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?
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!