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3.75 StarsIt 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 StarsIt 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 starsand that s being excessively generous I ve heard that Bebris later mysteries aremysteries, 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 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 reviewingof these books in the future I like them, despite the Gothic eye roll inducing twists 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 It wasn t a traditional mystery, touchingon 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 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 bitmature 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 SS 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 bitmature and find her happiness and in the way that Austen dictated after PP 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 bitready 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 I mentioned to my mil i was out of reading material and the next day she dropped off this bookI 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 waythe 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 bookI 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 waythe 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 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 tocharacters 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 fianc 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 fianc , 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 *BOOK ↭ Suspense and Sensibility: Or, First Impressions Revisited ⇧ 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 SensibilityElizabeth 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 societyThe 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 wellA 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 soulOnce 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 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 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 fianc e 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