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North By Northanger: Or The Shades of Pemberley (Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries #3)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  1,941 Ratings  ·  199 Reviews
Named Best Historical Mystery of 2006 by Romantic Times BOOKreviews!

After the intrigues and excitements of their time in the city, the Darcys are more than prepared for a bit of peace and quiet at Pemberley.  This is time that they can spend together as Elizabeth settles into her pregnancy.  However, such serene solitude is not meant to be.  First a letter from Lady Anne
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by Tor Books (first published March 21st 2006)
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Simona Bartolotta
Mar 10, 2017 Simona Bartolotta rated it it was ok
Shelves: in-english, ebooks
Probably the severest case of "it's not you, it's me" I've ever experienced.

•You see, this is actually a good book. Since I admittedly hardly have any expertise when it comes to fanfiction, I can't tell whether Bebris's are among the best ones or not, but I honestly could find nothing wrong with North by Northanger. The author clearly possesses a deep knowledge of the originals (in the case at hand, Pride and Prejudice and North by Northanger), which surely showed in her work, and that's probabl
May 26, 2007 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
This is the third in Bebris's series of paranormal mysteries featuring Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy. It wasn't as good as the first one, but was still enjoyable. I don't like most Austen continuations, but Bebris does a decent job, perhaps because her books are deliberately in a different genre, and so she doesn't try too hard to make herself sound exactly like Austen. One interesting feature of this series is that the main characters are always Elizabeth and Darcy, but characters from other A ...more
Dec 21, 2013 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This installment was utterly lovely! I think it might even be my favorite so far in the series.

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Feb 20, 2017 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
3.5 My favorite in the series so far. I really enjoy the way she writes Jane's characters. I feel like they are true to the original even when they end up in totally off the wall situations. Fun fan fiction.
Jan 09, 2011 Carrie rated it really liked it
North by Northanger (or Shades of Pemberley) a Mr & Mrs Darcy Mystery
By Carrie Bebris Written in 2006

This is my second book by this author. She has written several that are all about the Darcy’s and a mystery that puts them in the setting and characters of one of Jane Austen’s books. I really enjoy them because it combines two of my loves JA and mystery.

I don’t want to give much away so this will be a short review. It is less than a year after Elisabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy have married. Sh
Sep 23, 2010 Jen3n rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This book is cute as a button. A light mystery and a self-referential spin-off of Pride and Predjudice.

Apparently the third in a series of Mr and Mrs Darcy Mysteries, this book supposes the Darcys (while awaiting their first child) caught in a scandal with over a man claiming to be Frederick Tilney (a character from another Jane Austen Book called Northanger Abby, and unraveling another mystery dealing with a prized possession of Mr Darcy's late mother.

It gets a little eye-roll-y and impossible
Nov 06, 2013 Michelle rated it liked it
(3.5 stars) This is the third book in the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy series. As the couple are getting settled back at Pemberley, Elizabeth finds an unexpected message from the past in a letter written to the future Mrs. Darcy from her husband’s mother, Lady Anne which mentions a precious family heirloom that was lost, one that Lady Anne believed to be protective of women in childbirth. A chance encounter in Bath leads them to Northanger Abbey to meet the son of a woman who was close friends with Darcy’ ...more
Aug 14, 2011 Jenna rated it really liked it
Very fun book...well, maybe fun isn't the right word for a mystery novel, but definitely an enjoyable read. Much superior than the last "Jane Austen sequel" that I'd read. By being a mystery, it didn't really strive to match the witty tone of Austen's Pride and Prejudice, though it had some of that, especially in the relationship of the now-married Darcy's. But I did feel that Bebris did a good job of remaining true to the time period and the style of writing. I will be looking to read others in ...more
Oct 10, 2011 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book follows more closely the elements of Austen's NORTHANGER ABBEY, and I enjoyed that feature very much. Because Austen's book is a gothic, this book is much faster paced and involves a similar sense of suspense and danger in a dark house where things are not as they seem. A good read.
Oct 28, 2016 Gail added it
What can I say I like Carrie Bebris series. Quick and enjoyable reading.
Apr 09, 2012 Margo rated it really liked it
Best of the three so far! Sure, the plot was a little crazy, but the heart of the thing was the characters that you know and reasonable extensions of their behavior.
Oct 25, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
A little less hocum this time around.
Suz Davidson
Feb 19, 2017 Suz Davidson rated it liked it
Light, engaging and enjoyable for the most part, but a bit too predictable. Much of the book I liked fine, but nothing was much of a surprise, and the last pages were a let down, with a final "twist" that didn't fit the rest of the book at all. Pleasant to read, but the ending was a missed opportunity that had me wishing for a rewrite.
I think I enjoyed this a bit more than the first two books in the series. It's hard not to get attached to a storyline with such familiar characters, especially as they begin to build a family.
Feb 21, 2012 Mirjam rated it really liked it
One day Elizabeth finds a letter from Darcy's mother addressed to her. The letter mentions a family heirloom that protects women in labour, but which has unfortunately gone missing. Being in a delicate condition herself, Elizabeth is quite curious about this family heirloom and decides to go on a treasure hunt. The letter also arouses further interest in Darcy's mother, the beloved former mistress of Pemberley, so when the son of one of Anne's old friends invites the couple to Northanger Abbey t ...more
North by Northanger is the third novel in the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mystery series, written by Carrie Bebris. Currently there are five novels in the series the most recent being The Intrigue at Highbury which was recently published earlier this year. The Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mystery series takes the characters from Jane Austen's novels and puts them smack dab in the middle of whodunit's. Elizabeth and Darcy are the main sleuths, with each book introducing the characters from another Austen novel into ...more
Jan 21, 2009 D.w. rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
I find that my reviews form Ms. Bebris have been up and down, and here we are a little better than average. The reason I think is that the mystery does not cross the lines of gender very well. As both Darcy and Elizabeth try to unravel what has gotten them once more involved in the world of All of Austen's fictitious creations, we stretch and stretch again and delve too far into superstitious view of a major subplot in this volume.

There shall be another generation. And obviously since this is on
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
This mystery novel is the third in the series by Carrie Bebris. They are all sequels of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice." You do not need to have read Pride and Prejudice to understand this novel although it will help you greatly if you do.

In this story, Elizabeth feels the presence of Darcy's mother in the house, Pemberely. She feels that she is not the mistress and the late Lady Anne, who was adored by all who knew her, still remains. At first it appears that Elizabeth is not pleased with
Sep 15, 2016 Arianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dico subito quelli che, secondo me, sono stati i difetti di questo libro: il personaggio di Georgiana è decisamente troppo relegato ai margini, vive insieme a loro a Pemberley e non interviene quasi mai nei dialoghi. Inoltre il personaggio di Henry Tilney sarebbe dovuto essere molto più presente, ma questa è una cosa puramente soggettiva poiché io adoro quel personaggio e quindi per me non è mai presente abbastanza.
Quello che invece mi è piaciuto: tutto il resto. Poiché questo libro voleva riman
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jul 25, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Historical Mysteries
This is a Pride and Prejudice pastiche with Austen's Mr and Mrs Darcy as its detectives, the third in a series which I've read out of order yet enjoyed. I don't think you necessarily need to read these in order. This is one of the stronger outings, and I found myself frequently smiling while reading it, enjoying the wit and banter from and between Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy. I'm not ranking this so high because I claim it's the equal of Jane Austen novels such as Mansfield Park or Northange ...more
Richard Stueber
Sep 03, 2015 Richard Stueber rated it really liked it
This is Carrie Bebris's 3rd sequel to 'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen. Elizabeth Bennet Darcy is expecting her first child. While she and her husband Fitzwilliam Darcy are visiting Bath a letter is received from Captain Frederick Tilney inviting them to Northanger Abbey. Tilney's mother had apparently been acquainted with Fitzwilliam's late mother Anne Fitzwilliam Darcy who had died on 20 Jan 1796 while giving birth to Darcy's sister Georgiana over 17 years before.
The Darcys find Northanger
Jul 12, 2012 Joy rated it liked it
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Jan 09, 2012 Denise rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I loved this book! My favorite so far in the series of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mysteries (this is the third).

Elizabeth finds a letter from Darcy's long-deceased mother written to her future daughter-in-law, which sets her off on a search for a missing heirloom. Shortly afterwards, while at Bath, the Darcys are invited to Northanger Abbey by Capt. Frederick Tilney, citing a past friendship between their mothers. After a bizarre series of circumstances, they are arrested and released into the custody
From the start I enjoyed this book. It really felt like a Jane Austen novel, which I applaud it for. It was much quicker to read than an Austen, though, so those struggling with the real thing might be able to manage this. It's just as witty as the original, with Elizabeth making all sorts of comments that had me snickering.

Despite it being labeled a "mystery," I was a little disappointed in that aspect. I haven't read a whole lot of mystery books, but I know enough from mystery shows and movies
Dana Crouch (Callaway)
Jul 12, 2011 Dana Crouch (Callaway) rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Though this book is just light entertainment, it was really good light entertainment, especially if you like mysteries or Jane Austen (or in my case, both). Bebris' series is one of the few Jane Austen continuations that I thought was done really well. Her writing style reads like 19th century English literature, to me at least. I am by no means a scholar of literature, so that may not be accurate, but just my perception. I also like her characterization of Elizabeth and Darcy.

In terms of the m
Nov 26, 2010 Kate rated it liked it
"After the excitement of their recent Season in London, the Darcys are eager to reach Pemberley. They look forward to spending a peaceful time enjoying Elizabeth's first pregnancy.

'However, such serene solitude is not meant to be.

"First, a mysterious letter from the long-deceased Lady Anne Fitzwilliam Darcy is discovered. Then, a summons to Northanger Abbey involves the young couple in intrigues that threaten not just the Darcy legacy and good name, but quite possibly Darcy's freedom as well. Ma
Oct 13, 2008 Ariana rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jane Austen fans and mystery lovers
Recommended to Ariana by: Grandma Larson
Shelves: fun, mystery
Mr. and Mrs. Darcy are vacationing at the public baths in London when they receive an unexpected invitation to visit a Mr. Tilney at Northanger Abbey. They are excited to meet him, as his note explains that his mother was friends with Darcy's mother before she passed away. Once they arrive, they receive less than hospitable treatment and leave Northanger Abbey after only one night. Darcy and Elizabeth are apprehended on their trip back to Pemberley after "stolen" diamonds are discovered among th ...more
Nov 18, 2012 Ann rated it really liked it
Elizabeth Darcy is pregnant with her first child. She rearranges the desk in the living room of Pemberley and finds a letter written by Mr. Darcy's mother who died twenty years ago. The letter, addressed to the wife of her son, asks her to seek a heirloom that was lost before her death. Soon after, She and Mr. Darcy have travelled to visit friends and are called to Northanger, an old abbey, to meet with someone from their mother's past. They arrive and are ushered to a dark room and when they me ...more
Jul 18, 2012 L'irascibILE rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il terzo episodio della saga delle indagini di Mr. e Mrs. Darcy si discosta un po' dal soprannaturale e segue una linea leggermente più razionale del solito.
Personalmente ho adorato anche questo episodio, che è, come gli altri, davvero ben scritto, scorrevole e familiare soprattutto grazie alla conoscenza che si ha ormai con i personaggi.
Stavolta l'autrice ha voluto ispirarsi a "L'abbazia di Northanger" ed infatti vi ritroviamo sia i signori Tilney sia i Thorpe, nei loro ruoli originari, rispett
Sep 07, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
I loved this book! Carrie Bebris has struck upon genius. I think every Jane Austen fan wishes to know what happened after the stories ended, and secretly harbor the desire for all her characters to interact... and for those rather inconvenient characters to meet an untimely demise. Bebris delivers it all. Her research is thorough and all the books have been lovely to read.

***Spoiler Alert!***
My only bone to pick with this one is at the end and Mrs. Anne Darcy's last letter floats in on the breez
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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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Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries (7 books)
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  • Suspense and Sensibility: Or, First Impressions Revisited (Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries, #2)
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  • 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)

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