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Suspense and Sensibility or, First Impressions Revisited: A Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery (Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries #2)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  3,092 Ratings  ·  216 Reviews
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
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ebook, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Forge Books (first published 2005)
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MRB
Sep 20, 2013 MRB rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Rebekah
Jan 04, 2010 Rebekah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Alice
Ceci est le deuxième opus d'une série nous emmenant sur les traces d'Elisabeth et Darcy après leur mariage et dans celui-ci, vous l'aurez compris, ils auront l'occasion de croiser différents personnages issus de Raison et Sentiments dans leur quête pour marier Kitty convenablement. Mais attention, s'il s'agit bien d'un cross-over, genre que j'affectionne particulièrement, il s'agit surtout ici d'une suite mêlant Jane Austen et fantastique. Ça peut surprendre, je vous l'accorde, et c'est d'ailleu ...more
Susan
Jul 25, 2013 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
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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 ...more
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 th ...more
Karen
Nov 10, 2014 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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
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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
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Karen
Mar 08, 2017 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the characters. I like the dialogue. I like the settings. I'm just getting tired of the supernatural.
Angela
Dec 22, 2008 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Carrie Bebris' Suspense and Sensibility was described on Amazon.com as "Jane Austen meets the X-Files", and its predecessor, Pride and Prescience , as "reasonably well executed fanfic". These descriptions pretty much fit in with my impression of Suspense and Sensibility.

Now, let me get this much straight--Bebris does not have Jane Austen's sparkle in her prose. Few people do, though Stephanie Barron does come close in her mysteries that feature Jane as their heroine. By and large I found the pl
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Mary
Readable enough but I wonder if this series would work better without the supernatural element.
S. J.
Jul 25, 2012 S. J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Jane Austen pastiches and mysteries/supernatural
Recommended to S. by: Bookstore
*4.5-5 Stars*

*The Gush*
I have read the first one in this series, though it has been some time. What I remember is...liking it but almost despite itself. It wasn't that it was bad it was just...weird. Not what I was prepared for. Well I went into this with my eyes wide open and it helped, a lot. I knew to expect some kind of supernatural mystery and found this one actually well thought out and very intriguing. Everyone has hear of the Hell-Fire Club and to get to 'meet' its originator was quite i
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Mirjam
Feb 21, 2012 Mirjam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With Jane in the family way, Mrs. Bennet has managed to persuade Elizabeth to do the honours of finding Kitty a husband in London. The Darcys regretfully exchange the peaceful Pemberley for an endless string of parties in the city. Thankfully it does not take long for Kitty to fall head over heels in love with the dashing Mr. Harry Dashwood and the feeling is entirely mutual. Before the Darcys can congratulate themselves on a job well done, the perfect Mr. Dashwood suddenly changes into someone ...more
Jenna
Jun 25, 2012 Jenna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition


This August, I'll turn 35. Most days I don't feel like I'm in my mid-thirties. Some days my aches and pains make me feel like I'm much, much older, but, most often, I feel younger than that. Maybe that's why the idea of continuing to grow older doesn't quite trouble me - at least not yet, anyway. But for Sir Francis Dashwood, the thought of reaching the end of his days is pure agony. A life of excesses has made him old before his time and, when his death is drawing near, he is filled with only b
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Vicki Kondelik
Nov 09, 2015 Vicki Kondelik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suspense and Sensibility is the second in Carrie Bebris’ series of mysteries with Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy, the hero and heroine of Pride and Prejudice, as detectives. In each book, they interact with characters from one of Jane Austen’s other novels. At the beginning of Suspense and Sensibility, the Darcys sponsor Elizabeth’s sister Kitty in a London season, hoping to find a suitable husband for her. They are happy when Kitty falls in love with Harry Dashwood, who is the son of Elinor’s ...more
Michelle
The second book in the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy series has the pair returning to London to chaperone a Season for Kitty, Elizabeth's younger sister. Darcy's sister, Georgiana, joins them, although she admits that she is not yet ready to join the marriage market. At one of the first balls, a young man charms Kitty, initially mistaking her for Georgiana. But when he realizes his mistake, he is quite graceful and continues to court Kitty. He is Harry Dashwood (cousin to Elinor and Marianne Dashwood), and ...more
Joy
Jul 12, 2012 Joy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Marisa
I love this Darcy mystery series more with each book. Darcy and Elizabeth are made of ideal private investigator material--quick-witted, reasonable, and trustworthy enough that everyone around them asks them to look into things that may be amiss. There's an element of the supernatural in Carrie Bebris's take on the Darcys' married life, which draws Lizzy into the mystery, but brings out the skeptic in her husband.

The second of the Darcy mysteries was more entertaining than the first, mostly beca
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Vanessa
Dec 22, 2016 Vanessa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DO NOT READ
Supernatural
Jessica
Mar 10, 2008 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers, those wanting more stores of Jane Austen's characters
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Rebekah
The first Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mystery may have served to enable me to enter the supernatural/mystery-in-Regency world (I liked it okay, but had issues), or, I just liked this one better. Harry/Sir Francis' behavior was similarly odd to Mrs. Parrish's before, we have Prof Randolph studying artifacts, and Elizabeth sensing things "beyond". We also have a reintroduction to the rest of the Ferrars and Dashwood families. Elinor and Edward are one of my favorite couples so I was delighted to have them ...more
Mckinley
What can I say - a funny read for Jane Austen fans. Mr. and Mrs. Darcy are back at it solving crimes. Well, not exactly crimes more like a strange change of events. In this second book, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy are sponsoring Elizabeth's sister Kitty and Darcy's sister, Georgiana for a season in London. During which Kitty meets Harry Dashwood (a cousin of the Sense and Sensibility Dashwoods). So Mr. Darcy makes inquiries into Harry's character, fortune and expectations and receives favora ...more
Claire
Feb 04, 2010 Claire rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
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 (th
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Elaine
May 19, 2011 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it for the most part, but two things bothered me. First, I'm not a big fan of supernatural elements in stories that are not of that genre, so the Dorian Grey aspect of the novel got on my nerves a bit. As an offshoot of that, the author spent a long time before Elizabeth caught on to the fact that something was up with the mirror. Elizabeth is portrayed as a sharp and sensible woman, so once the discrepancy between Harry's whereabouts vis a vis his townhouse or visiting his aunt & ...more
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 ...more
Megan
May 03, 2011 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading Pride & Prescience, I quickly got started on reading the second book in the series. "Suspense & Sensibility" is another great book from Carrie Bebris. I love how she is continuing the story of Pride & Prejudice in the "Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery" Series while also incorporating the other stories written by Jane Austen.

As I am sure you can tell from the title this book is based loosely on Sense & Sensibility. When Kitty Bennet meets the young Harry Dashwood it is
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Kim
Dec 17, 2013 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austen-related
I inhaled this second book in the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries series as much as I did the first, but I have to say that I didn't enjoy it anywhere near as much as I did the first story.

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Gloria
Although this book contains another hearty dose of excellent characterization, including the addition of the Dashwoods from Sense and Sense, this installment lacks direction. We don’t really get a mystery in the conventional sense (there is no murder which precipitates the conflict). Instead, we are treated to some more supernatural intrigue which is resolved rather abruptly. It seems that Kitty’s finance, Harry Dashwood, falls prey to some sinister spell. These sinister goings on are only hinte ...more
Richard Stueber
In the second of Carrie Bebris's sequels to Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice' Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy meet up with characters from Austen's 'Sense and Sensibility.' Pride is set in 1812 and Sense from 1792 to 1787. Also strangely connected is the real person Sir Francis Dashwood (1708-1781.
Of the first four Darcy novels by Bebris this is the only one with a very strong supernatural element. This involves a very old mirror called the Mirror of Narcissus.
21 year old Henry
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Carrie began her career in publishing after previous roles as a newspaper reporter and college English teacher.

As an editor for fantasy publisher TSR, Inc., she developed supplements for the Dungeons & Dragons® roleplaying game before striking out on her own as a freelance writer and editor. She wrote two fantasy novels, Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor (2001) and Shadowborn (1998, with
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Other Books in the Series

Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries (7 books)
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  • North By Northanger: Or The Shades of Pemberley (Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries, #3)
  • The Matters at Mansfield: Or, The Crawford Affair (Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries, #4)
  • The Intrigue at Highbury: Or, Emma's Match (Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries, #5)
  • The Deception at Lyme: Or, The Peril of Persuasion (Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries, #6)
  • The Suspicion at Sanditon (Or, The Disappearance of Lady Denham)

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