, so it's not too much of a stretch to assume she might one day have written a gothic. But one thing Jane Austen would never have written, is a gooey sentimental book like North by Northanger. I admit I've never had or particularly liked children: but neither did Jane Austen. This book, even the mystery plot, is entirely focused on Elizabeth Darcy's pregnancy. The reader spends it vicariously wrapped in Elizabeth's obsessed, self-indulgent, fluffy, pink cocoon, as for 309 pages, Elizabeth wants to eat ices. Darcy is happy to take her to a pastry cook's to eat them. The baby kicks. Darcy is thrilled to feel it. Elizabeth feels tired. Darcy is over protective. Elizabeth wants an early lunch. Darcy readily agrees. The baby kicks again. Darcy wants to know all about it. Elizabeth feels tired again. Darcy urges her to go to bed. And on, and on, and on, and on, only varied by, Elizabeth gets a nosebleed. Everyone rushes to help her. Darcy tells virtual strangers about the pregnancy. They urge him to make it his first priority in life. Elizabeth dislikes the doctor Darcy hired, but gets all kinds of wisewoman advice from the local midwife, complete with details on how Elizabeth has to breathe during labor. By the time I'd waded through all this, I felt as if I'd spent nine entire months in a constant state of nausea. The book is topped up with huge dose of religious sentimentality of a kind Jane Austen would not have approved. If you are not into the full-time housewife-and-mother mindset, give this book a miss.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Williams on January 3, 2007
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This third installment is such a delightful read. As good as the first and second installments.

Elizabeth and Darcy are expecting their first child. But instead of it being a happy time, they get pulled into a mystery surrounding Northanger Abby. This includes getting framed and accused of stealing a diamond necklace from the Abby during a very odd stay with the current owner of the Abby, who claimed that his mother and Darcy's mother were close friends. As the result, they are taken into custody and eventually released on bail into whose care? Lady Catherine, of course...Oh joy...who accompanies them to Pemberly where they are to stay under house arrest, you might say.

But Elizabeth not only has to deal with Lady Catherine's insults...but Lady Catherine also hears that Elizabeth is searching for a statuette of Mother Mary that was handed down from one generation to the other that was suppose to bring luck when giving birth to children. It was first given to Lady Anne by their mother as she was the first to be with child. And Lady Anne, Darcy's mother, was the last to have it in her possession. Although, being the oldest daughter, Lady Catherine insists that it is hers and will stop at nothing to find it.

This is a delightful mystery and also the continued relationship, which includes humorous banter between Darcy and Elizabeth, is just wonderful.

I highly recommend this for any fan of Pride and Prejudice. What a wonderful sequel to such a wonderful story.
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