The Matters at Mansfield: Or, The Crawford Affair

The Matters at Mansfield: Or, The Crawford Affair

by Carrie Bebris
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The Matters at Mansfield: Or, The Crawford Affair by Carrie Bebris

Jane Austen meets Anne Perry in a historical mystery series featuring the hero and heroine from Pride and Prejudice

Following the birth of their first child, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy are looking forward to enjoying life at Pemberley, but family commitments draw them away to Mansfield Park. While there, the Darcys get involved with marriage arrangements, star-crossed lovers, deceit, mistaken identity, and even murder.

Once again the Darcys take center stage as the Regency era's answer to The Thin Man's Nick and Nora in this delightful series by the 2007 Daphne du Maurier Award-winning author of North by Northanger.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429950817
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 09/02/2008
Series: Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries , #4
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 265,127
File size: 311 KB

About the Author

Carrie Bebris is a freelance writer and editor. She holds a master's degree in English literature and is a life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. A Wisconsin native, she now resides in Ohio. The Matters at Mansfield is her fourth Mr.&Mrs. Darcy mystery.

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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Barbara-anglofile More than 1 year ago
The Mr and Mrs Darcy is absoultely great. It's a fun read. I didnt like Pride and Prejudice before but now I'm thinking I should give it another shot. A word of warning though when buying books through Market place -dont. It is a service that is nothing but headaches. I have ordered at least 5 times and there is always a problem. The exception to this MacKenzie Books.
melissa belcher More than 1 year ago
Darcy must find his cousin Ann de Bourgh who eloped with Henry Crawford. They met at Bath and ran away together when Lady Catherine decides to marry ann off to a young man who is abusive but rich and titled. Darcy arrives too late but escorts the couple back to Lady Catherine. An accident occurs in Mansfield and they must all stay at a local inn. A murder then occurs which Mr. Darcy must solve. Mrs. Norris, Maria, Edward Bertram, and Mr. Rushworth all make an apperance. Fanny Price does not appear which was a disapointment.
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Kimberly_Book_Addict More than 1 year ago
The Matters at Mansfield is the fourth installment in the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mystery series, written by Carrie Bebris. The Matters at Mansfield take the characters from Jane Austen's Mansfield Park and embroils them into a scandalous murder mystery that must be solved by Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. (For those who know black and white films and know what The Thin Man series is, the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy characters are exactly like Nick and Nora) This book takes the Darcy's to Riverton house for an engagement party for their cousin Roger Fitzwilliam. They wish to be back at Pemberley enjoying the peace and quiet with their new daughter. While at Riverton they discover that Lady Catherine de Bourgh is planning a well to do marriage for Anne and that Anne is completely unaware of the plan. While everyone is at a ball one evening, Anne makes her escape. A note is found from Anne telling Elizabeth that she has left with Mr. Henry Crawford and they are going to Gretna Green to be married. "Forgive my burdening you with the responsibility of imparting news to my mother which it will distress her to hear, but you alone understand the decision I now make. ..Tonight I leave for Gretna Green with Mr. Crawford." Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam leave at once to try to reach the couple before the marriage ceremony takes place. Upon arriving in Gretna Green they find the young couple married. Darcy and Fitzwilliam tell them they must start to journey back towards Riverton so that they can face the wrath of Lady Catherine. On the way back they stop in Mansfield to change the horses when Anne befalls an accident. A carriage runs over her, rending her unable to walk for a time. They are forced to stay in Mansfield until Anne is healed. While there they learn that most of Mansfield is familiar with Mr. Crawford and that the town is ripe with gossip of his return. Darcy and Fitzwilliam vow that they will find out what is amiss when who else but Lady Catherine and Elizabeth show up. Soon after her arrival gossip begins about Crawford, a second wife shows up, and murders begin happening. It's up to Darcy and Elizabeth to figure out what is going on and fast, or run the risk of the family honor lost forever. While I was interested in the goings-on of this novel, it was my least favorite of the four I've read so far. The first three novels in the series I read cover to cover in one sitting. This one took me a few days to complete, as each time I picked it up I couldn't get into it. I think that it was an interesting and original idea, but there was A LOT going on in this one. I found myself repeating passages and going back a few chapters to re-read parts to remember who a character was or what their connection to person x was. It really was a great mystery, but I think that it was just a bit much to process in the amount of pages written. Kimberly (Reflections of a Book Addict)
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Clarepen More than 1 year ago
I think I really liked this book in the Darcy series. I have read many books lately in the Jane Austen genre, and I really like these the best, along with Stephanie Barron's Jane Austen series. Carrie Bebris has caught Jane Austen's style just right and uses the characters in the same way Jane would, at least in my opinion, My only complaint is that I wish she wold write a little faster. I am anxious to read the next in the series.
SusieQCW More than 1 year ago
Always thought these books would not hold my interest as I liked to hear about Darcy and Elizabeth but they are really good. Their lives continue in these books but it also shows they have many things going on in their lives. The saga continues.
NancyLibrarian More than 1 year ago
A fun mix of the families of Mansfield Park with the Bennetts! Author Bebris finally manages the leave the spirit world completely out of the plot, making a vast improvement over the previous stories in her series. Lady Catherine and daughter Anne are the focus of this book, the domineering mother determined to marry her hapless daughter off to a wealthy peer, no matter his age or mental state. Anne is equally determined to avoid wedding a man who might beat her. The Darcys are commanded to attend Lady Catherine, and have a sincere desire to rescue Anne. I liked the way Col. Fitzwilliam has been brought in to the story, and find Anne's personality fairly believable, given her overbearing and odious mother. I still think Pamela Aidan's trilogy "Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman" is the best of the P&P spinoffs, but I am liking this series more with this 4th volume. I was about to give it up, but I will look for the 5th one now, and hope for no madmen as well as no spiritists in it.
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mrdarcy3 More than 1 year ago
Henry Crawford (the villain from Mansfield Park) has his hooks into Miss Anne de Bourgh. Rather than excepting her fate and marry the man her manipulative mother has chosen for her, Anne escapes with Mr. Crawford to Scotland. Here they elope, just before Mr. Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam arrive. Those two gentleman armed with the knowledge of the marriage, must now bring the pair back to face Lady Catherine. However, an accident in Mansfield prevents them from going any further. Instead, Mrs. Darcy (nee Bennet) and Lady Catherine arrive at the inn. Here Mr Crawford's past catches up with him. Before long, he's dead and the list of suspects grows by the minute. Can the Darcy's solve the case before it's declared a suicide and save Anne's reputation? The Jane Austen fan in me loved this book, although I did figure it out before the ending. Still, it was an enjoyable read. It's the 4th in a series, but most of the books stand alone. I love the societal bits as I'm a sucker for the era.
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Austenesque author Carrie Bebris ventures into her fourth excursion in the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mysteries series with the recently released, The Matters at Mansfield: or the Crawford Affair, continuing the story of Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy after their marriage in Jane Austen¿s novel Pride and Prejudice. Once again we join the famous couple as they investigate crime and murder among the gentry of Regency England involving many familiar characters from Jane Austen¿s novels. It has been two summers since the Darcy¿s marriage in 1803 and the story opens at Riverton Hall in Buckinghamshire, the ancestral home of Mr. Darcy¿s mother Anne Fitzwilliam. The present Earl is giving a ball in honor of his new fiancé and the Darcy¿s are house guests along with other family members sister Georgiana Darcy, cousins Colonel Fitzwilliam and Anne de Borough, and their aunt, the officious and overbearing Lady Catherine de Borough still giving unsolicited advice and talking a blue streak. Lady Catherine¿s hen pecked and sickly daughter Anne is now 28 years old and being micro-managed by her mother to within an inch of her life. Lady Catherine is determined to secure a prominent match for her daughter since the mate chosen for her since birth, Fitzwilliam Darcy, defied her wishes and married that `gentleman¿s daughter¿, Elizabeth Bennet. Unbeknownst to Anne, her mother brokers a marriage to the son of a family friend and neighbor Lord Sennex, of Hawthorn Manor. This is purely a match of convenience as the future husband is a hot tempered Caliban, about as suitable a love match for fragile and retiring Anne as the odious Rev. Mr. Collins was for Elizabeth Bennet in the original novel. Certain that her mother will chain her to an abysmal marriage, Anne makes an uncharacteristically bold move and elopes with a man unknown to her family or friends, Henry Crawford of Everingham in Norfolk. Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam pursue the couple to Gretna Green, Scotland only to discover that they are too late. The irregular marriage has already taken place and duly consummated. At Lady Catherine¿s biding, they escort the couple back to Riverton Hall for an audience with her Ladyship. Along the road they are detained in a country village quite familiar to Henry Crawford, Mansfield Park, the last village in England where we would like to be stranded. Unavoidably he must deal with the village locals and many of the characters in Jane Austen¿s novel Mansfield Park such as Sir Thomas Bertram, Mrs. Norris and his former paramour, the spiteful Maria Rushworth. While there, a murder is discovered. Who, I will not reveal, but suffice it to say, if you ever felt the desire to kill off one of Jane Austen¿s most undeserving cads, you will not be disappointed. Ms Berbris is truly fond of a good Austen quote skillfully applying them as a epigraph to open each of the chapters. In that spirit, I shall paraphrase a quote by Lady Catherine de Borough from Pride and Prejudice and exclaim that with The Matters at Mansfield she ¿has given us a treasure.¿ I was continually charmed by her imaginings of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy as the Nick and Nora Charles of the Regency set, exhibiting all the sensibilities that any Janeite would appreciate in an Austen pastiche respect for the original author¿s style, observance of period detail, reverence to the characters, and interjection of circuitous humour and lighthearted banter, all combined in a well thought out and absorbing whodunit that keeps us guessing and engaged to the last. My only disappointment was that it ended all too quickly, and I hope that the next novel currently being penned about Austen¿s novel Emma will suspend our pleasure for a bit longer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy are euphoric over the birth of their first child. However, both are bit stunned when they attend a party, as their mousy cousin Anne de Bourgh shows shocking courage and even stunningly a backbone by standing up to her martinet mother Lady Catherine for the first time at least in public. Catherine plans for her daughter to wed odious Neville Sennex, heir to senile Lord Sennex instead Anne elopes with Mr. Crawford.-------------- Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam give chase, but arrive at Gretna Green too late to stop the marriage. Instead they escort the couple home only Annie hurts her foot so they stop at Mansfield. However, soon afterward, a horde descends on the village. Annie¿s mom with her lawyer wants the marriage annulled. Crawford¿s mistress and his second wife claim he cannot marry someone else. As everyone argues over whom is married to who, Crawford¿s battered corpse is found the magistrate proclaims suicide but Elizabeth and Fitz think otherwise and begin investigating.-------------- Although some Jane Austen die-hards might take exception to liberties with characters like Anne (critically needed to put the plot in gear), Carrie Bebris provides a fun lighthearted Regency amateur sleuth tale. The story line is a fast-paced Regency and of course includes Austen tidbits. For the most part fans of Ms. Austen will appreciate Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam starring in their fourth entertaining whodunit (see PRIDE AND PRESCIENCE, NORTH BY NORTHANGER and SUSPENSE AND SENSIBILITY).----------- Harriet Klausner