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The Matters at Mansfield
Or, The Crawford Affair
Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries

by Carrie Bebris

      "There is not one in a hundred of either sex, who is not taken in when they marry... It is, of all transactions, the one in which people expect the most from others, and are least honest themselves."††—Mary Crawford, Mansfield Park

Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy are back. In this episode they come to the rescue of Darcyís cousin Anne de Bourgh, daughter of Lady Catherine. Elizabeth and Darcy discover Lady Catherine is arranging a marriage for Cousin Anne. And Cousin Anne is acting oddly. She actually accepts a request to dance and in the early waking hours before that, Elizabeth found her in the hallway looking happy and relaxed. Much different from the sickly, unhappy appearance Anne is known for. Within hours Cousin Anne will take her future in her own hands and disappear. The Darcys will travel to Gretna Green, Scotland. The results will have everyone trapped in the small village of Mansfield Park and caught up in a murder mystery. For a small village itís buzzing with activity, both dire and humorous. Readers can expect characters from Austenís Mansfield Park as well as new characters—itís a delightful, interesting combination.

The Matters at Mansfield by Carrie Bebris is another in a series I've come to enjoy greatly. Bebris successfully keeps readers tuned in to the Austen / Regency era. The author takes her time setting the scene, so to speak, so the murder occurs about halfway through the book. Then Bebris offers one surprise after another... The one-liner cliffhangers at the end of some chapters had me going through the rest of the book pretty quickly. A must read for both historical mystery and Austen fans, alike.

The Book

Forge Books
September 2, 2008
0765318474 / 978-0765318473
Cozy / Historical Mystery / Regency period
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The Reviewer

Brenda Weeaks
Reviewed 2008
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