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.
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At the start of Bebris s agreeable fifth Mr. & Mrs. Darcy mystery (after 2008 s Matters at Mansfield), the couple are on their way to visit cousins of Darcy s in Sussex when outside the Surrey village of Highbury they stop to assist a young woman in distress. When Elizabeth and Darcy get back in their coach, they discover some valuable heirlooms missing. Meanwhile, Miss Jones has vanished. They inform the nearest magistrate, Mr. Knightley, whose wife, Emma, has just hosted a party where a guest has died. Elizabeth and Emma take an active role by interviewing local residents about the theft and the death, while the gentlemen play smaller parts further afield in Surrey and London. Close questioning and careful thought, rather than magic as in earlier books, help solve the Highbury conundrums. The main characters behave more like Austen s originals than they did in Matters at Mansfield, helping make this perhaps the most faithful sequel to Austen in this beguiling series.
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Intrigue at Highbury
Very enjoyable. Great book idea to throw the different Austen characters together in a mystery.
I loved that the characters were actually captured so well in the Austen style of conversation. I could see Lizzy and Darcy responding to each other in the way they did in this novel as well as Emma and her Mr. K. The only phrase that caught me by surprise was Elizabeth used the word "hedged" in a reply, if I'm remembering correctly. I looked it up and found that word is very old which surprised me. Not an authority, but the author seems to have done her research of the times also. I felt the novel was well done overall. Looking forward to reading the others she has written.
Love this series
Just watched EMMA on Masterpiece Theater while reading this book & was amazed how perfectly the stories fit together. Love the theme of keeping the characters alive by continuing these stories. Ms Austen would be so proud. Please keep this series going even after each Austen novel is completed.