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Suspense and Sensibility (Mr & Mrs Darcy Mystery) Hardcover – 28 Jan 2005

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press (28 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765305097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765305091
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,334,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Thoroughly 'light and bright and sparkling'," in the best Austen tradition with a dollop of murder and mayhem to leaven the whole. A delight." --Stephanie Barron, author of the Jane Austen Mystery series on" Pride and Prescience" "Well crafted ...Bebris works her own brand of Austen magic, whetting the reader's appetite for a sequel...Taking a lighter approach than Stephanie Barron's sleuthing Jane Austen series this one should appeal as much to Regency readers as to Austenites." -- "Publishers Weekly" on" Pride and Prescience" "Charming" --"Booklist "on" Pride and Prescience" "Mannered prose, Regency backdrops, moody country houses, and delightful characterization place this new series high on the to-buy list." --"Library Journal "on" Pride and Prescience"

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Carrie A. Bebris is a former school teacher and editor for TSR. A member in good standing of the Jane Austen Society, she resides in Wisconsin. "Suspense and Sensibility" is her second Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery.

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Elizabeth Bennet Darcy tried very hard to concentrate on the letter in her hand, but the intrusion of her own thoughts conspired with the fine prospect outside her window to distract her. Read the first page
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By tregatt on 13 July 2005
Format: Hardcover
The second installment in the (in my opinion, anyway) entertaining Mr. & Mrs. Darcy mystery novels, featuring two beloved characters created by Jane Austen (Elizabeth Bennett & Fitzwilliam Darcy), "Suspense and Sensibility" proved to be a very absorbing and enjoyable read. The trick to enjoying this series (and this book in particular), is to leave all your notions of what a Mr. & Mrs. Darcy book should be like, as well as some of your expectations that you will be reading an Austen-like novel. Carrie Bebris uses many of the characters that Jane Austen created and made immortal, but that it all. The stories, the premise and how the characters sound and act, are wholly her own. And the result? In this instance, one rather delightful read.
After the unsettling events chronicled in "Pride and Prescience," Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy had happily left London in order to return to the peace and tranquility of Pemberley. But a letter from her mother reminds Elizabeth of her obligation to see her younger sister, Kitty, credibly established. And so, Elizabeth and Darcy, with Kitty and Georgina (Darcy's younger sister) make for London in order to partake in all the festivities that constitute the London Season. Georgina, an heiress, has no troubles attracting suitors; but for Kitty, young girl with no fortune or impressive connections, the situation is quite different. So that when young Harry Dashwood of Norland, shows every sign preferring Kitty above all else, everyone is quite pleased. A young man of good fortune and an impressive estate, Harry Dashwood is quite the catch. So what if his mother is an unpleasant shrew who isn't pleased at all with her son's involvement with Kitty!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lecari on 15 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
I've read the first book in the series, and this felt much the same. She seems to have a really good 'sense' of the characters, and can write dialogue for them very accurately. Most of the time, it feels like Austen herself is writing - Bebris often gets it all spot on. I love that the Darcy's banter has carried on into their marriage (as I feel it would do).

This book centres mostly on Elizabeth & Mr Darcy, Kitty (Elizabeth's sister), and Kitty's suitor. It has appearances from Georgiana (though honestly, she is barely mentioned after the first few chapters), as well as characters from Sense and Sensibility.

The main thing that disappointed me though, is again, the supernatural ending. I just don't find it realistic in a book of this type. Austen never wrote about the supernatural (other than as a product of over-active imagination, in Northanger Abbey) and it feels incredibly out of place and unwelcome. It's as though Ms. Bebris has come up with an excellent story, building up to a big climax and explanation - and then cannot think of any way of getting all the characters out of it happily.

I'd definitely recommend this book up to chapter 21, but after that, it all goes weird and a bit downhill, I'm afraid to say.
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This is a well written and authentic sounding 'sequel' to the wonderful 'Pride & Prejudice'. I have read a number of such 'sequels' and this is a superior one in some ways. The author has very cleverly meshed the characters from 'P&P with those from 'Sense and Sensibility' and so we see not only Elizabeth and Darcy after their marriage, but also Elinor and Edward, Lucy and Robert, the thoroughly foul Fanny Dashwood and glimpses of Margaret and Mrs Dashwood senior.
The plot of this novel revolves around Kitty Bennet's 'season' in London looking for an eligible suitor. Jane and Bingley are awaiting a happy event and are unable to help, so Elizabeth takes a reluctant Darcy down to their London house and launches Kitty on the marriage market. Georgiana is with them but is unimpressed by the young men on offer so far.
Kitty meets Harry Dashwood (the obnoxious Fanny and John's son) who is now a very rich and eligible bachelor following the death of his father - and they get along so well that they enter into an understanding ...
So far, so excellent.
Then it all goes rather wrong both in both the plot and the writing. Not content with drawing such a convincing portrait of Regency England, the author has to spoil it all with a supernatural plot, an unlikely 'Professor' who gives Elizabeth a sacred amulet to ward off all evil, a possessed mirror and a restored rake, and suddenly it's all very unconvincing indeed.
Such a shame.
Those of us who are Austen-ites will know that Jane didn't always have very convincing plots particularly the Edward plot in 'S&S' where he was rather unconvincingly released from his engagement by Lucy who rather unconvincingly then married his younger brother, Robert.
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