Suspense and Sensibility – Book Review


by Carrie Bebris

This is 2nd book in the Mr and Mrs Darcy Mystery series by Carrie Bebris. 

I’m glad to have finally read this one, I had to read this series out of order, which was no problem really, except that I was disappointed to have not been able to get Suspense and Sensibility immediately after I read Prescience and Prejudice.  I do like the way Carrie Bebris treats Jane Austen’s characters, especially Lizzy Darcy (nee Bennet).  Carrie’s Lizzy is exactly as I imagined her when reading Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Mr and Mrs Darcy find themselves embroiled in another deadly mystery.  This time it involves Lizzy’s beloved sister Kitty, who has been much improved since her removal from her sister Lydia’s influence.  Mrs Bennet persuades Mr and Mrs Darcy to introduce/chaperone Kitty at her first London season.   Lizzy and Kitty are delighted to meet an amiable, handsome young man Harry Dashwood, new owner of Norland estate,  Kitty and Harry are soon in love.  The Darcy family is delighted with the match, unlike Harry’s mother.  The selfish, self-serving wife of the late John Dashwood objects to Kitty’s lack of money and connections.  She does all she can to prevent Kitty usurping her as mistress of Norland. 

Whilst Mrs John Dashwood’s interference is damaging, it soon becomes the least of Kitty’s worries when her lovely Mr Dashwood undergoes a change of character.  With the wedding looming nearer, Harry seems to be enjoying his last day’s of freedom far too much and destroying his reputation and respectability along the way.  Mr and Mrs Darcy need to protect Kitty but with some loyalty left for their new friend Harry, they feel obligated to investigate the dramatic change of behaviour.  What could possibly make a man destroy his life when he about to embark on a marriage based on love?  With the aid of Harry’s sensible and loving relations, Mr Edward and Mrs Elinor Dashwood, the Darcy’s try to uncover the truth and save  Harry’s life.

I enjoy the Mr and Mrs Darcy Mysteries very much and am delighted that Carrie Bebris seems to be enjoying them so much that she’s still writing them.  She has just released The Intrigue at Highbury, which is on my bedstand right this minute.

Thank you Carrie Bebris.

Posted on 21 June '10 by , under Crime/Mystery, Historical Fiction, Jane Austen & Austen Inspired, Reviews.

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