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review 2013-10-12 00:15
The Matters at Mansfield: Or, The Crawford Affair (Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries)
The Matters at Mansfield: Or, The Crawford Affair - Carrie Bebris This was the first Mr and Mrs Darcy mystery by Bebris I read, which may account for my affection for it. I'm not claiming Bebris is Austen's peer in writing, but I think any book I enjoyed as much as this deserves high marks. I enjoyed the Darcys' company quite a bit here, and this is a good solid read, and a strong outing if you compare it not to Austen, but to the usual historical or "cozy" mystery you'd find in stores. I admit another reason I loved it so much is I have a soft spot for poor Anne de Bourgh in Pride and Prejudice. Having Lady Catherine de Bourgh for a mother is a trial indeed, so I quite enjoyed a book that allowed her to get out from under her overbearing mother. Strictly as a mystery this had enough action and twist and turns to have satisfied me even if you changed the names of the characters and cut all the ties to Jane Austen's characters. And the previous books had an element of the supernatural that I never felt really fit Austen--even if they often were rather cleverly interwoven into the mysteries. So I liked the absence of that element to the plot here. Reading these is like spending time with old friends.
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review 2013-01-06 00:00
The Matters at Mansfield: Or, The Crawford Affair (Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries #4)
The Matters at Mansfield: Or, The Crawford Affair - Carrie Bebris

Excellent read.

 

This is the first book in this series that did not have a supernatural/paranormal element to the plot line and was instead a straightforward murder mystery - although there was nothing straight forward about this murder! LOTS of twists and turns, with a runaway ending, this book might be my favorite one yet. I like the way the author incorporates characters from Jane Austen's other books and I love the respect she shows for Jane Austen's characters as a whole. Nobody is going to be able to write Elizabeth and Darcy like Ms. Austen, but Ms. Bebris comes close - I always feel like I'm reading about Ms. Austen's characters - not someone else's interpretation of them.

 

Looking forward to the next one.

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review 2008-06-01 00:00
The Matters at Mansfield: Or, The Crawford Affair (Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries)
The Matters at Mansfield: Or, The Crawford Affair - Carrie Bebris
This was a great book. This was one of my favorites in the series. Soon after the birth of their first child, Elizabeth and Darcy visit Mansfield Park, where they get caught up in intrigue involving mistaken identities and sudden disappearances more suited to a bedroom farce than anything in the Austen canon. Some of the old characters are in this book in a new position and it just brings out the best in them. This is by far her best book in the series.
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