North by Northanger begins with a pregnant Elizabeth attempting to make Pemberley her own.
After a desk is moved Darcy finds a letter to his wife by his late mother, who died giving
birth to his sister. Writing from her deathbed, his mother mentions a piece of jewelry she
believes is linked to safe births, but was put away for safekeeping only to be lost and
forgotten. She wants them to find it.
Then the two head out to Bath and receive an invitation from a Captain Tilney. His mother
was a friend of Darcy’s mother. When they arrive at Northanger Abbey, it all seems quite strange.
The property looks deserted, the help lacking, and the owner’s behavior odd. Their meeting with
the Captain is very brief and strange. Once they leave, they are accused of stealing diamonds.
Elizabeth isn’t able to get Darcy released, so she calls in the big guns—his aunt. Lady
Catherine de Bourgh. Eventually the two are released into the custody of Lady Catherine. Darcy
and Elizabeth have double duty while waiting for their first arrival—clear their names
and survive months of Lady Catherine’s company until the trial.
The Darcy mystery series is an entertaining one. Very much in the vein of the original
characters by Jane Austin. The dialogue is perfect. The lead characters are strong and carry
the storyline very well. Lady Catherine is certainly a well-written, unlikable character. North
by Northanger is book three in the series. Book two,
Sensibility, and book four,
The Matters at Mansfield,
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