Elizabeth Bennet goes to Netherfield Park to keep her sick sister, Jane, company. Things turn odd as soon as she arrives. She sees a ghostly face in an upstairs window of the manor, and hears eerie sounds. Then, when things start turning up missing, and she meets a dark stranger in the middle of the night, she finds herself embroiled in danger and scandal, and the only one she can turn to for help is the stiff Mr. Darcy, who at first seems to dislike her, or at least, to hold her in disdain.
The Netherfield Affair by Penelope Swan is a Regency mystery written in the style of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The author does a fantastic job of recreating the style of Austen’s works, with a touch of mystery, complete with hidden clues and red herrings. Jane Austen fans will love this book, and even if you’re not particularly fond of this style of writing, I’m sure you’ll find this an entertaining story. This is the first book in a planned four-book series that explores the relationship between Elizabeth and Darcy.
I’ll be looking for the next one to see if the mysterious highwayman is found, and just what his story really is. That’s a bit of a spoiler, but only a bit. The ending will still surprise you.
I give it five stars.