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

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  2,460 ratings  ·  405 reviews
Pride and Prescience (Or, A Truth Universally Acknowledged), a Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mystery, embroils the joyous newlyweds Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy in a mystery involving one of theirwedding 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 wand
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Forge Books (first published 2004)
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Amanda
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
❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
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'
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CJ
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
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Sarah
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
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Kristen
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
Nicole
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 4 of 5 stars
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
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Sarah
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
Carol
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Leslie
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
Kate
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
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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
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Edelweiss
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
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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
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,
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Eva
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
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Alison
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
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Diane Heath
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
Karen
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
Eccentrika
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
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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Georgiana 1792
I Darcy ideali

Avevo letto questo romanzo qualche anno fa, ma avevo parzialmente rimosso il finale: ricordavo solo vagamente chi fosse il colpevole e la natura semi-paranormale della soluzione al mistero. Ricordo di aver pensato: «Per fortuna che ho letto prima Le ombre di Pemberley, perché non so se cominciando dal primo della serie sarei riuscita ad apprezzare queste indagini di Mr e Mrs Darcy investigatori.» E meno male, aggiungo adesso, perché il prosieguo della serie, da Le ombre di Pemberle
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Corrisande
Quite the guilty pleasure.
As one of the many readers who enjoyed "Pride and Predjustice" tremendously, I found myself looking into the sheer mass of inofficial sequels that tend to get mediocre ratings on goodreads at most. I usually do not end up getting one potential candidate of inofficial sequels due to this factor, though I have to say that I might just change that after having read "Pride and Prescience" by Carrie Bebris.
Intrigued by the Series-title ("A Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mystery") I st
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Caryn
I did really like this book, however, I think it would have been better as a stand-alone. The characters were too modern for my taste (I kept picturing them in late Victorian England, like Thomas and Charlotte Pitt or Sherlock Holmes), and they changed from my beloved Darcy and Elizabeth that I remembered from Austen. The romance was too engineered, the dialogue, while close to the original, felt a bit contrived. Elizabeth, too keen to believe in all sorts of preposterous things (which, I'll war ...more
Michelle
The first book in the series starts shortly after the events in Pride and Prejudice, starting with the double wedding of Elizabeth and Jane. Caroline Bingley steals some of the spotlight by announcing her engagement to an American and showing off her flashy engagement ring. The Darcys honeymoon in London, and visit a curious exhibit at a museum showing various artifacts from the colonies, including some of a mystical nature. As they have made arrangements for an unusually quick wedding, the Darc ...more
Michelle
Jul 26, 2009 Michelle rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Pride and Prejudice fans
Recommended to Michelle by: N/A
This is the book that finally got me to read Pride and Prejudice all the way through. I had only read a few chapters of Austen's work, and had seen the 2006 version of the film before reading this book. As an avid mystery lover, I couldn't resist watching two famous literary heroes solve a mystery - and after reading this book I was finally interested in actually reading the story of how Darcy and Elizabeth fall in love.

Bedris' Darcy and Elizabeth are just as intelligent and witty as they are i
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Sensitivemuse
This is one of the better cozies I have come across so far in my cozy mystery reading experience. It feels like you're reading one of those old English gothic novels. It has a good mixture of supernatural mystery to satisfy those in need of a creepy but not so creepy experience, and there's a good plot and regular mystery behind it, making you try to guess who is behind all of these strange coincidences. I liked it how they brought in most of the characters from Pride and Prejudice it was nice t ...more
Lori
Sep 17, 2009 Lori rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who loves Jane Austen
I found this book, entirely by accident, while searching thru either Amazon or Barnes & Noble for Pride and Prejudice fan fic. Those of you who know me are aware that I have a strange obsession (quite possibly a book disorder) with Pride and Prejudice and any fan fic. So I will willingly admit that I can be predisposed to like a Pride and Prejudice fan fic book merely because it continues the story of some amazing characters. (By the same token, I can hold these books to a higher standard du ...more
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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)
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)

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