by Carrie Bebris
Hardcover - 304 pages
Review by Linda
Waldemar, 5 January 2005
This is the
second novel in the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mystery series. This time, as
you can guess from the title, some of the characters come from Sense and Sensibility. We are told
in the Author's Note that.
although published in 1811, S&S is set in the 1790's. This story
takes place in 1812 so the S&S characters are 15 years older than
in the original story. Little Harry Dashwood, who inherited Norland, is
now approaching his majority and is a man of fashion in London.
Mrs. Bennet engages the Darcys to host Kitty for the London season.
Soon after arriving in Town, they are invited to a party at the Sir
Middleton's. There we meet Harry, who is a bit shallow and spends most
of his time enjoying the social life with his friends John and William
Middleton. True to character, Lady Middleton has been too indulgent
with her children. The youngest of 8 is a poorly behaved 6-year old who
makes a scene and embarrasses her mother.
Upon dancing with Miss Catherine Bennet, Mr. Harry Dashwood is smitten.
The feeling is mutual and the two soon form a strong attachment.
Unfortunately, things do not progress smoothly for the couple.
As the story goes forward, we meet Mrs. Fanny Dashwood (recently
widowed), Mr. & Mrs. Robert Ferrars, Mr. & Mrs. Edward Ferrars,
Mrs. Marianne Brandon and her mother, Mrs. Dashwood. Although some of
the appearances are brief, the characters greatly resemble their
Professor Randolph, who played a prominent role is Ms. Bebris' previous
novel, is present here, too. He necessarily becomes involved in the
mystery that is caused by the supernatural.
I found the plot of this story to be a bit more predictable than its
predecessor; the mystery less mysterious and the supernatural forces
more far-fetched. However, this did not distract from the pleasure of
the read. In fact, I found this to be a page turner. I think that if
you enjoyed Pride and Prescience,
you will like this book, too.
by LynneRobson (2/10/2005 5:03 p.m.)
have just finished reading the above and I must say that I am a tad
disappointed I loved her first book. It is mainly about finding Kitty a
husband. The Darcy's are asked by Mrs. Bennet to give Kitty a season in
London along with Georgiana. She meets Henry Dashwood the son of Fanny
Dashwood. It has a good plot but I felt really sad at the end of the
book. Again we have the supernatural involved and the Professor from
the Pride and Prescience.
What I did like about the end was Lizzy
informing Darcy of their expected child.
(2/10/2005 6:39 p.m.)
would be better if the author, who has the great merit of being lively
and amusing (I am not quite sure about the supernatural element and
would like to see her try to do without it next time) did not write in
American idioms and knew a little more about English social history. In
her first book she has a woman initiate a divorce, which could not be
done and the man she was supposedly divorcing would in any event have
been hanged shortly after the book ends - in this one she appears not
to be aware that a man could not be ordained until he was 25 years old.
Looking older didn't count. And she refers to Darcy's mother Lady Anne
Darcy as Mrs Darcy - I know Andrew Davies made the same mistake but
that is not an excuse. I still rate it as better than many recent
Written by Tara
O'Donnell (3/25/2005 2:17 p.m.)
I just finished the second Mr.&
Mrs. Darcy mystery, Suspense &
Sensibility by Carrie Bebris and enjoyed it as much as I did Pride & Prescience. The story
centers around Kitty Bennet and Harry Dashwood (son of Mr. John
Dashwood from S&S). Harry seems like a nice fellow at first but
after finding a mysterious mirror and a portrait of Sir Francis
Dashwood, a notorious ancestor (Sir Francis was a real person but his
connection here is the author's invention), he goes thru a swift change
in character that may be supernatural.
Elinor Ferrars does play a part in this story, along with Lucy, Sir
John Middleton, Fanny Dashwood and Marianne. No Mrs. Jennings, I'm
afraid but Margaret does get a mention. Elinor and Elizabeth hit it
right off (not to mention, Elinor slips in a few good lines of wit that
endear her to Lizzy). I liked the way the characters were developed and
even tho the mystery part of the story was easy to figure out, the plot
I do recommend this book wholeheartedly,and look forward to the
next-according to Carrie Bebris's website,the title will be North by Northanger:-D!
Review by Lynne Robson June 23, 2005
I must say that I really enjoyed this book as Sense and Sensibility is one of my
favourite JA books next to Pride and Prejudice. It starts with Darcy and Elizabeth
taking on the responsibility of finding a husband for her younger sister Kitty by
sponsoring a season for her. In London Kitty meets Harry Dashwood the now handsome
young owner of Norland. True love does not run smooth for all of a sudden Harry
starts to change behaving out of character and getting involved in disreputable
gatherings and questionable contacts. Kitty is heartbroken that the man she new
has changed to drastically.
It is a sad story in many ways as Harry eventually loses everything due to a evil
mirror. Darcy and the professor eventually break the spell and Harry becomes a parson
at one of the Pemberley livings.
I must say that I felt rather sorry for poor Harry and sad that he loses everything,
but then again I am happy that Elizabeth and Darcy help the young couple by giving him
the living. Eleanor and her husband are also in the story along with other characters
from Sense and Sensibility. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and am now looking forward to
her new book North by Northanger.