|In the Darcys' latest adventure, our favorite Regency couple enters the world of Austen's Persuasion, where their seaside holiday is disrupted by two suspicious deaths: those of an unknown woman they discover at the base of Lyme's famous seawall, and of a young naval lieutenant—Mr. Darcy's cousin—allegedly killed in action aboard a ship fraught with conspiracy. Aided by newlyweds Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot, the Darcys uncover secrets that many in Lyme would prefer remain hidden . . . while Mr. Darcy's sister, Georgiana, finally finds romance.
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Thank you for your warm reception of my most recent novel, The Deception at Lyme (Or, The Peril of Persuasion). Readers and reviewers alike have praised the sixth Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery as my best book yet, and I am pleased to announce that a new trade paperback edition was recently released. The novel is also available in hardcover and ebook formats, as an audiobook (CD, cassette, Playaway, and digital download), and in Italian translation. For more about The Deception at Lyme, including a synopsis, excerpt, publication details, and photographs from my research trip to Lyme, click here or on the book cover to your right. Additional information about the audio and Italian editions can be found on the latest news and Italian pages.
Now that I have written one corresponding mystery for each of Jane Austen’s six full-length novels, many readers have asked me whether the series will continue. Indeed, yes! I am presently writing the seventh Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery, in which the Darcys visit another seaside village: Sanditon. There, they encounter the cast of eccentric, amusing characters who captured Jane Austen’s imagination in her final days. The mystery is based on the unfinished manuscript Austen was writing when she died, and working on it—reading Austen’s developing story in her own handwriting, and speculating about her intentions for the characters she created—has been both a challenge and a joy. The book is tentatively scheduled for release in 2014. Its title is not quite finalized, but as soon as it is, I will announce it here.
|One of the highlights of my book tour for The Deception at Lyme was speaking at the national conference of the Jane Austen Society of North America in Fort Worth, Texas. While there, I had the unexpected pleasure of not only meeting legendary screenwriter Andrew Davies, but being his dance partner for the Texas Two-Step!|
I continue to travel around the country for speaking engagements, and I enjoy every opportunity to meet readers and aspiring writers. This winter and spring will find me in Ohio leading off this year’s annual Marysville Author Series and teaching a writing workshop at the James Thurber House, in Pennsylvania delivering a presentation at the Pittsburgh Jane Austen Festival, and in Wisconsin, where The Deception at Lyme has been chosen as the 2013 Community Read in the lakeshore city of Sheboygan. Be sure to visit the events page for details, and to see whether any of my other upcoming presentations, writing workshops, or other programs will bring me to your area. I very much hope we have an opportunity to meet in person!
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