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The Suspicion at Sanditon (Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries #7)

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  367 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews

Suspicion at Sanditon, a new adventure in Carrie Bebris’s award-winning Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery series takes Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy to Sanditon, the setting and title of Jane Austen’s final work

In Sanditon, along with their friend Miss Charlotte Heywood, the Darcy's encounter an array of eccentric inhabitants that includes: Mr. Thomas Parker, an enthusiast

Hardcover, 334 pages
Published July 14th 2015 by Tor Books
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Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really love this series. I know some people hate it when other authors appropriate classic characters, but this author really knows her stuff. (I mean, when she researched for this book, she actually read the original manuscript of Miss Austen's unfinished work Sanditon.)

Part of my enjoyment of this series is, of course, rejoining two of my favorite characters, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy. This book, like the previous ones, has a wonderful plot and mystery. Very convoluted and very satisfy
Carole (in Canada)
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: JAFF, Mystery
Shelves: favorites
Oh what fun this book was! I felt as if I was playing the game 'Clue' or attending one of those murder/mystery dinners but there isn't a dead body...just missing women!

This is Ms. Bebris 7th book in the Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery series. I have read all the others and so enjoyed; but I really loved this one. The Darcy's were visiting the Colonel & Mrs. Fitzwilliam when they were all invited to Sandition to experience this new and upcoming seaside resort by Mr. & Mrs. Parker. Also, goi
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I had a hunch with part of the mystery but I wasn't able to solve all the parts beforehand. It was a really engaging story. I am a bad Austenite and haven't read Sanditon, so all the characters were new to me.

I can say enough how engaging it is!
❂ Jennifer
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Once I sorted out the who's who and got past the story setup, the book became a lot of fun. We have a large important house, a terrible storm, a missing Lady, and a bit of a locked room mystery vibe from the whole thing, with just a touch of the gothic.

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May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Austen fans
Recommended to Christina by: Austenprose
Shelves: austenesque, mystery
Seemingly moments after reading the end of award winning author’s Carrie Bebris, The Deception at Lyme (Or, The Peril of Persuasion) in 2011, the sixth novel in her Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mystery series, I, along with other fans wondered what Bebris might write next. Much speculation surfaced whether she would attempt a mystery with Austen’s lesser known works: Sanditon, The Watsons, and Lady Susan or abandon the scheme altogether! Not four years later, and all anticipation, I had my hands on an adv ...more
I love everything Jane Austen. I was thrilled that this book had finally become available. I was anxious to see where the book would lead Darcy and Elizabeth. The location was a seaside village called Sanditon. This was the name of the final unfinished manuscript by Jane Austen, before her death. This is a mystery series, yet let's you catch up with the characters in the Austen novels. This story combines kidnapping, a spooky dark mansion on a stormy night, hidden passages, and long held secrets ...more
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kim by: Sandra
I have read and enjoyed all of the books in this series. I felt the characters here were very true to how Austen wrote them in the fragment that is Sanditon. I hope that Mrs Bebris turns her talents next to Lady Susan, that story just begs for a Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mystery.
This much anticipated New mystery in the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy series is absolutely brilliant. The characters reflect the unfinished work of Jane Austen's Sanditon. The story is weaved into a fabulous page-Turner. I was captivated and could not put the book down. Utterly brilliant!
Chelsea Moeller
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another successful edition to the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries series! Carrie Bebris introduces and develops Jane Austen's characters with an even greater attention to detail and devotion than her wonderful books have done before.
The mysteries abound in "Suspicion at Sanditon", as we meet the Parkers, the Hollis', and the estimable Lady Denham. While a typical problem between families seems to be the primary motivator of events, readers soon come to find a household gone missing, and for drastic
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had a lot of fun reading this book. I read half of it riding Amtrak on Saturday and finished it on the ride home on Monday. I was completely surprised by the way things turned out, and enjoyed the suspense and the humor. I had read Sanditon a few years ago, and it was interesting to compare how two different authors took the same material left unfinished by Jane Austen and turned it into their own novels. The characters had the same traits, the settings were the same, and yet so much was diffe ...more
Judine Brey
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: austen, mystery
What I love about the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mysteries is that Bebris keeps the characters' spirits in tact. Everyone from Darcy and Elizabeth to Colonel Fitzwilliam to the lesser known Sanditon characters still come across the same as when reading the original work. While Bebris' tone echoes Austen's dry humor, she still puts her own twist on it, which makes it more engaging than a lot of other "recreated" Austen pieces. The conclusion of this novel was satisfying and the red herrings utilized were ...more
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the 7th book in the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy series. The Darcys plan on accompanying their friends to a seaside village where a Mr. Thomas Parker plans on making it into a resort town. They are traveling with and chaperoning Miss Charlotte Heywood. When the party is invited to dine at the home of Lady Denham, they meet a variety of guests while waiting for their hostess. Lady Denham fails to appear and it seems like she has vanished. Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam head up the search. As the night g ...more
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
To my mind, this is both the most Gothic and the most Byzantine of the "Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries". The convoluted plot is full of people disappearing, rumors of ghosts, secret passages, and clandestine romances. However, all comes right in the end, and the Epilogue gives a very satisfactory explanation of what happens to the main characters in the future.

... I keep hoping that Ms. Bebris will attempt some kind of treatment on Austen's Lady Susan, but since that is an epistolary novel, that m
Jan 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I've read several others in this series and enjoyed them. This one had all the makings of an excellent Agatha Christie - a dinner party, a storm, and a missing hostess. The writing is tight and the characters interesting, I just feel as though there wasn't enough involvement with Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. Either develop their characters more fully and give us more insight into them, or utilize what we already know about them and use them to drive the action. Here, they felt like place holders. We saw ...more
Ann Boytim
Mr. & Mrs. Darcy are on a short vacation to a beach resort. They are accompanied by their young friend Charlotte Heywood and the meet Lady Denham who owns a large estate close to the village.
Lady Denham invites a group of people to her home for a dinner party and then as they all wait for her to appear for dinner they find out that she has disappeared. A search begins and more of the ladies in the party disappear. The Darcys team uo to try and figure out the mystery behind the disappearance
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Darcys are drawn once again into a situation that requires Elizabeth's intuitive skills and Darcy's logic to puzzle out the disappearance of their hostess and other guests. The story reminded me of Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None", with a variety of subterfuges to keep the reader guessing. I had a hard time putting this down until I reached the end. Characters were well developed and consistent with Austen's portrayal.
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you like Elizabeth and Darcy and like cozy mysteries then you will love Carrie Bebris’ book series. This is the seventh of her series and she always incorporates other Jane Austen characters, and this was another clever story. The main plot is set during one night where their hostess disappears and that event propels them in adventure in an unknown and dark house, surrounded by mostly strangers. I really liked it, but it’s a quiet unassuming book.
Massanutten Regional Library
Brittany, Central patron, June 2018, 5 stars:

Well written! Lots of twists and surprises!
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
For a book that felt like a cross between Jane Austen and a Scooby Doo episode, this was a surprisingly slow read.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! The entire time I was totally captivated and couldn't tear myself away. The characters were absolutely wonderful and so much fun to read about. A great addition to a great series!
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Fun, easy read. Am a bit disappointed that the supernatural element from the first couple of books doesn't carry through the last few.
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I do so love these books. Since the first novel in this warm, snuggly, and just a tad eerie series Pride and Prescience sent the newly married Mr. and Mrs. Darcy of Pride and Prejudice fame off on their first foray into criminal detection I have devoured every delicate morsel of the delightful Ms. Bebris' work.

This time around the Darcy's are off to Sanditon (the setting for one of Ms. Austen's unfinished works) a seaside village that some residents are hoping to turn into a popylar tourist dest
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
It takes a bit of adjustment to switch into the world of Jane Austen's age from our modern world. Once one has adapted, it is a pleasure to read. I thought myself clever in solving the mystery in advance of the end, only to find that that was only part of the plot. There was humor, and even romance, in addition to the mystery, to keep the reader entertained.
Although I definitely enjoyed this latest installment in the Mr. & Mrs. Darcy mystery series, it wasn't my favourite of all of them.

Many of the things I dearly love about this series are included. I absolutely love the authentically "Austen-esque" voice and aspects that the author includes in her books. Lovers of Austen, her stories and her characters who feel proprietary interest in respectful representations of those have nothing to fear in reading Ms. Bebris' books. She honours all aspect
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm a fan of a certain type of mystery novels: the lighthearted kind where no one dies a gruesome death, you expect a good ending overall, and the detective(s) don't take themselves very seriously (if you want to read a novel with self-involved emo characters, just pick up any YA novel). It's no doubt that I've become an avid fan of Bebris's Mr. & Mrs. Darcy mysteries, a combination of just the sort of mystery novels I enjoy and the world of Jane Austen. Each mystery centers around the setti ...more
Bill Mackela
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-publisher
The Suspicion at Sanditon was something that I don’t normally read. True it is a mystery and I read a lot of mysteries, but this book takes place in England in the early 1800s. It is written in the style of Jane Austen, or so I’ve been lead to believe, having never read any Jane Austen, I’ll just have to take their word for it. The writing is very old-fashioned, as are the characters. Everything must be proper. You must follow protocol and be very aware of any impropriety. I had a real hard time ...more
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
The 7th in the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mysteries series was a fun romp. Darcy and Elizabeth have travelled to Sanditon on the south coast of England for a summer vacation. They are invited to a large dinner party by the matron Lady Denham. After waiting for the lady to appear for an hour, her companion goes to search for her and reports back that she is missing. The ladies search the house for her, and the gentlemen search her extensive grounds. A storm suddenly soaks all the men and when they return ...more
Jul 24, 2015 rated it liked it
In Bebris' first sojourn outside the Austen Canon, we see the Darcy's embark on their own version of Agatha Christie's "Ten Little Indians", except that they aren't stuck on an island and *spoiler!* no one actually ends up dying. (It's clear from the first chapter that this is not a murder mystery.) Having read the attempts of several authors to complete "Sanditon", it was refreshing that Bebris' freely admitted in her Author's Note that she did not even try to figure out what story Austen was g ...more
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
It has been awhile since I read a Bebris Darcy mystery. I had forgotten how fun they can be. Knowing nothing about Austen's Sanditon, I had no opinions about the added characters. Overall I found the whole plot pretty fun. While it takes a little time to deal with the set up (meeting all the characters, understanding the various relationships, getting to know Sanditon), once the actual crime is comitted the books moves along at a nice pace. I enjoyed that the majority of the novel was confined t ...more
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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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