The Deception at Lyme: Or, The Peril of Persuasion

The Deception at Lyme: Or, The Peril of Persuasion

by Carrie Bebris

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Deception at Lyme 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
LiederMadchen More than 1 year ago
I was so excited when Ms. Bebris announced that she was finally writing her Persuasion novel (having written mysteries to tie in with Miss Austen's five other published works already). Mr. and Mrs. Darcy, accidental detectives, were finally going to meet the Wentworths. At Lyme (I love Lyme). The Deception at Lyme had all the things I loved about the previous books in the series - fun characters, complicated mystery, a bit of danger, a bit of humor and, especially in this case, romance. One thing it didn't have was any hint of the supernatural, but the very human mystery more than made up for the lack of magical influence. I love how well the author incorporated the characters from Persuasion into the mystery. Mrs.Clay, Mr. Elliot and Sir Walter Elliot are all perfectly portrayed in all their less-than-likable glory, tangled in ambition and deceit. Captain Wentworth and Mr. Darcy get along famously, as I have always suspected that they would. My two favorite Austenesque heroes working together at last (sigh). The new characters were wonderful as well, especially the two gentlemen who take an interest in Georgiana (much to Darcy's chagrin). The charming Sir Lawrence and the enigmatic and possibly villainous Lieutenant St. Clair. Watching Darcy's discomfort was highly entertaining. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes cozy mysteries that you can curl up with on a rainy afternoon, and, of course, to anyone who loves Jane Austen's marvelous characters.
lovelifeva More than 1 year ago
As with the first five in the series, The Deception at Lyme was well written and highly anticipated. I enjoyed this most recent installment, however; I miss the entertaining interaction between Darcy and Elizabeth that was so much a part of the first four novels. I have reread these more than once and would recommend them to any Pride and Prejudice fan. Hope there are more installments.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the sixth in the Mr and Mrs Darcy series. Bebris takes the married Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and sets them down before various settings and characters of Jane Austen's other novels, involving them in various mysteries for them to investigate and solve. And since no Austen novel is second in my affection to Persuasion, you can imagine my anticipation knowing The Deception at Lyme would deal with those characters. It was delightful to meet the Elliots again. Sir Walter Elliot and his eldest daughter are pitch perfect in their pompous snobbery. I enjoyed the company of Anne Elliot, now Mrs Wentworth. Mary, the youngest daughter, is her manipulative, self-pitying passive aggressive self. Mrs Clay and William Elliot are as shady as one could wish. Even such minor characters as the Harvilles and Mrs Smith are very recognizable. And as with the last mystery involving the characters of Emma, The Intrigue at Highbury, the major characters of the book are very central here--more so than in books prior. This feels very much a sequel to Persuasion, with those characters along a path I could easily see them taking.I like this more than the last Bebris mystery based on Austen however. If there's one thing I thought the last book missed compared with the others, is that there was little at stake for the Darcys compared to the ones before. In the case of this book, however, the Darcys bring Fitzwilliam's sister Georgiana with them to Lyme. There she gets involved with two possible suitors both of whom may have been involved with murder. That of Mrs Clay, found injured at the book's beginning, and the possible murder of the Darcy's cousin Lieutenant Gerard Fitzwilliam aboard HMS Magna Carta some years earlier. I liked how both mysteries were developed and resolved, keeping me guessing to the end.Bebris can't match Austen in quality, no. (But who does?) But she can write the characters with a convincing voice and apt characterization. Nor does she match, say, a Josephine Tey or Agatha Christie with brilliant plots. What these novels are, for me, are comfort reads. Works I really enjoy immersing myself in, like visiting with old friends. Add to that a good touch with the historical detail and the element of romance, I do find these books a pleasure. So I'm happy there's a hint at the end they'll continue, even though Bebris has now made her rounds through the world of Austen's six novels.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy, accompanied by his sister Georgiana and their infant Lily-Anne, travel to Lyme on a combination holiday and family matters. Fitzwilliam and Georgiana are at the seaside village to collect the personal items left behind by their naval cousin William who died in combat. Not long after they arrive in Lyme, at the base of the Cobb seawall, they find the body of pregnant Mrs. Clay, who had just married Sir Walter Elliot. Apparently the victim was carrying the offspring of William. Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth believe the loose woman was pushed to insure inheritance did not change. As they investigate the pair begins to believe William was a murder victim too. Allied with Captain Frederick Wentworth, the Darcy detecting duet make inquires into the death of a woman at the seawall and the death of a sailor at sea. The latest Mr. and Mrs. Darcy amateur sleuth (see The Matter at Mansfield and The Intrigue at Highbury) is a delightful Regency mystery in which characters from Jane Austen's Persuasion play key roles. The lead couple and his sister are fully developed; while the rest of the cast is solid to the delight of Janeites. With insight into naval matters in the early nineteenth century enlightening and adding to an exhilarating whodunit, too much overseas activity slows down the otherwise fast-paced strong historical investigate thriller. Harriet Klausner