Monday, December 18, 2017

Pride and Prescience

I read Pride and Prescience by Carrie Bebris. I have no idea what "Prescience" means, but it's a Pride and Prejudice mystery. I liked it much better than The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy. The prose in this book is familiar and inviting, and there are many good jokes!

The story picks up after the double wedding of Jane and Elizabeth. Caroline Bingley tries to upstage them, by announcing her OWN wedding, to an American. But then, weird things start to happen with her. She wanders around shady areas in the middle of the night, she is almost killed in a horse riding accident and she's almost killed when her wrists are cut. Caroline has no memory of any of these events.

They take Caroline to Netherfield to recover, where more bad things happen. Jane and Mr. Bingley almost die in a carriage crash, the house is set on fire and Caroline wanders around some more. Mr. Hurst is extremely frightened of something, an angry creditor comes to harass everyone, and someone turns up dead.

The book has a mildly frightening edge to it sometimes, which I thought was enjoyable. That is, I figured the creepy things were there for entertainment value, and not because the book is legitimately trying to scare readers. In this case, the creepy edge is voodoo. Is Caroline under a voodoo curse?

Spoiler: She is. Apparently, her new husband put a curse on her, so she's forced to do whatever he says. Lizzy figures this out, with the help of some conveniently-timed psychic powers. The culprit confrontation was exciting, no doubt, but the mystery explanation felt like a cop-out. It's just "voodoo curses are real" and "Lizzy is psychic now".

Overall, a good book, even if the solution is not good. This is the first in a series of books starring the Darcys as a crime-solving duo. Every book in the series is based on a different Jane Austen novel, and I guess the author stopped the series when they ran out of novels to base books on.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

'Prescience' means knowing something before it happens.