Monday, October 27, 2008

The Matters at Mansfield (Or, the Crawford Affair) by Carrie Bebris

Fans of Jane Austen and cozy mysteries will enjoy the new book by Carrie Bebris: The Matters at Mansfield (Or, The Crawford Affair). This is the fourth in the series of Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries.

Lady Catherine de Bourgh is determined to find a good match for her delicate daughter Anne. Good breeding and a considerable fortune are much more important to her than love so Lady Catherine has arranged for Anne to marry Neville Sennex, the son of a viscount. Much to everyone’s surprise Anne finally stands up to her mother and elopes with Henry Crawford!

Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam (cousin to Darcy and Anne) race to stop the marriage, but find they are too late. While returning home to face the rage of Lady Catherine, Anne is injured and must recover at the village of Mansfield, where too many people know of Henry Crawford’s past affair with a married woman. Lady Catherine and Elizabeth Darcy eventually meet up with the group and all learn that not only did Henry previously have an affair; he is also married to another woman!

Henry mysteriously disappears apparently afraid to face the consequences of his actions. Eventually his body is found…the victim of a duel or is it suicide? There are too many unanswered questions surrounding Henry’s death, and Mr. and Mrs. Darcy are determined to find the answers to help save Darcy’s cousin Anne’s reputation.

Fans of Jane Austen will enjoy revisiting the memorable characters of Pride & Prejudice as well as Mansfield Park. This is a nice cozy mystery written in Jane Austen’s witty style, and gives an interesting interpretation of what life might have been like for Darcy and Elizabeth after they married. While this book can stand alone, readers may wish to start with the first book in the series: Pride and Prescience (Or, A Truth Universally Acknowledged).

1 comment:

Marisa-Information said...

I really enjoyed this book. I have read all four and I love imagining this is how Darcy and Elizabeth ended up!