Popsugar Reading Challenge category: A book that started as fan fiction
Accusing Mr. Darcy, by Kelly Miller
Pride and Prejudice as a mystery/thriller? It's a curious combination.
Kelly Miller has written several variations on Pride and Prejudice, where Elizabeth Bennet and FitzWilliam Darcy meet under different circumstances. This one has an almost entirely different cast of characters, as Elizabeth's mother died young in the version, and her only family consists of her father and sister Jane, who are mostly offstage. Elizabeth and Darcy are spending a month at a "house party" thrown by mutual friends - but a killer is stalking women in the area, and he's zeroed in on Elizabeth.
The mystery plot wasn't bad, but there were a couple of places where I couldn't suspend disbelief. For instance, when the detectives identify a suspect, he's ordered confined to his room - in the same house where Elizabeth is still staying!
The author did capture the personalities of Elizabeth and Darcy well, and the journey from their initial dislike to true love. And the way Darcy screwed up the first proposal was very Austen.