Pride and Prescience: Or, a Truth Universally Acknowledged (Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries Series #1) [NOOK Book]


Mr.&Mrs. Darcy, the joyous newlyweds from Pride and Prejudice, have not even left for their honeymoon when they find themselves embroiled in a mystery involving one of their wedding guests.

The lovely Caroline Bingley is engaged to marry a rich and charismatic American. Unfortunately, this windswept courtship is marred by many strange events: nocturnal wanderings, ...

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Mr.&Mrs. Darcy, the joyous newlyweds from Pride and Prejudice, have not even left for their honeymoon when they find themselves embroiled in a mystery involving one of their wedding guests.

The lovely Caroline Bingley is engaged to marry a rich and charismatic American. Unfortunately, this windswept courtship is marred by many strange events: nocturnal wanderings, spooked horses, carriage accidents, and even an apparent suicide attempt. Soon the whole Bingley family seems the target of a mysterious plot.

Only the Darcys recognize the danger as the Austen genre of Regency romances mixes with the unearthly gothic threats of Ann Radcliffe and the Brontës. Dark forces are afoot and the Darcys must get to the bottom of the plot before the blushing bride descends into madness or worse.

In Pride and Prescience, the Darcys take center stage as the Regency era's answer to the Thin Man's Nick and Nora, in search of the truth, universally acknowledged and otherwise.

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The alternate title of this book is A Truth Universally Acknowledged, and truth is certainly the goal in this first foray into detection featuring the continuing adventures of Jane Austen's beloved fictional characters from Pride and Prejudice. As Miss Elizabeth Bennet begins her married life with Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, she's delighted to share her special day with her beloved sister, Jane (who, after all, is marrying Mr. Darcy's good friend Charles Bingley). The only shadow on the happy occasion comes when Charles's sister, Caroline, chooses to use the Bennet sisters' wedding breakfast as the forum to announce her own forthcoming nuptials. The groom-to-be is Mr. Frederick Parrish, an engaging, handsome, and wealthy American. Though Caroline's brief engagement is perfectly blissful, from the first her marriage seems haunted by mischance. A disturbing episode of somnambulism (witnessed by the Darcys) is followed by a riding mishap. Then Caroline is found seriously injured…in what the authorities believe to have been an attempt to take her own life. As inexplicable ill fortune spreads to others in the Bingley family, their friends Mr. and Mrs. Darcy begin to suspect foul play. And, taking investigative matters firmly in hand, they persevere amid unearthly seeming perils and ever increasing danger. In her debut novel, Carrie A. Bebris enlivens the stately elegance and erudition of Austen's Regency England with a generous helping of gothic horrors and dastardly plots. Sue Stone
Publishers Weekly
In her well-crafted mystery debut, fantasy author Bebris (Pool of Radiance, etc.) picks up the action where Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice left off-on the wedding day of Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy, who marry in a double ceremony with Elizabeth's older sister Jane and Charles Bingley. The Bennett brides are soon upstaged by Bingley's sister, Caroline, who announces her engagement to a Louisiana planter. Caroline's imminent nuptials mean the Darcys must remain in London, where an evening party leads to a meeting with an archeology professor who specializes in the indigenous culture of North America. Newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. Darcy later travel to Netherfield, as does the professor, who brings along some "curiosities" he's collected that he credits with unusual powers. A series of improbable events ensues, leaving one murdered house guest and two sedated hosts. Can the American artifacts hold the key to the bizarre occurrences? When an unexpected blizzard cuts the house off from the rest of the neighborhood, it's up to Mr. and Mrs. Darcy to unmask the killer and restore everyone's peace of mind. Despite an anachronism or two (e.g., summoning a constable rather than the local magistrate), the author provides convincing portraits of life in London and at Netherfield. With a touch of sorcery and lots of red herrings, Bebris works her own brand of Austen magic, whetting the reader's appetite for a sequel. (Feb. 10) Forecast: Taking a lighter approach than Stephanie Barron's sleuthing Jane Austen series (Jane and the Ghosts of Netley, etc.), this one should appeal as much to Regency readers as to Austenites. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
In this engaging novel, Bebris continues the story of Pride and Prejudice while employing elements of Jane Austen's Regency novels, gothic and occult, and English country house mystery. The story involves three newlywed couples: Elizabeth (Bennet) and Fitzwilliam Darcy, Jane (Bennet) and Charles Bingley, and Caroline (Bingley) and Frederick Parrish. Parrish is the patron of an American archaeology professor who specializes in supernatural objects. The Darcys view some of these objects at the British Museum, where Elizabeth accepts the possibility of unexplainable forces whereas Darcy bases his judgments entirely on rationality. Their reactions establish their sleuthing styles and their responses to some bizarre incidents that include a disoriented Caroline wandering seedy London streets after midnight, her apparent suicide attempt, and a house fire she might have set. Parrish reluctantly concludes that her instability may lead to institutionalization. All three couples wind up trapped by a snowstorm at the Bingleys' estate, along with the Kendalls (Parrish's former fiancee and her vindictive father), the archaeologist, and another Bingley sister and her lazy, alcoholic husband. The Darcys, fueled by curiosity and the desire to help their friends, investigate the events, including the murder of Mr. Kendall. This detective team solves the mystery by combining their logical and intuitive approaches. Bebris's smooth style is evocative of Austen, with many dry witticisms, but a shifting point of view is a bit jolting at times. The mystery escalates and complicates, featuring attempts to establish facts, motives, and alibis. The subtitle implies that there will be more. This reviewer hopes so.VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P J S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2004, Forge, 320p., Ages 12 to Adult.
—Florence H. Munat
Library Journal
Historical mystery fans probably know Stephanie Barron's Jane Austen series. Here, Bebris, a longtime member of the Jane Austen Society, remakes an Austen heroine into a sleuth. The newly married Elizabeth Bennett Darcy becomes involved in the misfortunes of her former rival, haughty Caroline Bingley. Caroline marries a rich American and then apparently falls prey to incipient madness. The Darcys grow increasingly concerned when Elizabeth's brother-in-law, Charles Bingley, is the victim of a carriage accident. Tales of a cursed land, a vengeful ex-partner, and an archaeologist interested in "magical" artifacts complicate events. Mannered prose, Regency backdrops, moody country houses, and delightful characterization place this new series high on the to-buy list. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Will Jane Austen's happily newlywed Mr. Darcy ever install his bride as Pemberley's new mistress? Not until the couple solve a disturbing mystery surrounding a wedding guest. Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy are married in a double ceremony including Elizabeth's sister Jane and Charles Bingley, Darcy's best friend. All goes well except for Jane's new sister-in-law, the insufferable Caroline, who grabs the spotlight to announce her engagement to Frederick Parrish, a wealthy, charming American. The Darcys, lingering in London to attend the hastily arranged Parrish wedding, prolong their stay when something goes very wrong with Caroline. While wandering unaccountably through a dangerous part of the city, they rescue her, but soon thereafter she's found with her wrists slashed. Why would such a selfish, shallow woman kill herself before she had a chance to parade her new husband and wealth? Darcy discovers that Parrish had been almost engaged to Juliet Kendall, daughter of moneyed, unscrupulous Lawrence Kendall, once a partner of Charles Bingley's late father and now a bitter adversary of the Bingley family. But Elizabeth intuits more sinister influences tied to Parrish's best man, Professor Julian Randolph, who specializes in occult studies. Brittle comic dialogue vies with lurid Gothic sensation: a debut that, for all its polish, shows why the world hasn't been waiting for a collaboration between Jane Austen and Mrs. Radcliffe.
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“Thoroughly 'light and bright and sparkling,’ in the best Austen tradition with a dollop of murder and mayhem to leaven the whole. A delight.”—Stephanie Barron, author of the Jane Austen Mystery series


“Well crafted …Bebris works her own brand of Austen magic, whetting the reader's appetite for a sequel…Taking a lighter approach than Stephanie Barron's sleuthing Jane Austen series this one should appeal as much to Regency readers as to Austenites.”—Publishers Weekly


“Mannered prose, Regency backdrops, moody country houses, and delightful characterization place this new series high on the to-buy list."—Library Journal


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429917971
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 2/1/2004
  • Series: Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries Series, #1
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 130,311
  • File size: 301 KB

Meet the Author

Carrie A. Bebris is a former school teacher and editor for TSR. A member in good standing of the Jane Austen Society, she resides in Wisconsin.

Award-winning author Carrie Bebris is best known for her Mr.&Mrs. Darcy Mystery series. Set in Regency England, the novels entangle some of Jane Austen's most beloved characters in intrigue, with sharp dialogue, romantic interplay, and a dash of gothic atmosphere. Carrie began her career in publishing after previous roles as a newspaper reporter and college English teacher. As an editor for fantasy publisher TSR, Inc., she developed supplements for the Dungeons&Dragons® roleplaying game before striking out on her own as a freelance writer and editor. She wrote two fantasy novels, Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor (2001) and Shadowborn (1998, with William W. Connors), before making her mystery debut in 2004 with Pride and Prescience. The novel made the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association bestseller list and was named one of the five best mysteries of 2004 by Library Journal. The third book in the series, North by Northanger, won the 2007 Daphne du Maurier Award, which honors excellence in romantic suspense, and a Reviewers Choice Award from Romantic Times BookClub magazine for Best Historical Mystery of 2006.
In addition to fiction, Carrie pens remodeling articles for Better Homes and Gardens® Special Interest Publications and writes other nonfiction. She has also edited such books as Tea with Jane Austen (by Kim Wilson) and Walking with William Shakespeare (by Anne-Marie Edwards). She is on the faculty of the 2008 Antioch Writers' Workshop and speaks frequently about writing and publishing. Carrie holds a master's degree in English literature with an emphasis on 19th-century authors and studied Austen on the graduate level with one of today's most respected Austen scholars. She is a life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America and travels to England to enhance her understanding of Austen's life and work. Originally from Wisconsin, Carrie now lives in Ohio. When not writing, she likes to travel, watch costume dramas on A&E that send her husband fleeing the house, and indulge in her love of all things British. She is currently working on the next Mr.&Mrs. Darcy mystery.
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By Carrie Bebris


Copyright © 2004 Carrie Bebris
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-765-30508-9

Chapter One

Happy for all her maternal feelings was the day on which Mrs. Bennet got rid of her two most deserving daughters. Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 61

On the day Miss Elizabeth Bennet wed Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, she did not mind dividing with her elder sister, Jane, the notice due a bride. Indeed, she had been delighted when Jane chose to marry Mr. Charles Bingley in a double ceremony. It seemed only right that two sisters and two men who were themselves particular friends should all embark on their new lives together, and she hoped the event presaged many happy hours spent in each other's company in the years ahead.

Elizabeth did mind, however, sharing the stage with Mr. Bingley's sister Caroline.

The new Mrs. Darcy glanced across the drawing room of Longbourn House. Miss Bingley and her fiancé, Mr. Frederick Parrish, sat beside each other on the sofa, monopolizing the attention of half the wedding guests. Their immediate spectators included two of Elizabeth's younger sisters, assorted aunts and uncles, and Caroline's sister, Louisa Hurst. The couple's chatter had also drawn the observation now her son-in-law, Mrs. Bennet, like many of Darcy's acquaintances, yet found him a formidable man.

Elizabeth observed Miss Bingley listening to Parrish with rapt attention. He cast his fiancée a warm smile, then broadened it to include the rest of his party. Monts Joyeux. She searched her rudimentary knowledge of French for a rough translation. Joyful Hills? The image of a home so named somehow suited the attentive, amiable man. But Miss Bingley was another matter. "I'm astonished that she consented to marry an American," she said. "One can't imagine her living in the United States. She'd consider it uncivilized."

"Maybe the size of Mr. Parrish's inheritance influenced her," Jane said. "It must be a very grand estate. I understand, however, that he plans to buy another property here in England." She lowered her voice so that it reached only Elizabeth's ears. "Perhaps Caroline will have her own Pemberley at last, Lizzy, now that she knows she'll never have yours."

Anticipation swept Elizabeth at the mention of Mr. Darcy's home in Derbyshire-now her home, too. Before Darcy became engaged, Miss Bingley had been obvious in her aspirations to one day cross Pemberley's threshold as its mistress. Apparently, she'd experienced more disappointment over failing to secure the estate than its owner, for no sooner had Darcy and Elizabeth set their wedding date than Miss Bingley embarked on a whirlwind courtship with Mr. Parrish. Somehow, in the space of mere weeks, Caroline had managed to win the affections of a very eligible bachelor.

Sensing someone's gaze upon her, Elizabeth raised her eyes to meet those of her new husband. Darcy stood some distance away, enduring the effusive congratulations of Mr. Collins, who had apparently found himself unequal to the effort of holding his own tongue long enough to overhear Mr. Parrish's words, and had therefore chosen to confer upon one of the bridegrooms his felicitations and sagacious marital counsel. Despite Darcy's diverted attention, the clergyman continued his discourse unabated, completely insensible of the interruption in attendance to his soliloquy.

Though Darcy had cropped his dark brown hair a little shorter than usual for today, unruly curls yet wisped round his head. Short side-whiskers lent prominence to his strong jaw, while the lapels of his double-breasted coat accented the broad shoulders that so capably bore the weight of many responsibilities. Not of brawny build, he nevertheless exuded puissance, the noble virility of a classical marble bust come to life.

He towered over her cousin, his stature enabling her to see every nuance of his countenance. The man who could quell observers with the rise of a single dark brow bestowed upon her a look of infinite tenderness before returning his gaze to Mr. Collins.

"Miss Bingley can have every acre of Pemberley," she said softly. "I have the real fortune."

She glanced once more at her husband. Poor Darcy-stuck in the corner with Mr. Collins, and no end to the interview in sight! Noting that the servants had just laid out the tea table, she headed for it, intending to relieve Darcy's suffering by interrupting the conversation to offer refreshment. No sooner had she poured coffee to take to the gentlemen, however, than Miss Bingley and Mrs. Hurst approached the table.

"I'm positively parched." Miss Bingley took one of the cups from Elizabeth's hands.

Mrs. Hurst took the other. "Yes, it is very dry in this room."

Elizabeth forbore suggesting that perhaps Miss Bingley's thirst derived from having spent the morning talking excessively about herself and Mr. Parrish. Instead, she commented on that safest and most meaningful of all topics-the weather-observing that there had been little rainfall of late.

"A providential circumstance for your wedding," Mrs. Hurst said, "particularly since it was held in the country. Otherwise, you would have risked dragging the hem of your gown through mud on your way into church."

"And what a charming little church-not at all like the large London ones where so many in our circle have tied the knot. Here we could all be so snugly seated." Miss Bingley's voice held all of the usual smugness with which she addressed any of the Bennets. "Altogether a nice little affair from beginning to end. Do you not agree, Louisa? How fortunate you are, Eliza, to have had your mother to guide you in the planning."

Elizabeth ignored the poorly stifled snicker that erupted from Mrs. Hurst. The Bingley sisters had never managed to mask their disdain for her mother, had seldom even tried. In moments of self-honesty, she conceded that their criticism was not without foundation. But their rudeness was. Mrs. Bennet might lack restraint and good judgment, but her silly behavior had at its root the sincere wish of seeing her five daughters securely settled, and maybe even happy. The Bingley sisters, in contrast, had demonstrated by words and deeds that they ultimately had no one's interests at heart but their own.

"Mrs. Bennet must have taken particular pleasure in preparing for today, since she was unable to participate in your youngest sister's wedding," Mrs. Hurst said.

"Yes-how is Mrs. Wickham?" Miss Bingley asked.

"She is well," Elizabeth responded civilly. In other words, Lydia was still infatuated with the wastrel she'd married, and therefore as happy as a flighty, thoughtless, self-absorbed girl can be. Though Elizabeth loved her sister, the remembrance of last summer's scandalous elopement yet pained her, and she felt guilty relief that when Wickham's previous misconduct toward the Darcy family rendered it impossible to include him on today's guest list, Lydia had chosen to remain with her husband at his military post in Newcastle rather than attend the nuptials.

"Have you any advice for those of us who will soon follow you down the aisle?" Miss Bingley pressed, casting a conspiratorial smirk at Mrs. Hurst. Louisa leaned forward for Elizabeth's response.

"With your own taste to guide you, I am sure your celebration could derive no further benefit from my opinions."

The Bingley sisters returned to their party, where Caroline continued to hold court with Mr. Parrish. The American's distinct accent seemed to entertain its listeners independent of whatever he had to say.

Elizabeth poured more coffee and carried it to Darcy and Mr. Collins. "Forgive the interruption, gentlemen, but I thought you might appreciate something to drink. I've been informed that it's dry in here."

Darcy's look of gratitude had nothing to do with the refreshment.

"Cousin Elizabeth, your eagerness to serve your new husband does you credit." Mr. Collins accepted the coffee but could not leave off talking long enough to taste it. "Do allow me to express once more my most heartfelt wishes for your future happiness. Though, as I was just expressing to Mr. Darcy, it grieves me that you entered into the matrimonial state without his aunt's permission. You will, I am sure, be gladdened to hear that her ladyship still tolerates the mention of your husband's name in her presence, an omen which leads me to believe that if you applied to Lady Catherine with the utmost humility and the deference to which one of her rank is entitled, she may in due course yet condescend to approve the match."

"What a relief! I know not how Mr. Darcy and I will get on until we obtain her approbation."

"Thank goodness you realize the seriousness of the situation. I had feared you were insensible of the grave insult you have paid her ladyship-"

"Mr. Collins," she said as if addressing him in confidence, "I have just come into the knowledge that there is another couple here who could benefit from your insights on marriage." She directed his attention toward the sofa. "Miss Bingley and Mr. Parrish have just announced their engagement, and only moments ago, the lady was seeking my counsel on planning the ceremony. Certainly you-longer married than I, and a clergyman besides-could offer her valuable instruction."

Mr. Collins nodded enthusiastically. "I could indeed. There is so much a betrothed couple ought to consider-"

"And they should consider it all."

"Before I depart, I shall make myself better acquainted with them."

"Why delay?" Elizabeth asked. "There is an empty seat near Miss Bingley. This is the perfect occasion to share your knowledge."

The clergyman wanted no further encouragement. "You are right, cousin Elizabeth. Wisdom can never be imparted too early. If you and Mr. Darcy will excuse me?"

"Of course."

Mr. Collins hastened to Miss Bingley's side, eliciting an expression of horror from that lady and a charge of satisfaction from Elizabeth.

"I had no idea I married a woman capable of such cruelty to another of her sex."

She met Darcy's smile. "I merely thought that someone so desirous of attention and someone so generous in extending it should be united in conversation."

"Somehow, I doubt Miss Bingley agrees."

"I can call him back, if you wish."

"Do not dare."

Spotting Charlotte Collins approaching the tea table, she contemplated how much luckier she was than her friend, in having found a life partner worthy of her respect. Charlotte had gone into her marriage fully sensible of her husband's oddities, and managed Mr. Collins skillfully, but Elizabeth nevertheless preferred her own definition of happiness.

Darcy followed her gaze. "I am glad your friend Mrs. Collins could be here. Have you had much opportunity to visit with her?"

"Very little. I've been trying to devote a bit of time to each of our guests. As a consequence, I feel I've spent the morning talking ceaselessly but saying nothing."

"Then you shall fit right in with the haut ton."

She looked up at him, this man with whom she was now joined. "Everyone wants a few minutes with the bride," she said quietly, "and all I want are a few minutes with you."

"Only a few? I had counted on a lifetime."

Her mischievous spirit returned. "Did you not realize? I took you on probation."

"And how have I acquitted myself thus far?" He regarded her with amusement.

"Beyond every expectation. Not that there was ever much doubt of my keeping you, but a man willing for my sake alone to bear the conversation of Mr. Collins has no equal."

Their social obligations compelled them to part. Darcy went to the Gardiners, while Elizabeth met Mrs. Collins at the tea table. She embraced her friend, noting immediately her thickened waist.

"Charlotte, I must tell you again how pleased I am that you managed to come."

"I would not have missed it. Had Lady Catherine withheld permission for Mr. Collins to attend, I would have urgently wished to visit my mother once more before my confinement, or developed a craving for cream that could be satisfied only by the Lucas Lodge dairy My husband is so nervous about my 'delicate state of health' that he would not dare refuse me."

As Charlotte tucked a stray lock of hair behind her ear, Elizabeth noted that a few strands of grey had emerged amid the auburn since she last saw her friend. "You are feeling well?"

"Very, despite her ladyship's insistence that I behave as an invalid-when I'm not attending to matters she deems more important, of course."

She poured tea for herself and Charlotte. "I wonder that Mr. Darcy's aunt spared her clergyman leave to attend a wedding she herself has denounced."

"I suspect she approved our being present so that she could demand an account of all the sordid details upon our return."

"And what will you report?"

"Let's see ..." She cocked her head, studying Elizabeth with keen blue eyes. "Mrs. Darcy looked radiant in a full dress of Brussels lace over white silk, with a low yet modest neckline, high waist, short sleeves, and a wreath of orange blossoms securing her veil." Her gaze darted across the room. "Her bridegroom wore a dark blue dress coat, white waistcoat, highly starched cravat, and-" She turned back to Elizabeth. "Really, are gentlemen's clothes half so interesting? What else? The wedding breakfast featured eight courses and three wines. And so on. But those are the particulars her ladyship will enquire about. What she won't ask, but what I shall endeavor to reveal, is that her nephew appeared as happy as his new bride."

"Despite having ruined his great family with disgraceful connections?" Elizabeth mocked Lady Catherine's contemptuous tone. "She will not be pleased at the knowledge."

"I am. I hoped for this event when you visited us last spring, you know. Perhaps in time her ladyship will come to accept you."

"I am told that if I grovel sufficiently, such felicity may be mine."

Charlotte stirred milk into her tea, her expression turning serious. "I shall surely miss your visits otherwise. You must write often, and tell me about your new life. Do you plan a honeymoon trip?"

"Not immediately. Jane and Mr. Bingley have invited us to stay at Netherfield tonight. We'll depart for Derbyshire with Mr. Darcy's sister in the morning. With Christmas approaching, we want simply to get settled at Pemberley before the Gardiners join us three weeks hence. Perhaps we'll go away in spring."

She lingered long with Charlotte, conscious that circumstances surrounding their respective marriages meant that this could be her last opportunity to see her friend for quite a while. Periodically, laughter and exclamations erupted from Miss Bingley's party, drawing their gazes in that direction. Elizabeth had expected the assembly to disperse upon Mr. Collins's arrival, but Mr.


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Questions for Discussion

1. The book’s subtitle comes from the opening line of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Bebris includes this line as an epigraph at the start of Pride and Prescience. What expectations did this quote and subtitle set up in you as a reader? How does it reflect the characters’expectations?

2. The word prescience means foresight, foreknowledge, or anticipation of events. Which characters in the novel display prescience, and in what ways?

3. Discuss the theme of appearance vs. reality in the novel. Are there characters besides Parrish who—unintentionally or deliberately, for good or bad—are not entirely what they seem?

4. To what extent is Caroline responsible for her own misfortune?

5. Describe the dynamic between Elizabeth and Darcy, in terms of both their marriage and their sleuthing. What strengths does each bring to the relationship? What weaknesses? How well do they complement each other?

6. Elizabeth and Darcy clash over the issue of reason vs. intuition. Which do you rely upon most strongly when making decisions?

7. Are the characters complicit in their own deception? To what degree does each allow him or herself to be deceived by Parrish and others?

8. Each chapter begins with a quote from Pride and Prejudice. Why do you think Bebris included them, and what, if anything, did they add to your experience of the novel? Did these quotes lend insight into the chapters? The characters?

9. Compare and contrast the marriages shown in the novel.

10. From the first chapter to the last, Elizabeth and Darcy long to reach Pemberley. Discuss this theme. What does Pemberley represent?

11. The novel has two primary physical settings—London and Netherfield—within the broader context of fashionable society during England’s Regency period. How do time and place contribute to the story?

12. How familiar were you with Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice before reading Pride and Prescience, and with what expectations did you come to this book as a result?

13. If you are familiar with Pride and Prejudice, compare Bebris’s representations of Austen’s characters with the originals. Also, compare and contrast Mr. Parrish with Mr. Wickham.

14. Gothic novels were popular in Austen’s time, and Austen herself read and enjoyed them. Although Austen parodied the supernatural elements of gothics in her novel Northanger Abbey, Bebris chose to make the paranormal threat real in Pride and Prescience. Were you surprised by this aspect of the novel’s resolution?

15. In the end, did each character get what he or she deserved?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2006

    Pride and Prescience: Or, A Truth Universally Acknowledged

    In my last critique of this novel I judged it as absolutely wild and ridiculous. Now, after reading Linda Berdol¿s take on Darcy and Elizabeth, I had to reconsider my hash words. This book truly stays true to Darcy and Elizabeth. They act in the precise manner Jane Austen would have wanted them to act in the given situations. Darcy is¿well Darcy and Elizabeth is full of sharp wit and spunk. Best of all there romance tastefully hinted upon and discrete. I truly think this Author has an unparalleled ability to capture the real Darcy and Elizabeth. Where this book fails however is with its ridiculous plot. This isn¿t Gothic it¿s insane. Magic rings, spells, and so on. It¿s all too, too much. But the characters are so authentic to Austen¿s that I advice reading it anyway. I¿d love to see this author continue Austen style books with less outlandish plots.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2005

    Pride and Prescience: Or, A Truth Universally Acknowledged

    I absolutley loved this book. It honestly stayed true to the original characters and hinted romance without being raunchy. She really imitated the feel of a JA novel without being too flowery.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2004

    Not true to Jane Austen

    I was really disappointed with this book. I love the Jane Austen series and and love Pride and Prejudice. The dialogue was authentic, but it was a poor facsimile for the world of Pride and Prejudice. The whole cursed ring was completely unbelievable and unrealistic. I would recommend reading the library's copy before buying it from the bookstore.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2004

    pallid and preposterous

    Really - Lizzy and her Mr. Darcy sleuthing around Netherfield after mysterious events? And wondering if witchcraft is involved? This is just too dumb to believe. I gave it one star for some cute and true-to-character dialog...that is, when they are not talking about the rediculous events. Carrie D can write Regency stuff...but this is hocus-pocus fluff.

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  • Posted April 7, 2015

    I love Jane Austen and, for the most part, I found this Austen-b

    I love Jane Austen and, for the most part, I found this Austen-based mystery fun. It has a fairly good bead on the tone and characters of the original story -- not that there weren't a few flubs, esp. places where the language seemed a little too modern, but I'm willing to overlook a few missteps in a first novel if the writing is generally good and the story enjoyable. One thing I didn't much care for was the introduction of woo-woo into the story by introducing supernatural elements and making them "real". I found that disappointing. It's enough that Lizzie is Elizabeth freaking Bennett Darcy without making her the Queen of Woo as well. I liked this story just enough despite the woo to give the 2nd novel in this series a chance, but if the supernatural nonsense continues I doubt I'll be reading the 3rd one.

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  • Posted March 8, 2015

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    I started reading these mysteries out of order, but it doesn't matter. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Bebris does a very good job with mr. And mrs. Darcy's witty banter as did Jane Austin. I find myself laughing while reading imagining the conversations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2015


    Hahaha at least ur name goes for both genders

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2015


    Haha found you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2015


    Truth or dare with andy...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012


    The storyline is a mystery, but it is fairly light while being an interesting story

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    best sequel I have read

    Very well done for a sequel. The story started off well with Elizabeth and Darcy as the same characters from Pride and Predjuice. There was witty conversation and a believeable story line. Caroline Bingley announces her engagment to an American at Elizabeths wedding. The Darcys postpone returning to Pemberly to attend the wedding. Immediatley after Caroline begins behaving very strangley. Her family even considers having her put away. This is the point where the story line changes and magic is brought in. The story feels very sci-fi. If you want a good read and not strict jane austen you will like this book.

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  • Posted December 25, 2010

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    Wonderful little Jane Austen-esque mystery.

    Entertaining mystery story based around the characters from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, with Elizabeth and Darcy being of course the main protagonists. This story, the first in a series of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mysteries, blends Jane Austen's characters with a story of intrigue and a dash of supernatural mystery. I really enjoyed the book; it wasn't deep and philosophical, but it was an entertaining mystery with a surprising twist. As a Jane Austen fan, I think this was one of the better "sequels" that I've read that creates new stories around her characters. The characters acted in believable ways, and the story kept me interested at all turns. I'm looking forward to reading the second book in the series.

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  • Posted January 17, 2010

    The Darcy Legacy continues -- with Style!

    Carrie Bebris has captured the essence of the story of Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy. How lovely to continue their story with all the charm and character of Jane Austen and her excellent language. The addition of mystery and adventure is very well adapted to the characters and time period. How I ache for the Darcys in the perils of their early marriage. Ms Bebris makes us care deeply about these characters and their very realistic trials in life. We cheer for the love and loyalty demonstrated by the Darcys in a world of(at times) very uncomfortable conventions regulating "life by class distinction." This is just what Jane Austen would have expressed, had she continued her stories. Wonderful!

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  • Posted December 22, 2009

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    Great Jane Austen spinoff, with a touch of mystery to it.

    This is one of the better cozies I have come across so far in my cozy mystery reading experience. It feels like you're reading one of those old English gothic novels. It has a good mixture of supernatural mystery to satisfy those in need of a creepy but not so creepy experience, and there's a good plot and regular mystery behind it, making you try to guess who is behind all of these strange coincidences. I liked it how they brought in most of the characters from Pride and Prejudice it was nice to see them once again, and to have Elizabeth and Darcy solving the mystery together can't get any better than that. They both have the wit, and the sharp mindedness that brings them even closer together. Of course they have their disagreements as well, which is nice to see, as their arguing takes you back to the days when they didn't get along at all in the beginning of Pride and Prejudice.

    I'm happy to see not much drastic change has happened to most of the characters in the book. The scandal behind Mr Hurst seems believable and makes sense considering his vices. Naturally, it was nice to see Caroline hasn't changed, until later in the book but there's a reason for it as you will see if you pick up this novel. There are a few twists and turns in the plot to keep you guessing as to who might have been behind the entire plot, although I did figure it out eventually before it was said. That might have become a disappointment as I would have liked to have been surprised, but the action at the end (there's a fighting sequence!) made up for it and proved to be exciting to read. I thought it was a good book, I was so interested in it, it didn't take me that long to read, and the ending was satisfying despite it being a little obvious who was behind the plot. I thought the little addition of supernatural "forces" at work was a neat little addition. It was subtle and not too overpowering to make it seem ridiculous. It worked seamlessly with the plot and made it more exciting.

    I will definitely be pursuing other books in this series, and I am hoping the second book after this will be just as good as the first one. Overall, a great read, perfect for those that love Darcy and Lizzy, but are in the mood for a cozy mystery as well. Give it a try! it was an exceptional read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2009

    A good light read

    The book starts out the day of Elizabeth, Darcy, Jane and Bingley's wedding. That is about the only thing in this book that compares to Jane Austin's book. The tale is a murder mystery with a touch of occult. Elizabeth, it seems, is psychically gifted. Darcy, of course, only believes in the facts. It seems, that someone, who has taken refuge under Bingley's roof at Netherfield has killed another of his guests. Elizabeth and Darcy take it upon themselves to find out who killed Bingley's guest and why.

    It is also the story of Bingley's sisters. Caroline Bingley has announced her engagement. She is to marry and American. Everything seems to be going well until Caroline's behavior changes drastically. What could be the reason behind Caroline's change of behavior? Elizabeth and Darcy endeavor to find out the truth.
    Meanwhile, Mr. Hurst is having problems of his own.

    I thought is was a good light read. The characters have the same temperment as Ms. Austin wrote them. Carrie Bebris writes in the same vein as Ms. Austin wrote, using the same type of language.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2009

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    Don't Waste Your Time

    I absolutley love Jane Austen so I was thrilled to find this book at the library. I am so glad I did not buy it. I don't recognise this Lizzy and Darcy. They seem like strangers to me. Jane and Bingley are portrayed as imbeciles and Lizzy seems like a bad Nancy Drew copycat. The metaphysical crap that makes up the story is poorly researched and presented as gospel by an author who thinks she knows more than she does. I will never read anything else in this series or by the author again. Don't waste your time on this book.

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  • Posted March 15, 2009

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    Awesome for Austen fans

    I have long been an Austen fan and have read all of her books. Like others I was sad that there aren't any more to read once I finished them all. This book is written in a style that feels as though I was actually reading Austen again. The word choice is the same, the characters are the same, and even some of the conversations are directly lifted from the original novels. I have read the first three of her books, and this is the second best. The plot itself is good, but the plot seems a bit dry, and unlike North by Northanger (by far the best of the three) it is a bit too supernatural. It just doesn't seem to fit with the Austen characters I love. My suggestion is to start with North by Northanger. You won't lose anything if you've read Pride and Prejudice.

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  • Posted January 13, 2009

    Nice characters, stupid plot

    This could have been a really good book if it moved a little more quickly and if it had a good ending. The plot was obvious and the book confused intuition with black magic/mesmerism, trying to make the nonsensical seemed plausible. Don't bother.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2005

    What a disappointment!

    I was sooo excited when I picked this book at the library and read the first chapter! The characters and style is very engaging and promising to be so close to Jane Austin narration, but half way through the book things started getting away from levelheadedness and sensibility of Austen's books and gone completely out of hand at the end. Ms. Bebris, what a shame! You mixed up Austen's characters with Harry Potter plot! I wish the book was rated '12 to 17 year old'. It left me feeling completely disappointed and duped into wasting my time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2004

    A modern gothic novel

    There have been many attempts at sequels to Pride and Prejudice. This one (as a mystery) is unique. It was a fun and fast read. Carrie Bebris stays true (for the most part) to the original characters although there are moments when the dialog seems a bit too modern. If you are like me, and feel compelled to read all the sequels you can find, then by all means, buy the book. I gave it only 3 of 5 stars because really, nothing can compare to the original.

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