BOOK DESCRIPTION: In Jane Austen’s Persuasion, the Cobb—Lyme’s famous seawall—proved dangerous to a careless young woman. Now it proves deadly.
Following their recent intrigue at Highbury, Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy visit the seaside village of Lyme on holiday. Family business also draws them there, to receive the personal effects of Mr. Darcy’s late cousin, a naval lieutenant who died in action.
Their retreat turns tragic when they come upon a body lying at the base of the Cobb. The victim is Mrs. Clay, a woman with a scandalous past that left her with child—a child whose existence threatened the inheritance of one of her paramours and the reputation of another. Did she lose her balance and fall from the slippery breakwater, or was she pushed?
Mrs. Clay’s death is not the only one that commands the Darcys’ attention. When Mr. Darcy discovers, among his cousin’s possessions, evidence that the young lieutenant’s death might have been murder, he allies with Captain Frederick Wentworth (hero of Jane Austen's Persuasion) to probe details of a battle that took place across the sea . . . but was influenced by a conspiracy much closer to home.
The Deception at Lyme (Or, The Peril of Persuasion) is the delightful sixth installment in the critically acclaimed and award-winning Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mystery series by Carrie Bebris.
If you're a regular reader of Psychotic State Book Reviews, you know how much I adore Carrie Bebris' mystery series centering around the newlyweds Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Bennet Darcy. Ms. Bebris' five existing books in the series do Jane Austen proud, allowing us gentle readers to revisit with our beloved Mr. Darcy and Lizzy in the backdrop of one of Austen's classics with a fun cozy mystery thrown in. So far Ms. Bebris' has covered Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park and Emma. Austen's most mature and autumnal book, Persuasion, now gets its turn.
I cannot wait to read this. No, really. I. CANNOT. WAIT. TO. READ. THIS.
Ms. Bebris has not disappointed me in the slightest with her earlier efforts and I expect to be just as thrilled and delighted with the Darcys' newest outing.
The Deception at Lyme was released September 27, 2011 and may be purchased at major booksellers everywhere, including Amazon. I am an Amazon affiliate. If you make a purchase through my link, I will receive a small commission.
For a post by author Carrie Bebris on her newest book, as well as a chance to enter for a drawing for your own copy of The Deception at Lyme, please visit Austenprose.