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Current Issue Number 79 Vol. 22 January 2012
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THE DECEPTION AT LYME

THE DECEPTION AT LYME:

THE DECEPTION AT LYME, Or, The Perils of Persuasion, by Carrie Bebris. Tor (www.tor-forge.com), 2011, 303 pp., $22.99. ISBN 978-0-7653-2797-0

Author Carrie Bebris is 6 and 0. Once again, she delivers with THE DECEPTION AT LYME, her newest edition and the sixth book in her Mr. and Mr. Darcy Mystery series.

Bebris keeps the candle burning for hardcore fans of Jane Austen’s work. One might even be led to believe Austen never actually passed on – or perhaps Bebris has the ability to “channel” Austen and tap into Austin’s creative thought processes. Stories seem so seamless and accurate – the tone, inflections, you name it.

THE DECEPTION AT LYME places the Darcys on holiday at the Cobb, the famous seawall in the seaside village of Lyme, a setting familiar to Austen fans from Austen’s book, PERSUASION. The Darcys travel there to receive the personal effects of Mr. Darcy’s late cousin Gerard, a navy lieutenant who died in action. This time, Darcy’s sister Georgiana joins the pair.

As always, it doesn’t take long for strange occurrences to begin. Intrigue, murder, and all types of suspicious activities abound. The Darcys eventually team up with other naval veterans, and many mysteries are solved.

But not all is “doom and gloom,” because several happy things occur, taking readers into the future of “what if,” as in “what if” PRIDE AND PREJUDICE had continued?

The Mr. and Mrs. Darcy stories are challenging in that they require the reader to recall other Jane Austen books and the characters and storylines in them. That may not be a problem for hardcore Austen fans. However, for those who have not read the other books in some time, it would probably be helpful to take the time to refresh a bit before diving into one of Bebris’s Darcy adventures!

Debra-Jackson Andrews

 

In This Issue

SUPERVOLCANO ERUPTION FLASHBACK Click on book cover for review. The Astounding, The Amazing, By Malmont FUTURE MEDIA

Urban Fantasy Blood and Other Cravings The Haunting of 20th Century America Ghosts by Gaslight A Pleasure to Burn

The Gift A Dublin Student Doctor   The Price of Civilization The Deception at Lyme

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Realms of Fantasy - Aug. 2011

REALMS OF FANTASY:

REALMS OF FANTASY, August 2011. Damnation Books (www.rofmag.com), $5.99.

There’s a great essay in here about “Women in Fantasy: The Images, the Artists” with illustrations of some of the best. The essay looks into the “urban fantasy babe” and her predecessor, the “woman warrior.” A sexist image? Some of the best illustrators are included, with Virginia Lee and Stephanie Pui-Mun Law.

Andrew M. Andrews
Realms of Fantasy - Oct. 2011

REALMS OF FANTASY:

REALMS OF FANTASY, October 2011. Damnation Books (www.rofmag.com), $5.99.

Another great illustrator interview with (and profusely illustrated by) Ruth Sanderson, conducted by Karen Haber. Check this out!

Andrew M. Andrews
Deed To Death - cover

SAINTS ASTRAY:

SAINTS ASTRAY, by Jacqueline Carey. Grand Central Publishing (www.HachetteBookGroup.com), 2011, 356 pp., $14.99. ISBN 978-0-446-57142-5

Loup and girlfriend Pilar escape from military custody to be high-priced bodyguards for a British rock band. But they can’t leave their past behind – including their chance to stay in Outpost 12, a Texas border town, and bring out those they have abandoned.

Andrew M. Andrews
No Rest for The Dead - cover

THE PENGUIN BOOK OF VICTORIAN WOMEN IN CRIME:

THE PENGUIN BOOK OF VICTORIAN WOMEN IN CRIME, ed. by Michael Sims. Penguin (us.penguingroup.com), 2011, 340 pp., $16.00. ISBN 978-0-14-310621-0

Michael Sims, editor of the PENGUIN BOOK OF GASLIGHT CRIME, brings together a wealth of authors to showcase the work of some great crime-fighters that could compete with Holmes and other classic sleuths.

Andrew M. Andrews
Promises To Keep - cover

MIRROR MAZE:

MIRROR MAZE, by Michaele Jordan. Pyr/Prometheus (www.pyrsf.com), 2011, 368 pp., $16.00. ISBN 978-1-61614-529-3

Jacob Aldridge is the victim of a curse, beginning with the death of his fiancée, encountering her doppelganger, all the while a demon stalks him, and draws others close to him into the dangers that await.

Andrew M. Andrews
Eyes to See

EYES TO SEE:

EYES TO SEE, by Joseph Nassise. Tor (www.tor-forge.com), 2011, 319 pp., $22.99. ISBN 978-0-7653-2718-5

The story of a classics professor who, desperate to find out why his young daughter disappears, performs an arcane ritual that robs him of his eyesight in order to “see that which is unseen.” His new powers allow him to do some great things for people but also send him up against a terrible force that could cost him his own life, as well as that of others.

Andrew M. Andrews
Thomas World

THOMAS WORLD:

THOMAS WORLD, by Richard Cox. Night Shade Books (www.nightshadebooks.com), 2011, 396 pp., $14.99. ISBN 978-1-59780-308-3

Almost Philip K. Dick-like, the protagonist in this book, Thomas, sees his life spinning out of control. He believes that his life has been scripted, perhaps by his own doppelganger-like soul, watching him . . . why?

Andrew M. Andrews

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THE MAGNIFICIENT MEDILLS, by Megan McKinney. HarperCollins (www.harpercollins.com), 2011, 456 pp., $27.99. ISBN 978-0-06-178223-7

NEWSPAPER TITAN: THE INFAMOUS LIFE AND MONUMENTAL TIMES OF CISSY PATTERSON, by Amanda Smith. Borzoi/Alfred A. Knopf (www.aaknopf.com),
2011, 716 pp., $37.50.

KAFKAESQUE, Stories Inspired by Franz Kafka, ed. by John Kessel and James Patrick Kelly. Tachyon (www.tachyonpublications.com), 2011, 284 pp., $15.95.
ISBN 978-1-61696-049-0