The Deception at Lyme (Or, The Peril of Persuasion) Blog Tour with author Carrie Bebris & Giveaway

The Deception at Lyme (Or, The Peril of Persuasion), by Carrie Bebris (2011)Please join us today in welcoming author Carrie Bebris on her blog tour in celebration of the release of The Deception at Lyme (Or, The Peril of Persuasion), the sixth book in her Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery series released today by Tor Books.

Laurel Ann, thank you so much for inviting me here to talk about my new Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery, The Deception at Lyme (Or, The Peril of Persuasion) on its release day. It is always such a pleasure to visit Austenprose and enjoy, as Anne Elliot would say, the good company of “clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation.”

Ever since my series debuted in 2004 with Pride and Prescience, readers have been asking for a Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery based on Persuasion, and I indeed planned to write one. Persuasion competes with Pride & Prejudice as my favorite Austen work (the winner is generally determined by whichever one I happen to be reading at the time), and the opportunity to bring together Mr. Darcy and Captain Wentworth in the same novel—well, let’s just say that the idea of spending every day with the two of them for the year or so it takes me to write a book was very appealing indeed!

However, whenever I begin writing a new novel, I look at where Darcy, Elizabeth, and other characters were left (both physically and in terms of personal growth) at the end of the previous books of the series. I contemplate which of Austen’s characters they might naturally encounter next, without the meeting feeling forced or coincidental. And I reread Austen’s novels with an eye toward loose threads that, with a little tugging, can be woven into a web of intrigue that entangles the Darcys whether they want to be involved or not.

Before now, both my own intuition and the Darcys themselves told me the timing wasn’t right for a Persuasion-based Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery. The Darcys weren’t ready to meet the Wentworths yet, and I wasn’t ready to introduce them. Austen’s “light, and bright, and sparkling” P&P was written early in her career; Persuasion was written at the very end, and has a different tone. It is the work of a more mature writer, the story of a more mature hero and heroine. Before entering that world, the Darcys needed to have other adventures first, needed to gain more life experience. And I needed to develop a story worthy of bringing Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Darcy, Anne Elliot, and Captain Wentworth—Austen’s most popular and compelling pairs of heroes and heroines—together. A mystery that only these four individuals, working collectively, could solve.

Now, as the Darcys enter their sixth adventure, the time is finally right. And that story is The Deception at Lyme.

It is a mystery that will take readers from the cliffs of Lyme to a battle at sea, as the Darcys and Wentworths investigate not one suspicious death, but two. Austen left me a number of loose threads and possibilities to work with. I was particularly inspired by the Cobb itself: After Louisa Musgrove’s fall, what mystery writer could resist sending another victim tumbling off the seawall—perhaps not so accidentally—for the Darcys to discover? The clandestine meeting that Mary Musgrove observes in Bath between Mrs. Clay and Mr. Elliot provided still more strands to weave into the story. What were those two scoundrels really discussing?

I also incorporated a loose thread I myself had left in a previous Darcy Mystery. In North by Northanger, I had created and killed a character in a single sentence (I must have been having a good writing day!) by stating that Darcy’s cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam had a younger brother, a naval officer who had died at sea. What if Darcy found cause to question whether his youngest cousin had truly died in action—and needed Wentworth’s help to uncover the truth? That casual mention provided a reason for Mr. Darcy and Captain Wentworth to ally.

In the course of their investigations, the Darcys meet all of your favorite characters from Persuasion—the Elliots, the Crofts, the Harvilles, the Musgroves, even poor Mrs. Smith. Mr. Darcy’s sister, Georgiana, also has a significant role in this novel. For years, readers have been asking me when Georgiana would enjoy a romance of her own, but a worthy enough gentleman never presented himself before. Now she finds herself with two suitors—an enigmatic naval officer and a handsome young baronet—while also finding that the course of true love never does run smooth. At least, not for an Austen heroine!

Persuasion tells the story of a love worth waiting for. I hope readers will find The Deception at Lyme the Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery they have been waiting for. For me, it is a story that was worth waiting to tell.

Author Carrie Bebris (2011)Author Bio:

Carrie Bebris is the author of the award-winning Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries, in which the married Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth become embroiled in intrigues involving other Jane Austen characters. Reviewers praise her novels for capturing not only the spirit of Austen’s works, but also the historical details of the era. The Royal Navy figures prominently in the Darcys latest adventure, The Deception at Lyme (Or, The Peril of Persuasion), a book whose extensive research took her from the top of the Cobb to the hold of the 18th-century warship HMS Victory.

Carrie also writes for Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine and other publications, and has edited nonfiction books about Austen and Shakespeare. She holds an M.A. in English literature and is a life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. When not writing, she likes to travel, watch costume dramas that send her husband fleeing the house, and indulge in her love of all things British. Visit Carrie at her website, Carrie Bebris.

A Grand Giveaway

Enter a chance to win one of three copies of The Deception at Lyme (Or, The Peril of Persuasion), or, one lucky winner will receive one complete set of the Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries. Yes, that is all six novels – Pride and Prescience (2004), Suspense and Sensibility (2005), North by Northanger (2006), The Matters at Mansfield (2008), The Intrigue at Highbury (2010), and The Deception at Lyme (2011), by leaving a comment stating what intrigues you about reading Carrie’s new Persuasion-inspired murder mystery, or which characters from Austen’s original novel you think might meet their demise in this new Mr. & Mrs. Darcy adventure by midnight PT, Wednesday, October 5th, 2011. The winners will be announced on Thursday, October 6th, 2010. Shipment to US and Canadian addresses only. Good luck!

The Deception at Lyme (Or, The Peril of Persuasion), by Carrie Bebris
Tor Books (2011)
Hardcover (304) pages
ISBN: 978-0765327970

© 2007 – 2011 Carrie Bebris, Austenprose

78 thoughts on “The Deception at Lyme (Or, The Peril of Persuasion) Blog Tour with author Carrie Bebris & Giveaway

  1. I would be pleased to see Elizabeth Elliot offed. She was so mean and demeaning to poor Anne.

    BTW, is there any chance of a future Mr. & Mrs. Darcy adventure that will involve Lady Susan?

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    • Hi, June ~ I am currently writing the seventh Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery. Lady Susan doesn’t appear in it, but she is certainly a marvelous, intriguing villainess, one well worth considering for a future novel.

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  2. I must confess that I have not read a single one of your Mr and Mrs Darcy Mystery Series but I’ll bet I’d enjoy any one of them. My wife is the one in the household who devours mysteries. Being a lover of all things Austen, this sounds like great entertainment. Wishing you much success on your latest offering.

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    • Thank you, Jeffrey. If you also happen to be a lover of Patrick O’Brian (Master and Commander) or C.S. Forester (Horatio Hornblower), I think you would definitely enjoy The Deception at Lyme, because it captures some of the spirit of the Age of Sail. (So does “The Chase,” the short story I wrote for Laurel Ann’s anthology Jane Austen Made Me Do It.) The more research I did on the Royal Navy, the more ideas it inspired.

      Also, many of my male readers have told me they particularly enjoyed the fourth Mr. & Mrs. Darcy mystery, The Matters at Mansfield (Or, The Crawford Affair). Dueling plays a major role in the plot of that novel. (I figured for Henry Crawford, it wasn’t a matter of whether he would ever be involved in a duel, but how he had managed to avoid one until now!)

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  3. I’ve been slowly making my way through the series – what I love about it is that I can get my Darcy fix, but I love that you are writing about the other book’s characters as well. Sure, I love Darcy and Lizzie, but definitely think we need more related to the other books. And in this series, Lizzie is the person through who we are seeing the others again. Love that! :)

    Lois

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  4. Oh man, I *love* this series! So fun and inventive. Can’t wait to read this new one. But, as for who dies? Um, I’d like to think a double murder: Mrs Clay and Mr Elliot! :)

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  5. I’ve long been a fan of historical fiction, esp. Regency era novels. And, recently I started reading historical mysteries. Since Captain Wentworth is a favorite hero, this book sounds like it will be perfect. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  6. I haven’t read any of these books yet either. But they sound great! Persuasion and Pride & Prejudice are also my favorite Austen novels, so this is the perfect book for me.

    Perhaps Lady Russell will meet her demise??

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  7. Within this past year I have been ‘reintroduced’ to the world of Jane Austen and the wonderful ‘what if’ books. I cannot get enough, and I am finding this is very common! (I worried about myself at first!) I am continually searching for more books that are worthy reads. This book and the others in the series sound very much like such books! I can hardly wait to start reading your books and living in the time with them. Congratulations on your success and please accept my well wishes for continued success.

    By the way, this site has been the source of much of my research for books and authors. Thanks for all the good information afforded us here.

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  8. I have read this series from the beginning and have been delighted. I love Austen and I love british murder mysteries so I am in a win win situation. I agree with one of the comments above that Mr Elliot or Mrs Clay could serve as interesting victims especially since we know them fro m Persuasion as capable of dealing with less honorable sorts to get ahead in the world .One of the characters I dearly hope was not “killed off” though is Anne’s father. He is such a comedic figure I would miss him.

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  9. I have been so fortunate as to read all the prior Darcy mysteries and I found them uniformly charming! But I confess myself to be considering Deception at Lyme with greater anticipation than usual, as I am most devoted to dear Georgiana. To see her with a more worthy swain than Wickham will gratify the imagination.

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  10. I have read most of Carrie’s Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries, and have enjoyed them all. Persuasion is my favorite of Austen’s books, and I’m looking forward to seeing it in a new light.

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  11. I can hardly wait to read this latest installment! I love your treatment of the Austen characters. Fingers crossed for Mrs. Clay to get what’s coming to her.

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  12. I am really looking forward to reading this new novel! I have read all of the books in the series and eagerly awaited this one. As to who could be the next victim, I have to agree with above opinions or either Mr. Elliot or Mrs. Clay.

    Congratulations on your latest achievment, Ms. Bebris!!!

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  13. I’ve read each book in this series so far & I can’t wait to get this new one! Of course Elizabeth & Darcy are my favorite characters in literature…..who could resist reading more about them. Anne & Captain Wentworth have never appealed to me as much, but I’m more than willing to be converted!! Perhaps now that Anne has found happiness she will have also found some backbone. As to who dies…Anne’s oily cousin would be a good candidate.

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  14. This my favorite of the Jane Austen novels. I have been waiting for this book since I read your first. The two people that I am willing to guess (or rather hoping to read about) die in this novel are Sir Walter Elliot and Elizabeth Elliot for they’re cruelty and arrogance, and especially their ill-treatment of Anne, who endures it all so graciously.

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  15. Carrie’s series is my absolute favorite Darcy series of books. I’ve read each of them and love them all, for different reasons. I think she’s stayed true to the characters Jane Austen created while introducing new aspects to lucky readers, as well as throwing in some fun mysteries.

    I cannot wait to read what Darcy and Lizzy will be up to in the newest book, and Darcy and Captain Wentworth together – – yay! I have absolutely no idea who the unlucky person will be meeting their demise but I know it will make a great mystery.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    ~Lori
    Psychotic State Book Reviews

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  16. I have enjoyed this series and love the way the Austen characters continue, especially Caroline Bingley, Anne de Bourgh and, of course, the Darcys. I am looking forward to seeing how Anne and Frederick continue.

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  17. I’ve enjoyed the other books in this series and look forwarding to reading this one. Anne and the Captain are two wonderful characters, and despicable Mr. Elliot (actually both Mr. Elliots – young and old) are much more developed than purely bad Mr. Wickham. In the other novels, Ms. Bebris keeps the language and styles in good Regency form, and her characterizations stay true to the originals. Her work is some of the best “Austenesque” around.

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  18. I am anxiously awaiting library processing to complete for this newest so I can get it from the requested to the reading!! I have loved every one in the series thus far, Carrie. You write accurately and with those humourous asides I enjoy! I am very excited for your new ‘darling child’ to have safely arrived =)
    What intrigues you about reading Carrie’s new Persuasion-inspired murder mystery? Actually, reading Carrie’s description I wonder what wouldn’t intrigue me? Every new plot inclusion piqued my interest further! What ARE the scoundrels, Mrs Clay and Mr. Elliot discussing? What of Georgiana’s not one but two suitors? Cptn W AND Darcy adventuring on the highseas?… I cannot wait to read more! =)) and the opportunity to actually OWN this series? a dream….
    Heartfelt thanks for the opp and for offering us another solid JA read, Carrie!!
    Well Done! You’re a Star*!

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  19. I like the prospect of someone falling off the Cobb and dying. Very interesting! And bringing Darcy and Wentworth together in one book, what could be better?!!
    Thanks so much for the giveaway! :)

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  20. You mean I would get to have Mr. Darcy and Capt Wentworth in the same book? That would be really interesting. I am curious to see how the two will get along. I find some similarities in their characters but a lot of differences as well. I think they will get along but have some differences of opinion as well which should make for a very interesting read. I have to say that Capt Wentworth is my favorite hero and Persuasion is by far my favorite Austen book.

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    • Danielle, there certainly are a lot of differences between Darcy and Wentworth, and that proved one of the challenges of writing this novel. Darcy is a wealthy landowner who inherited an estate passed down through generations on his father’s side; his maternal grandfather was an earl. Wentworth is a self-made man who, with “nothing but himself to recommend him,” earned his fortune and professional rank through determination and success in combat. On the surface, they have little in common. They would not move in the same circles (indeed, would be unlikely even to share a mutual acquaintance), and if they were to meet at some social event, would probably struggle to find something to talk about. But what they *do* have in common are the inner qualities that really matter, traits essential to all Austen heroes. They are both men of honor and integrity, conscious of the responsibility they bear for the people in their care, whether family, friends, servants, tenants, or ship’s crewmembers. I think that’s why we as readers can admire and fall in love with both Darcy and Wentworth, despite their being two very different individuals. And it’s how, in my novel, they managed to form a friendship along with an alliance ~ by recognizing those qualities in each other.

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  21. I haven’t read any of these books in this series yet, but they have been on my wishlist for so long! Mysteries and Mr & Mrs Darcy together sounds like heaven!

    It would be interesting if Lady Dalrymple met her demise in this book! I’m so eager to read The Deception at Lyme now to find out!!!

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  22. With Persuasion being my favorite Austen book(plus,I did get to walk the Cobb many years ago!),I’m happy to hear that this latest Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery is set in Lyme.

    As for a likely victim,I fear for Sir Walter-after all,there was much concern about
    his possibly remarrying and bearing a son that would affect the plans of a certain
    unscrupulous heir. Although,I doubt that Sir Walter would ever go near enough to the Cobb to fall off it,due to his dislike of sea air upon the complexion! Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

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    • Lady T, if you want to re-experience your walk on the Cobb, I have created a visual tour of Lyme and the Cobb with photographs from my research trip. It’s on the Deception at Lyme page of my website (www.carriebebris.com)

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  23. Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion are also my favorite Austen books, despite their differences. After all, Anne loves Wentworth but is persuaded away from him, at least for a time, while Elizabeth can hardly be persuaded to like Darcy. Of course, it all works out in the end.

    I love this series, and I’ve been eagerly awaiting the Darcy’s meeting with the Wentworths. I’m ready for the next whodunit, and I must admit I’m just as excited to meet Georgiana’s suitors. I smell intrigue!

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  24. I work in a library and I have the chance to direct patrons to the Darcey mysteries whenever I can. Must say, I have yet to see a disappointed reader!
    I’ve been checking our computer for Deception at Lyme and a few weeks ago, it came up. I got 1st in line and can hardly wait! Nice work Ms. Bebris. True to Austen and her characters. Love seeing them go on.

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  25. I’ve read and own them all. Until this book, North by Northanger was my favorite. This one is a pitch perfect, page turner! Carrie Bebris is at the top of her game! (Do not enter me, as I all ready have the ARC and am awaiting my pre-ordered hardbook copy from the UPS man!)

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    • Thank you, Christina, for your praise of Deception. North by Northanger holds a special place in my heart, too. Elizabeth really comes into her own as mistress of Pemberley in that novel ~ part of the character growth I was talking about in my original post above.

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  26. I was so glad to see that Carrie Bebris was being hosted today. I love her books though I have only finished the first four. Thank you for explaining how you arrived at the order of the characters Elizabeth and Darcy meet. I always wondered about that.
    As to who is killed off, I have two different answers. For an innocent victim who knows too much, I choose Mrs. Smith. For who I would like to see killed off, that would be Mrs. Clay and Mr. Elliot.
    Thanks for the opportunity for a give away.

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  27. I am so excited that this story is set in Lyme and that Mr Darcy and Captain Wentworth are in this book together! This sounds like such a fun mystery and I can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!!=)

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  28. I fell into your books as if by accident, and I find them delightful and brain teasing. I love the “what if” premise, and have so enjoyed the development of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. I don’t know who might die, but I am sure I’ll look forward to more.

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  29. What intrigues me most is how this will end….because I don’t want it to! I have enjoyed each story I have read! I’m glad Georgiana’s story is told. Can’t wait to read it.

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  30. What intrigues me is this: “Reviewers praise her novels for capturing not only the spirit of Austen’s works, but also the historical details of the era” — plus an M.A. in literature. That sounds like an author worth reading!

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    • Thank you, Laura. I do take care to remain true to Austen and respect her creations, and to research historical and setting details as thoroughly as I can. Some of the details are so small that I am probably the only person who would ever know the difference (such as the times of the tides in Lyme during the weeks of 1815 in which Deception takes place), but accuracy is very imporant to me. Even if some of my research doesn’t directly find its way into a book, it all gives me a better understanding of the era and people who lived in it. And very often, the research leads to new ideas for the plot, clues, or characters.

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  31. I absolutely love this series and I am thrilled that you have a new book coming out. It’s such a great Darcy “fix”! and I love the mystery and revisiting with the characters!

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  32. I’m so excited to read this; I loved all of the previous Mr & Mrs Darcy mysteries! The way the characters from the different novels are brought together is just ingenious. I hope the Darcys bring little Lily-Anne along with them, too :) I love the idea of the Darcys and the Wentworths together in one story and seeing how they get along. And I love Georgiana, too, so that’s a plus. Thanks for the giveaway, I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

    mpgottaloveme @ aol.com

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  33. I have adored every one of Carrie Bebris’ books that I have been able to read so far. They are a perfect continuation of Pride & Prejudice with my favorite couple, the thrill of a mystery, and other Jane Austen characters. I’ve only had the chance to read the first three so far, but I’m going to try to find the others somewhere.

    I am ecstatic about the publishing of this sixth book of the series! I’m intrigued by Georgiana’s suitors, the whole mystery really, and the Persuasion characters. Although I have, unfortunately, completely read only Pride & Prejudice out of all of Austen’s novels, Bebris’ series introduce me to new Austen characters and inspire me to read the other novels. (I am currently reading, very slowly but surely, Sense & Sensibility.) Having said I’m not really familiar with the characters of Persuasion, I am at a loss as to guessing who should die.

    Thank you to Mrs. Carrie Bebris, for six novels of lovely writing! Reading them makes my day and re-inspires my love for Pride & Prejudice and nurtures my love for Austen. Thank you for the giveaway as well :)!
    God bless<3

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  34. This series sounds fantastic and I would love to start my enjoyment with this new novel. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  35. Sign me up! I love these books and think I’m two behind. I can’t wait to read them. Will Carrie be at the Ft Worth for the AGM?

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    • Karen, I will indeed be in Ft Worth for the JASNA conference. In fact, I’ll be delivering a presentation on dueling in Jane Austen’s time that grew out of research I originally did for The Matters at Mansfield.

      While in town, I’ll also have a Texas book launch for The Deception at Lyme on October 14, 6:30-8 pm, at Barnes & Noble Sundance Square. It’s a triple launch with Laurel Ann’s anthology Jane Austen Made Me Do It, and Janet Mullany’s novel Blood Persuasion. A number of the anthology authors will also be there. More info is on my website and the JAMMDI website.

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  36. I would kill off Mr. Elliot, the younger. Such a player! I have enjoyed the first several books but need to catch up again before this one comes out!

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  37. I’m really looking forward to reading this– Persuasion is my favorite of Austen’s novels and P&P is my second fav so throwing the two together with a mystery sounds delicious!

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  38. Just found you and your series and I find myself wishing my local library was open right now!! You can bet I will be there tomorrow to dive in. I’m very happy to have stumbled on this!!

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  39. Hello, everyone!

    As you can probably imagine, this has been a busy (in the best of ways) day for me. How delightful to return here and find so many comments! I will try to answer as many as I can. It’s particularly interesting for me to read your speculation about who survives and who meets his or her demise in The Deception at Lyme. I won’t spoil your reading pleasure by revealing too much, but I will say that all of the Persuasion characters you’ve mentioned (Sir Walter Elliot, his daughter Elizabeth Elliot, Mr. William Elliot, Mrs. Clay, Lady Russell, Lady Dalrymple) appear in my book, most of them playing significant roles. And by the end of the novel, some poetic justice has definitely been handed out :)

    I am also glad to know that so many of you have read previous Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries and enjoy the series. I look forward to hearing what you think of the Darcys’ latest adventure once you’ve had a chance to read it.

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  40. I’ve read every one of your novels, Carrie, and I’ve really enjoyed each one! I’m so excited to read this new one based on Persuasion. Persuasion is my second favorite Jane Austen novel, too, next to Pride and Predjudice. And I can’t wait to see Darcy, Elizabeth, Anne and Capt. Wentworth join together to solve another mystery and see the rest of the characters continue to develop. I’m trying not to guess too much what’s going to happen because I can’t wait to see it unfold as I read. I would love to see Elizabeth and Sir Walter finally realizing Ann’s merit and lady Russell realize Capt. Wentworth’s. Thank you for bringing me many, many hours back in the Jane Austen world.

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  41. I’m currently reading The Deception at Lyme and am just about to start Chapter 3. I’m doing my best to read as slowly as possible but it’s so hard! I love these books. I think Mrs. Clay will meet her demise, but I wouldn’t mind if William Elliot also got his comeuppance! Thanks Carrie for taking the time to read and respond to these comments. I’m very happy to see you already working on the next book in the series. This is one of my favorite series to read overall, and I hope Mr. and Mrs. Darcy have many more adventures to come!

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  42. Hi Carrie,

    I got the e-mail today that my copy was on it’s way and I squealed for excitement! I can’t wait to read the story of Georgiana’s romance! As well as the coupling of my two favorite Austen couples (I too love Elizabeth and Darcy and Anne and Wentworth as my two favorite Austen heroes and heroines). The ones that intrigue me for plot points would be Mr. Elliot and Mrs. Clay of course (if anyone deserves to be offed it’s the scheming Mr. Elliot). I’m also curious as to what happens with Sir Walter – as annoying as he is, I don’t want to see anything happen to him as it would distress Anne; same with Elizabeth, although I would love to see her get some form of comeuppance (like having her new suitor be the villain?). Can’t wait for the book to get here, and plan on spending the interim refreshing myself with the previous 5 books :)

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  43. I can’t wait to read The Deception at Lyme. I love these books in particular because they actually are about Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy instead of characters who have those names, but bear no resemblance at all to the characters Austen created. I’m looking forward to their meeting with Anne and Captain Wentworth.

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  44. I have been eagerly awaiting The Deception at Lyme for so long and am excited that I’ll finally be able to get my hands on it. 8-) I love these novels because they combine mystery and historical novel (my two favorite genres) and the Austen characters ACT LIKE Austen characters. I think Austen herself would have enjoyed them. I love reading how Elizabeth and Darcy interact as their relationship matures. So in Deception, I’m most looking forward to meeting Anne and Wentworth again as a married couple.

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  45. Love to read about both Darcy and Wentworth in one novel. Plus, looking forward to reading about Georgiana’s suitors. I think I would be pleased if Elizabeth, Mr. Elliot, the younger, or Mrs. Clay dies.

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  46. I absolutely cannot wait to read this novel! It sounds fantastic! And I am so delighted to hear that the series isn’t over! *doing a happy dance* I’m greatly intrigued to hear that Georgiana is going to have some romance in this novel! Thanks so much for the lovely post and opportunity ladies!

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  47. I thoroughly enjoy your novels, Mrs. Bebris! When I discovered Pride and Prejudice, I was completely taken with Ms. Austen and her talent for weaving a beautiful and amusing and touching story out of the lives of ordinary people. I found your first novel by chance while browsing through the library shelves and was absolutely thrilled to find a fascinating mystery written around these same characters! I looked you up online, found that you had two (at the time) other mystery novels based on Ms. Austen’s characters, and of course I had to read those first. I thank you for the inspiration which took me on the path from a being merely a fan of Pride and Prejudice to a full-fledged fan of Jane Austen herself. Thank you, and please keep writing your Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mysteries. They have brought me many hours of enjoyment!

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  48. Carrie – I am such a huge fan of your Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries! I have read several P&P “sequels” by other authors, but none have given me as much enjoyment as yours have. You stay so true to Jane Austen’s characters and how they would think and act. There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of a book and saying, “now, I know so-and-so wouldn’t do that!”. I (and my husband, if you can believe it!) are so looking forward to this next installment!
    I’m not going to try to guess who meets their demise – I would rather keep an open mind, and let the story unfold as you have created it. Thank you for all your hard work to bring these stories to us!

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  49. I would love to hope it’s Mary that falls off the Cobb which would leave Charles free to marry Miss Smith! But given the order of the comments, I fear Mary makes it alive through the book!

    I love reading these stories because they are very believeable and keep me eagerly turning the pages to see what happens! thanks for writing!

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  50. I would love to read this! Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice are my top three favorite Austen novels so to see my favorite characters from them working together is going to be a real treat

    I would see one of Anne’s relatives be killed. They were mean to her

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  51. I stumbled across the Mr. & Mrs. Darcy mysteries this summer and have thoroughly enjoyed them! After reading the Intrigue at Highbury, a wonderful “continuation” of the characters from Emma, and since Persuasion is my second favorite after P&P, I can’t wait to read the Deception at Lyme.
    Don’t know what you have in mind next, but how about a mystery with the characters from The Watsons? I’m always disappointed when I reach the end of that unfinished novel.

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  52. I adore The Intrigue at Highbury! I borrowed it from my local library and it is now one of my absolute favorite books.I am excited to read more from Carrie Bebris. I think that The Deception at Lyme will be just as fun and exciting! I hope to collect all of the books in the future. :)

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  53. Where have I been?! I was just sent here by an email from the Psychotic
    State blog…I am a Jane Austen fan and a lover of mysteries. Now, I
    have to get my hands on your book series. How intriguing?????
    Many thanks!
    Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  54. I am a HUGE fan of the Austen stories, most especially P&P, S&S and Persuasion. To have a story that mixes the Darcy’s in with Captain Wentworth…. sounds very intriguing! I’m very excited to read this story, and can’t wait to find out what happens!!

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  55. I have read all of the previous ‘Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery’ books and have enjoyed every one of them. I can’t wait to read ‘The Deception at Lyme’. I really am looking forward to reading about Georgiana’s romance – she is a character that I love reading about. I hope that there will be more books in this series.

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  56. Hi Carrie, I have read several of your “Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery” books and enjoyed them all. In my opinion “Deception at Lyme” is your best and most satisfying as it offers plausible resolution of secondary plots and characters that unfortunately Jane Austen was unable to do before she died. Your mention of the murder of the Princes in the Tower (pg. 150) brought to mind my favorite mystery of all time: “The Daughter of Time”, the 1951 novel by Josephine Tey.

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  57. I cannot make a guess as to who dies, since I’ve already read the book, but I can definitely comment on it!

    I have loved the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy stories. When my husband was in Iraq, I found myself reading and rereading Pride and Prejudice over and over; every time I finished, I would flip back and start it anew, not wanting the story to end. Then I discovered the mysteries! The story didn’t end, it continued on into their married lives and I loved every word of it.

    I am a devoted reader of the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mysteries and will continue to read them (on the release date) so long as they are written. Thank you for keeping the story alive.

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  58. I am very intrigued by a mystery involving Mr. and Mrs. Darcy and characters from any of the other Jane Austen books, but especially those involving the characters from Persuasion. Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy are my two all time favorite characters. I have not read any of mysteries to date but these do sound very interesting and I think I should like to read them. The reviews have piqued my interest. They have been added to my list. Thanks!

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  59. I have so enjoyed all of the mysteries in this series, but the combination of the Darcys & the Wentworths in Lyme with a romance for Georgiana is totally irresistible. I am looking forward to the big reveal of the seventh novel.

    Thanks for the guest blog & giveaways Carrie.

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  60. I discovered Carrie Bebris Mr. and Mrs. Darcy murder mysteries several years ago when looking for a book to read on a plane. I’ve been an avid fan ever since. I am currently reading the The Deception at Lyme on my e-reader. I would not mind winning hard copies of the books. :)

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