Thursday, January 6, 2011

Book Review: Suspense and Sensibility by Carrie Bebris

I will stop procrastinating. I will update this blog properly.

I have a good excuse though. I was sick, got over it, got a stomach virus right before Christmas, got over that, had Christmas, and now I'm sick again. But see, here I am, writing a blog post while sick. You should be proud of me. (At least I'm not under the influence of Nyquil yet!)

So, without further ado, on to the review!

Suspense and Sensibility by Carrie Bebris
 
 This is the second in the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mystery series. Another fun offering from the pen of Carrie Bebris, and even odder than the last.


The book starts out with Elizabeth and Darcy chaperoning their respective sisters, Kitty and Georgiana, to London for the Season (i.e. that time of winter when single girls descend upon the city to find a husband). Kitty, though still a bit silly at times, has matured somewhat since being in the company of her wiser sisters. To her high luck she quickly meets and falls in love with a wealthy young man, Harry Dashwood, son of that harpy Fanny Dashwood. Harry is somewhat immature but overall decent, unlike his tactless parents. He and Kitty waste no time in becoming engaged to the horror of his mother and the approval of his sensible aunt (we all know who that is).

However, shortly after the engagement is made official, Harry discovers a painting of an infamous ancestor as well as the man's mirror; and suddenly, he is behaving like his rakish ancestor. Elizabeth and Darcy, concerned both about the young man that seemed so nice and their heartbroken sister, try to get to the bottom of this change of behavior.

This was yet another riveting tale, and the author's ability did not flag. I thought the resolution was a bit unbelievable, with regards to everything being tidied up so neatly, but I'm a sucker for fluffy happy endings. The happy surprise was also well done. There was the supernatural aspect which was enjoyable and quite frankly a little creepy; and of course the author continued with the believer/skeptic dynamic between Elizabeth and Darcy. Once again, good for light reading.

3/5

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