Sunday, February 10, 2008

A P&P Mystery

Pride and Prescience (Or, A Truth Universally Acknowledged): A Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mystery by Carrie Bebris.

D & E are shocked to discover that Caroline Bingley as announced her engagement, on their wedding day no less. She is to marry a wealthy American named Mr. Parrish. The wedding is to take place within a fortnight and D&E must delay returning to Pemberley in order to attend the wedding. Shortly after the wedding, strange things occur surrounding Caroline Bingley. Turns out the entire Bingley family is under attack of a mysterious plot to harm them. D&E stay by their family and friends, quietly trying to solve the mysterious events.

Overall, P&Prescience was a fun plot twist to the P&P story. It has elements of the Gothic Novel in it and of course, referred to The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe several times. Characters are generally believable except for Caroline Bingley (even if the events that occur hadn't happened--I don't want to spoil anything here). I just felt that she was too nice, even when she was too much like her Caroline Blingley self. If anything was amiss it was her character. Not much romance, just a fun mystery to solve.

3 of 5 Bonnets. (For lack of tradition on the D&E story, but fun nevertheless.)

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