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

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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...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Tor Books (first published February 27th 2010)
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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
Melissa
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Heidi
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
❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
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...more
Joy
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...more
Jen3n
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....more
Cindy
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...more
Christina
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
Brittany
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...more
Megan
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).
Lorraine
Mar 18, 2011 Lorraine rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of Jane Austen continuations
Shelves: 2011, mystery, cozy
Lizzy and Darcy are traveling to visit Anne and Colonel Fitzwilliams' home, bringing gifts of a family ring and christening gown for their new baby. The carriage stops when the driver sees a distressed young girl alone at the side of the road, and she asks them for help. While stopped, the box holding the gifts is stolen and the young girl, "Miss Smith", disappears into the dusk. The nearest town is Highbury, where Emma and George Knightley are holding a party for the recently married Jane and F...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 07, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 3 of 5 stars 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
Melissa
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...more
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...more
Lori
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...more
Laurel
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
Angela
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...more
Kristi
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...more
Abby Miller
Jun 04, 2010 Abby Miller rated it 3 of 5 stars 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...more
Mirjam
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...more
Kristen
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...more
Nancy
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Maria Grazia
Mar 02, 2010 Maria Grazia rated it 4 of 5 stars 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...more
Susan
I don't know what it is about these books, but once I start reading, I can't put them down!

This one has a bit of a different start: We're treated to a couple of chapters of Emma and Mr. Knightly's married life before the intrigue starts. It works.

The intrigue, when it starts, is related to the robbery of Darcy & Elizabeth by highwaymen, on their way to visit relations.

As one would expect, Elizabeth Darcy and Emma Knightly get along very well. Their husbands, with their shared love of agric...more
Barbara
Jul 30, 2011 Barbara rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Lovers of Mysteries and Jane Austen
Bebris keeps the Austen characters true to their original descriptions in each of her books. I especially love her Darcy, as he is responsible, honorable, practical, and all good serious things you expect from him. But, he also retains just enough dry humor to be a great foil for Elizabeth. With Elizabeth and Emma together, it is just logical that they will be in the thick of solving this mystery. I also enjoy Knightley and Darcy becoming partners in their investigation. As powerful masters of l...more
Diane Heath
This was even better than the North by Northanger mystery. This time while traveling Elizabeth and Darcy are robbed by gypsies. They go to Highbury to see the magistrate Mr. Knightly. Austen fans will recognize him and his wife Emma. Sadly it turns out that a friend, Edgar Churchill has been poisoned. Frank and Jane Churchill are two of a plethora of suspects. Darcy joins Mr. K while Elizabeth accompanies Emma in investigations and matchmaking
Jen Evans
I absolutely loved this book! It wasn't like any other post Austen book that I have read. I find that books that are continuations of any of the Austens(Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, etc) always fall short because they try to continue the love story but it has already been told perfectly by Jane herself. Jane ended her books so beautifully even though they always kept you wanting more and I think that is why they are so good. This author takes a continuation in a whole new way....more
Susan
Terrific!! In this Mr. & Mrs. Darcy mystery, the Darcys wind up in Highbury and meet the Knightleys, and they work together to solve a robbery, a murder and some attempted murders that occur soon after the wedding of Frank Churchill and Jane Fairfax. Miss Bates, Mr. Woodhouse, and the Eltons also figure in the story. To really enjoy this book, I guess, you have to be very familiar with the characters of "Emma". This is the fifth Mr. & Mrs. Darcy mystery, (each based on the characters fro...more
Georgia Lengyel
I had a really hard time getting into this book. Luckily I kept going - past page 75 - when the Darcy's finally showed up and the book took off. I really enjoyed this installment and already have the 6th and last book of the series.
Mell
A good read. Introducing the P&P characters to the ones in Emma allows Carrie Bebris to poke some fun at Austen's beloved gentlemen. *Of course* Mr. Knightly and Mr. Darcy are going to be chums and talk about animal husbandry. It's a shame Mrs. Bennet could not easily appear in these Highbury happenings; she and Mr. Woodhouse could compare ailments and gruel recipes.

A bit slower than the previous books, but so was Austen's Emma. I'm glad Elizabeth seemed a bit more open minded about the "Gyp...more
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Jane Austen Sequels: The Intrigue at Highbury, by Carrie Bebris 1 4 Oct 26, 2012 09:52PM  
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  • First Impressions: A Tale of Less Pride & Prejudice
  • From Lambton to Longbourn: A Pride & Prejudice Variation
  • Willoughby's Return: A Tale of Almost Irresistible Temptation
  • A Wife for Mr. Darcy
  • And This Our Life: Chronicles of the Darcy Family: Book 1
  • The Darcy Cousins
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  • Colonel Brandon's Diary (Jane Austen Heroes, #5)
  • Jane and the Ghosts of Netley (Jane Austen Mysteries, #7)
  • Only Mr Darcy Will Do
  • The Darcys Give a Ball: A Gentle Joke, Jane Austen Style
  • Conviction: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice
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  • Mr. Darcy's Decision: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
  • Charity Envieth Not (George Knightley, Esquire #1)
  • More Letters from Pemberley: 1814-1819: A Further Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
  • Longbourn's Unexpected Matchmaker
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...more
More about Carrie Bebris...
Pride and Prescience: Or, A Truth Universally Acknowledged (Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries, #1) 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 Deception at Lyme: Or, The Peril of Persuasion (Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries, #6)

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