Issue 7, March 2012 Dear Reader, Happy first day of spring! I hope this issue of my newsletter finds you well and enjoying fair weather. Here in the


Issue 7, March 2012

Dear Reader,

Happy first day of spring! I hope this issue of my newsletter finds you well and enjoying fair weather. Here in the Midwest we are seeing early blooms, and I am almost confident enough to pack away the winter coats. Almost.

Thank you to all of you who have written, told me in person, and/or shared with your friends how much you enjoyed The Deception at Lyme. Hearing from you is always a gift, and your opinion means a great deal. It took me a year and a half to write Deception, and it spent another year at the publisher working its way through the editing and production process, so it was a joyful moment for me when the book finally reached your hands. Apparently, many of you were anticipating its publication as much as I was—thanks to your enthusiasm, the novel went into a second printing before it even released—and reviews have been highly favorable. If you have not yet had a chance to read it, Deception is presently available in hardcover, e-book, and audio format (more on the audiobook below). Additional information, including a synopsis, publication details, an excerpt, and a photo gallery from my research trip, can be found on my website (

Now that I have written one Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery for each of Jane Austen’s six completed novels, many of you have asked whether the series will continue. Indeed it shall! I am presently writing the seventh book of the series, and will divulge more details in a future newsletter. (Writers are superstitious creatures, and most of us find that talking too much about a story while it is still being written diminishes the need to tell it.) I assure you, there is still plenty of mayhem in Regency England to entangle the Darcys, and many troublesome Austen characters they either have not seen the last of, or not yet met. In fact, I left Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy in quite a state of turmoil just now, and had better get back to them to see what has transpired in my absence. ☺

Until next time, I remain—

Your faithful scribe,
Carrie Bebris

In this issue:

Audio edition of The Deception at Lyme now available
New Italian translation of The Deception at Lyme
Dancing with Andrew Davies
Upcoming Events and Writing Workshops


Audio edition of The Deception at Lyme now available

For years, readers have been asking me whether the Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries will ever be available in audio format. I am delighted to announce that at last, one of them is! An unabridged audio version of The Deception at Lyme has just released, published by Recorded Books. It is available on CD, Playaway, cassette, and digital download directly from Recorded Books, and also as a digital download from

Even if you have already read The Deception at Lyme, you’ll want to hear it performed aloud. One experiences a story differently when hearing the words spoken vs. reading them silently on the page. Most modern novels are not written with the assumption that they will be read aloud, but in Jane Austen’s time, the practice was common. In a world without DVDs, television, or radio, oral reading of novels and other literature was a form of shared home entertainment. After dinner, families and friends would gather in a single room (not only for companionship, but to reduce the number of candles and fires needed to light and heat the house), and take turns reading works to the assembled company. Growing up, Jane Austen and her family shared many novels this way, as well as their own writings.

When Jane became published herself, she occasionally had the opportunity to hear her novels read aloud by and to friends who never suspected that the books’ anonymous author was in the room with them, and she enjoyed witnessing their honest reactions to her stories. On the day her copies of Pride and Prejudice arrived from the publisher, she happily observed that their dinner guest found the first several chapters amusing. When the neighbor returned a week later to hear more, however, Jane confessed disappointment in her mother’s turn as narrator: “our 2d evening’s reading to Miss Benn had not pleased me so well, but I beleive [sic] something must be attributed to my Mother’s too rapid way of getting on—& tho’ she perfectly understands the Characters herself, she cannot speak as they ought.”*

Fortunately for me, Jane Austen’s mother did not narrate The Deception at Lyme. The audiobook features the vocal talent of Leslie Carroll, an actress who is also herself an author of historical fiction and nonfiction. She knows her British history, and is especially well-versed in the British Navy during the Napoleonic era—which means that all the naval elements in The Deception at Lyme weren’t just words on a page to her. She not only knew how to pronounce terms such as “fo’c’sle” (sailor-speak for “forecastle”), but knew what they were—which enabled her to truly bring the characters and scenes to life.

If the audiobook version of Deception sells well, it is my hope that audio versions of the other Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries will follow. So please encourage your library to order it.

[*] Letter to her sister, Cassandra Austen, 4 February 1813. (Le Faye, Deirdre, ed., Jane Austen's Letters, 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.)


New Italian translation of The Deception at Lyme

The sixth Mr. & Mrs. Darcy mystery novel has just released in Italian from TEA Books under the title Inganno e persuasione, o: La sventurata di Lyme (Deception and Persuasion: The ill-fated of Lyme). As with TEA's editions of the previous Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries, this translation of The Deception at Lyme is a handsome trade paperback with a lovely cover. More information is available on my website.

Inganno e persuasione, o: La sventurata di Lyme, e appena apparso in Italia edito dalla TEA

Care lettrici e lettori,

Sarete felici di sapere che è apparsa l'edizione italiana del sesto episodio delle Indagini di Mr. e Mrs. Darcy, pubblicato dalla TEA, come i cinque precedenti romanzi della serie. Spero che vi piaccia! Potrete trovare ulteriori informazioni sulla pagina in italiano del mio sito

Colgo l'occasione per ringraziarvi del vostro interessamento nella serie. E' sempre un piacere per me ricevere posta dai miei lettori italiani. Portate una ventata di affettuoso tepore nelle mie giornate.

I miei più calorosi saluti


Dancing with Andrew Davies

My book tour for Deception took me from the Great Lakes to the Ohio River Valley to the Texas plains, and I enjoyed every event and opportunity to meet so many of you. Among the highlights was speaking at the national conference of the Jane Austen Society of North America, held in Fort Worth, Texas. While there, I had the unexpected pleasure of not only meeting legendary screenwriter Andrew Davies, but dancing the Texas Two-Step with him during a Western Country Dancing workshop.

Upon first finding myself partnered with Mr. Davies (best known to Janeites for his 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice—a.k.a. “the Colin Firth one”—and three other Austen adaptations), I confess I was as tongue-tied as any Austen heroine he has brought to life on film, as I cast about for something to say that would not make me appear a total fan-girl. But in every conversation I had with him in the course of the weekend, both on and off the dance floor, he was gracious and charming and wickedly witty, and I am now an even greater admirer of his work.


Events and Writing Workshops

Here is the most up-to-date list of my future engagements. Visit the events page of my website for details about the appearances below, and check back periodically for updates—additional events are in the planning process and will be posted there as soon as they are confirmed. I hope to meet you soon!


Antioch Writers’ Workshop Genre Saturday

Saturday, March 31; 8:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Antioch University Midwest
A full-day fiction-writing workshop focusing on the genres of mystery, romance, and science fiction/fantasy/horror. Published authors in these three genres will each lead a track on aspects of writing specific to his/her genre. I'll be teaching the mystery track. Registration is limited to 15 participants per genre (45 total participants), so reserve your spot soon! Schedule, fees, registration, and instructor bios:


Ohioana Book Festival

Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center
546 Jack Gibbs Blvd.
Free and open to the public.
Meet 90 writers and illustrators at this celebration of Ohio authors. Bookfair and author signings, panels, roundtables, readings, discussions, entertainment, children’s programming, and more.


Cuyahoga County Public Library

North Olmsted Branch

27403 Lorain Road
Saturday, June 16; 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
A personal introduction to the Mr. & Mrs. Darcy series and The Deception at Lyme at North Olmsted's lovely Colonial-style library. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The event is free; register in advance via the library's website.


Antioch Writers’ Workshop

July 7-13
I am teaching a weeklong fiction-writing seminar as part of the 27th Annual Summer Writing Workshop. Registration for the seminar is limited, so reserve early. For complete information about the Antioch Writers’ Workshop, including course descriptions, schedules, fees, registration, scholarships, and speaker/faculty bios, visit


Sisters in Crime

Saturday, August 18; 12:30 p.m.


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