Pride and Prescience (Or, A Truth Universally Acknowledged)
Author: Carrie Bebris
Series: Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery, Bk 1
Obtained: Personal copy via PaperBackSwap.com
I've had this book waiting for some time. But then along came the Historical Mystery Reading Challenge 2013 (for which this is set in the early 19th century), not to mention my need to do another Cozy Cull (I'll be giving this away in another post). The timing seemed perfect. I had wanted to reread Pride and Prejudice first... I haven't read it in YEARS. But I managed to get through the story without. The book makes references to things and people from Pride and Prejudice since the story begins on Elizabeth Bennett and Darcy's wedding day. But I don't feel having read Pride and Prejudice is necessary to the story, just preferable.
It was fascinating exploring how someone imagines Elizabeth and Darcy's marriage to start. The mystery was something of an added bonus. I do have to say, however, that I did guess the bad guy, though not the means. There were certain signs that felt ... oh, how to say this without giving the end away... off. I kind of felt like some of the characters didn't take note of the indications well enough. However, the times then were different enough that I don't know that people would have taken note. Or if they did how they would have acted on it. So I suppose that was realistic enough.
I was not expecting the paranormal slant, but that also seemed to work with the story and even, I suppose, with the trends of the time.
I will continue with the next book in this series, Suspense and Sensibility (Or, First Impressions Revisited), if I have time and opportunity. Since I haven't read Sense and Sensibility before, so it'd be nice if I managed that first. Even though the characters will still be from Pride and Prejudice, it only seems right.