From Publishers Weekly
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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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 HuntleyCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved