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The Matters at Mansfield: Or, The Crawford Affair (Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries) Hardcover – September 2, 2008

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Bebris's fourth Mr. & Mrs. Darcy mystery is less true to the spirit of Jane Austen than its predecessor, North by Northanger (2006). Soon after the birth of their first child, Elizabeth and Darcy visit Mansfield Park, where they get caught up in intrigue involving mistaken identities and sudden disappearances more suited to a bedroom farce than anything in the Austen canon. Taken as a Regency romp, the story has much to recommend it—a lively plot, engaging characters and a surprising finale. Some of Austen's characters are cast in a different light than they appear in their original incarnations: Anne de Bourgh and Colonel Fitzwilliam benefit, while others become caricatures of themselves. As usual, Bebris slips in esoteric information on such matters as the code of honor and dueling without slowing the pace. (Sept.)
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Bebris’ delightful mystery series starring the hero and heroine of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice continues with this thrilling installment, which incorporates characters from Mansfield Park into the tale as well. After a pleasant night at a ball, Mr. Darcy and his wife, Elizabeth, are stunned to learn that Darcy’s cousin, Anne de Bourgh, the daughter of the formidable Lady Catherine, has eloped with rakish Henry Crawford. Lady Catherine is incensed, as she’d promised Anne’s hand in marriage to Neville Sennex, the brutish son of a senile nobleman. Lady Catherine is horrified to discover Henry once had an affair with a married woman in Mansfield, but she’s floored when a young woman claims to have married Henry several years ago. With his freedom and possibly his life on the line, Henry flees—only to be found dead days later, leaving the Darcys to suss out who did him in. Bebris has a great feel for both the period and Austen’s witty style, making the pages fly by in this absorbing, charming mystery. --Kristine Huntley

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Product Details

  • Series: Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; 1st edition (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765318474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765318473
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,111,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Christina Boyd VINE VOICE on September 5, 2008
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Wow, wow, wow! This is Carrie Bebris' best yet! Truly. Her writing and stories just get better and better; top shelf mystery that had me turning pages into the wee hours of the morning. I felt torn between speed reading to find out whodunnit, but wanted to prolong my delight and suspense in this delicious read.

To avoid giving anything away (because that would be a failing indeed on my part as a reviewer!) I'll simply state that her plot development is strong and supportive of much of JA's canon characters. Her writing of Darcy and Elizabeth's private conversations are all that is light, witty and sparkling. I loved the interaction with the Mansfield Park characters, as well as the new personas sprinkled throughout. One such new character, Meg, provided me with several LOL moments, as she unwittingly trifled with Lady Catherine regarding her advancing age and diminishing wits... Too fun! And of course I loved all the regency details Bebris provided (some examples: the betting and strategy of quadrille; proper etiquette for a gentleman's duel; marriage law, divorce court and Gretna Green, etc., etc., etc.) to give flavor and color. A suspenseful mystery with the Darcy's -- what could be more enchanting?! Terrific read. A must buy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laurel Ann VINE VOICE on October 5, 2008
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"More accurately, Lady Catherine conversed. Anne listened silently, her attention straying to other parts of the busy room as her mother soliloquied unchecked. Wandering concentration, however, was endemic to participants in Lady Catherine's conversations. It was how one survived them." Chapter 2

Austenesque author Carrie Bebris ventures into her fourth excursion in the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mysteries series with the recently released, THE MATTERS AT MANSFIELD: OR THE CRAWFORD AFFAIR continuing the story of Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy after their marriage in Jane Austen's novel PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Once again we join the famous couple as they investigate crime and murder among the gentry of Regency England involving many familiar characters from Jane Austen's novels.

It has been two summers since the Darcy's marriage in 1803 and the story opens at Riverton Hall in Buckinghamshire, the ancestral home of Mr. Darcy's mother Anne Fitzwilliam. The present Earl is giving a ball in honor of his new fiancé and the Darcy's are house guests along with other family members; sister Georgiana Darcy, cousins Colonel Fitzwilliam and Anne de Bourgh, and her mother the officious and overbearing Lady Catherine de Bourgh still giving unsolicited advice and talking a blue streak.

Lady Catherine's hen pecked and sickly daughter Anne is now 28 years old and being micro-managed by her mother to within an inch of her life. Lady Catherine is determined to secure a prominent match for her daughter since the mate chosen for her since birth, Fitzwilliam Darcy, defied her wishes and married that `gentleman's daughter', Elizabeth Bennet. Unbeknownst to Anne, her mother brokers a marriage to the son of a family friend and neighbor Lord Sennex, of Hawthorn Manor.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tim Lasiuta on December 1, 2008
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The Matters at Mansfield: Carrie Bebris
Whomever would have thought that the esteemed (and so controlled )Mr and Mrs Darcy would take up a path to ensure true love for their good friend Anne de Bourgh?Carrie Bebris did.

The resulting "Matters At Mansfield" is an excellent novel that is just what you would expect, and what you would not at the same time., "Pride and Prejudice" dealt with the difficult path of true love in a society well guarded by social graces and etiquette, and Anne (Lady De Bourghs daughter) finds herself in a similar position when the meddling Lady Catherine de Bourgh begins to play match maker. It's off to Mansfield in pursuit of Anne and her new husband Mr Crawford following their elopement. A murder complicates the matter, and as society dictates, and the murder solved before the potential scandal erupts.

What is fascinating about this series is the continuation of the story began in "Pride and Prejudice." The supporting cast of Lady Catherine De Bourgh, Georgiana, Elizabeth Darcy, Fitzwilliam Darcy, Mr and Mrs Collins, and Roger Fitzwilliam recreate the mystique and romance of the era. Pemberly, and the great house at Mansfield are home once again to proper `society' and incidents that reflect a public fascination with Victorian society. Packed with humor, romance, light intrigue, and situations readers of Jane Austin revel in, the Darcy Mysteries are a sparkling addition to the growing Victorian/historical mystery sections.

If I were to describe this book in a single sentence, it would be "a charming romp through Victorian romance and the complex machinations of arranged marriages and social correctness." Be prepared for episode four, the Darcy Mysteries. It's a great ride!


Tim Lasiuta
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Viola Sanders VINE VOICE on November 1, 2008
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"The Matters at Mansfield" is definitely the best Mr. & Mrs. Darcy mystery yet. Unlike previous novels, there is nothing supernatural about the mystery, & most readers will probably appreciate this fact. The mystery centers on Lady Catherine & Anne de Borough, as well as Henry Crawford from Austen's "Mansfield Park." The mystery is fast paced & does not let up. There is also some humor thrown in.

Again, I am surprised at how well Bebris is able to capture the original characters from "Pride & Prejudice." Reading her books, I feel that I am actually reading Austen. The tone & characters are true to form.
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