Book Review: Suspense and Sensibility

October 26, 2010 Whitney Review 8 Comments

Book Review: Suspense and SensibilitySuspense and Sensibility by Carrie Bebris
Series: A Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery #2
Published by Forge Books on February 1, 2005
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 301
Source: Gift

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 toThe Thin Man's Nick and Nora, searching for truth between tea times, amid the social whirl of Jane Austen's England.

This novel was a very lite read, but felt more like a fantasy than suspenseful.  The dialogue was rather witty and was interesting to see the  mix and reintroduction to many characters.  But as a Austen retelling just didn’t fit the bill for me. The leading characters could easily have been interchanged to any person and just weren’t as developed or believable to stand out as this classic couple.  Regardless, Suspense and Sensibility put an interesting twist on familiar names with their own unique flair.


8 responses to “Book Review: Suspense and Sensibility

  1. I didn't know this existed! I had heard about the Austen-zombie books but this is intriguing. Too bad it didn't meet all expectations. Any interest in reading the rest of the series?

  2. This sounds like something I'd love to read! I had no idea there was something called the Mr. and Mrs.Darcy mysteries. It sounds interesting at the very least 🙂

  3. Juju– It looks like a book you'd like.

    Carrie– all the titles in this series are cute (North by Northanger The Matters at Mansfield)

    Vaishnavi– It's a very fun book.

    Teacher/Learner– I'd be interested to read the first book in the series, Pride and Prescience.

    Kals– As a Janeite I think you'd really enjoy this series. I liked Suspense and Sensibility, I think it just had more potential that went unused.

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