It’s time to stop pretending and admit the truth, I not only am an Austen fan, but withouth realizing it I just become an Austenesque fan; I have read 4 novels so far: “The Darcys of Pemberley” by Shannon Winslow; “His Good Opinion” by Nancy Kelley; “Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife” by Linda Berdoll; “The Confessions of Fitzwilliam Darcy” by Mary Street… Ok, no way I just read 4 novels. I’m looking at my Austenesque book collection right now, and it’s fatter than I thought… “None But You” and “For You Alone” by Susan Kaye; “Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy”, “Loving Mr. Darcy”, “My Dearest Mr. Darcy”, “In the Arms of Mr. Darcy” and “The Trouble with Mr. Darcy” by Sharon Lathan (Her novels are shorter than other and the same story evolves through the novels, that is, the next book is a sequel of the previous).
I just entered the “Austen-mistery” world by reading “Death Comes to Pemberley”, by P. D. James. I liked the novel as I usually do anything related to P+P et al. but I have to admit I was a little bit dissapointed. The book starts with a mistery, without focusing on the caracters, hence you expect the book to be focused on the murder, not the characters, but the same questions that are created at the beginning remain such almost until the end, there are barely no new clues to make you imagine different scerarios, hence the mistery doesn’t evolve until the end; the legal process gains protagonism but again the evidences offered during the legal process are almost the same as they were at the beginnig, and the characters of the Darcy and Bingley’s households have been at the background, so nothing happens there. I loved the last scene though, I thought of it as really sweet, but that just made me long for more of that during the novel.
Going back to Austenesque world, I just decided to read more and more novels, not only P+P versions/sequels/pre-sequels, but also P, which I’ve only read one version (divided in two books), S+S, MP, E (I’d loooove to hear more about my dear Mr. Knightley) and NA.
So please, any suggestions will be highly welcomed.