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by Carrie Bebris

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Historical

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Jane Austen's Emma meets the Darcys? That's when murder and matchmaking can get out of hand. Bebris' favorite Regency crime-sleuthing couple are perfect foils for the ingenuous, and occasionally ingenious, matchmaking of Emma Knightley (nee Woodhouse).

The Darcys' carriage is waylaid by a would-be damsel in distress outside the village of Highbury. The damsel is more of a bringer of distress, and the Darcys soon discover their belongings have been pilfered. They go to the parish magistrate, who's having his own tough evening. He and his new wife are hosting a party to celebrate the marriage of their friends Frank Churchill and Miss Jane Fairfax.

When the groom's uncle suddenly dies, the two couples are stunned to discover a bit of poison was included in the party. In the meantime, Emma is trying to find an appropriate spouse for the village spinster -- and the traveling man just might be the answer, if they can keep him from being charged with murder. (FORGE, Mar., 320 pp., $22.99)

Reviewed By: Pat Cooper

Publisher: FORGE

Published: March 2010

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