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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (337 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carrie Bebris Narrator: Leslie Carroll Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Critically acclaimed author Carrie Bebris earned a Daphne du Maurier Award for her lively mysteries starring the fictional creations of Jane Austen. Here Mr. and Mrs. Darcy investigate a murder in the seaside village of Lyme.

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 while 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 that 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bebris cleverly entwines the characters from Persuasion in the sixth of her based on Jane Austen’s beloved novels. The mystery, written in Austen’s style, conceals many suspects in a cloak of respectability.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Lively … Janeites will delight in the author’s clever reintroduction of Austen’s characters, the charm of Georgiana’s budding love life, and the accurate and appealing portrait of Regency ships and sailors.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Delightful … another winning yarn from Bebris with plenty of exciting twists and turns to keep readers guessing.”


  • “A thoroughly absorbing tale ... Quite apart from coming up with the goods again as far as a page-turning plot is concerned, Bebris has painted a wonderfully detailed portrait of early 19th-century Lyme Regis. Her research is impeccable.”

    Jane Austen's Regency World

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Judine | 2/6/2014

    " I hope Carrie Bebris doesn't limit her Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mysteries to Austen's six novels, which would mean this is the last book of the series. While some of the liberties she took with Persuasion were a little far-fetched (like the whole scenario with Mrs. Smith), it stayed true to the key characters and reinforced the idea that a high birth in Regency England does not equal a high sense of morality. I would like to see more of the Darcys and their connections as Bebris has established, and there should be fuel for more with the Darcys planning a trip throughout Europe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maribeth | 1/13/2014

    " These are such fun books if you love Jane Austen and mysteries. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by April Atkinson | 1/12/2014

    " I love any of her mysteries. They are fun, quick reads and if you are a Jane Austin fan then you will love them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Robin | 12/24/2013

    " I liked it. It's a mystery mash-up of characters from Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion, and it was fun to see with in what disdain the Darcy's held Sir Walter Elliot. The author manages to weave a good mystery without changing the essential characters of the original books, though she does make Darcy a bit more helpful than he is portrayed in Pride and Prejudice. Now I'm starting a second of these books; we'll see how that goes. "

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About the Author

Carrie Bebris is an award-winning author, editor, and speaker best known for her Mr. & Mrs. Darcy mystery series. Before becoming a fiction writer, Bebris worked as a journalist and a college English teacher. Her first mystery, Pride and Prescience, made the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association bestseller list and was named one of the five best mysteries of the year by Library Journal. Bebris speaks nationally and locally, giving lectures about Jane Austen, writing, and publishing; since 2008, she has also been a and guest lecturer for the Antioch Writers Workshop. She currently resides in Ohio.