The Intrigue at Highbury: Or, Emma's Match (Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries Series #5)

The Intrigue at Highbury: Or, Emma's Match (Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries Series #5)

by Carrie Bebris
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The Intrigue at Highbury: Or, Emma's Match (Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries Series #5) by Carrie Bebris

Mr. and Mrs. Darcy are looking forward to a relaxing stay with dear friends when their carriage is hailed by a damsel-in-distress outside of the village of Highbury. Little do the Darcys realize that gypsies roam these woods, or that both their possessions and the woman are about to vanish into the night.

The Darcys seek out the parish magistrate, who is having a difficult evening of his own. Mr. Knightley and his new wife, the former Miss Emma Woodhouse (the heroine of Jane Austen's Emma) are hosting a party to celebrate the marriage of their friends, Mr. Frank Churchill and Miss Jane Fairfax. During dinner, Mr. Edgar Churchill, uncle and adoptive father of the groom, falls suddenly ill and dies. The cause of death: poison.

When the Darcys and the Knightleys join forces to investigate the crimes, they discover that the robbery and Edgar Churchill's death may be connected. Together they must work to quickly locate the source of the poison and the murderer's motive—before the killer can strike again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765328212
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 08/02/2011
Series: Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries Series , #5
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 818,890
Product dimensions: 5.36(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

Award-winning author Carrie Bebris holds a master's degree in English literature and is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. A Wisconsin native, she now resides in Ohio.

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Intrigue at Highbury 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
xuxuLM More than 1 year ago
Very childish. Not to be compared with other British writers. I was disappointed.
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This is the fifth book in the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy series, and the author keeps getting better with each one. For the Jane Austen fans among us, she brings some of Austen's favorite characters back to life, giving us a glimpse of what their lives might have been like after the end of Austen's novels. Not just Mr. and Mrs. Darcy, but other characters from Austen's novels appear in this series as well--in this book we are reintroduced to Emma after her marriage to Mr. Knightley. For the mystery fans among us, the story is a well plotted mystery that keeps you guessing not just whodunnit, but how and why. Altogether an good book with an "intriguing" setting and characters.
lam21 More than 1 year ago
I didn't think I would like these books but I do...I imagine it as an earlier version of the Thin Man with some of my favorite characters. I wonder what the author will do when she runs out of Austen characters. Never the less, I enjoyed them. It would be good for a book club to see how the readers would compare them to the original books.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
While Mr. Darcy and his wife Elizbath are driving in their coach, they see on the side of the road a young woman who starts screaming. They stop to offer help. While on the carriage a light blows out and a raven screams scaring the servants. The young woman who says she is Miss Jones vanishes. The Darcys return to their coach to find their two servants unconscious and Mr. Darcy's christening gown and his mother's ring gone. They were going to give them to his cousin, but instead report the theft to the magistrate Mr. Knightly. The magistrate and his wife Emma are having problems too. They are sponsoring a wedding dinner for Mr. Frank Churchill and his new bride Jane when his adopted father Edger dies. After Knightly meets the Darcys and learns he has solved several mysteries (see The Matter At Mansfield, Pride And Prescience, NORTH By Northanger, and Suspense And Sensibility) , he confesses he never liked Frank. As a magistrate he can not be objective so he asks Mr. Darcy to help him investigate the suspicious death which the Darcy's agree to do. They learn Edgar died from belladonna poisoning. As the Darcy's looks into the homicide, they also believe they can recover what was taken from them because they think the thief is still in the area. As more poisonings occur, Mr. and Mrs. Darcy focus on stopping a killer before others die. The latest Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mystery is superb giving readers a look at what Jane Austen's England looked like. The audience will be shocked to realize that even intelligent people like the Darcys and the Knightleys are prejudicial against gypsies; all four believe that if a gypsy is in the neighborhood when a crime occurs the culprit is known even without any witness to the felony. The whodunit and why are very complex; with many suspects having motives as the reader and the lead quartet struggle to decide who is the murderer. Harriet Klausner