21.4.13

PRIDE AND PRESCIENCE, by Carrie Bebris

This first in a series starring Jane Austen’s newly-married Elizabeth Darcy and her aristocratic husband is so divinely satisfying that I may have to become an Austin fan. Author Bebris has got the tone and the dress and the milieu exactly right. Mr. and Mrs. Darcy, along with her sister Jane and her husband, become sucked into caring for a distraught new bride at Jane’s rented country house. Other houseguests include a professor obsessed with the occult, a nasty merchant with a penchant for rudeness, overeager gardeners, and a murderer. It’s a 5, a great start.