Pride and Prejudice variations which combine romance and suspense, inspired by Jane Austen’s novels and characters

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If you love Jane Austen and the romance between Elizabeth & Mr Darcy – and enjoy Regency romances with a dash of suspense and intrigue – then this is the place for you!

I write Pride and Prejudice variations, inspired by Jane Austen’s novels and characters. These sweet, clean stories are “Jane Austen fan fiction” for those who love mystery and romance!

Darcy’s Christmas Wish

Fitzwilliam Darcy never forgot the little girl, with the beautiful dark eyes, who saved his life fifteen years agoโ€ฆ though he never expected to meet her again. But when he comes to Rosings Park to spend the Advent season with his aunt and encounters the enchanting, spirited Miss Elizabeth Bennet again, he discovers that at Christmastime, wishes can come true…

DARCY’S CHRISTMAS WISH is a sweet, clean standalone Pride and Prejudice variation – a holiday romance inspired by Jane Austen’s classic novel!

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“A sweet, heartwarming story that emphasizes the true meaning of the Christmas season: love, family and friends, and compassion for those in need. The novel opens in the past with a Christmas wish and comes full circle beautifully. If you are an Austen fan looking for a charming Christmas story, I highly recommend this one!”Anna Horner, Diary of an Eccentric

 DarcyWager(SMALL)Darcy’s Wager

When Elizabeth Bennet discovers that her sister, Lydia, has risked her reputation by staking a wager against one of London’s most notorious rakes, she races to prevent a scandal before shame and ruin befall her family.

But saving her own sister could mean sacrificing another: the sister of the handsome, aloof Mr Darcy. Can Elizabeth make a choice between her family and the man she loves?

From the pleasure gardens of Vauxhall to the gambling dens of Piccadilly, join Darcy and Elizabeth as they banter, dance, and fall in love in this Regency romance for Jane Austen fans everywhere.

DARCY’S WAGER is a sweet, clean, full-length standalone Pride and Prejudice variation romance, inspired by Jane Austen’s novel.

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Darcy-Revealed(SMALL)Darcy Revealed

An unexpected mix-up leads Elizabeth Bennet to renewing her acquaintance with the handsome Mr Darcy during her stay in London.

Amid a whirl of society balls, fashionable promenades in Hyde Park and dangerous flirtations, Elizabeth find herself unwittingly drawn to the haughty, enigmatic gentleman.

But does Darcy return her feelings or does his heart belong to another?

DARCY REVEALED is a standalone Pride and Prejudice variation romance, inspired by Jane Austenโ€™s novel.

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The Dark Darcy Mysteries

A romantic Regency mystery inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice! What if Darcy and Elizabeth had encountered a series of mysteries on their way to finding true love? This series is a retelling of the original Pride and Prejudice story.. re-imagined with mystery and intrigue along the way!

Each book in this series features a standalone mystery which is resolved, but the overall story of Darcy and Elizabeth’s courtship is told over the 4 books of the series.

** The Dark Darcy series is complete for now but I may add some more installments in the future (perhaps Darcy and Elizabeth finding mystery and intrigue while on honeymoon! ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

NETHERFIELD-cover(SMALL)The Netherfield Affair (Book 1)

When Elizabeth Bennet goes to stay at Netherfield Park to keep her sick sister company, she is surprised by eerie noises in the night and ghostly faces at the attic windows. Could the rumours about the country manor being haunted be true?

Then a midnight encounter with a tall, dark stranger thrusts Elizabeth straight into the path of scandal and danger.

As she races to unravel the mystery, she finds unexpected assistance from the handsome but arrogant Mr Darcy. Is such a proud, reserved man to be trusted?


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INTRIGUE-cover(SMALL)Intrigue at the Ball (Book 2)

Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters are excited by the prospect of the Netherfield masquerade ballโ€”theyโ€™re looking forward to enchantment and romance and maybe even a wedding proposal too!

But their anticipation is overshadowed by the arrival of mysterious gifts from the Orient and the discovery of a deadly curse.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth is hiding a guilty secret about her encounter with a charming rogue and still struggling to understand her feelings for Mr Darcy.

The handsome, aloof gentleman may be a master at solving mysteries, but what are his intentions towards her heart?


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PROPOSAL-cover(SMALL)The Poisoned Proposal (Book 3)

When Elizabeth Bennet arrives at Hunsford Parsonage to visit her newlywed friend, she is horrified to find Charlotte accused of poisoning her husbandโ€™s patroness, Lady Catherine de Bourgh.

Determined to prove her friendโ€™s innocence, Elizabeth begins her own investigation and soon discovers that Lady Catherine has many enemies. Would one of them stoop to murder?

When her search for answers is challenged by the handsome, austere Mr Darcy, Elizabeth braces herself for a battle of wills, but he surprises her with a proposal of a very different kindโ€ฆ


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PEMBERLEY-cover(SMALL)Secrets at Pemberley (Book 4)

While on a tour of Englandโ€™s northern counties with her aunt and uncle, Elizabeth Bennet is delighted to find herself visiting the beautiful estate of Pemberley and renewing her acquaintance with its master, the handsome Mr Darcy. However, when she becomes a guest of the grand house, Elizabeth soon realises that sinister tensions lurk beneath the surface. Why is Darcyโ€™s sister, Georgiana, acting so strangely and is her new pianoforte really haunted? What secrets are the residents of Pemberley hiding? And could there be second chance for her to find happiness with the one gentleman who has captured her heart?


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18 thoughts on “Pride and Prejudice variations which combine romance and suspense, inspired by Jane Austen’s novels and characters

  1. LaNette Gunderson says:

    I loved the first two books in your series and look forward to the third installment. I have read many P & P variations, but yours was a fresh new approach. Thank you also for taking the time to check the basic grammar before publishing. I am surprised at the number of books published for the Kindle that have such poor grammar and wonder if the book had been edited prior to publishing.

    • Penelope Swan says:

      Hi LaNette – thank you so much for your lovely comment! I’m so sorry for the late reply – it had fallen into the Spam folder and I only just saw it now. I’m so pleased you enjoyed my books – your kind words really made my day! I was a bit worried about taking a “mystery” angle as I know most JAFF readers prefer the focus on the romance – so I was really delighted to hear that you liked my approach.

      Thank you again for taking the time to write – I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it! ๐Ÿ™‚ And I’m hard at work on Book 3 at the moment – am hoping to release that before the end of May, with Book 4 (the last one in this series) following shortly thereafter. Then I have an idea for a separate standalone story… so lots more P&P variations from me to come! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Penelope Swan says:

      Hi LaNette – just wanted to leave a quick note to let you know that Books 3 and 4 in the Dark Darcy series are both out now! Book 4 was just released this morning! ๐Ÿ™‚ They are available on Amazon, Apple iBooks, Nook, Google Play and Kobo.

      Hope you enjoy them!

      best wishes,

  2. Elizabeth Cohen says:

    Hi Penelope

    I voted for cover 3, however, I would like to stick my two cents in. As the photo is gorgeous and obviously is in sync with the other covers I would like to suggest something.
    If the Mystery is about a possibly haunted Piano Forte, why not put said Piano Forte in the background. Perhaps Lizzy is standing in one of the ballrooms that have great acoustics, or even the music room.
    I happen to love mysteries and I have read everything Agatha Christie to Charles Finch. And every single book from my fan fiction writers. I loved the first two books, I have book 3 and I will get book 4.
    It’s just an idea. What do you think?

    • Penelope Swan says:

      Hi Elizabeth – sorry for the late response to your comment. For some reason, I only saw it now!

      Anyway, thank you so much for taking the time to write and share your thoughts. I totally agree with you about the pianoforte in the background – yes, I had the same thought too! ๐Ÿ™‚ Unfortunately, that cover I had DID have a piano in the background! Obviously, it wasn’t very clear – it’s the big black shape. I think because it wasn’t opened up so was difficult to see. And I couldn’t find another background featuring a grand piano, which would fit on the cover.

      It was one reason why in the end, I decided to change the background to a completely different setting, as I felt the original idea was too “busy”, especially with the chequered flooring – and it was hard to read the title overlaid on top.

      So Book 4 has just been released, with a completely new cover, which I think is “cleaner” and more striking – I hope you might still like it anyway! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thank you again for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful comment!

      best wishes,

  3. Rida Sohaib says:

    I just scrolled down and realized I could leave a review here too!
    This whole series is really quite amazing. The balance between mystery and romance was perfect (though it did cause a lot of frustrating misunderstandings!) and so was the portrayal of the characters. I would definitely like to read other Regency mystery romances from this author – specially if they featured Elizabeth and Mr Darcy! I confess that I’ve reread the whole series within a month or two of my original reading – quite a feat for someone who dislikes rereading novels, in general. Thanks Penelope for an excellent read – I definitely recommend the series.

    • Penelope Swan says:

      Thanks so much, Rida, for taking the time to leave such a lovely, thoughtful review! I’m so pleased you enjoyed the books so much. And I’m incredibly honoured that my books are worthy of “re-reading”! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Best wishes,
      Penelope Swan

  4. Mayme Bolt says:

    I just finished the Dark Darcy Series, by far the best I have read in a long time!!! Please continue the series. Your a wonderful author. I read the last book in 1 day

    • Penelope Swan says:

      Aw, what a wonderful comment, Mayme! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much for your kind words – you just made my entire week!!!!!

      I’m so pleased you enjoyed them, especially as I know they’re a bit “different” from most other JAFF books as they are slightly more focused on the mystery/suspense aspects of the plot – it was the story I wanted to tell but I felt like I was taking a massive gamble being different – so it’s wonderful to hear from a reader that it was worth it! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Yes, I will certainly consider continuing them as I have had several requests now from other readers. It’s strange – I thought people wouldn’t be interested anymore once Darcy and Elizabeth get together but readers seem keen for more, which is lovely.

      Thanks again for taking the time to write and share your thoughts – I really appreciate it!

      Best wishes,
      Penelope Swan

  5. Debbie John says:

    Loved the 4 book P&P series sooo much that I couldn’t stop. And within 2 days read ALL..
    Hope to hear that the honeymoon and mystery installment will one day be published as I am eager to read it ๐Ÿ™‚ and it has also pushed my forgotten idea of publishing a novel myself.. Thanking you for giving me much enjoyed reading material.. From your admiring fan miss John.. Xx

    • Penelope Swan says:

      Thank you so much, Debbie, for your wonderful comment – you brought such a big smile to my face. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for your kind words about the Dark Darcy series – I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed it so much. Have you joined my mailing list? Then you will be notified if/when I release a ‘honeymoon instalment” to the series. You can find the sign up in the sidebar of my website.

      And how exciting that you’re thinking of publishing a novel yourself! I wish you lots of luck with that. Were you thinking of writing a Pride & Prejudice variation too? Or a mystery perhaps?

      I also write another series, called the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, which you might enjoy too. It’s a cozy mystery set in a quaint English tearoom in a beautiful village on the outskirts of the historic city of Oxford – featuring a spunky amateur sleuth, her cheeky little tabby cat, four nosy old ladies from the village and a dashing British detective hero. It’s lighter and more humorous than my Dark Darcy series but still an exciting page-turner! ๐Ÿ™‚

      You can check them out – and my other books under my other pen name – on the H.Y. Hanna website:

      (And if you’re interested, you can read the first 5 chapters of A SCONE TO DIE FOR, Book 1 in the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries for FREE here: )

      Thanks again for taking the time to get in touch!

      Best wishes,

  6. Yvonne Fitzpatrick-Moore says:

    I so enjoyed you mystery series!
    Please! Please! Please write more!

    • Penelope Swan says:

      Hi Yvonne – thanks for your lovely comment and your enthusiasm! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s wonderful to hear how much you enjoyed my Pride & Prejudice-inspired mystery series. I am currently focusing on my other mystery series (see below) but I do hope to add another installment to the Dark Darcy series eventually – although it might not be for a long while yet.

      If you enjoy mysteries, I think you’d really like my Oxford Tearoom Mysteries too (you can check them out here: ) – they’re also set in England (in a little village on the outskirts of Oxford), although they are a lighter, cozy mystery style with lots of humour (and a bit of romance too!). They are written under my main pen name: H.Y. Hanna

      Thanks again for getting in touch! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Best wishes,

  7. Angelika Haskins says:

    It has been a tremendous pleasure reading the whole Dark Darcy Mystery Series ! I was riveted , captivated and enamoured with this new twist on Jane Austen’s famous couple !
    Please , by all means , write some more in this series ! I am sure there could be more material out there even after a marriage ?
    Thanks, for having written such entertaining books ! Your devoted fan , A.H.

    • Penelope Swan says:

      Awww… thank you for your kind words, Angelika! ๐Ÿ™‚ What lovely things to say! I’m so happy that you enjoyed my books so much. Yes, I certainly do intend to write more eventually – I’m just concentrating on my other mystery series at the moment – but I hope to add more installments to the Dark Darcy Mysteries at some point. My original idea was for Darcy & Elizabeth to solve a mystery together during their engagement… and then maybe even while on honeymoon! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have lots of ideas – haha! But it will have to be a while before I can get to it.

      In the meantime, please do check out my other books as you might enjoy them too. If you prefer Jane Austen variations, I have three others which are standalone stories – also inspired by Pride and Prejudice – which have more of a focus on the romance between Darcy & Elizabeth but all also have a dash of intrigue and suspense in their storylines too. And if you enjoy mysteries, then I have a bestselling British cozy mystery series set in a quaint English tearoom in an Oxfordshire village, under my main name (H.Y. Hanna).

      Thanks again for your lovely message!

      Best wishes,

  8. Julia Tocarchick says:

    OMG!!!!!!! Penelope Swan I just have to say your “dark darcy mysteries” is AMAZING!!! I have read many other P and P variations, but none quite like this! The way the story line of the original fits in just fine and Darcy’s loving and prideful nature. I do hope you write more books! You are(and jane austen)(it’s a tie) my favorite author.

    • Penelope Swan says:

      Hi Julia,

      A very belated thank you for your lovely comment and I’m SO sorry for my very late reply! For some reason, your comment went into my Spam folder and I only saw it now.

      Thank you for your kind words – I’m so honoured to be even mentioned in the same sentence as Jane Austen!

      I’m so happy that you enjoyed my Dark Darcy Mysteries! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s wonderful to meet a reader who appreciates my series – I think it is so “different” to most variations that a lot of JAFF readers didn’t really know what to make of it – haha! So it’s nice to meet someone who enjoys the way I wove mysteries into the retelling of Pride and Prejudice.

      I don’t know if you may have found them but I have written 3 other P&P variations under that pen name: Darcy Revealed, Darcy’s Wager and Darcy’s Christmas Wish. They are not mysteries – they have a slightly stronger focus on the romance aspect of the stories – but they all include a bit of intrigue as a part of the plot, as Mystery is my first love. ๐Ÿ™‚

      “Penelope Swan” is actually the pen name that I write Jane Austen variations under – I primarily write cozy mysteries under my main name, “H.Y. Hanna”. Unfortunately, I am not planning to write more JAFF stories at the moment as I am focusing on my other books – but I may return to them in the future.

      If you enjoyed the Dark Darcy Mysteries, perhaps you might like to check out my mystery books under my main name. They are called the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries and are also set in England – in the beautiful Cotswolds countryside, featuring a traditional English tearoom in a quaint village. ” “Scones, a tea shop in England, a kitty & a murder – yes, please!”

      Thank you again for getting in touch!

      Best wishes,
      Hsin-Yi (“Penelope Swan”)

      H.Y. Hanna

      • Julia Tocarchick says:

        I have looked at the other book examples, but seeing as I am only 13 I cannot buy them yet, but I really do want to read them.
        I really do hope that you make more to the dark Darcy series and I have the secrets at Pemberley right next to me I just noticed that you put a little note in the back the book that I really like.

        serenely, Julia Tocarchick

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