The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy by @ReginaJeffers is a Cozy Mystery pick #cozymystery #giveaway
Title: The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Mystery
Author: Regina Jeffers
Genre: mystery; romantic suspense, historical mysteries, Regency romance, historical romance, cozy mystery, JAFF
SHACKLED IN THE DUNGEON of a macabre castle with no recollection of her past, a young woman finds herself falling in love with her captor—the estate’s master. Trusting him before she regains her memory and unravels the castle’s wicked truths would be a catastrophe.
Far away at Pemberley, the Darcys happily gather to celebrate the marriage of Kitty Bennet. But a dark cloud sweeps through the festivities: Georgiana has disappeared without a trace. Upon receiving word of his sister’s likely demise, Darcy and his wife, Elizabeth, set off across the English countryside, seeking answers in the unfamiliar and menacing Scottish moors.
How can Darcy keep his sister safe from the most sinister threat she has ever faced when he doesn’t even know if she’s alive? True to Austen’s style and rife with malicious villains, dramatic revelations and heroic gestures, this suspense-packed mystery places Darcy and Elizabeth in the most harrowing situation they have ever faced— finding Georgiana before it’s too late.
Although the nightmare had returned, when a brace of candles floated into the room, her eyes opened to devour the precious light. She pushed herself to a seated position and shoved several loose strands of hair behind her ears. She no longer possessed an idea of the number of days and nights she had spent curled up on the hard cot.
“I have brought you a warmer gown—one of wool,” a female voice said. “If ye’ll change from yer ne cloth, I’ll be seeing to the stains.” The woman placed the expected food plate on the small stool. “I’ve brought ye a bit of cheese this time.”
She watched the movements—memorizing the actions. What would it feel like to walk across the room—to stretch her cramped muscles? By twisting awkwardly, she had managed to stand beside the cot and to mark her steps in place. To give her weakened legs some much-needed relief. But actually to take a step would be glorious. Regrettably, even the slightest shift on her part permitted the manacle to cut into her wrist.
“Come,” the woman said as she unlocked the metal cuff and helped her to her feet. “There. Does that not feel better?” The woman rubbed her hands with her own, and life rushed into the girl’s fingertips. She searched the stranger’s face, but all she could discern was the woman’s age. Likely her late fifties. Silver-gray hair. Very strong hands. Not dainty like those of a woman of good breeding. Her ministrations indicated the woman did not readily retreat from hard work. Was she someone familiar? Sadly, the shadows robbed the girl of her savior’s other features. “Permit me to assist ye with yer laces and yer stays.”
Obediently, the girl turned her back to the woman. “My, yer skin be so smooth,” her captor said. The gown slipped down her body to the floor, and she stepped from it. A cold shiver rocked her spine, but she kept her focus on her surroundings. Where was she? Could she escape? The room resembled a cell—a place for prisoners, which is exactly what she was: someone’s prisoner, and she need never to forget that fact. Breaching the stone walls was not possible. She would require another form of flight.
“This gown should be making ye more comfortable.” The woman dropped the cloth over her head and began to lace the eyelets. Without her stays, she would be able to move more freely. “I’ve also brought ye some gloves, as well as this strip of cloth. I’ll be keepin’ the shackle from cuttin’ into yer skin.”
She turned to the woman. “Must I be returned to the cuff?” She wanted to explore her options more fully, but she permitted the woman to refasten the chain.
“I’ve no right to order it otherwise.” Her captor’s gravelly voice held sadness, but the girl wondered if the woman offered an untruth. Something did not feel right. A shiver ran down the girl’s spine, not from the damp cold of the place where she was held, but rather from the practiced motions, as the woman bent to replace the fastening.
“Then to whom should I plead my case?” she implored.
The woman’s mouth set in a tight line. “You’ll see in time.” The stranger straightened the gown’s line, tugging at the seams. “It be a bit tighter than I be thinkin’,” the woman said as she bent to retrieve the traveling dress from the floor.
Without thinking, the girl’s hand came to rest upon her abdomen. “My family shall pay whatever you ask for my release,” she said softly.
“Not yer husband?” the woman accused as she strode toward the door.
“My husband is dead.”
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“THE DISAPPEARANCE OF GEORGIANA DARCY” IS A THRILLING NOVEL OF MALICIOUS VILLAINS, DRAMATIC REVELATIONS, AND HEROIC GESTURES THAT STAYS TRUE TO AUSTEN’S STYLE
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Regina Jeffers, an award-winning author of historical cozy mysteries, Austenesque sequels and retellings, as well as Regency era romances, has worn many hats over her lifetime: daughter, student, military brat, wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, tax preparer, journalist, choreographer, Broadway dancer, theatre director, history buff, grant writer, media literacy consultant, and author. Living outside of Charlotte, NC, Jeffers writes novels that take the ordinary and adds a bit of mayhem, while mastering tension in her own life with a bit of gardening and the exuberance of her “grand joys.”
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