Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Book review - Pride and Prescience by Carrie Bebris

A few people showed interest in this when I mentioned I'd bought it, so here are my thoughts!

Genre, Published:
Mystery, 2005
Synopsis:
Pride and Prescience embroils the joyous newlyweds from Pride & Prejudice in a mystery involving one of their wedding guests, the lovely Caroline Bingley, who is engaged to marry a rich and charismatic American. Unfortunately this windswept courtship is marred by many strange events such as nocturnal wanderings, spooked horses, carriage accidents, and even an apparent suicide attempt. Soon the whole Bingley family seems to be the target of a sinister plot, with only the Darcys recognizing the danger. The Austen genre of regency romances mixes with the gothic unearthly threats of Radcliffe and the Brontes where sinister forces are afoot and the Darcys must get to the bottom before the blushing bride descends into madness or worse.
What did I think?
I really enjoyed this (so much so that I've ordered the next one in the series). It's certainly not Jane Austen, but it does capture her every now and again (Carrie's Mrs Bennett is very good) and it links very well to Pride and Prejudice. Many of the same characters appear or are mentioned, and there are plenty of references to the original. The story itself is a good cosy mystery, not too surprising as to 'whodunnit' but enjoyable for what it is. The Regency setting is pretty good too - again not as good as Jane Austen, but perfectly passable. I enjoyed it for what it was - a fun read.
Would I recommend?
Yes. Don't expect Jane Austen, but do try it for a fun, easy to read mystery that has the added attraction of the Pride and Prejudice characters!
Would I read again?
Almost certainly
Score?
4 out of 5

5 comments:

  1. I will have to look for this. I've been in such a reading rut that maybe a good cozy mystery will jump start me again!

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  2. Sounds like a fun read! I'll have to see if we have it in stock at the library.

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  3. Thanks for the review Nicki... I'm off to add this to my reading list.

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  4. I had seen this one before, but was always hesitant as it had the potential to be too cheesy. Perhaps I will have to reconsider. I love period mysteries.

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  5. I had seen this at the library - will have to check it out! I'm reading THE FAMILY FORTUNE by Laurie Horowitz which is a modern take on Austen's PERSUASIAN. Happy reading and stitching!

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