Once, there had been many such awkward moments between them, when prejudice and lies and pride and misunderstandings had clouded their vision of each other and themselves. But then they’d found their way to each other, and not since then had such tension hung between them as it did now. (from Pride and Prescience, page 253)
Quick summary: Pride and Prescience, Or, A Truth Universally Acknowledged is the first book in the Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery series by Carrie Bebris. The novel opens at the wedding breakfast of Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy and Charles and Jane Bingley and is a sequel of sorts to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The sisters’ big day is somewhat overshadowed by Caroline Bingley’s announcement that she is to wed Frederick Parrish, a wealthy landowner from New Orleans. Forced to postpone their travels to Pemberley to attend the upcoming nuptials, the Darcys spend the early days of their marriage in London, where they encounter a father and daughter with a beef against the Bingleys and Mr. Parrish, meet an archaeologist whose specialty is supernatural artifacts, and witness a sudden and dramatic change in the new Mrs. Parrish’s mental state. It’s not long before Caroline’s troubles lead the Darcys, the Bingleys, and a host of other guests to Netherfield, where strange and even dangerous events occur and dark secrets come to light, forcing the Darcys to sort through the chaos and their differences of opinion to uncover the truth.
Why I wanted to read it: This series has been on my radar for a couple of years now, and I decided that I wasn’t putting it off any longer!
What I liked: Pride and Prescience is a clever mystery, and even while I was able to solve it on my own, there were plenty of twists and turns and even humor to keep my attention throughout. I liked how Bebris challenged Elizabeth and Darcy from the start of their marriage. Their disagreements over the supernatural added some tension to their relationship, which made their happily-ever-after more believable. I especially liked how Bebris shows the passion between them without readers having to witness everything that goes on in their bedroom. There were plenty of intriguing original characters to liven things up, and I certainly was surprised by the turn Caroline’s story took.
What I disliked: Nothing! Overall, I thought this was a well-paced, exciting novel.
Final thoughts: Elizabeth and Darcy were believable as amateur sleuths, as both are intelligent and observant. Elizabeth’s curiosity and open-mindedness complemented Darcy’s take-charge attitude and focus on reason. Their love for each other comes before everything else, and their mutual respect and ability to confide in one another make them perfect partners. Pride and Prescience is a great start to a series, and I can’t wait to read the other books!
Disclosure: I borrowed Pride and Prescience from the public library.
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