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Happily married for over a year and more in love than ever, Darcy and Elizabeth can’t imagine anything interrupting their bliss-filled days. Then an intense snowstorm strands a group of travelers at Pemberley, and terrifying accidents and mysterious deaths begin to plague the manor. Everyone seems convinced that it is the work of a phantom—a Shadow Man who is haunting the Happily married for over a year and more in love than ever, Darcy and Elizabeth can’t imagine anything interrupting their bliss-filled days. Then an intense snowstorm strands a group of travelers at Pemberley, and terrifying accidents and mysterious deaths begin to plague the manor. Everyone seems convinced that it is the work of a phantom—a Shadow Man who is haunting the Darcy family’s grand estate. Darcy and Elizabeth believe the truth is much more menacing and that someone is trying to murder them. But Pemberley is filled with family guests as well as the unexpected travelers—any one of whom could be the culprit—so unraveling the mystery of the murderer’s identity forces the newlyweds to trust each other’s strengths and work together. Written in the style of the era and including Austen’s romantic playfulness and sardonic humor, this suspense-packed sequel to Pride and Prejudice recasts Darcy and Elizabeth as a husband-and-wife detective team who must solve the mystery at Pemberley and catch the murderer—before it’s too late. **Not a part of the "Murder Mystery" series, this is a stand-alone book**


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Happily married for over a year and more in love than ever, Darcy and Elizabeth can’t imagine anything interrupting their bliss-filled days. Then an intense snowstorm strands a group of travelers at Pemberley, and terrifying accidents and mysterious deaths begin to plague the manor. Everyone seems convinced that it is the work of a phantom—a Shadow Man who is haunting the Happily married for over a year and more in love than ever, Darcy and Elizabeth can’t imagine anything interrupting their bliss-filled days. Then an intense snowstorm strands a group of travelers at Pemberley, and terrifying accidents and mysterious deaths begin to plague the manor. Everyone seems convinced that it is the work of a phantom—a Shadow Man who is haunting the Darcy family’s grand estate. Darcy and Elizabeth believe the truth is much more menacing and that someone is trying to murder them. But Pemberley is filled with family guests as well as the unexpected travelers—any one of whom could be the culprit—so unraveling the mystery of the murderer’s identity forces the newlyweds to trust each other’s strengths and work together. Written in the style of the era and including Austen’s romantic playfulness and sardonic humor, this suspense-packed sequel to Pride and Prejudice recasts Darcy and Elizabeth as a husband-and-wife detective team who must solve the mystery at Pemberley and catch the murderer—before it’s too late. **Not a part of the "Murder Mystery" series, this is a stand-alone book**

30 review for The Phantom of Pemberley: A Pride and Prejudice Murder Mystery

  1. 4 out of 5

    Marissa

    Let me put this simply: The Phantom of Pemberley might very well be one of the worst books I've ever completed. I've never been the kind of person who could simply give up on a book. I figure that there are plenty of things in my life that I procrastinate on/don't follow through with that I can't add books to that list. Books are usually a nice, engaging form of distraction, at the very least, a minor form of obsession when they capture me at the right time with the right story or style. The Pha Let me put this simply: The Phantom of Pemberley might very well be one of the worst books I've ever completed. I've never been the kind of person who could simply give up on a book. I figure that there are plenty of things in my life that I procrastinate on/don't follow through with that I can't add books to that list. Books are usually a nice, engaging form of distraction, at the very least, a minor form of obsession when they capture me at the right time with the right story or style. The Phantom of Pemberley was severely lacking in all aspects. Before we get into all of that though, I feel, for some reason, like I should explain the thinking behind me even picking up such a book. I was wandering around one of the two major book retailers remaining in business and, despite my already lengthy to-read list, I was insistent that I wanted something new. I should have just turned around and walked out, but really, who does what's best for them? No, instead I found myself slowly picking up the book solely on the mention of the word "Pemberley", clever marketing as such a title probably works on the vast number of Jane Austen fans in the world. The idea of the growing number of Jane Austen fans is really a separate discussion in and of itself, but I would venture to say that the number of "sequels" and "inspired by" novels with the aim of imitating or making money off of Ms. Austen's style are almost a sub-genre all by themselves. I've read a few that have been successful, by my standards, like "Mr. Darcy's Daughters" and, let's face it, when the Seasonal Affective Disorder starts to kick in in early January, sometimes you just want something comforting, and so I fell for the old "you like Jane Austen, you'll like this" idea. I was duped, or perhaps, I duped myself. At the outset it seems like something that should be entirely appealing. The summary on the back claims to be written in "Regency style and including Austen's romantic entanglements and sardonic humor". It states that it's a "suspense-packed sequel to Pride and Prejudice". It basically reads like it should be what happens when Austen meets Agatha Christie. What's not to like about that?! On second thought, don't answer that question. The inherent problem in all of these kinds of novels is that, well, they're not written by Jane Austen, and so, as much as someone might attempt to copy her style, they're not her with her nineteenth century sensibilities. What ends up being churned out by Ms. Jeffers, the author of The Phantom of Pemberley, is some horrifying cross between a romance novel and a sub-par mystery, with full snippets of Pride and Prejudice ideas and dialogue bandied about as if it were an original take. It's not. I feel like, in the reading elitist part of my soul, this is the kind of book that Jane Austen subtly mocked in Northanger Abbey. It's not gothic, perhaps, but it is overly romanced. I find myself in a quandary. I consider Pride and Prejudice to be one of the greatest love stories of all time, mostly because it's not simply about love. It's about all of those things that go on in life that conspire against love happening. It's funny, it's embarrassing, it's real. None of that exists here. It's decidedly unrealistic, although it is embarrassing, to me, that I've read it. I suppose my biggest gripe is that Elizabeth and Darcy have somehow been morphed into the uberest of uber-couples, not only in love, but living solely for one another. It's ridiculous, in a way. These are actual quotes from the book: Of Darcy: "Without Elizabeth in his arms, he felt bereft of life-she had imprinted herself on his soul" (p.240) Elizabeth speaking this time: "We have an undeniable connection- a oneness that spans the universe" Are you kidding me?!?! The Elizabeth Bennett that has always existed in my mind would read lines like this and laugh. "Imprinted...on his soul"?! That's some Twilight crap. Not to mention the fact that on at least one occasion I marked the use of the word "totally" as in "I had totally forgotten" (p.177) Really? "Totally"?! As in "that dress looks totally awesome on you"?! When did the Darcys move to Sun Valley?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    This struck me as a strange mixture of Ten Little Indians (a.k.a And Then There Were None), the movie Murder by Death, and a sequel to Pride and Prejudice. A widely disparate group of travelers find themselves stranded at Pemberley because of an intense snowstorm. There are a few strange, unexplained occurrences and eventually multiple mysterious deaths, creating an atmosphere of fear and distrust among those in residence - sort of like Ten Little Indians. As in Murder By Death, everything is ex This struck me as a strange mixture of Ten Little Indians (a.k.a And Then There Were None), the movie Murder by Death, and a sequel to Pride and Prejudice. A widely disparate group of travelers find themselves stranded at Pemberley because of an intense snowstorm. There are a few strange, unexplained occurrences and eventually multiple mysterious deaths, creating an atmosphere of fear and distrust among those in residence - sort of like Ten Little Indians. As in Murder By Death, everything is explained in a rush at the end, both with information that had been withheld during the story and with misinformation that is finally corrected. Some people are not who they seem to be, least of all the murderer. I had an educated guess and came up with the correct suspect early in the book, but I'd rejected him when other information in the story seemed to directly contradict that possibility ... until the end, when it turned out I was right. Unfair!! Of course, the hero and heroine here are the now-married Darcy and Elizabeth post Pride and Prejudice. There are several brand new characters, but others from P&P are part of this assembly, including Lydia Wickham, Colonel Fitzwilliam, Georgiana Darcy, Lady Catherine, Anne de Bourgh and Mrs. Jenkinson. Darcy and Elizabeth are very much in love, as the reader is reminded often. They do seem overly affectionate in public for members of their class during this historical period - but since the tone is gothic and somewhat melodramatic throughout, perhaps the exaggeration is intentional. The writing itself is good and flows well with no errors that I noted, so it's easy to read. I really did enjoy the story itself, with all its well-defined and diverse characters, to a point. As you can tell from what I wrote above, though, I was very frustrated when all was explained. Perhaps, as in Murder By Death, it actually was intended to be murder mystery parody, but it didn't read that way to me. *MINOR SPOILER AHEAD* I've just got to say... There are SO many clues early on indicating there must be secret passages behind the walls, long before that fact is revealed to the reader. Darcy and Elizabeth are supposed to be clever and intelligent, but it never occurs to either of them. What makes even less sense is that Darcy's steward apparently does know about them but never thinks to mention them. The explanation is that he thought Darcy was already aware of them, but c'mon!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    Since this was a freebie from B&N for the Nook, I guess I cannot complain too much....but I am going to provide my somewhat detailed opinion so someone else in my situation may choose something else form the freebie shelf..... Let's start with, I enjoy Jane Austen, although I am not really a fanatic. I have even enjoyed some of the quirky Austen-themed novels of present-day girls transported to Austen England, etc. Therefore, when I found myself with nothing to read and spotted The Phantom of Pem Since this was a freebie from B&N for the Nook, I guess I cannot complain too much....but I am going to provide my somewhat detailed opinion so someone else in my situation may choose something else form the freebie shelf..... Let's start with, I enjoy Jane Austen, although I am not really a fanatic. I have even enjoyed some of the quirky Austen-themed novels of present-day girls transported to Austen England, etc. Therefore, when I found myself with nothing to read and spotted The Phantom of Pemberley on my shelf, I opened it up. On the positive side, it is a mindless, fast read. That's all the positive I can say. I understand from the author notes that Ms. Jeffers is a teacher and Austen enthusiast. Given that background, I would think she could have done a better job of maintaining some accuracy to the time and to the well-established characters. After about 100 pages, I was very bothered by something, which I had trouble placing. I soon realized it was the lifting of entire blocks of language from Austen - specifically Pride and Prejudice - and how out of place it sounded inserted into Ms. Jeffers' text. Her writing contained too much 21st century bias to make the story believable or even readable without argument from my subconscious. I soon understood it not to be just the prose that was "off," but the characters' behavior as well: significant and continual PDA (as in public display of affection)- I just don't think it would have happened in regency England - no matter how in love the married couple was - I certainly don't think that type of impropriety would have been exhibited by Elizabeth and Darcy. Then, she seemed to have gotten all the characters wrong: Darcy as a love-besotted wimp, Elizabeth allowing the disgraced Lydia (of all her sisters) to visit, Lady Catherine as an impotent dowager clinging to the last of her resources. It just didn't sit well with me. And there was the plot-line. Wickham issues aside, the idea that no one of consequence would know that there were secret passages inside the home is bordering on ridiculous, and the explanation even worse. Darcy and Wickham were off-siders as children, but one has extensive knowledge and experience with the passageways and the other is....oblivious? I believe that even the author recognized this deficiency, so she added that one servant who was aware, but then this one knowledgeable person doesn't say anything about it - not even after after 3 murders have been committed, hmmmm...... I see why the book is free - and I am slightly less stunned about the American educational crisis knowing that this author is a teacher. Bottom line, there are a number of entertaining Austen-inspired works out there. For a real Austen enthusiast, I recommend taking the time to find those and giving this a pass.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dancer

    It drives me crazy when someone criticizes an author for adding parts of the original story line to sequel. That is why I buy a Jane Austen variation. I want MORE Austen. And despite what some believe, MANY people in the world are not familiar with Austen's works. Therefore any writer using her story lines MUST explain the relationships between the characters while establishing a new beginning. Plus, possibly, the author's publishing company requires that the person add Austen's language. This is It drives me crazy when someone criticizes an author for adding parts of the original story line to sequel. That is why I buy a Jane Austen variation. I want MORE Austen. And despite what some believe, MANY people in the world are not familiar with Austen's works. Therefore any writer using her story lines MUST explain the relationships between the characters while establishing a new beginning. Plus, possibly, the author's publishing company requires that the person add Austen's language. This is a tightly written mystery...full of twists and turns. Just when you think you have it figured out, a red herring takes you another way. If you are looking for a book to fill your hours, this is the one for you.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Talia

    Anything that Ms Jeffers writes is worth reading so I would recommend it. Reread: Loved this book. I reread it to be prepared for His Irish Eve and am glad that I did.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Athena

    Why, why, why, WHY do so many authors of this genre insist on pairing Geoogiana with Col. Fitzwilliam?!?! I understand that cousin marriage was done in Jane's day. Anne and Darcy were supposed to marry. Mr. Collins proposed to Lizzie. Fanny Price ended up with her cousin. However, we are no longer in that time period, and now cousin romance is seriously unappealing! Add to this the fact that he is Georgiana's co-guardian. This adds a creep factor. Oh yeah, and he's OLD. (Don't give me the that's Why, why, why, WHY do so many authors of this genre insist on pairing Geoogiana with Col. Fitzwilliam?!?! I understand that cousin marriage was done in Jane's day. Anne and Darcy were supposed to marry. Mr. Collins proposed to Lizzie. Fanny Price ended up with her cousin. However, we are no longer in that time period, and now cousin romance is seriously unappealing! Add to this the fact that he is Georgiana's co-guardian. This adds a creep factor. Oh yeah, and he's OLD. (Don't give me the that's the way it was excuse. Instead refer to my that's-not-how-it-is-now argument!) Let's also add the fact that Georgiana is timid & shy, while Fitzwilliam is cheery and friendly. He was drawn to Elizabeth- who is mature and outgoing. Now we are to believe that is he going to fall for a mouse of a girl. I am DONE with this idea. Note to authors: Don't do this ever again.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carly

    I think I enjoyed the character development more than the actual mystery. Dr. Darcy's admiration for Elizabeth was obscenely romantic *swoon*. It was interesting take on the futures of Lydia Wickham, Anne DeBourgh and Georgiana Darcy. I would have liked to have seen some loose ends tied up - but over all it was a fun read. I think I enjoyed the character development more than the actual mystery. Dr. Darcy's admiration for Elizabeth was obscenely romantic *swoon*. It was interesting take on the futures of Lydia Wickham, Anne DeBourgh and Georgiana Darcy. I would have liked to have seen some loose ends tied up - but over all it was a fun read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kasia Burlakoff

    I loved this murder mystery story. It was full of angst and multiple murders occurred. There were many people involved, each one with a different agenda and a backstory. I enjoyed discovering multiple layers of deceit and disguise, though I understand that it might have been a bit confusing for some readers. But it is what I expected from this kind of story. My favorite part of the book was the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth: strong, faithful, passionate and very sweet. I enjoyed their I loved this murder mystery story. It was full of angst and multiple murders occurred. There were many people involved, each one with a different agenda and a backstory. I enjoyed discovering multiple layers of deceit and disguise, though I understand that it might have been a bit confusing for some readers. But it is what I expected from this kind of story. My favorite part of the book was the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth: strong, faithful, passionate and very sweet. I enjoyed their interactions very much. The original characters were very well written and engaging.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Miguelina Perez

    In The Phantom of Pemberley, Regina Jeffers, author of several books including The Scandal of Lady Eleanor, continues the much endeared love story of the key characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. The Phantom of Pemberley takes place a little over a year after Elizabeth and Darcy’s wedding and both are happily settled in their match. The novel begins with Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy getting ready to head into town to pick up Elizabeth’s sister, Lydia. In The Phantom of Pemberley, Regina Jeffers, author of several books including The Scandal of Lady Eleanor, continues the much endeared love story of the key characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. The Phantom of Pemberley takes place a little over a year after Elizabeth and Darcy’s wedding and both are happily settled in their match. The novel begins with Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy getting ready to head into town to pick up Elizabeth’s sister, Lydia. Although Mr. Darcy still harbors bad feelings toward his wife’s sister, Lydia Wickham, and her husband, George Wickham, he makes an effort to welcome his sister-in-law sans her husband to his home for a short visit. If you recall, Wickham had convinced Darcy’s 15-year-old-sister, Georgiana, to elope with him in order to get his hands on her inheritance. As in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 4, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” Jeffers gives us a sense of forewarning when an impending winter storm arrives. After they set to town to pick up Lydia, the Darcys are forced to extend their home to a group of stranded guests due to an already fully occupied inn. While gracious in their roles of playing host and hostess to the group, the atmosphere in Pemberley takes a sudden change for the worse when a murder is committed. The realization that a murderer is walking among them has Mr. Darcy and his wife hurrying to find him or her before they strike again. Jeffers cleverly brings back Lady Catherine de Bourgh, adding a constant thorn at Elizabeth’s side, much to Mr. Darcy’s chagrin. However, Lady Catherine de Bourgh has her own problems, which is why she showed up at the Darcys, hoping to involve Darcy in preventing a scandal involving her daughter, Lady Anne. Jeffers commands the language of the period, gives us a fresh plot, and even weaves in pieces of Pride and Prejudice. Though I suspect Jeffers wanted to give readers who had not read P&P a little pre-history of the beginnings of Darcy and Elizabeth, I believe this was not crucial to the plot of her story. However, Jeffers does over emphasize Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s relationship, creating a constant overflow of sentimentalities between the two that can be distracting to the reader. I still enjoyed reading the book, especially experiencing the creativity of many of these writers. I love to see that both Lydia and Lady Catherine were up to their usual obnoxious selves, Jeffers captured their true nature. For all you fans that pitied Lady Anne and would have liked to have seen more of her, this is the book to read. Lady Anne eventually comes into her own right as she stands up against her bullying mother and finds happiness. Contrary to other reviews, I found the ending a pleasant surprise, especially learning the murderer was not whom I suspected. Anytime a book can surprise me is a great plus for me, besides shouldn’t reading be in the mind of the beholder—in other words we can’t always please everyone. Check out Jeffers’ The Scandal of Lady Eleanor. Though filled with explicit sex, the story was not only enjoyable, but fresh, including her brilliance in introducing the men of “The Realm”, a secret society of the British government. These are gallant men who not only fight for their country, but for the women who capture their hearts. Sincerely, Miguelina Perez

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jenifer Rosenberg

    I believe the subtitle of this books should be "The Awesome, Unflinching Adventures of Mary Sue Darcy" - because, as written by Jeffers, Elizabeth Darcy is super-human. The same woman who was rather choked up in Pride and prejudice to learn of her little sister's scandal was able to take mysterious murder in her own home with stride. The implication is that she and Darcy have such an amazingly, perfect, loving relationship that she need never cry again. In fact, the lingering on the relationship I believe the subtitle of this books should be "The Awesome, Unflinching Adventures of Mary Sue Darcy" - because, as written by Jeffers, Elizabeth Darcy is super-human. The same woman who was rather choked up in Pride and prejudice to learn of her little sister's scandal was able to take mysterious murder in her own home with stride. The implication is that she and Darcy have such an amazingly, perfect, loving relationship that she need never cry again. In fact, the lingering on the relationship is too, too detailed and involved. While the book claims to be in Regency style, it does lend itself to too much drawn-out information about the bedroom life of the Darcys. Aside from the saccharine perfection and constant doting of our main characters, and the fact that everyone in the book - including unsavory characters - thinks that Elizabeth is the best person on Earth, the mystery aspect leaves much to be desired. I am an avid mystery reader as well as an Austen fan. I was excited to discover that the two had been combined. That said, some rules for good mystery writing were not followed here. I will not give away the plot for those who wish to read this despite all of the negative reviews, but the author cheats on the mystery. The reader is deliberately deceived, and not in a clever way. There might be one fleeting sentence in the book where you stop and think "Oh, is the author going there? Really? That would be a cop-out." Yes, she does go there. It is patently annoying. However, I believe she may have known that what she did was cheating, because there is an entire afterword that explains away/tries to excuse the cheat that was used. In addition to the cheat, Darcy is completely ignorant of the detailed workings of his household, which doesn't ring at all true. I will say that some of the characters Jeffers introduces are interesting, albeit transparent. There is a point in the middle of the book where one forgets briefly how cloying the first third of the book had been, and actually has hope for the rest of the story. That point ends. The reader is left with a situation where flawless, superhuman Elizabeth does things she would not be physically and emotionally capable of, Darcy is so besotted with his wife and finding opportunities to bed her that he misses what is right under his nose, and a completely implausible and ridiculous "answer" to the mystery is presented.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Warning: Contains a spoiler So "Pride and Prejudice" is my favorite book of all time. As a result, I have looked down with scorn at the books by authors who have attempted to extend the Elizabeth and Darcy story for their own gains. Then B&N offered this book free for the Nook and I decided to give it a try if for no other reason than to inform myself of this genre of books and, hey, the price is right! I can sum up the book in one word: AWFUL Details of my opinion: First of all, you cannot read 3 Warning: Contains a spoiler So "Pride and Prejudice" is my favorite book of all time. As a result, I have looked down with scorn at the books by authors who have attempted to extend the Elizabeth and Darcy story for their own gains. Then B&N offered this book free for the Nook and I decided to give it a try if for no other reason than to inform myself of this genre of books and, hey, the price is right! I can sum up the book in one word: AWFUL Details of my opinion: First of all, you cannot read 3 pages without there being an extended paragraph gushing about how much Elizabeth and Darcy love each other; were nothing before each other; feel they could walk on clouds; and other such sappily romantic things to the point that you want to throw up. Once I got beyond this, I was still stuck on how poorly the book was written. It just appeared amateurish, especially when comparing it to the original novel it stole the characters from. Next, I feel they changed the characteristics of some key characters from the original novel, which irked me. Also, the conflict in the original novel had to do with society norms, class standards, relationships, etc. This novel made the conflict murder, not just one murder but many. Hard to equate the two books. Spoiler alert in the next statement, so stop reading this review if you actually think you may read this book: Finally, the book completely "jumped the shark" (I know you like the Happy Days reference). Mr. Wickham was once again the bad guy, but in a completely different way. In P&P, Wickham was a ladies’ man, gambler and a schemer. his crimes were his debt and ruining the reputations of ladies. In this book, his crimes are murder, assault, and theft and the reason he has seemed to fall to such depths of depravity is that he suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder. REALLY!??! The suave, debonair ladies man from the first novel has multiple personality disorder that makes him kill????? I can't support that. The author puts an appendix in the book noting that multiple personality disorder (or dissociative identity disorder as it is now called) has been recognized as a condition in some circles for over 200 years, but i think it is a huge stretch in this book. So overall, I hated the book and I now feel I can look at this genre of novel with more educated scorn and contempt.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)

    Newly married Elizabeth Darcy is about to experience her first true Derbyshire winter. A big snowstorm is on its way and is expected to keep residents of all the neighboring counties inside and immobile for a few days. Arriving just in time for this terrible blizzard is Darcy's aunt, Lady Catherine, with her daughter Anne and her daughter's companion, Mrs. Jenkinson, and Elizabeth's sister, Lydia Wickham. When Darcy goes to pick up Lydia at the Lambton Inn, he generously offers to provide shelte Newly married Elizabeth Darcy is about to experience her first true Derbyshire winter. A big snowstorm is on its way and is expected to keep residents of all the neighboring counties inside and immobile for a few days. Arriving just in time for this terrible blizzard is Darcy's aunt, Lady Catherine, with her daughter Anne and her daughter's companion, Mrs. Jenkinson, and Elizabeth's sister, Lydia Wickham. When Darcy goes to pick up Lydia at the Lambton Inn, he generously offers to provide shelter for four additional guests who have no place to stay. Elizabeth and Darcy are now faced with the difficult task of entertaining eight snowbound guests, two of which include a boisterous and bored Lydia Wickham and a seriously displeased Lady Catherine! Soon after the arrival of these eight guests, strange things start to occur... items go missing, a harmful trap is discovered, and a murder is committed... Who is behind it all? Is it one of the “unexpected” guests? A disgruntled employee? Someone out for revenge? Or, is it truly a phantom? To continue reading, go to: http://janeaustenreviews.blogspot.com...

  13. 4 out of 5

    JG (Introverted Reader)

    The author tries a little too hard to copy Austen's "voice" and it fell very flat for me. "'Must we?' Elizabeth Darcy gave her husband an expectant look. 'I so enjoy being alone with you--away from the responsibilities of Pemberly.'" Flat yet nauseatingly sappy. Not a good combination for me. The phrases from Austen's original work that were inserted actually distracted me rather than adding to the book. It was quickly turning into a game of Spot the Original Phrasing. "Darcy took in her countenan The author tries a little too hard to copy Austen's "voice" and it fell very flat for me. "'Must we?' Elizabeth Darcy gave her husband an expectant look. 'I so enjoy being alone with you--away from the responsibilities of Pemberly.'" Flat yet nauseatingly sappy. Not a good combination for me. The phrases from Austen's original work that were inserted actually distracted me rather than adding to the book. It was quickly turning into a game of Spot the Original Phrasing. "Darcy took in her countenance. Hers was a face he had once described as being one of the handsomest of his acquaintance, but now he considered that compliment a slight to the woman. Her auburn hair, her fine sea-green eyes, her pale skin, her delicate features, and her heart-shaped face made her a classic beauty, and Darcy thought himself the luckiest of men." I have to admit that it somehow seems wrong to read about Elizabeth and Darcy in bed together as well. I think I read the first chapter and decided life was too short. Moving on.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kiesha ~ 1Cheekylass

    I will preface this by saying, I'm not a Jane Austen purist. I tried reading P&P but she was just too wordy for me. I did however enjoy the movie. Anyway, I read the reviews on Goodreads prior to starting this book and I ALMOST didn't listen. The reviews were scathing but had one common theme--it wasn't like the original P&P/Jane Austen-ish enough. So I gave it a try and must say, I actually enjoyed it. Darcy and Elizabeth got on my nerves just a bit with all of the romance (I was in the mood fo I will preface this by saying, I'm not a Jane Austen purist. I tried reading P&P but she was just too wordy for me. I did however enjoy the movie. Anyway, I read the reviews on Goodreads prior to starting this book and I ALMOST didn't listen. The reviews were scathing but had one common theme--it wasn't like the original P&P/Jane Austen-ish enough. So I gave it a try and must say, I actually enjoyed it. Darcy and Elizabeth got on my nerves just a bit with all of the romance (I was in the mood for purely mystery) but I enjoyed them for the most part. The mystery was interesting and I never quiet knew who the phantom was. I had my ideas but it didn't fit what I was hearing. I was struck once everything was revealed. Although I enjoyed this read, it was not perfect. The author took too long to set the scene. The occupants of Pembereley were at times obtuse--i.e. about how the phantom moved around. I will say, if you're a HUGE fan of Austen/P&P, you have to approach this with an open mind, perhaps disassociate it from Austen. I found it very enjoyable. Story and Narration: 4

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I'm always skeptical when I pick up a book that claims to continue Elizabeth and Darcy's story post-Pride & Prejudice. I have never made it more than ten pages into one, and I figured this book would be the same. More anachronistic attitudes and behaviors, speech, and actions on the part of the characters I love so dearly...but actually, this book stayed as true to the original as I think it could have. I liked the character development of those from the actual book - Lady Catherine, Anne, Georg I'm always skeptical when I pick up a book that claims to continue Elizabeth and Darcy's story post-Pride & Prejudice. I have never made it more than ten pages into one, and I figured this book would be the same. More anachronistic attitudes and behaviors, speech, and actions on the part of the characters I love so dearly...but actually, this book stayed as true to the original as I think it could have. I liked the character development of those from the actual book - Lady Catherine, Anne, Georgiana, etc. all were much more fully formed. While I found some of the more progressive character developments a bit out of place given the setting, it wasn't some violent departure from Jane Austen's novel and I loved how long of a book it was. It took awhile to read, but it was an enjoyable experience the entire time.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    I liked this book. The mystery is intriguing. The characters are familiar.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    This is my first time trying this author. Since I adore Pride and Prejudice, I was excited to read this. However, I wasn't impressed. When a winter storm ensconces several interesting visitors (some originally invited, some not) in Pemberley, the Darcy's and their guests try to make the most out of the situation. However, when a person is murdered, Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth must work together deciding who of their guests they can trust, and solve this mystery. The biggest reason I didn't like the This is my first time trying this author. Since I adore Pride and Prejudice, I was excited to read this. However, I wasn't impressed. When a winter storm ensconces several interesting visitors (some originally invited, some not) in Pemberley, the Darcy's and their guests try to make the most out of the situation. However, when a person is murdered, Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth must work together deciding who of their guests they can trust, and solve this mystery. The biggest reason I didn't like the book was the author's interpretation of the cast of Pride and Prejudice. Within the first page, I was saying, out loud, "Darcy wouldn't do that. Elizabeth wouldn't do that, etc." This is strictly my own opinion (as I interpreted the characters and their mannerisms my own way), but I was put out when I didn't feel like the characters were at all the ones I had planned on reading about. There were also several anachronisms, also, which I detest. The general story line was decent. I had to pretend that the characters were their own, not those of Pride and Prejudice, and read the story through that perspective. It wasn't a terrible story, but again, I wasn't terribly impressed. So I'll probably not read any other books by this same author. (view spoiler)[ Giving the murderer multiple personalities was an interesting concept, and though the author's note in the back of the book gave some research, I felt that the concept was not executed well, or did not reflect the research. And I felt that it was used as a simple excuse, instead of developing a better plot/character. But that's just me, and my opinion. (hide spoiler)]

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I want to try another book in this series because my main issue was not the writing. I loved the interplay that Ms. Jeffers wrote between Elizabeth and Darcy. Their banter was perfection. The reason this book is not higher rated for me is the plot. It went off the rails for me in the final act and it got weird. I will not post spoilers but the resolution of the mystery did not work for me as a reader. It brought everything else in the book down for me. I plan to give this series another chance bec I want to try another book in this series because my main issue was not the writing. I loved the interplay that Ms. Jeffers wrote between Elizabeth and Darcy. Their banter was perfection. The reason this book is not higher rated for me is the plot. It went off the rails for me in the final act and it got weird. I will not post spoilers but the resolution of the mystery did not work for me as a reader. It brought everything else in the book down for me. I plan to give this series another chance because I loved the way many of the characters were written. I am hoping that with the mystery from this novel out of the way, the next will be more enjoyable.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    I am always in love with the writing style of Regina Jeffers, she has a way of keeping true to the characters while also showing you more of them. This book was a wonderful mystery, it kept you wondering how the villain (or villains) would be caught and how exactly they knew each other. You were given glimpses, just enough to answer a little of one of your questions but adding in several more. It will keep you guessing until the end, telling yourself that you will read just one more chapter. :-)

  20. 4 out of 5

    JAB

    2.5 stars: It started out strong and I enjoyed the writing and build up to the murders, but once I reached the middle mark this book really slowed for me. I felt as if there were a lot of side plots that could have been excluded and this book could have been about 50 pages less. Also a lot of new characters were introduced that I just did not care about at all. Also the big "plot twist" wasn't surprising at all. 2.5 stars: It started out strong and I enjoyed the writing and build up to the murders, but once I reached the middle mark this book really slowed for me. I felt as if there were a lot of side plots that could have been excluded and this book could have been about 50 pages less. Also a lot of new characters were introduced that I just did not care about at all. Also the big "plot twist" wasn't surprising at all.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Debby SanGiovanni

    Regina Jeffers is one of those authors that never disappoints. I believe I've read every JAFF book she's written and I have yet to find one that I didn't really enjoy. This story was fantastically full of twists and turns that sends the reader guessing at who the culprit is, who the next victim will be, and just who exactly is the true target and why. I couldn't wait to finish the book and was sad when I did, which in my opinion, is the sign of a very good book. Regina Jeffers is one of those authors that never disappoints. I believe I've read every JAFF book she's written and I have yet to find one that I didn't really enjoy. This story was fantastically full of twists and turns that sends the reader guessing at who the culprit is, who the next victim will be, and just who exactly is the true target and why. I couldn't wait to finish the book and was sad when I did, which in my opinion, is the sign of a very good book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rifat Salam

    I feel kind of guilty for the low rating and added a star. This might be someone else’s cup of tea but it wasn’t mine. I wasn’t expected something as well done as PD James’ Death Comes to Pemberley but nor did I expect a bodice ripper. Anyway, I’m not sure how or why I finished it-I guess I always need to confirm whodunnit. If you’re into historical romance type books, you might enjoy it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hope Reads

    Even thought this was unbelievably cheesy I still had fun reading it. I have a soft spot for P&P continuation stories. I've never read a good one so far, but I keep reading them. Mind you I have to be in a mood to read one. The way I approach these books is with attitude of knowing that most likely it will be bad, badly written, cheesy and ridiculous. Even thought this was unbelievably cheesy I still had fun reading it. I have a soft spot for P&P continuation stories. I've never read a good one so far, but I keep reading them. Mind you I have to be in a mood to read one. The way I approach these books is with attitude of knowing that most likely it will be bad, badly written, cheesy and ridiculous.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I did enjoy the author's writing and her mystery plot was nicely drawn out. I gave it a lower rating because there was just too much lovey-dovey kissy sex stuff going on with Darcy & Elizabeth. I guess that is what the fans of Pride & Prejudice spin-offs are looking for, but not what I was. Bottom line, if you are Darcy & Elizabeth fans you will probably love this story. I did enjoy the author's writing and her mystery plot was nicely drawn out. I gave it a lower rating because there was just too much lovey-dovey kissy sex stuff going on with Darcy & Elizabeth. I guess that is what the fans of Pride & Prejudice spin-offs are looking for, but not what I was. Bottom line, if you are Darcy & Elizabeth fans you will probably love this story.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Feltz Milkowski

    This was a good story. I had a feeling I knew what was going on with the Phantom, I didn't guess the whom, but I started to figure out part of it. It was so horrify some of what happened, and the number of dead people starting to show up, really made Pemberley a not very safe place to be. It was quite interesting how we had so many different people at Pemberley and the reason for the them all to be there. I couldn't put it down, I wanted to know whom was/were the Phantom. This was a good story. I had a feeling I knew what was going on with the Phantom, I didn't guess the whom, but I started to figure out part of it. It was so horrify some of what happened, and the number of dead people starting to show up, really made Pemberley a not very safe place to be. It was quite interesting how we had so many different people at Pemberley and the reason for the them all to be there. I couldn't put it down, I wanted to know whom was/were the Phantom.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Susanne Leist

    Pride and Prejudice should never be made into a murder mystery. Darcy is a bumbling detective who spends most of his time thinking of his perfect wife. How can rooms be entered and exited if not by the door or the window? The obvious is usually the answer as it is in this case.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    Very well written and we'll thought out! Occasionally heavy handed with direct quotes from it's inspiration, but overall an enjoyable, suspense-filled novel that allows a memorable return to the halls and grounds of Pemberley!!! Very well written and we'll thought out! Occasionally heavy handed with direct quotes from it's inspiration, but overall an enjoyable, suspense-filled novel that allows a memorable return to the halls and grounds of Pemberley!!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    This is one of the first pride and prejudice mysteries I read/listened to and I remember loving it so much that I began to seek out pride and prejudice mysteries.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Teresita

    Intriguing An excellent mystery with unexpected events and lots of love. It keeps you turning pages as fast as possible to find out what's next. Wonderful story! Intriguing An excellent mystery with unexpected events and lots of love. It keeps you turning pages as fast as possible to find out what's next. Wonderful story!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Let me start off by stating that Pride And Prejudice is one of my all-time favorite novels. I love Jane Austen and Elizabeth Bennett is one of the best written female characters I have ever read. So, I have studiously avoided any novels related to Pride And Prejudice, be it a sequel or Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Deluxe Edition (Quirk Classics). However, I came across The Phantom of Pemberley: A Pride and Prejudice Murder Mystery as a free Friday download from Barnes & Noble and decided to g Let me start off by stating that Pride And Prejudice is one of my all-time favorite novels. I love Jane Austen and Elizabeth Bennett is one of the best written female characters I have ever read. So, I have studiously avoided any novels related to Pride And Prejudice, be it a sequel or Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Deluxe Edition (Quirk Classics). However, I came across The Phantom of Pemberley: A Pride and Prejudice Murder Mystery as a free Friday download from Barnes & Noble and decided to give it a shot. Before you read any further, let me tell you that there will be spoilers in this review. I usually try to avoid spoilers, but find that when I don't like a book I have to include spoilers to fully describe what it is I don't like about it. I will, however, clearly mark where the spoilers are in case you want to avoid those remarks and continue on reading. I've already stated that I did not like this book. However, my reasons for not liking this book actually surprised me. I felt no opposition to the way that the characters were treated. Darcy and Elizabeth are happily married, living at Pemberley with Georgianna. They are very passionate about each other, truly in love, and are truly partners. While awaiting a visit from Lydia, they are besieged by a snow storm and upon traveling to town to retrieve her, find that the local inn is overflowing with guests. As is due his station, Darcy agrees to invite some of the people at the inn to stay at Pemberley until the storm passes and the roads are clear. Here is where the mystery sets in. There are hints at underlying relationships between certain characters, including Lydia's husband George Wickham, who is not with her on her journey. All of them settle into an initially uneasy stay at Pemberley. **SPOILERS WILL START HERE** The mystery is what I really didn't like about the story. It felt too much like someone trying to write Jane Austen in the style of Agatha Christie, but coming up short on the Christie end. The coincidences revealed in the story are too much for my taste--both of Mrs. Wickham's traveling companions are connected to the family. Mr. Worth is both an acquaintance of Mr. Darcy and had previously prosecuted her husband for his debts. Both of these facts are unknown to Mrs. Wickham. Then, Mrs. Williams, who really isn't Mrs. Williams, is related to the man trying to blackmail Lady Catherine. It's too much for me. But, the real kicker is in the identity of the murderer. I fully suspected that Lydia Wickham was the intended target of the fall down the stairs, and it made sense that her husband would want to kill her while besmirching Darcy's good name. However, Wickham's multiple personality disorder was far too over the top for me. I can't believe that Lydia would tell her sister that she was being physically abused by her husband, but not tell her of his clearly mad behavior. **END OF SPOILERS** I was so disappointed when I got to the end of the story. I really thought that I would like it because the author has written a Darcy and Elizabeth that I enjoyed reading and didn't feel like it was belittling of the original work. However, the attempt at a Christie-type mystery was too much for me. I enjoy Agatha Christie as well, but this mystery didn't work like a Christie mystery. Instead of being left marveling in the skill of a well-written mystery, I was shaking my head in disappointment.

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