The full title of this book is Pride and Prescience (Or, A Truth Universally Acknowledged) – A Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery. Yep, it’s a Jane Austen knock off. And it’s fun!
I’d actually read the second book in this series first (long story), and had then promptly forgotten about it, until I went looking for Peter Beagle in the stacks at the library, and came across the entire series, all in a row.
Pride and Prescience picks up just after Elizabeth and Jane’s double wedding to Misters Darcy and Bingley. Soon after, they’re off to London, where Bingley’s sister Caroline is quickly engaged and married off to a rich American, Mr. Parrish. I won’t go into much more detail, because I don’t want to give the fun of the mystery away, but I will say it’s a cute little story with just a touch of the supernatural involved. The author’s managed to catch the playful manner of Darcy and Lizzie’s relationship, and it’s a thoroughly enjoyable read.
As I said before, I’ve read the second book, which brings in some of the characters from Sense and Sensibility. The third book appears to involve Northanger Abbey. Amazon.com tells me that a fourth book, with a Mansfield Park tie in, is due out in September. I’m definitely grabbing the Northanger Abbey book on my next trip to the library.