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4.0 out of 5 stars not Jane Austen, but what fun anyway
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...
Published on 13 July 2005 by tregatt

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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - til the supernatural kicks in...
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)...
Published on 15 Feb. 2010 by Lecari


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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not Jane Austen, but what fun anyway, 13 July 2005
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tregatt (Portland, Oregon) - See all my reviews
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! But then soon after their engagement, Harry's behaviour and character seems to change almost overnight; and it's beginning to look as if Harry intends to emulate the scandalous behaviour of his great-grand uncle, Sir Francis Dashwood, one of the founding members of the Hellfire Club. The changes in Harry trouble Darcy and Elizabeth greatly, but they're not sure what to do about it. Their primary object is to protect Kitty from an imprudent match; but can they also save Harry from himself?
Written with slight gothic overtones, "Suspense and Sensibility" was a rather like and sparkling read. Carrie Bebris incorporates characters from Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" into this installment, and the result was wholly pleasing. The story may take a while to unfold since almost half the book dwells on Harry's courtship of Kitty, before things go so very wrong. But the strength of this novel lies in how the authour fleshed out her characters, so that she makes us care for them. Kitty, in this book, has grown up a little, and has gained some dignity and maturity. And Harry, for the first half of the book is an engaging and likable character as well. And it was nice to "meet" Elinor Ferrars again; it was even enjoyable to see how Lucy Ferrars (once Lucy Steele) had fared, as well as Harry's unlikeable mother, Mrs. John Daswood. Best of all however, was reading of how Elizabeth and Darcy interact as a married couple, united in their concerns and each bolstering and supporting the other. A trifle sedate in pace, but written with a light touch, "Suspense and Sensibility" proved to be a very enjoyable and worthwhile read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - til the supernatural kicks in..., 15 Feb. 2010
This review is from: SUSPENSE AND SENSIBILITY (Mr & Mrs Darcy Mystery) (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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3.0 out of 5 stars Started well, reads as very authentic until the supernatural bit, 25 Feb. 2012
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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. So Jane wasn't above plots that don't read as totally likely - but she never stooped so low as to introduce the supernatural to her novels.
These novels don't need it, for one thing. The characters, settings and convoluted marriage plots were quite enough for Jane and they should be quite enough for modern novelists who are continuing her wonderful stories.
If, like me, you can't live without sequels, enjoy what you can out of this, some of it is very good indeed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read if you take it lightheartedly as there are some historical gaffs., 18 Feb. 2013
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Ms. D. Grey (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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A good romp - through Austen characters in a new light. As long as you aren't actually expecting something that reads like it was written by Austen, it's great fun and you can forgive the odd historical gaff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No brain required, 17 May 2013
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Lovely book--pure fantasy--no brain required--like a warm bath! Of course all a bit far fetched and derivative but suspend logic etc and just enjoy
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3.0 out of 5 stars Twist too obvious, 2 July 2009
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Mr. P. Theophilus (Leamington Spa UK) - See all my reviews
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The unusual take on Regency England is still entertaining, but the surprises aren't surprising which takes the edge off it a bit.
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