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Suspense and Sensibility or, First Impressions Revisited: A Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery (Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries) by Carrie Bebris
Cover Artist: Teresa Fasolino
Review by Gayle Surrette
Forge Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765318442
Date: 30 October 2007 List Price $12.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Kitty, to her very material advantage, spent the chief of her time with her two elder sisters. In society so superior to what she had generally known, her improvement was great. She was not of so ungovernable a temper as Lydia; and, removed from the influence of Lydia's example, she became, by proper attention and management, less irritable, less ignorant, and less insipid.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Chapter 61.
While Suspense and Sensibility is subtitled "Or, First Impressions Revisited", this is very much about Kitty. While Mr. & Mrs. Darcy are front and center, gathering clues and trying to find an explanation and an acceptable ending to this mystery, we do get to learn just how much Kitty has changed due to the calming, knowledgeable, and direct influence of her older sisters. As readers we now have a chance to see the Kitty who could have been if not for Lydia's influence in the absence of either of her parents taking a hand except to over ride the advice of her older sisters. Darcy has agreed to assist Kitty with a season in London and he takes his position in society and his agreement to see Kitty well settled seriously. So, when Kitty gives her heart -- it's up to the Darcy's to decide if her choice is acceptable and reciprocal.

From official release/information:

Book Description: 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 Sensibility

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.

(Source: Forge)

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