The Inseparable Mr. and Mrs. Darcy – Interview with Jennifer Joy and Giveaway

Hello everyone,

Yesterday Jennifer Joy released The Inseparable Mr. and Mrs. Darcy which is the last novel of the Meryton Mystery Series, and today she visits From Pemberley to Milton to talk a little about the series, this last book and her future projects which include not only JAFF but also some cozy mysteries across the globe (well…I guess it depends on where you stand on the globe…maybe I should have just said Equador, no?).

Did you know that Jennifer Joy doesn’t write only JAFF books? Have you read any non-jaff book from her? I haven’t, but they are on my bucket list 🙂

She brings with her a very generous giveaway, so make sure you comment this post to apply to one of the 8 books she would like to offer, but before that, I hope you like what Jennifer has to say about our favourite characters 🙂

 

 

 

Now that you’ve published the last book in the series, could you tell us where the idea for a mystery series featuring ODC came from?

My stories have always included some mystery element. For example, in Darcy’s Ultimatum we asked what was in the letter Anne held? Why did Lady Catherine react so strongly to it?, in Anne’s Adversity: What’s the truth about Sir Lewis de Bourgh?, in Colonel Fitzwilliam’s Challenge: Who is spying for the French, and why?, in Accusing Elizabeth: Who stole Anne’s diamond earrings? and in Love Never Fails: What is Darcy’s big secret?

This time, I decided to write a full-on standalone mystery along with a continuing romance. I wanted to write a book with high stakes and a ticking clock; a page turner. After completing The Honorable Mr. Darcy, I had so much fun with the idea, I kept going.

 

And this is the third book in the A Meryton Mystery series. Why did you decide to turn this into a series?

Most people read Pride & Prejudice because of the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth. I knew I couldn’t give their romance the attention it deserved in one book. It would have been too fast and I wanted their love to be based on something more solid. There’s nothing like the trials of life to either tear couples apart or bring them together, so I decided early on that I needed more than one book to tell this story.

 

That’s kind of a theme in this series: What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.

Haha! While Darcy and Elizabeth get into a few risky scrapes, they come out alive in the end. Of course, some characters were (mortally) harmed in the making of this book … but that’s to be expected in a mystery!

 

How is this third book different from the previous two?

It was a challenge to write as a standalone because I had to include enough tidbits of the first two books without giving anything away. That’s really hard to do!

Also, the mystery in this book is much more complicated and many more secrets than I was prepared for came out … which is probably why it’s my biggest book to date. There was so much!

 

Surprises? Intriguing. Which character surprised you the most, and why?

Georgiana and Lydia are a tie. Lydia may not be known for her wit, but she shocked me with her plan. And Georgiana is a much better sister than I gave her credit for at the start.

 

So, is this really the end of the series?

Maybe…

 

Hum…Your characters aren’t the only ones with secrets! Will you at least tell us what you’re working on now?

I have a cold case to solve, a puppy to save, and a doughnut shop to open in my cozy mystery series set in Ecuador.

 

That sounds like fun! Can you tell us more?

Absolutely! Jessica James is an adventure-averse introvert from Portland, Oregon, who, in circumstances beyond her control, ends up in Baños, Ecuador. Baños is just about the coolest, little town in the country. It’s in the perfect spot between the jungle and the Andes Mountains and boasts a wide array of adrenaline-inducing activities. You can just imagine how uncomfortable a girl unused to stepping out of her comfort zone would feel in a place like that … and then the murders began.

It’s very much Romancing The Stone meets Miss Marple, with a couple of cantankerous elderly sisters intent on getting Jessica into all kinds of trouble.

 

Jessica sounds familiar 😉 I wouldn’t mind meeting her 🙂 But what about your next JAFF? Any hints?

I got hit with an idea for a contemporary JAFF story I’m itching to start. After that … it’s a mystery.

 

Speaking of mysteries, can you give us a quick rundown of the first two books in this series for the readers who haven’t picked them up yet?

With pleasure! In book 1: The Honorable Mr. Darcy, when Lt. George Wickham is shot dead, Fitzwilliam Darcy is the prime suspect. Elizabeth Bennet holds the key to his freedom. There’s one problem: If she helps Darcy, she’ll have to marry him. And she despises Darcy. So can Darcy and Elizabeth set aside their differences long enough to catch a killer?

In book 2,  The Indomitable Miss Elizabeth when a deadly secret is revealed, Elizabeth Bennet’s hopes for a happily-ever-after with Mr. Darcy are dashed. Threats are made, leading to an event no one could foresee—a murder in Meryton. Darcy soon discovers the strength of the victim’s enemies…and their closeness to Elizabeth.

With a killer on the loose and hearts on the line, can they solve another mystery together? Or will the truth break them apart forever?

 

Thank you so much Jennifer!!! And best of luck with this new release 🙂

 

 

 

Jennifer’s characters aren’t the only ones with surprises. She came bearing gifts and good news.

First, Jennifer wants to offer 4 ebooks of The Inseparable Mr. and Mrs. Darcy to 4 lucky winners.

Second, she wants to announce here that her first book in the A Meryton Mystery series is ON SALE for 99 cents in the US and the UK Amazon stores from June 22-29.  That’s this Thursday through the next.

Third, she wants to offer 4 readers their choice of any one of her books! Just name in the comments which book you would choose and let us know why that was your choice, what is that the one that appeals to you the most?

The giveaway is international an ends on the 30th of June. The winners will be announced shortly after that.

 

Good luck everyone!

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59 responses to “The Inseparable Mr. and Mrs. Darcy – Interview with Jennifer Joy and Giveaway

  1. Glynis

    I have read the first in this series and I have the second still waiting to be read so I would love this one as well. I like it when Darcy and Elizabeth work together to solve problems and it seems that is what happens in this one.
    So I would love to win a copy of this one but if not I would like Win, Lose or Darcy as I think that’s the only other one I don’t have. Thanks for this post and the great giveaways

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  2. J. W. Garrett

    What a delightful post. I love Jennifer Joy’s books. I have books 1&2 in the ‘Meryton Mystery Series’ and only need book 3… ‘The Inseparable Mr. And Mrs. Darcy to complete my set. I am so excited for this launch. Blessings and much success. Thank you so much for the generous gift offers. We readers do so appreciate it. Have a blessed day. JWG

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  3. Mary

    Hi Rita,

    Such an array of books,there’s surely one to suit every type of book lover!!

    While I’ve read and enjoyed The Honourable Mr Darcy,I would dearly love to read the next in the series,The Indomitable Miss Elizabeth. I love the interactions between these beloved characters,seeing them work closely together and watching their bond grow tentatively over time.
    I’m a crime buff,so what more could a girl ask for than a story that happily combined Darcy and Lizzy gainfully employed in solving a ‘who-dun-it’!!!!

    Sincere thanks to all concerned for this generous giveaway! ☺️

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  4. Beth

    I have read everything in this series (except the new one) and they are exceptional.

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  5. Pam Hunter

    Thank for the generous giveaway! I have the first two books in the series (love them!), so I’d love to win the third one. ❤️

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  6. Marie jones

    I don’t wish to be included in the give away. I have all that’s offered all ready and anything with Jennifer joy as author is pure delightful.makes for many hours of happy reading

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  7. Carole in Canada

    Congratulations Jennifer! I love all your books and I have a hint for your next one…Mr. Tanner! That would have us get more time the D&E too!
    Please do not enter me in the giveaway as I have all of them too! The Inseparable Mr & Mrs Darcy was fabulous!!!!

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    • Thank you, Carole! I’m so happy to see some interest that the series continue! I fell in love with characters and I’m not quite ready to leave them yet. So, you may very well get your wish… Thank you, too, for your lovely review. It made me cry happy tears.

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  8. Sheila L. Majczan

    I have read all of Jennifer’s book and enjoyed each and every one of them and posted reviews. They get better and better, if that is possible. The chemistry between Darcy and Elizabeth in this last one was drool-worthy.

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  9. Although I would like Book 3 in this mystery series,basically because mysteries are my favourite genre to read, I think I would pick Colonel Fitzwilliam’s Challenge as the Colonel is my favourite male character from P&P.

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  10. Ginna

    What an awesome giveaway! Thanks, Jennifer! Enjoyed the interview and learning about the thought process that went into this series. In which book am I most interested if I were selected in the giveaway? This one, “The Inseparable Mr. and Mrs. Darcy.” Why? Because it’s the only one of your JAFF books that I don’t have! I haven’t read the first 2 yet, because I will want to read them all together. I did the same with the Cousins books, and I enjoyed the continuity and connections in those.

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  11. Maureen C

    I am interested in reading “Cabs, Cakes, and Corpses.” I enjoy cozy mysteries, and this sounds like a fun read. In addition, I like the alliteration in the TITLE!:) Thanks for offering the giveaway!

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  12. MISSY

    Let me just start by saying I LOVE your writings! 🙂 I went searching through amazon and I know I have read all of your P&P variations but maybe one (is it bad that it doesn’t sound familiar?! I thought so too!) … Earning Darcy’s Trust: A Pride & Prejudice Variation. Therefore, it would be my pick for a free title! Keep writing!!!

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    • Ooh, one of my earlier novels. Thank you so much for stopping by and for your encouragement, Missy! (And it’s not bad at all! I have enough books out now, I sometimes confuse the titles 😛 I feel like a mom calling her kids by the wrong name! haha)

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  13. Great giveaway, Jennifer! Thank you! I would love to have this new book or Accusing Elizabeth, which I haven’t read yet.

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    • Thank you, Daniela! Accusing Elizabeth is near and dear to my heart as it was the first book that included a whole mystery plot to it. It was a lot of fun! And the pig… Best wishes!

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  14. Great interview. My choice of book would be The Indomitable Miss Elizabeth as I own the first book in this series and really enjoyed it.

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  15. BeckyC

    I am very excited about this next book in the series. Thank you for the generous giveaway

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  16. Gail M Frisby

    Have read most of the books but would like to win the giveaway

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  17. Patricia Finnegan

    Who designss your book covers? the blue dress is gorgeous!

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  18. Lenora Robinson

    I love your books. I believe the only book I don’t have is Colonel Fitzwilliam’s Challenge.

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  19. Sophia Rose

    Let’s just say I’ve been living under a rock because… yeah, had no idea the talented Jennifer wrote a fun cozy mystery series mash up with P&P or another set in Ecuador. My friend got me onto cozy mysteries last year so I’d probably devour both of these series now. Definitely adding both to the wish list.

    Enjoyed the interview, ladies. I am forever nosey about where book ideas come from and I do love the decision to stretch the romance out over a series to give it a more authentic feeling. Bravo on the new release.

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    • Thank you, Sophia! I hope you enjoy both series! Who knew Meryton was such a murder magnet? As for Ecuador … it’s so much fun to write in such a different culture than Regency, England 😀

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  20. Charlotte

    I would love to read Love Never Fails, am interested to read about Elizabeth as a Lady’s Companion 🙂

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  21. Lovely interview, ladies. I’m so proud of you, Jennifer. It is amazing to me how your mind automatically jumps to a mystery element. This last book has the most romantic Darcy and Elizabeth. Le sigh!!! Each book gets better and better. Yep! Proud.

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  22. evamedmonds

    I absolutely loved the first two books in this series. As I read them on Kindle Unlimited, I am off to purchase The Honorable Mr. Darcy. I would love to win a copy of Love Never Fails. I like it when Elizabeth is forced into a new situation because of her decisions, and the secondary character of Bingley’s scheming Aunt always adds interest. How does our favorite couple achieve their HEA when there are so many obstacles? Thank you for this interesting interview. Keep writing – your plots are great and very inventive.

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  23. Have heard so much about book 3 and would so love to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  24. Dung

    Congrats on the third book in your series. I’m looking forward to reading them.

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  25. Interview is a great way to know you better, Jennifer. Thank you for the generous giveaway too.

    I would like to have Anne’s Adversity because this is one of only two e-books written by Jennifer that I do not have along with Colonel Fitzwilliam’s Challenge. I have not read many stories concerning Anne de Bourgh which does not paint her in a positive picture. I am hoping this book will change my perspective of Anne.

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    • Thank you! It was rewarding to write a book about Anne coming out from her mother’s shadow to grow and become a more empowered woman. I hope you enjoy her journey! Best wishes!

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  26. John Rieber (aka John Karlsson)

    I would like “The Indomitable Miss Elizabeth.” (#2 in The Meryton Mystery Series) I have already ordered book #1, and I am sure I will want to continue. Elizabeth is my favorite character, and I’m sure it will be fun watching her Rise to the Challenge! 😉

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  27. Oh Boy, this (for now) trilogy has to be the top of my wishlist now! I read the first 2 Murder in Ecuador books and I loved them, very excited for the 3rd! So that kind of mystery and Darcy and Lizzie?! Seems perfection!
    If I had to choose from the books offered, besides the first 2 volumes in this series, Colonel Fitzwilliam’s Challenge seems interesting!

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  28. Hi Rita and Jennifer and thanks so much for such a generous giveaway!
    I’ve only one book missing from my collection of Jennifer’s books and that’s the third in the Cousins series, Colonel Fitzwilliam’s Challenge. I loved the first two (listened to the audiobook versions) and was hoping the Colonel’s story would be issued in that format too. Still, if I’m lucky, that’s the one I’d like as an ebook.
    Jennifer’s books are just like her name, a joy to read! I’ve enjoyed every single one I’ve read or listened to. The Murder on the Equator series is such a delight, especially the two elderly sisters. They’re a great double-act! Looking forward to more of them very much. The Meryton Mysteries have been a great series, and like Carole in Canada, I’d love to read Mr. Tanner’s story. There are enough hints in Inseparable as to a possible love match for him and it’d be fantastic to find out some more of his back story. Pretty please?

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    • Aw, thank you, Anji! Abuelita and Tia Rosa are cracking the whip as they want their next adventure out pronto. I like to keep on Abuelita’s good side, so I’m typing away.
      As for Tanner … if I can get him up to Pemberley, we could have a lovely story. We’re in negotiations, but he’s stubborn 😉
      Thank you so much for all you do!

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  29. Baudelia A

    Hello again! I finally had time to sit down and read “The Inseparable Mr. & Mrs. Darcy”. I just left a review for it this morning on Amazon. I absolutely fell in love with your story, just as I knew I would. Another fantastic tale, as mysterious and thought provoking as the last two.

    I thought I’d try my hat at another giveaway. I would love to win an ebook of “The Indomitable Miss Elizabeth”. It’s the only book of the Meryton Mystery Series that I’m missing. I loved the back and forth banter and confusion between Elizabeth and Darcy. As frustrating as their mix-ups and conversation could be, the conclusion was worth all their misunderstandings. And it led to such a beautiful relationship shared by the two in the third installment of the series.

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