Posted in Mystery, Regency

Pride and Prescience (Or, A Truth Universally Acknowledged)

This book is a regency novel meaning that it takes place between 1795 and 1835. It is the first in the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries which is obviously a continuation of Pride and Prejudice.

The story begins on Lizzie and Darcy’s wedding day. Of course Caroline Bingley must announce her engagement to an Louisiana plantation owner. Of course this is improper, but you know Caroline. So this engagement prevents the Darcy’s from going on their honeymoon right away as they must stay in London. While there they meet a professor who specializes in folk magic. Darcy is skeptical, but Lizzie is not. In fact the professor seems to think Lizzie has some sort of special abilities. Anyway, the Darcy’s and the professor end up back at Netherfield and strange things begin to happen. There’s a murder, drugged hosts, and someone nearly burns Netherfield to the ground. Also Caroline is acting strangely. Instead of her smug superiority, she’s actually pleasant. She does marry her man.

The plot has some unusual twist and turns including a voodoo ring that magically enslaves the wearer. Ok, this novel did not appeal to my taste. I thought the supernatural elements were a bit much. The dialogue in most respects was convincing. Ok, I’m being a bit anal- I thought that some of the history was a bit off. Uhm, the Louisiana in the book would have been 1830 which is a lot later than the Darcy’s time period. I know, I’m such a snob!!! I’ll stop.

I was expecting the book to be more like the Jane Austen mysteries. So I was a bit surprised. However, this book seemed to receive favorable reviews from readers on Barnes & Noble.com. I know someone will flay me alive for not giving a better review. That’s all right. Bring it!

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