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The Intrigue at Highbury: Or, Emma's Match (Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries #5)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  1,083 Ratings  ·  146 Reviews
On a dark road outside the village of Highbury, Mr. and Mrs. Darcy's carriage is hailed by a damsel in distress. Ever the gentleman, Fitzwilliam Darcy stops to aid the young woman, little suspecting that gypsies roam these woods, or that both the Darcys' possessions and the woman are about to vanish into the night.

The Darcys seek out the parish magistrate, who is having a
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Tor Books (first published 2010)
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Oh my goodness. I really enjoyed this one, and I think because I could see and hear all of the characters straight from the 2009 "Emma" (which I adore!). I liked that Emma and Mr. Knightley played much more substantial roles in this book than other Austen characters have in previous books. I was a bit thrown by the switching between the 2 couples' work, but I liked that it made more people working together and the Darcys not always happening to be in the convenient places all the time which help ...more
Mar 21, 2012 Jen3n rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Aw, man. I just can't help myself.

Yes: these books are fluffy. Yes: I only picked them up because I'm a bit of a 19th-century novel obsessive. Yes: these are sort of light-weight brain candy. Yes: the first book in this series is so awful that I actually threw it out when I was done reading it ... I am very glad I didn't read the first book until I read a couple of the others. I really am. YES: these books are embarrassingly underwritten and pandering to a particular type of reader.

I don't care.
Oct 24, 2010 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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❂ Jennifer
Feb 10, 2013 ❂ Jennifer rated it really liked it
I actually think of this as a 3.5 star read, but I'm giving it 4 stars here because I'm not sure it's the books, or the author's fault.

This book's plot centers around Highbury and the characters from Jane Austen's Emma, one of the few remaining Austen books I haven't yet read. I think this hindered me with this story, as I had a terrible time keeping the characters and which estates they belonged to, straight in my mind while reading. More than once I had to go back to previous chapters to remin
Jul 12, 2012 Joy rated it really liked it
The Intrigue at Highbury is easily my favorite book of this series. It is also (not coincidentally) the one most well integrated with the Jane Austen novel referenced in the title. Not only do we meet all the beloved citizens of Highbury, we continue the story of Emma where it left off, with a new mystery connected to minor events of that novel. We even get large sections told from Emma and Knightley's point of view, rather than seeing everything through Elizabeth and Darcy's eyes.

The story begi
Oct 13, 2011 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jane-austen, mystery
Wow! Carrie Bebris really outdoes herself in this "intriguing" Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mystery! I have always loved the story of "Emma", and having the Darcy's help the Knightley's solve the murder of Frank Churchill's uncle, Edgar, made it even better! I have loved all of Bebris' "Darcy Mysteries" books, but this is my favorite! I am so glad that it finally came out in paperback!

The robbery of the Darcy carriage at the beginning of the book set the tone for eeriness, drama, and intrigue! The involve
Sep 21, 2012 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austen, reviewed
I loved this book! I think it's my favourite in the series so far. I enjoyed every chapter, and I never felt that the story dragged at any point. I was very interested to see it come to it's conclusion!
Apr 15, 2010 Megan rated it it was ok
This book was my least favorite of the series. Way too long and drawn out. Emma was not very intelligent in picking up on clues, etc., felt she was presented as a bit of a dolt in comparison to her husband and Mr. and Mrs. Darcy (except for the word puzzles).
Gearing up for the new release by Carrie Bebris, I decided to revisit one of my favorite books in the Darcy & Elizabeth mystery series.

First reading 6/14/2012
Second reading 6/18/2015
It's been a few years since I read a book in this series and I was glad that someone from the Austenesque Lovers group picked it out for me to read.

The Intrigue at Highbury is book five in the Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries series. I think it would work alright standalone, but I encourage readers to get the series from the beginning. It's been fun encountering Jane Austen's fictional characters with each mystery acting as a sequel of sorts for each of Austen's novels and the Darcy's of Pride &am
Dharia Scarab
Fun series, but it helps to refresh your memory on the cast of the corresponding Jane Austin book first.

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out
Oct 21, 2016 Arianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Davvero un bel libro! Emma e Mr. Knightley sono fatti benissimo, inoltre il mistero era davvero avvincente e le sciarade da svelare rendevano il tutto ancora più intrigante... anche gli altri personaggi di Emma sono stati resi benissimo: da Mr. Woodhouse a Miss Bates, da Harriet a Jane Fairfax e tutti gli altri... ad ogni capitolo c'erano nuovi misteri e ognuno sembrava molto sospetto, ho cambiato una marea di volte idea su chi avesse fatto cosa, l'autrice questa volta è riuscita a creare un int ...more
Mar 13, 2010 Laurel rated it it was amazing
It is a truth universally acknowledged that in Carrie Bebris’ clever Jane Austen inspired mysteries, whenever Mr. and Mrs. Darcy embark on a carriage journey across England they are sure to end up investigating murder in a country village inhabited by some one or other of Jane Austen’s characters from one of her novels. This truth has become so well fixed in minds of her fans that we consider this devise our rightful property and any deviations would be insupportable. Happily, her fifth book in ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
After a month of perfect marital bliss, Emma Knightley is itching once again to try her hand match-making. Her latest victim, Miss Bates, is also being targeted by the pretentious and imperious Mrs. Elton, who has some match-making designs of her own. Emma, more mature and circumspect than she previously was, strives to save Miss Bates from the less than desirable and perhaps doltish prospects Mrs. Elton has in mind by introducing Miss Bates to some eligible bachelors during a dinner party she i ...more
Maria Grazia
Mar 02, 2010 Maria Grazia rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Janeites
The Intrigue at Highbury by Carrie Bebris
As you start reading, it seems you are back where you had to stop. They are all there, just like you left them at the end of Jane Austen’s novel: Emma, now Mrs Knightley, and her fascinating loving husband, Mr Woodhouse, The Westons and The Eltons, Miss Bates and her mother, Harriet Smith now Mrs Martin, Jane Fairfax now Mrs Churchill with Frank , her husband. Pleasantly indeed” for the readers, though not in the best circumstances, their lives cross with
Author Carrie Bebris continues her literary love letter to Jane Austen with book five of her Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mystery Series and, let's be honest, I consider this book to be equally a love letter to me because I love, love, love this series so much. If you haven't picked up any of the books I cannot encourage you enough to do so. They can be read out of sequence although the first book does pick up immediately after the wedding of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.

The best thing about Ms. Bebris
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 07, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the Series
I liked this, but not as much as the earlier Darcy mysteries. The conceit of this series is that Jane Austen's Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pride and Prejudice become involved in a series of mysteries--ones that involved characters and places involving Austen's other novels. In this case, it's Emma. A blurb just inside the cover calls this one "the most faithful sequel to Austen" and I'd agree actually. In the other books, we tend to deal only tangentally with the characters of the other b ...more
Inizialmente avevo promosso questo libro a pieni voti, ma poi discutendone e ripensandoci ho dovuto ritoccare un po' il mio voto, ma partiamo dall'inizio.

Ancora una volta troviamo i coniugi Darcy alle prese con un mistero da risolvere...
Non solo sono stati derubati mentre passavano da Higbury, ma quella stessa sera sono stati, loro malgrado, coinvolti per risolvere il caso di una morte sospetta..

Nulla da eccepire dai coniugi Darcy, che hanno mantenuto il carattere e la sagacia dei precedenti rom
Mar 20, 2012 Mirjam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When chapter one started with the Knightleys I was not sure what to think, but once the Darcys managed to catch up it quickly became clear that this quartet is an excellent team! With four such intelligent and determined detectives the case was bound to be solved. The well thought out mystery was intriguing with a merciless killer, family secrets and superstition.

The Intrigue At Highbury is the first book in which main characters from another Austen book have an almost equally prominent role, b
Feb 27, 2014 Christina rated it really liked it
Shelves: austenesque
Another intrigue from Jane Austen-esque mystery writer Carrie Bebris. This one, set in the Surrey village of Highbury, Mr and Mrs Darcy are set upon by robbers and find themselves yet again immersed in a murder mystery with all of Jane Austen's canon characters from our beloved Emma. The Darcy's and The Knightley's join forces to solve the case. I enjoyed the comradery between Mr Darcy and Mr Knightley... However, I thought maybe Emma overshadowed Elizabeth Darcy --because Elizabeth really wasnt ...more
Apr 13, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
4.5 stars, maybe. I hesitate to give most books 5 stars, though I give out 4 stars so often I wonder about the "great" 4s standing out from the "really good" ones. Anyway ...

I decided to try the fifth book in the Mr. & Mrs. Darcy series before reading the others because this is the one that brings the Darcys (aka Mr. Darcy and the former Elizabeth Bennett) to Highbury, home of my first favorite Jane Austen story, "Emma." Starting with book #5 was fine, and only resulted in me not thoroughly
Oct 08, 2012 Kristen rated it really liked it
I very much enjoy this series of Pride & Prejudice continuations by Carrie Bebris, and this installment was just as enjoyable as previous books.

As Darcy and Elizabeth are attempting to get to an Inn on their way home from travels, they are stopped by what appears to be a young woman alone and in distress on the road in their path. It turns out that the woman was merely a decoy to allow for robbing the Darcys' coach.

When they go to the local magistrate to report the robbery, they end up stayi
Richard Stueber
Dec 29, 2015 Richard Stueber rated it really liked it
Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Bennet Darcy from Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice' are back at it again, solving another murder. In this novel they run into characters from Austen's "Emma", including the former Emma Woodhouse who is now married to her neighbor George Knightley.
The Darcy's run into trouble on the road to visit Darcy's cousins Colonel and Anne de Bourgh Fitzwilliam. The are held up by highwaymen and a chest containing precious items is stolen. During this incident they meet the myste
Jun 13, 2010 Nancy rated it it was amazing
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Dec 18, 2014 D.w. rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
Bebris once more provides us a fun look at the world of Austen taking her most beloved duo into the world of Mystery and Intrigue. It is forced though to provide reasons for the Darcy's to meet the main characters of other novels, in this case Emma.

Adding to the small intrigue we had with Frank Churchill's secret engagement to Jane Fairfax, we expand on the duplicity that was evident in the canon to create a mystery of murder and suspicions. This is well done should you be able to leave any love
Mar 23, 2013 Angela rated it it was ok
Shelves: meh, chick-lit, whodunit
As much a fan of the characters I am, I can't say I like this series. The author has a knack for getting the speech patterns and vernacular down of the Darcys, and seems to use the correct terms from the 19th century, but I can't help feeling I would like the series if it wasn't a Jane Austen greatest hits thing. "Oh, here's people from Mansfield Park, and here's a book with Emma and Mr. Knightley! Isn't this a coup!".

The series should stand on its own, and without all the guest stars, I don't
May 04, 2010 Kristi rated it really liked it
This was my first Mr & Mrs. Darcy mystery. Mr. & Mrs. Darcy are based off of characters from Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice. They are now married, and in this fifth novel, have a daughter. The book begins with the Darcy's carriage being robbed just outside of Highbury. This event leads them to meet Mr. & Mrs. Knightly.

This is where the book took an interesting turn for me. Mr. & Mrs. Knightly are characters from Emma, another Jane Austen novel (Mrs. Knightly being Emma h
Georgiana 1792
Matchmaking Miss Bates

Molto carino questo nuovo caso dei coniugi Darcy, che stavolta giocano un doppio misto con i Knightley, ed in particolar modo con Emma ed i suoi enigmi.
Per fortuna i personaggi di Jane Austen non vengono snaturati: quando leggo questi romanzi preferisco che i colpevoli e le vittime siano fra i personaggi inventati dalla Bebris, non fra quelli austeniani, anche quando si tratta di Caroline Bingley, Henry Crawford o Fanny Dashwood...
Insomma, che non venga alterato il futuro
Feb 26, 2014 Brittany rated it really liked it
Actually 3.5 stars

So I started in the middle of this series. I started with Mansfield, which is actually book 4, and this is the second book I read of Bebris' mystery series, which is actually book 5.
I must say I liked this one much more than I liked the Mansfield book.

There were things I didn't like: I felt in trying to keep true to Jane Austen's characters, Brebris made Emma sound a bit more whiney than she probably would have been in these circumstances. It made her seem a bit unintelligent
Abby Miller
Jun 04, 2010 Abby Miller rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Ehhhh.....
Another Jane Austen fanfic. This one featuring what are possibly the most endearing of her couples--The Darcys. In this series, of which two are written besides this one, the happily married couple are robbed in Heighbury (Enter the Mrl and Mrs. Knightlys) while on their way to visit Col Fitzwilliam and his expecting wife Anne....

Although not a bad read, I found the more I got into it, the less believable I felt it was in regard to Austen's characters. That is not to say that on its own this cou
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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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