The Intrigue at Highbury is a mixture of historical fiction and mystery.† The plot
is credible and entertaining. The author offers plenty of twists and turns to the mystery and
livens it up with Emmaís matchmaking antics. I believe the readers will enjoy stepping into
Bebrisí world of Regency and Austen because the characters are memorable, the atmosphere superb,
and the dialect perfect.
In this mystery, Frank Churchill has a father, but as the only male Churchill heir he is
raised by his aunt and uncle. His aunt passed away fairly recently and now dear Uncle Edgar has
died of poisoning. Frank and his new wife inherit it all. Frank is actually the first to mention
this and swears heíd rather it not be this way. But some think he may be guilty, after all...
Darcy and Emma visit the parish magistrate, Mr. Knightly, at Donwell Abby about a robbery.
They arrive in time for a party and a murder. Knightly requests Darcy to be the "disinterested
party" in the case. He wants Darcy to gather and evaluate evidence and make his own judgment. Mr.
Knightly and Darcy have personal interests in common, along with an old friend, which helps them
both to make the right decision.
Emma is concerned about all involved, but as usual canít be distracted from her true
talent—matchmaking. She reminds us of this gift as she furtively plans a pairing between
Miss Bates and Mr. Simon. Emma also moves aptly past the cruelty based in social status from those
such as Mrs. Elton. Itís quite a read. If you havenít tried a Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery, please do.
Itís truly a pleasant reading experience.