The Deception at Lyme by Carrie Bebris
Or, The Peril of Persuasion (Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries)

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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.


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About Carrie Bebris

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Carrie A. Bebris is a former school teacher and editor for TSR. A member in good standing of the Jane Austen Society, she resides in Wisconsin.
 
Published September 27, 2011 by Tor Books. 304 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The Darcys are in Lyme to enjoy the sea and meet Lt. St. Clair, who’s bringing them the chest of a Darcy cousin who died in a sea battle.

Sep 20 2011 | Read Full Review of The Deception at Lyme: Or, Th...

Open Letters Monthly

Readers of Persuasion will remember Sir Walter with a suppressed snicker (he’s one of those adult characters Austen very, very much wants us to dislike), and they’ll recall that even the vain owner of a debt-encumbered title was still luminous enough to attract two schemers – his cousin Mr. Willi...

Jan 09 2012 | Read Full Review of The Deception at Lyme: Or, Th...

City Book Review

As they find out more about Darcy’s cousin’s death and meet some of the suspicious characters in Lyme, both deaths look less and less accidental.

Dec 05 2011 | Read Full Review of The Deception at Lyme: Or, Th...

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