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Pride and Prescience: Or, A Truth Universally Acknowledged (Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries #1)

3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,790 Ratings  ·  435 Reviews
Mr. & Mrs. Darcy, the joyous newlyweds from Pride and Prejudice, have not even left for their honeymoon when they find themselves embroiled in a mystery involving one of their wedding guests.
The lovely Caroline Bingley is engaged to marry a rich and charismatic American. Unfortunately, this windswept courtship is marred by many strange events: nocturnal wanderings, spo
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Forge Books (first published 2004)
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Nov 29, 2008 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've always liked the idea of a sequel for Lizzie and Darcy; the original Pride and Prejudice story almost demands further exploration than the simple happy ending that Jane Austen leaves us with. I was also pleased to find that this was not another bodice-ripping romance sequal of Lizzie and Darcy like others I have read and been disappointed with. I thought that Bebris did a very good job in keeping the characters of Lizzie and Darcy intact; everything they do and say in the novel is fairly on ...more
Mar 21, 2010 CJ rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-books
Have I mentioned how much I love Pride and Prejudice? I do, without apology. My daughter and I sit down to watch the BBC version at least every other month. I've seen all the movies (Matthew McFadden is my favorite Darcy). Naturally, I would gravitate towards anything even remotely related to the story (except those stupid zombie ones - a girl has to have some standards).

I liked this book. Yes, it was silly and didn't quite get the feel of the time period, but Bebris put on a good show. The stor
❂ Jennifer
I had put off reading these for ages, because I normally don't like a new author taking a beloved set of characters from the classics and 'extending' their stories. But this was recently recommended to me by a GR friend who felt that the author did a credible job with the characters. I must say, I agree. I love the original Pride and Prejudice, and was relieved to find that Ms. Bebris did a fantastic job of respecting Ms. Austen and the characters themselves.

The mystery itself was clever. I don'
Jul 04, 2011 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Since first reading Pride and Prejudice many years ago, I've always had a vague hankering to read a good continuation. But the operative word here is good--I've skimmed many a sequel in a Barnes & Noble, only to be horrified by awful writing and ridiculous characterization.

Anyway, I enjoyed the first chapter of this one when I read it online, so I decided to commit to the whole book. Unfortunately, the first chapter was by far the best.

Overall, the writing was tolerable (but not handsome eno
Aug 04, 2013 Leslie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency-era, england
This book had a couple of things going for it. It's set in the regency area and the author made an honest attempt to keep with the cultue of the period. She states up front that she wouldn't dare try to write with the skill of Austen though she must be one of those humble people one hears tell about cos she did a bang up job of it. Bravo! I love how the characters were presented as faithful portrayals of Austen's originals and didn't run 'round doing modern vulgar things with modern vulgar attit ...more
Aug 22, 2013 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sigh. A hokey beginning to an excellent series. Unfortunately, this isn't a series where you can skip over some of the books. Keep at it, the other books are much better.

The characters' personalities are well written well, and true to Austen's material. The stories -- not so much. The supernatural elements are major misfits to the story, and I am relieved that Bebris abandons the supernatural parts later in the series. Elizabeth Bennett doesn't need to have psychic powers.
I do like how in the l
Oct 30, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy, sequel
This totally delightful series of regency mysteries completely capture the wit and whimsy of Jane Austen providing a completely believable "what comes next" story line for Darcy and Elizabeth assuming they started solving vaguely supernatural crimes together and frequently ran into every other character Austen ever wrote.

I'm a bit of a fanatic for Austen sequels and Bebris totally nails the style and light, frothy energy that is the hallmark of any Austen story. Yes, the stories can veer into t
If you're a big fan of classic literature and loved the Darcys from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and other classic novels, you'll love this classic historical mystery series. After Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy married with their happily ever after, did you wonder what happened to them? This series answered the question. In Pride and Prescience, the Darcys are happily married. At the same time, Jane's married too with another couple. When Caroline Bingley married Frederick Parrish, nothin ...more
Recent years have seen an explosion in Jane Austen fan fiction. I used to have aspirations to read them all, but that was before everyone and her sister (and a few brothers, it must be said) started writing Austen sequels and re-tellings from alternative perspectives. I have read quite a few, though, and Bebris's book is definitely on my very short list of Austen-related fiction that succeeds. This particular book is a sequel to Pride and Prejudice, and it is also the first in a series that has ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Mar 17, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jane Austen Fans Who Love Mysteries
Although I admit Bebris is no Jane Austen, I must confess I relished this book, often smiling while reading, and went on to read and enjoy the rest in the series published to date. The book is first of a series where Mr and Mrs Darcy of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice are sleuths, often with an element of the supernatural and romance.

I have a couple of friends who are Jane Austen fans I pointed this series to who didn't care for them as much as I did. One said she didn't find them anything sp
Jun 24, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve always wanted to venture into the realm of the “spin off” books when it came to Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” I love the book, adore the movies, and although I don’t know if Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy are my absolute favorite literary characters, they are wonderful. Unfortunately, I decided to begin this foray into spin offs with “Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife.” It was wretched. All it seemed to be was an excuse to write graphic sex scenes between the poorly portrayed Darcy newl ...more
Jan 17, 2013 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I've recommended this series plenty of times, and always wanted to try it out. About time I did!

Light, enjoyable read that I actually enjoyed. (One never knows with me and Austen spin-offs.) A few teeny things that had me go "uh" as far as Austenesque or Georgian time period. But otherwise I was fine. Loved revisiting the P&P characters, and Bebris stayed pretty close to who they were. I had immediate suspicions as to the mystery and all--and most of them were correct. But the author still d
Sicuramente l'aspetto paranormale di questo romanzo un po' fa storcere il naso, come a Darcy stesso, ma cercando di ignorare questo aspetto (per quanto sia importante nella risoluzione del mistero), ma cercando di soprassedere quello e certe scelte linguistiche un po' troppo moderne, questo romanzo non mi è dispiaciuto. I personaggi sono molto in linea con l'originale ma non sono delle macchiette scopiazzate e basta, gli scambi di battute buoni, e Darcy e Lizzie ritratti bene da sposati come cop ...more
Jul 26, 2015 M rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, cozy-mystery
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I was actually a bit upset with this book. I did realize early on that there would most likely be some supernatural elements, but I would have much prefered keeping them in the background. What was the point of having Caroline (view spoiler)? Such mystery and magic seemed out of place, even though it was drawn i ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This mystery novel using the characters of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy read smoothly and kept me turning the pages. The book contains all the atmospheric trappings and viewpoints of the Regency period in England.

The Darcy's have just married, along with the Bingley's (Elizabeth's sister, Jane.) While on their honeymoon both couples find themselves involved with the newly engaged Caroline Bingley's mysterious trials and tribulations. There are runaway carriages, nocturnal wanderings, attempted suicides an
Danielle Reily
I'm very torn about this book. On the one hand I think the author did a very credible job with characters, she managed to keep them how they were in Pride and Prejudice. The characters weren't overly exaggerated nor did they suddenly act completely opposite of the original. I appreciated the plot, and I thought the book was well written.
On the other hand the supernatural subplot was really out of place. Don't get me wrong I enjoy a good sci-fi/fantasy book, but I really don't know if it marries
Miriam Reeves
This book was ok. I found Elizabeth extremely nosy and always jumping to random conclusions and then getting mad at Darcy because he didn't believe her guesses. Thats all.
K. Tempest Bradford
Apr 16, 2015 K. Tempest Bradford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I read the books in this series out of order, so I'm coming to this mystery after having read almost all of the others. That didn't dull my enjoyment of it. I like that Bebris strikes a balance when relating information from Pride and Prejudice that reminds the reader of specific things without beating us over the head with it. Since almost all readers will have read Austen's work, there's no need to expound on the backstory for too long.

I think the author captured Austen's characters very well,
Feb 25, 2015 Eva rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a pleasant, light read. The author captures Elizabeth and Darcy's relationship very authentically, and she gives a convincing rendition of the other characters.

Where this let me down a bit was the mystery itself. There are too many very clear clues as to what's really going on. While I could forgive the characters for not guessing - since there is nothing supernatural in the original book - I was impatient for them to catch up or for the book to throw me a twist on top of the twist.

I app
Sep 25, 2014 Alison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I enjoyed it up until the end, but I found myself ultimately disappointed.

(view spoiler)

I already own Suspense and Sensibility, so I will continue the series, but I'm almost dreading what might come next.
Jd Aeryth
Fun read

If you are looking for literature, this isn't it. Nor is it for Austen purists. It is sheer fun, and the author does a fair job of getting the flavor of the characters we all know so well. The dialog is uneven; it lurches between 19th century English society and last week at a Trenton bowling alley. But if you can look past that, it's a blast. I liked the way the Darcys' relationship as a married couple is imagined. They are, of course, blissfully happy and still a challenge for one anot
Diane Heath
May 13, 2014 Diane Heath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is the first of the series and is a great introduction to Mr. and Mrs. Darcy as detectives. This one takes place in the early days of their marriage. Caroline Bingley has married an American. She seems to be possessed and has taken to wandering at night. There is a "suicide attempt", carriage accidents, fire and murder. Jane Austen fans will love the series as our favorite couple tour Regency England and meet various characters from her novels in the subsequent books. This one being the int ...more
Mar 17, 2014 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Promising . . .promising. . . enjoyable right up until the author forgets to prepare for her denouement. Mr. Parrish is presented as a decent, gentlemanly American and consistently written as such until he suddenly turns into a vicious, violent, murderous con man. No foreshadowing, no hidden clues for the reader to smack their forehead and mutter, "Oh I missed that . . . I should have seen it coming." Too bad because Bebris has a fun premise and the writing is reasonably in Austen's style, but t ...more
Feb 18, 2016 (P)Ila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Devo dire, sinceramente, che lo stile della Bebris non mi è dispiaciuto affatto e nonostante tutto anche l'atmosfera ricreata mi ha ricordato vagamente Jane Austen. I personaggi sono rimasti fedeli agli originali: Elizabeth e Darcy me li ero immaginati proprio così, una coppia innamorata ravvivata sempre da quel pizzico di peperoncino che non fa mai male, tra piccoli litigi e prese in giro sono veramente adorabili; anche tutti gli altri personaggi, compresi quelli che rimangono abbastanza sullo
Dec 30, 2015 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Mar 18, 2015 Eccentrika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, series, mystery, ce-tea
Premettendo che i romanzi della Austen mi piacciono anche se non ne sono una fan scatenata e che "Orgoglio e pregiudizio" l'ho letto una sola volta anni fa e non me lo ricordo benissimo, questo seguito alternativo di "Orgoglio e pregiudizio", che da il via a una serie in cui saranno protagonisti i coniugi Mr. e Mrs. Darcy, l'ho trovato parecchio convincente. Il mercato editoriale pubblica molte fiction che prendono spunto dai classici della letteratura e dai loro personaggi più amati e sono vist ...more
Richard Stueber
Would anyone have read this without having read 'Pride and Prejudice'? That novel, though having a happily-ever-after epilogue, does not describe the wedding of Miss Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Fitzwiliam Darcy. This novel starts with the day of the double wedding of Elizabeth and her sister Jane to Darcy and Mr. Charles Bingley. Other familiar characters present include the appalling Mr. Collins, Mrs. Bennet and Caroline's sister Louisa Hurst.
I had to look up prescience which means foresight or cl
Sabrina (Soter) Sally
"Qualunque difficoltà li assillasse, Elizabeth riusciva sempre a restituirgli la serenità con la sua sola presenza. Stentava a ricordare come avesse potuto vivere senza di lei nei giorni che avevano preceduto il loro incontro"

Adoro Jane Austen e "Orgoglio e pregiudizio" è da sempre uno dei miei libri preferiti, perciò dopo il piacevole esperimento con la serie della Aidan non ho resistito alla tentazione di provare questa rivisitazione con un bel tocco di mistery. Ammetto che credevo l'indagine
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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
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Other Books in the Series

Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries (7 books)
  • Suspense and Sensibility: Or, First Impressions Revisited (Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries, #2)
  • North By Northanger: Or The Shades of Pemberley (Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries, #3)
  • The Matters at Mansfield: Or, The Crawford Affair (Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries, #4)
  • The Intrigue at Highbury: Or, Emma's Match (Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries, #5)
  • The Deception at Lyme: Or, The Peril of Persuasion (Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries, #6)
  • The Suspicion at Sanditon (Or, The Disappearance of Lady Denham) (Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries, #7)

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