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Fresh from the curious and unsettling matter of Caroline Bingley (as related in Pride and Prescience), Mr. and Mrs. Darcy have every intention of enjoying their still newlywed status at Pemberly until they are confronted with another mysterious situation, ... one of Suspense and Sensibility Elizabeth Darcy and her beloved husband Fitzwilliam are taking on the responsibility Fresh from the curious and unsettling matter of Caroline Bingley (as related in Pride and Prescience), Mr. and Mrs. Darcy have every intention of enjoying their still newlywed status at Pemberly until they are confronted with another mysterious situation, ... one of Suspense and Sensibility Elizabeth Darcy and her beloved husband Fitzwilliam are taking on the responsibility of finding a suitable suitor for Elizabeth's younger sister Kitty, thereby assuring her a proper place in society. The angels smile on the young and a perfect match is found, and wedding plans are soon under way. Suddenly a change in personality occurs in Kitty's soon to be model husband-a change so striking as to jeopardize not just the Darcys' social standing, but their lives as well. A mysterious mirror, an insidious reprobate from the past, and matters far beyond the social circles around Pemberly all come into play in a dangerous puzzle, where the consequences may be the exchange of a soul for a soul. Once again the Darcys take center stage as the Regency era's answer to The Thin Man's Nick and Nora, searching for truth between tea times, amid the social whirl of Jane Austen's England.


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Fresh from the curious and unsettling matter of Caroline Bingley (as related in Pride and Prescience), Mr. and Mrs. Darcy have every intention of enjoying their still newlywed status at Pemberly until they are confronted with another mysterious situation, ... one of Suspense and Sensibility Elizabeth Darcy and her beloved husband Fitzwilliam are taking on the responsibility Fresh from the curious and unsettling matter of Caroline Bingley (as related in Pride and Prescience), Mr. and Mrs. Darcy have every intention of enjoying their still newlywed status at Pemberly until they are confronted with another mysterious situation, ... one of Suspense and Sensibility Elizabeth Darcy and her beloved husband Fitzwilliam are taking on the responsibility of finding a suitable suitor for Elizabeth's younger sister Kitty, thereby assuring her a proper place in society. The angels smile on the young and a perfect match is found, and wedding plans are soon under way. Suddenly a change in personality occurs in Kitty's soon to be model husband-a change so striking as to jeopardize not just the Darcys' social standing, but their lives as well. A mysterious mirror, an insidious reprobate from the past, and matters far beyond the social circles around Pemberly all come into play in a dangerous puzzle, where the consequences may be the exchange of a soul for a soul. Once again the Darcys take center stage as the Regency era's answer to The Thin Man's Nick and Nora, searching for truth between tea times, amid the social whirl of Jane Austen's England.

30 review for Suspense and Sensibility: Or, First Impressions Revisited

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kavita

    The second book of the Mr & Mrs Darcy Mysteries, Suspense and Sensibility sees the couple settled in their marriage. But now they have to sponsor Kitty into society and give her a London "season". Kitty immediately manages to find a great match, but then things begin to go awry. Harry Dashwood, who started off as a nice young man with a decent fortune, soon began to behave extremely erratically. Is there a secret behind it? Elizabeth thinks so ...! This was much better and more interesting than t The second book of the Mr & Mrs Darcy Mysteries, Suspense and Sensibility sees the couple settled in their marriage. But now they have to sponsor Kitty into society and give her a London "season". Kitty immediately manages to find a great match, but then things begin to go awry. Harry Dashwood, who started off as a nice young man with a decent fortune, soon began to behave extremely erratically. Is there a secret behind it? Elizabeth thinks so ...! This was much better and more interesting than the first book, Pride and Prescience, which sort of bored me. I enjoyed Kitty's search for a groom and the drama of social life and its intricacies were well observed. Bebris is really great with the details and managed to bring across the feel of the times quite vividly. Unfortunately, she again decides to insert supernatural mumbo jumbo into the story and it all goes haywire at some point. The plot is pretty ridiculous centred around an evil mirror. While I really enjoyed Bebris' portrayal of the characters and the Austenesque setting, the shoddy plot was annoying. I am just glad she got rid of the supernatural nonsense in the next book in the series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    MRB

    3.75 Stars It happens to me so often that you guys are probably as sick of reading about it as I am of experiencing it: I fall in love with the first half of a book, only to fall rapidly OUT of love with the second. In this case, though, it wasn't because the plot, themes and characterizations became tiresomely repetitive or because the pacing became either frustratingly slow or alarmingly erratic. It's because the charming, witty, wonderfully written romantic comedy/light mystery of the first ha 3.75 Stars It happens to me so often that you guys are probably as sick of reading about it as I am of experiencing it: I fall in love with the first half of a book, only to fall rapidly OUT of love with the second. In this case, though, it wasn't because the plot, themes and characterizations became tiresomely repetitive or because the pacing became either frustratingly slow or alarmingly erratic. It's because the charming, witty, wonderfully written romantic comedy/light mystery of the first half gave way to an utterly bizarre paranormal, supernatural 'thriller.' The change was both jarring and poorly executed. I'm an Austen fanatic, but I'm in no way an Austen purist. I'm open to a variety of sequels and spin-offs, and I neither expect nor even want them to be slavishly faithful to Austen's original work. As a mystery lover, I loved the idea of a whodunnit featuring Elizabeth and Darcy as sleuths. More importantly, I found this book was written in a delightful and sneakily sharp style that, while different from Austen's, managed to capture a lot of the same wit, insight and spirit of which Jane would have approved. And Sense and Sensibility was my second favorite of Austen's novels (and one of my favorite books of all time), so I leaped at a chance to catch up with some of those characters. In theory, I wouldn't have even minded a paranormal element, but here it just swallowed the book whole, overshadowing all the elements of the book that worked in favor of forcing a plot and tone that really DIDN'T work at all. The novel was no longer even a whodunnit---the only 'mystery' was when Darcy would acknowledge that something supernatural was at play and whether I'd throw my poor Kindle across the room in frustration ;) The first half was a solid 4.5 stars for me, filled with charm and wit and subtly brilliant turns of phrase. The second half was closer to two stars...and that's being excessively generous ;) I've heard that Bebris' later mysteries are more mysteries, with the paranormal element mercifully minimized. I'm hopeful that those will get a spot on my 'keeper' shelf that this one didn't quite manage to earn!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah

    I'm a sucker for anything based on Jane Austen if it is well done. And sometimes when it is not. This is evidenced by the fact that I've read all of these Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries, though this is the only one I have actually written anything on. It starts off pretty well; the characters seemed pretty true to the originals, though Kitty is given a more positive spin. It is an improvement over Pride and Prescience. I actually chuckled a few times. Sadly, it degenerates pretty quickly once the I'm a sucker for anything based on Jane Austen if it is well done. And sometimes when it is not. This is evidenced by the fact that I've read all of these Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries, though this is the only one I have actually written anything on. It starts off pretty well; the characters seemed pretty true to the originals, though Kitty is given a more positive spin. It is an improvement over Pride and Prescience. I actually chuckled a few times. Sadly, it degenerates pretty quickly once the mystery kicks in. Unfortunately, it is another paranormal mystery and it is positively outlandish. It was nice to see the Dashwood women again. Lucy Ferrars nee Steele starts out true to form, but her ultimate fate is positively ludicrous and cringe-worthy. The resolution has some tragic aspects considering the fluffy way it starts out. I was considerably less patient with the rest in the series, just skipping through the mystery part. I remember looking forward to more of Georgiana as she was pretty intriguing, and also an appearance of Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Unfortunately, I do not remember anything about any of the other stories, which I guess is a review of the whole series in and of itself. https://rebekahsreadingsandwatchings....

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah

    I just finished the second book I only completed because I hate to leave a novel unfinished. Suspense and Sensibility is the second in a series of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mystery novels by Carrie Bebris and while I am sure Mrs. Bebris has the upmost respect for the Darcy’s, I can’t say I respect her for what she has done with them. She mixed the most beloved characters from Jane Austen into some sci-fi drama along the lines of The Potrait of Dorian Grey except this time it is a mirror causing a young I just finished the second book I only completed because I hate to leave a novel unfinished. Suspense and Sensibility is the second in a series of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mystery novels by Carrie Bebris and while I am sure Mrs. Bebris has the upmost respect for the Darcy’s, I can’t say I respect her for what she has done with them. She mixed the most beloved characters from Jane Austen into some sci-fi drama along the lines of The Potrait of Dorian Grey except this time it is a mirror causing a young man’s soul to be possessed or swapped with that of a dead Uncle. I enjoyed Elizabeth Bennet Darcy meeting up with Elinor Dashwood Ferrars. Though they are too different in age to really bond as two women with lots of sisters could, one still appreciates the chance at their connecting. But doing so while Elizabeth is playing matchmaker for Kitty and Elinor’s nephew is a tad strange. Seeing Fanny as a mother was rather amusing as she has gained no remorse for her rudeness and learned nothing from her mother’s attitude. Any one who felt sorry for Lucy Steele Ferrars at the end of Sense and Sensiblity will hate this novel as Mrs. Bebris reduces her to a gossip and an adulterous whore. I think I just wasn’t looking for a gothic horror mixed in with my classic romances. revisiting old friends is one thing watching them battle mythological mirrors and trading souls for souls is quite another. I guess I was remembering a book I had read where Jane Austen herself was the detective and at least there it was real bad guys and real solutions, but such is the difference in styles.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Okay, so I guess I'm going to have to read all of Carrie Bebris's mysteries written around Jane Austen books. I don't know why. The gothic supernatural elements that get thrown in always seem a touch on the ridiculous side - I'm sure young girls 200 years ago would have LOVED them - but she's so faithful to the characters, I like them anyway. The second in the series explores Sense and Sensibility. She's set the happenings of Sense & Sensibility a few years earlier than they actually happened, so Okay, so I guess I'm going to have to read all of Carrie Bebris's mysteries written around Jane Austen books. I don't know why. The gothic supernatural elements that get thrown in always seem a touch on the ridiculous side - I'm sure young girls 200 years ago would have LOVED them - but she's so faithful to the characters, I like them anyway. The second in the series explores Sense and Sensibility. She's set the happenings of Sense & Sensibility a few years earlier than they actually happened, so that John and Fanny Dashwood's son, Harry, is the right age to fall in love with Kitty Bennet. The thing I like most about these books is the way Carrie Bebris remains faithful to the original characters. Some of the situations seem a little ridiculous - Gothic to the extreme - but the characters act like Jane Austen wrote them. I was very happy to encounter Elinor and Edward Ferrars, who have three children in this book; Marianne and Col. Brandon have five (!) and Margaret is married with three of her own. Of course, I was less than thrilled to see Fanny Dashwood and Lucy Steele Ferrars, but one can't have any drama without conflict caused by ridiculous people like the two of them. I shan't give away the supernatural Gothic twist, although it made my eyes roll a bit. Suspension of disbelief is vital to the plot of any of these. I'm sure I'll be reviewing more of these books in the future. I like them, despite the Gothic eye-roll-inducing twists.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lollyletsgo

    It wasn't a traditional mystery, touching more on the edges of a Gothic horror story- not Frankenstein, but I don't want to mention the one it reminds me of, for that is the fun part of trying to figure out a mystery from your chair, isn't it? ;] It wasn't a traditional mystery, touching more on the edges of a Gothic horror story- not Frankenstein, but I don't want to mention the one it reminds me of, for that is the fun part of trying to figure out a mystery from your chair, isn't it? ;]

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christine Honsinger

    I mentioned to my mil i was out of reading material and the next day she dropped off this book...I was not home, but when I saw what she had done and what she had left, began reading asap if for nothing else, pure curiosity. It was strange but fun, and I recommend it to anyone who may be interested in a Jane Austin meets Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Grey sort of way...the best part for me was the characters of Pride and Prejudice coming together with some of the families from Sense and Se I mentioned to my mil i was out of reading material and the next day she dropped off this book...I was not home, but when I saw what she had done and what she had left, began reading asap if for nothing else, pure curiosity. It was strange but fun, and I recommend it to anyone who may be interested in a Jane Austin meets Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Grey sort of way...the best part for me was the characters of Pride and Prejudice coming together with some of the families from Sense and Sensibility. As to be expected, Elinor and Elizabeth hit it off! :) For the most part, the conversations were quite authentic sounding and "Austenesque", with just a few anachronistic exceptions. Overall, I enjoyed it but it should be taken for what it is, a sci fi, horror, gothic suspense, fantasy hybrid and not at all to be confused with the exceptional classics it borrows heavily from. I think I may read the other books in this series, I like the Darcys and have always wondered how their life would have turned out together! :)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Heidi-Marie

    Woohoo! The S&S characters meet the Darcys! How fun. I had never thought about how far apart the two books were set. It was a bit sad to have Elinor 15 years older than Elizabeth, but it all still worked. And it was nice to see Kitty a bit more mature and find her happiness (and in the way that Austen dictated after P&P was published!). I had a little trouble liking Harry at the beginning. I felt the Darcys were "enamoured" with him a little too easily, but I suspect that was to drive the plot a Woohoo! The S&S characters meet the Darcys! How fun. I had never thought about how far apart the two books were set. It was a bit sad to have Elinor 15 years older than Elizabeth, but it all still worked. And it was nice to see Kitty a bit more mature and find her happiness (and in the way that Austen dictated after P&P was published!). I had a little trouble liking Harry at the beginning. I felt the Darcys were "enamoured" with him a little too easily, but I suspect that was to drive the plot along so we could get to the shocking changes later on. And they were indeed shocking. Bebris was right--to put that in Austen's world? Major GASP!!! But it was intriguing. And with they mystery, I again had my immediate suspicions--which were mostly correct. I was a bit more ready for the paranormal/magic aspect this time, though it still felt slightly disjointed. Oh well. Another light, fun enjoyable read. Perfect for what my mind can handle. And I feel definitely assured in my recommendations of this book to Austen and Austen spin-off fans.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maren

    I like mysteries and I like Jane Austen's world, so I thought I would give this one a chance. It was entertaining and a pretty quick read. I like mysteries and I like Jane Austen's world, so I thought I would give this one a chance. It was entertaining and a pretty quick read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Aj

    Not as good as the 1st.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Laurel

    Inspired by characters from Jane Austen’s novels Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, the second in the Mr. & Mrs. Darcy mysteries series begins four months after the marriage of Austen’s famous romantic duo, Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. Family obligations take them from Pemberley, their country estate in Derbyshire, to Town to help the couple’s younger sisters, Kitty Bennet and Georgiana Darcy, participate in the London social season. Being an heiress, Georgiana commands the Inspired by characters from Jane Austen’s novels Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, the second in the Mr. & Mrs. Darcy mysteries series begins four months after the marriage of Austen’s famous romantic duo, Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. Family obligations take them from Pemberley, their country estate in Derbyshire, to Town to help the couple’s younger sisters, Kitty Bennet and Georgiana Darcy, participate in the London social season. Being an heiress, Georgiana commands the respect and admiration of many who would like to connect with the Darcy family and its large fortune. Kitty, on the other hand, is quite the opposite. In contrast, her small dowry and lack of social accomplishments leave only her family connections and natural charms to entice an eligible suitor for her hand. He comes in the form of a rich dandy, Harry Dashwood, son of John and Fanny Dashwood of Norland Park, who when first introduced to Miss Catherine Bennet, thinks she is the highly accomplished and very rich Georgiana Darcy. A moment of realization and embarrassment for all is smoothed over by Harry’s continued attentions to Kitty. Elizabeth and Darcy are also relieved that he has other motives than those of his social climbing mother Fanny Dashwood in choosing a wife. He is quite taken with Kitty and invites her and the Darcys to Norland for his twenty-first birthday fete. Revisiting Norland Park again, we are re-introduced to more characters from Jane Austen’s novel Sense and Sensibility: Robert and Lucy Ferrars & Edward and Elinor Ferrars – but twenty years has transpired since the conclusion of Austen’s novel – and the next generation takes center stage. Harry’s mother Fanny Dashwood, officious and manipulative as ever, disapproves of Catherine Bennet intensely. Wanting her son to marry for money and connections, she fosters a match between Robert & Lucy Ferrars’ unappealing daughter Regina. Harry will have none of it and proves he is his own man and asks for Kitty’s hand and is accepted. After some doubts about Harry, Elizabeth and Darcy and now very supportive of the engagement. Returning to Town to shop for Kitty’s trousseau, everyone thinks that she has made an excellent match for herself until their first impressions of Harry are sorely tested. His extended absence from his fiancé gives rise to speculation and doubt, coupled with damaging gossip about him being seen about Town engaging in late night carousing with disreputable characters. When he finally reappears at the Darcy’s townhouse to visit his fiancé, he explains that he has been away from London for two weeks visiting relatives. How could that be when he has been seen by so many in Town, including Mr. Darcy himself? After leisurely starting off quite sedately as a continuation of Pride and Prejudice interlaced with characters from Sense and Sensibility, the plot takes a right hand turn into the realm of the supernatural. A mysterious ancient mirror and an infamous Dashwood relation from the past bring Gothic elements into this mystery that were quite unexpected, but intriguing. Bebris has a wonderful command of Regency history and a complete understanding of Austen’s characters. Even though I solved the mystery that Elizabeth and Darcy must investigate and deduce before the protagonists did, it mattered not. What is most delightful about Bebris’ Mr. & Mrs. Darcy mysteries is the couple themselves. I found myself laughing out loud several times at their witty banter. “That is precisely why foxhunting is an inappropriate pastime for ladies,” Darcy said. “Blood sport runs counter to their gentle natures.” Elizabeth thought about many well-bred women who occupied society’s highest ranks, and chuckled softy. “Ladies are quite capable of blood sport, darling. Their field is the drawing room.” Page 54 Suspense and Sensibility is a delightful read, albeit a bit slow to start, it eventually churns and always tickles the funny bone in all the right places. Laurel Ann, Austenprose

  12. 5 out of 5

    Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)

    This is a series where the newly married Mr and Mrs. Darcy stumble into these mysteries. This is the second book by Carrie Bebris, the first one is Pride and Prescience. In this book the Darcy's take Kitty to London in hopes of find her a husband. She falls for a Mr. Harry Dashwood, son on Fanny and John Dashwood from Jane Austen's Sense and Sensiblity, I love how the author entertwined the characters from these two beloved novels. However, this author also introduces Sir Frances Dashwood, a rea This is a series where the newly married Mr and Mrs. Darcy stumble into these mysteries. This is the second book by Carrie Bebris, the first one is Pride and Prescience. In this book the Darcy's take Kitty to London in hopes of find her a husband. She falls for a Mr. Harry Dashwood, son on Fanny and John Dashwood from Jane Austen's Sense and Sensiblity, I love how the author entertwined the characters from these two beloved novels. However, this author also introduces Sir Frances Dashwood, a real person who lived around the time of Jane Austen and decided to make him related to the Dashwoods from Sense and Senseiblity. He was infamous for his debauchery and bad deeds. How does he become involved in this novel, you ask? Well the young Harry Dashwood, engaged to Kitty Bennet, brings a mysterious mirror and portrait of his infamous relative into his abode. Then he himself takes on a different behavior, is he idolizing his relative? Is her really a blackguard? What does this do to the Darcy's? What a great page turner. You will be reading about your favorite characters from Pride and Prejudice as well as Sense and Sensibilty.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    The second in Bebris' Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mystery series was yet another great read. I love the way Bebris writes. She stays true to Austen's characters and expands upon their story perfectly. She even includes the characters from Sense and Sensibility! I'm a huge fan of this series and I'm looking forward to the next one! The second in the series takes the reader up to Pemberley where Lizzie and Darcy have been quietly residing in the months after the events of the first book. They have agreed to The second in Bebris' Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mystery series was yet another great read. I love the way Bebris writes. She stays true to Austen's characters and expands upon their story perfectly. She even includes the characters from Sense and Sensibility! I'm a huge fan of this series and I'm looking forward to the next one! The second in the series takes the reader up to Pemberley where Lizzie and Darcy have been quietly residing in the months after the events of the first book. They have agreed to take in Lizzie's sister Kitty and sponsor her for her first season with the "ton". She meets a charming man who she quickly falls in love with and becomes engaged too. Soon after their engagement strange things begin happening and tales of her fiancée’s exploits around town threaten to end their engagement. Will Lizzie and Darcy be able to save Kitty's engagement? Read the book to find out!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I picked this up after watching "Death Comes to Pemberley" on Masterpiece Theater and it was a thoroughly enjoyable read. Four months after their marriage, Elizabeth Darcy and her husband travel to London with her sister Kitty and his sister Georgiana, both single. While Georgiana is content to remain single for the time being, Kitty is intent on finding a husband. She thinks she has found a match in Henry Dashwood, but soon after their engagement is announced he begins to act quite scandalously I picked this up after watching "Death Comes to Pemberley" on Masterpiece Theater and it was a thoroughly enjoyable read. Four months after their marriage, Elizabeth Darcy and her husband travel to London with her sister Kitty and his sister Georgiana, both single. While Georgiana is content to remain single for the time being, Kitty is intent on finding a husband. She thinks she has found a match in Henry Dashwood, but soon after their engagement is announced he begins to act quite scandalously. I liked how Carrie Bebris brings in characters from Sense & Sensibility: Henry Dashwood, while not seen in Austen's first novel, is the son of John & Fanny Dashwood, and Fanny as well as Elinor and Edward Ferrars, Marianne, and Lucy Ferrars, make appearances. While billed as a mystery, there is a supernatural aspect to the events. Bebris gets the period details right and the banter between Elizabeth and Darcy is amusing.

  15. 4 out of 5

    A Hudak

    Although the novel started out in a rather clever and entertaining mishmash of Austen characters, it became too bizarre and supernatural to sustain interest.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Harsha Priolkar

    The 2nd in the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy series by Carrie Bebris and another delightful revisitation to the Austen universe. This time, the Darcys are in London with Kitty who is making the most of her first season in town. Enter Mr. Harry Dashwood and things are going swimmingly until they are engaged and then the gentleman suffers a complete volte face of character and morals! The Darcys must get to the bottom of this obnoxious turnaround while safeguarding their own interests and those of their love The 2nd in the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy series by Carrie Bebris and another delightful revisitation to the Austen universe. This time, the Darcys are in London with Kitty who is making the most of her first season in town. Enter Mr. Harry Dashwood and things are going swimmingly until they are engaged and then the gentleman suffers a complete volte face of character and morals! The Darcys must get to the bottom of this obnoxious turnaround while safeguarding their own interests and those of their loved ones. Once again Bebris manages to weave her own twist to the tale without it seeming intrusive or misplaced. This one has more obvious gothic elements than the first and I was quite intrigued by The Mirror of Narcissus - some Harry Potter channeling evident here but tastefully done. The banter between the Darcys is for me a major highlight of the series and evidence of Bebris’ considerable writing skills. I wish there were more of Georgina, the Gardiners, and Elinor and Edward Ferrars but what little there is, is on point. This one had considerable character development not only for Kitty and Mr. Dashwood but also for Darcy who though clinging firmly to rationality is learning to trust in his wife’s intuition even against his better judgment. Another easy, delightful tale that I read in a single setting! I also enjoyed the quotes from the original Austen books that Bebris includes at the beginning of each chapter. And most of all, I’m delighted to be able to read these on Kindle unlimited for free!! Onward to Book 3.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Meggie

    I think my issue with this series is that the mysteries are so overblown and gothic that it's hard to reconcile them happening around the very prosaic characters from P&P. Additionally, they're not really murder mysteries; there was one murder in Pride and Prescience: Or, A Truth Universally Acknowledged, and one in this book, but they came so far into the story that the mystery is less "who done killed 'im" and more "hmm, this character is suddenly acting in an uncharacteristic manner, whatever I think my issue with this series is that the mysteries are so overblown and gothic that it's hard to reconcile them happening around the very prosaic characters from P&P. Additionally, they're not really murder mysteries; there was one murder in Pride and Prescience: Or, A Truth Universally Acknowledged, and one in this book, but they came so far into the story that the mystery is less "who done killed 'im" and more "hmm, this character is suddenly acting in an uncharacteristic manner, whatever could be happening here?" Which is fine, but the answer each time thus far has been a cursed object. Who knew there were so many cursed items in Regency England?? Fortunately it looks like North By Northanger: Or The Shades of Pemberley has a less supernatural atmosphere, as I am apparently doomed to continue on with this series. (Another curse???)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    I must admit, I'm really surprised by the supernatural elements of the books in this series. There's just something a little incongruous about Austen characters and 'magic' that I'm having a little trouble connecting. But Bebris' writing is wonderful; she really evokes the tone and tenor of Austen's writing while still staying modern, and she really does the characters justice. And I should add that the author's afterword in this book did a lot to not only reconcile my thoughts to the conjunctio I must admit, I'm really surprised by the supernatural elements of the books in this series. There's just something a little incongruous about Austen characters and 'magic' that I'm having a little trouble connecting. But Bebris' writing is wonderful; she really evokes the tone and tenor of Austen's writing while still staying modern, and she really does the characters justice. And I should add that the author's afterword in this book did a lot to not only reconcile my thoughts to the conjunction of Austen and the supernatural, but recognize the need and fun of what Bebris was trying to do. All in all, a book that I couldn't put down!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Vicky

    Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy return in this regency mystery. Elizabeth wants to find a suitable husband for her younger sister, Kitty. They bring Kitty to London for the season. Kitty immediately falls for a wealthy young man, Harry Dashwood, and he for her. They become engaged but things start to rapidly go downhill when Harry brings home an antique mirror and a portrait of his debaucherous ancestor. Harry seems to have become just like his ancestor, Sir Francis, and is now wreaking havoc in Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy return in this regency mystery. Elizabeth wants to find a suitable husband for her younger sister, Kitty. They bring Kitty to London for the season. Kitty immediately falls for a wealthy young man, Harry Dashwood, and he for her. They become engaged but things start to rapidly go downhill when Harry brings home an antique mirror and a portrait of his debaucherous ancestor. Harry seems to have become just like his ancestor, Sir Francis, and is now wreaking havoc in London, as well as breaking Kitty’s heart. What has happened? Went on a bit too long before things started to have a solution. Still enjoyable, but I did like “Pride and Prescience” better.

  20. 5 out of 5

    ☯Emily Ginder

    I really hate to give such a low rating to a book written for Jane Austen fans, but this book is absurd. Although the first half was easy to read and a good representation of a Jane Austen book, the second half was a train wreck ending in a derailment. The second half was full of the supernatural, mystical and unhinged world of a psycho. There was no way Jane Austen could have written such trash and I was disappointed that I had spent $10 for it at the last JASNA conference. I did enjoy the appea I really hate to give such a low rating to a book written for Jane Austen fans, but this book is absurd. Although the first half was easy to read and a good representation of a Jane Austen book, the second half was a train wreck ending in a derailment. The second half was full of the supernatural, mystical and unhinged world of a psycho. There was no way Jane Austen could have written such trash and I was disappointed that I had spent $10 for it at the last JASNA conference. I did enjoy the appearances of the former Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. That was basically why the book got 2 stars instead of one.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jules

    This is the second book in this mystery series. Again, I really liked the writing. Bebris' voice is very similar to Jane Austen and so the book feels like its inspiration in a good way. [return][return]The only negative is that this story seemed to similar to the first one. I found the use of the occult not especially interesting. I wish the author had taken a different path for the mystery.[return][return]However, I will read the next book in the series. It continues to remain very enjoyable. This is the second book in this mystery series. Again, I really liked the writing. Bebris' voice is very similar to Jane Austen and so the book feels like its inspiration in a good way. [return][return]The only negative is that this story seemed to similar to the first one. I found the use of the occult not especially interesting. I wish the author had taken a different path for the mystery.[return][return]However, I will read the next book in the series. It continues to remain very enjoyable.

  22. 4 out of 5

    PATRICIA KUNA

    Lizzy and Darcy meet the Dashwoods and Henry has an interest in Kitty. She is doing her first Season in London. After things begin on a good start, events seem to be happening to Henry. He claims one thing and another especially Darcy about what he saw and knew. Elizabeth figures out what is going on. It is all about an antique mirror with mysterious powers. Elizabeth and Darcy with Professor Randolph work to free Henry from the mirror. Another good mystery by Carrie. I really like these books. And wi Lizzy and Darcy meet the Dashwoods and Henry has an interest in Kitty. She is doing her first Season in London. After things begin on a good start, events seem to be happening to Henry. He claims one thing and another especially Darcy about what he saw and knew. Elizabeth figures out what is going on. It is all about an antique mirror with mysterious powers. Elizabeth and Darcy with Professor Randolph work to free Henry from the mirror. Another good mystery by Carrie. I really like these books. And will read more of them.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Grillables

    This second book in the series seemed less ardently tied to the original Austen books (fewer direct quotes, for example, despite the appearance of other fan favorites) and I thought it benefited from the looser association. The fantasy element might turn off some Austen fans, but despite the strong influence of Dorian Grey and the Mirror of Erised, the characters remained a fun re-imagining of old friends.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elyce Darcy

    It was a very good book. The author was able to bring the tone of Jane Austen's novels to her own book, but also made it her own. It is a good idea to have knowledge of both Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, and the characters in each novel. It makes it easier to connect the characters and families described in Suspense and Sensibility. But even without knowing the characters beforehand the reader would still be able to thoroughly enjoy this novel. It was a very good book. The author was able to bring the tone of Jane Austen's novels to her own book, but also made it her own. It is a good idea to have knowledge of both Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, and the characters in each novel. It makes it easier to connect the characters and families described in Suspense and Sensibility. But even without knowing the characters beforehand the reader would still be able to thoroughly enjoy this novel.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Selah

    This is a difficult book to review, as my feelings are all over the place. It’s a well written book, and Austen’s characters are (mostly) true to her characterization. BUT, the supernatural elements are so out of place in Austen’s world that it makes my head spin. Additionally, the constant body shaming of Regina Ferrars is infuriating 😡 2.5 stars I’ve heard that the series drops the supernatural elements in the 3rd book, so I’m hopeful that things will improve.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    So I didn’t know what this was a series and haven’t read the first one. There were points that I really got into it. I loved the quotes and interactions between characters from S&S and P&P. The writing was modern enough that it was an easy read, but kept to a style that made it fit into the originals. I was good until he ending twist…it almost felt like Scooby Doo. I was a solid three stars until that point and the last 20 pages were a 1.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Taxman

    Enthralling read Kept me craving more right to the end. Better story than Pride and Prescience. I felt murmerings of Dorian Gray from about half well but it still stood up well for itself. As other reviewers have said, I would have preferred to avoid the supernatural element but this a good story which ties up most ends.

  28. 4 out of 5

    the_bookish_took

    This was book was like the mirror- it draws you in! Again, I wasn't big on the magical element, but I absolutely loved the Darcys' humor. It was so cute! I'm really enjoying this series so far, and meeting up with old friends. And I love the way she takes a sentence from the book (Sense and Sensibility) for each chapter. This was book was like the mirror- it draws you in! Again, I wasn't big on the magical element, but I absolutely loved the Darcys' humor. It was so cute! I'm really enjoying this series so far, and meeting up with old friends. And I love the way she takes a sentence from the book (Sense and Sensibility) for each chapter.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shauna

    This second book in the series did not grab me as quickly as the first. I guess, in the tradition of Austen, not a lot of action happens in the first half. The second half of the book was a bit more eventful and the end was very good. All in all, I will continue on with the series as I really enjoy the witty interplay between Darcy and Elizabeth which I think the author manages very well.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kirstie

    The second Mr & Mrs Darcy Mystery has Lizzie & Darcy settling comfortably into married life. They invite Kitty to spend the season in London with them and Georgiana, where they make the acquaintance of Harry Dashwood and his relations. The favourable connection starts to sour, however, when strange occurrences begin after Mr Dashwood takes possession of a portrait & mirror belonging to an infamous ancestor. Of course, Lizzie sticks her nose in and takes it upon herself to invseitgate; Darcy is s The second Mr & Mrs Darcy Mystery has Lizzie & Darcy settling comfortably into married life. They invite Kitty to spend the season in London with them and Georgiana, where they make the acquaintance of Harry Dashwood and his relations. The favourable connection starts to sour, however, when strange occurrences begin after Mr Dashwood takes possession of a portrait & mirror belonging to an infamous ancestor. Of course, Lizzie sticks her nose in and takes it upon herself to invseitgate; Darcy is skeptical but along for the ride; and Professor Randolph pops back up with exposition and the key to solving it all. As in the previous novel, the interaction between Lizzie and Darcy was brilliant - just the right balance of teasing banter and true affection. The pacing of the plot was good, no part of the story felt like it was too rushed along or drawn out, with the one exception that it seemed puzzling to me how quickly the Ferrars' accepted Lizzie's word and took her into the fold as if she was an old friend and not practical stranger. I also felt that Professor Randolph was not as well integrated into the narrative, being much more of a side character in this novel, so when he pops up to explain the supernatural elements and at the end with the deus ex machina it does seem quite contrived in places. I do have two big gripes though: first has to be when Darcy voices his admiration of Lizzie's telling falsehoods, as in canon he famously declares that he 'abhors deceit' - it jolted me out of the story a bit. Second is the continual fat-shaming of Regina and mocking of her size by Lizzie and Darcy. Despite all this though I did enjoy the book and will continue on with this series.

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