Suspense and Sensibility: Or, First Impressions Revisited (Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery Series #2)

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"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
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Overview

"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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Jane Austen fans who regret the author wrote only six full-length novels have reason to rejoice: Bebris's second Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mystery is even better than her strong debut, Pride and Prescience (2004). In the spring of 1813, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy agree to sponsor Elizabeth's sister Kitty for a season in London along with Darcy's 17-year-old sister, Georgiana. In the course of their social rounds, Kitty meets Harry Dashwood-a younger cousin of the Sense and Sensibility Dashwoods-and the courtship begins. Mr. Darcy makes inquiries into Harry's character, fortune and expectations, but no sooner does he receive favorable answers than the suitor begins to behave most strangely. Harry gives a friend the "cut direct" outside Boodle's Club, and there are rumors of gambling and worse excesses. It's up to Darcy and Elizabeth to discover the cause of these aberrations, and, if at all possible, see Kitty happily established. The author smoothly combines characters from Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility while remaining true to Austen's originals. A few elements of the paranormal help illuminate the mores of the period. Regency romance readers will also be delighted. Agent, Irene Goodman. (Feb. 1) Forecast: A blurb from Stephanie Baron, author of a historical series with Jane Austen as sleuth (Jane and the Ghosts of Netley, etc.), will cue her readers. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Jane Austen's memorable characters from Pride and Prejudice do some sleuthing in this sequel to Pride and Prescience. Elizabeth Darcy and husband find a socially perfect match for her younger sister, but his sudden personality changes endanger their own social position. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Less pride, more prejudice. Having barely settled in to her husband's ancestral home in Derbyshire, Elizabeth Bennet Darcy announces to bridegroom Fitzwilliam that they must return to London society to oversee the social life of her younger sister Kitty. Neither Darcy is thrilled to be a part of the social season, but Kitty is, especially when she meets Harry Dashwood at a fashionable soiree. Harry, although he first seems one of many aimless and frivolous members of the ton, tries to improve himself under the influence of Mr. Darcy and Kitty, for whom he apparently has a genuine regard. Those favorable second impressions, however, look mistaken when Harry's character degenerates after he visits his family home, bringing with him several artifacts from a notorious relation, the late unlamented Sir Francis Dashwood. Mr. Darcy is disgusted and Kitty heartbroken at Harry's plunge into dissipation. When the Darcys investigate, they find that several of Sir Francis Dashwood's cronies, former members of the scandalous Hell-Fire Club, have been performing sinister rituals at Harry's home. Mrs. Darcy consults Professor Randolph, her occult expert, about an ancient mirror, and both the Darcys take a terrible risk to destroy the mirror and save Harry. No evil is a match for the witty and happily married Darcys, a moral to which the marriage-obsessed Mrs. Bennet would wholeheartedly subscribe.
Chronicle
"...the comparison to the Mr. and Mrs. North mysteries by Frances and Richard Lockridge is not misplaced...."
The Capitol Times (web edition)
"....[Bebris] skillfully brings Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy of Pride and Prejudice together with characters from Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility…."
The News & Observer
"The antics of these softboiled sleuths are amusing….Austen buffs will find a lot of good period stuff...."
Voices of Youth Advocates
"The story is witty and charming—a mixture of Austen and Nick and Nora...."
From the Publisher
"Thoroughly 'light and bright and sparkling'," in the best Austen tradition with a dollop of murder and mayhem to leaven the whole. A delight." —Stephanie Barron, author of the Jane Austen Mystery series on Pride and Prescience

"Well crafted ...Bebris works her own brand of Austen magic, whetting the reader's appetite for a sequel...Taking a lighter approach than Stephanie Barron's sleuthing Jane Austen series this one should appeal as much to Regency readers as to Austenites."

Publishers Weekly on Pride and Prescience

"Charming" —Booklist on Pride and Prescience

"Mannered prose, Regency backdrops, moody country houses, and delightful characterization place this new series high on the to-buy list." —Library Journal on Pride and Prescience

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765318442
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/30/2007
  • Series: Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries Series , #2
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 361,839
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Carrie A. Bebris is a former school teacher and editor for TSR. A member in good standing of the Jane Austen Society, she resides in Wisconsin. Suspense and Sensibility is her second Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery.

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Reading Group Guide

Questions for Discussion

1. The book’s subtitle, First Impressions Revisited, serves as a theme of the novel. Discuss first impressions in Suspense and Sensibility. What were your first impressions of Harry Dashwood and other characters, and did they differ from the impressions the characters made on each other? How were these impressions changed, or revisited, as events unfolded?

2. Another theme of the novel is that of seeing and reflection. How does each character wish to be seen by others? What events, actions, statements, and objects reflect his or her true nature? Are some characters better at “seeing” than others?

3. Is Sir Francis evil? Was he wrong to trap Harry in order to free himself from the mirror, or was he justified in escaping any way he could?

4. When Mr. Darcy tells Professor Randolph that he is not discontent, Randolph responds, “Everybody wants something, Mr. Darcy.” Do you believe this statement is true? Is it possible for a person ever to be perfectly content?

5. After Harry is rescued, he accepts all blame for what happened. Is he indeed responsible?

6. What kind of future will Harry and Kitty have?

7. The book takes place primarily in London during the high social season. To what extent does this setting— including the constant background presence of the ton, or fashionable society—influence the story? What contrast do scenes at Pemberley and/or Norland offer?

8. Jane Austen fans might also recognize the subtitle as an echo of First Impressions—Austen’s working title for Pride and Prejudice, the book upon which the Mr. & Mrs. Darcy mystery series is based. If you are familiar with Austen’s novel and/or the first book in Bebris’s series (Pride and Prescience), how does Suspense and Sensibility revisit characters and elements of those preceding novels? How has the Darcys’ relationship—both as a married couple and as a sleuthing team—developed? Was this a satisfying sequel?

9. If you are familiar with Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, compare Bebris’s representations of Austen’s characters (the Dashwoods, Brandons, Ferrarses, and Middletons) with the originals.

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    Another good read

    The story of the Darcys continue as Elizabeth and Darcy take Kitty to London to find her a husband. Kitty quickly falls in love with Harry Dashwood and the engagment is set. Harry begins acting strangley and the Darcys must figure out why. Magic is again brought in using a magic mirror this time. I was disappointed by the fact that Elinor Dashwood had a very small role and Marianne is barley mentioned. I had hoped to see more interaction with the different characters. It was a good read if you like mysterys.

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  • Posted March 21, 2011

    Great read!

    Great read! I loved how Carrie Bebris ties all of our favorite Jane Austen characters together!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2008

    Interesting story line for the Darcys

    I do enjoy this mystery series involving the Darcys. Of course I just like any continuing stories involving them. My only issue is that with Suspense and Sensibility it was extremely predictable. I know that most mysteries are, but I was still hoping for the twist and not getting one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2008

    Ridiculous plot

    The writing was fair and the characters were well done, but the plot was ridiculous and completely out of character for Jane Austen. I won't be reading the rest of the books in this series.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    This is a reprint of the delightful married Darcy couple amateur sleuth investigations

    In 1813, hoping to rusticate after solving the mystery of PRIDE AND PRESCIENCE instead Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy sponsor her sister Kitty and his sister Georgiana for a season in London. Kitty and Harry Dashwood meet and an attraction between them is instant. However, Fitz takes his sponsorship role seriously so he makes inquiries into Harry. Everyone he speaks with insists Harry is of good moral character, wealthy enough to support a family and a superior catch.-------------- However, just when Fitz is going to allow the sensible Harry to court Kitty, this future brother-in-law begins to behave boorishly starting with insulting a friend. Rumors suddenly surface of Harry owing large amounts of gambling debts and chasing skirts. Elizabeth and Fitz are stunned and appalled that dependable and reliable Harry whom they first met now has become crass and irresponsible. They investigate trying to understand the cause before Kitty is hurt or worse trapped in a terrible marriage what they find starting with the puzzling Mirror of Narcissus shakes Fitz and Elizabeth to the core of their souls.------------ This is a reprint of the delightful married Darcy couple amateur sleuth investigations (see NORTH BY NORTHANGER for the third entry). The story line is fun to follow as the regency England of Jane Austen comes alive with the Darcy¿s at the center of another whodunit. Although the Mirror seems out of place even if it is a key catalyst to the story, fans will enjoy the return of the stars of Pride and Prejudice (make that Pride and Prescience).--------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2005

    A different premise

    I have (nearly) always found something to delight me in all the Pride and Prejudice sequels - but if you are entirely expecting a 'true' sequel to the book, you may be disappointed with this series. IF however, you can be content with a transportation of faithfully portrayed characters into an entirely different sort of plot, and do not mind a venture into the paranormal, then I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. To those of us who love Jane Austen's novels 'Darcy and Elizabeth' is almost one word, they are the best drawn couple in literature. But if you also have room in your hearts for a little adventure (Mulder and Scully almost come to mind), it is very entertaining to see our favorite couple turned sleuth. The plot hinges on the Gothic - it has a touch of Northanger Abbey in it. But the author gives it to us seriously, within the context of meaning it to be a 'Mr and Mrs Darcy Mystery,' and that saves it from campiness. I know, it may seem abominable to consider Darcy and Elizabeth outside a certain sphere or genre (what next, Darcy and Elizabeth Land on Mars?) but this book is strangely respectful of them, and I did not feel they became cariacatures of themselves. It is entertainment, not literature, and I enjoyed it more than some of the true sequels that have more pretensions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2005

    Gripping

    Fitzwilliam 'Darcy' and Elizabeth Darcy have just retired to the country side after their last bout with crime solving. But rest and relaxation are soon gone as they take on the responsibility of finding a suitor for Elizabeth's younger sister, Kitty. So again city life is upon them. .......................................... At the first social event a perfect match is formed and wedding plans soon follow. But to Darcy's dismay things start going aray, starting with the perfect 'groom'. Now will Elizabeth and Darcy be able to solve this mystery before Kitty's chances at proper society disapear? ............................................ **** Very gripping and intense. If you love to live in the past and the whirlwing of Jack the Ripper England this book is for you. ****

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2005

    WOW that was interesting!

    The book was well written in accordance with the Austen styling. However when hosts and magic mirrors plague the story, the effect is somewhat lost. It would be far better to read and enjoy had the supernatural element been placed somewhere else. I did like Kitty's transformation though. Plus the addition of our old friends from Sense and Sensibility was lovely. Edward Farrars really wasn't all that vocal though. All in all it's an abomination to be kind, but I did enjoy it (almost) cover to cover. Just wait till it's a little older on the shelf. I paid $20 for mine and would not do it again

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