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North by Northanger: Or, the Shades of Pemberly (Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries Series #3)

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  • Posted January 3, 2011

    Mr. and Mrs. Darcy should sue for slander

    I loved the earlier books in this series, but Carrie Bebris poses such a clunky, ridiculous plot line and has Mr. and Mrs. Darcy behaving in such an obtuse and unrealistic manner that I slammed the book shut on page 85.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2006


    I get angry when I buy a book and it's so badly written that I can't stand to finish it (an extreme rarity). So angry, that I'm writing my first-ever review here. If I could give this book zero stars, I would. This story stretches so much, it is ridiculous. The Darcys visit a total stranger and their servants disappear but our intrepid super-sleuths just help each other dress and wonder what could have happened to their servants. The servants reappear the next day when it's time to leave, both telling the same story. They got sick and passed out and they're really sorry but they just now woke up. The amateur detectives just tell them to pack. They find diamonds in their room (and don't mention it to anyone) and one (bad) servant on the entire estate and Mr. Darcy just resolves to give his own housekeeper a raise because she's wonderful in comparison. After they've left, a constable (before 1815???) questions Darcy about some missing diamonds and here is a direct quote from the book: Elizabeth gasped and looked at Darcy. 'The diamonds...' Mr. Chase seized upon the utterance as if it were a confession. -- end quote -- Mr. Chase (the 'constable') then tells Mr. Darcy that because he got an anonymous letter saying that some diamonds disappeared while the Darcys were at Northanger Abbey, he wants to search their possessions or 'Would you rather subject both her and yourself to the indignity of sitting in gaol while I complete my investigation?' At this point (pg 83), I threw the book across the room. I won't finish it but I think Mr. Chase will probably find the diamonds during his search. Duh! I LOVE the characters of Darcy and Elizabeth and would love for their story to continue in any type of book. They're great characters and it's too bad the author didn't use them. But, she chose to use only their names in a novel that is definitely not worth the cost, in time or money.

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