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The Perils Of Lady Catherine de Bourgh

Claudia Gray's delightful mysteries reimagining Jane Austen's beloved characters returns for a third installment!

Thank you to Austen Prose and Vintage Anchor Books for my spot on this tour and the gorgeous, gifted copy of The Perils Of Lady Catherine de Bourgh by Claudia Gray

This is the third book in the Mr. Darcy and Miss Tilney Mysteries and is set in the world of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.


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SYNOPSIS:

Someone is trying to kill Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Esteemed aunt of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, generous patroness of Mr. William Collins, a woman of rank who rules over the estate of Rosings Park with an unimpeachable sense of propriety—who would dare? Lady Catherine summons her grand-nephew, Mr. Jonathan Darcy, and his investigative companion, Miss Juliet Tilney, to find out.


After a year apart, Jonathan and Juliet are thrilled to be reunited, even if the circumstances—finding whoever has thus far sabotaged Lady Catherine's carriage, shot at her, and nearly pushed her down the stairs—are less than ideal. Also less than ideal: their respective fathers, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy and Mr. Henry Tilney, have accompanied the young detectives to Rosings, and the two men do not interact with the same felicity enjoyed by their children.


With attempts against Lady Catherine escalating and no one among the list of prime suspects seemingly capable of committing all of the attacks, the pressure on Jonathan and Juliet mounts—even as more gentle feelings between them begin to bloom. The race is now on to provoke two confessions: one from the attempted murderer before it is too late—and one, perhaps, of love.


MY REVIEW:

What a delightful read! This mystery is a bit different in that the sleuths try to prevent a murder and find a would-be culprit. It's solidly plotted, has a satisfying ending, and well-developed characters. Gray's reimagining of Austen's characters feels both nostalgic and modern. The MCs are charming, and Johnathan's neurodivergent personality is well depicted. Their two dads tagging along had their funny moments. I enjoyed the wit, the period dialogue, and the atmospheric historical detail. You do not need to be familiar with Austen's original books to enjoy this fun Regency mystery.


My steep was Margaret's Hope Darjeeling from English Tea Store


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