The Suspicion at Sanditon
(Or, The Disappearance of Lady Denham)
(Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries #7)
by Carrie Bebris
When I opened a package that I had received in the mail and saw The Suspicion at Sanditon inside, I thought to myself, “Well, I would never have picked this book up at the bookstore. I wonder if I will make it through this one.” Luckily I have had some extra time available for reading lately, and was able to squeeze it in near the publication date.
The Suspicion at Sanditon was something that I don’t normally read. True it is a mystery and I read a lot of mysteries, but this book takes place in England in the early 1800s. It is written in the style of Jane Austen, or so I’ve been lead to believe, having never read any Jane Austen, I’ll just have to take their word for it. The writing is very old-fashioned, as are the characters. Everything must be proper. You must follow protocol and be very aware of any impropriety. I had a real hard time getting into it, but something just made me keep reading. Once I got about half way though, the pace of the story seemed to pick up. Then by the end of the book it was flying. I’m not sure, but I think that Ms. Bebris may have simplified the language a little, either that or I just got used to it and no longer had to think as hard while reading. I don’t know which it was, but it was much easier to read near the end of the book than it was at the beginning.
I enjoyed the story and the characters, but I probably won’t be reading any more books in this series. If you are a Jane Austen fan, I would imagine that you have already heard of this series. If you haven’t, then I think that you should try to get a hold of this book. Even though this is book 7 in the series, it works quite well as a standalone book, and if this is the kind of book you enjoy, there are six other books available.
I give The Suspicion at Sanditon 4 Stars out of 5 and a Thumbs Up. I know there are a lot of people out there that would rate it higher.
I received a hardcover copy of this book from the publisher.
Suspicion at Sanditon, a new adventure in Carrie Bebris’s award-winning Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery series takes Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy to Sanditon, the setting of Jane Austen’s final work. There, accompanied by their friend Miss Charlotte Heywood, they encounter an array of eccentric villagers and visitors. Among Sanditon’s most prominent residents: Lady Denham, a childless, twice-widowed dowager with a fortune to bequeath and a flight of distant relations circling for a place in her will.
The Darcys have scarcely settled into their lodgings when Lady Denham unexpectedly invites them to a dinner party. Thirteen guests assemble at Sanditon House-but their hostess never appears. As a violent storm rises, a search for Lady Denham begins. The Darcys, like most of their fellow attendees, speculate that one of her ladyship’s would-be heirs has grown impatient .?.?. until the guests start to vanish one by one.
Does a kidnapper lurk in the centuries-old mansion, or is a still more sinister force at work? As the night grows short, the dwelling’s population grows thin, and tales of Sanditon House’s storied past emerge, Mr. and Mrs. Darcy find themselves leading a desperate effort to discover what has happened to Lady Denham and the missing guests, before they all-perhaps even Elizabeth and Darcy themselves-disappear.
The Regency era’s answer to Nick and Nora Charles, the Darcys once again demonstrate their quick wits and signature wit as they search for the truth-universally acknowledged and otherwise.
Series: Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries (Book 7)
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (July 14, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
About the Author
Award-winning author Carrie Bebris is best known for her Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery series. Set in Regency England, the novels entangle some of Jane Austen’s most beloved characters in intrigue.
Carrie began her career in publishing after previous roles as a journalist and college English teacher. As an editor for fantasy publisher TSR, Inc., she developed supplements for the Dungeons & Dragons® roleplaying game before striking out on her own as a freelance writer and editor. She wrote two fantasy novels, Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor (2001) and Shadowborn (1998, with William W. Connors), before making her mystery debut in 2004 with Pride and Prescience. The novel made the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association bestseller list and was named one of the five best mysteries of the year by Library Journal. Successive Mr. & Mrs. Darcy mysteries have earned starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal, and other publications. North by Northanger won the Daphne du Maurier Award, which honors excellence in romantic suspense, and a Reviewers Choice Award from RT Book Reviews magazine for Best Historical Mystery of 2006. The seventh book of the series, The Suspicion at Sanditon (or the Disappearance of Lady Denham), releases in Summer 2015.
In addition to her novels, Carrie is a contributor to the short fiction collection Jane Austen Made Me Do It: Original Stories Inspired by Literature’s Most Astute Observer of the Human Heart. She pens articles for Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine, writes other nonfiction, and has edited such books as Tea with Jane Austen (by Kim Wilson) and Walking with William Shakespeare (by Anne-Marie Edwards). She speaks nationally and locally about Austen, writing, and publishing, including serving as a faculty member and guest lecturer for the Antioch Writers Workshop.
Carrie holds a master’s degree in English literature with an emphasis on 19th- century authors and studied Austen on the graduate level with one of today’s most respected Austen scholars. She is a life member and regional officer of the Jane Austen Society of North America, and travels to England to enhance her understanding of Austen’s life and work. Reviewers praise her for capturing not only the spirit of Austen’s writings, but also the historical details of the Regency era; in the name of research, she has engaged in experiences that range from dancing at Regency balls to firing a dueling pistol.
When not writing, Carrie enjoys traveling, watching costume dramas that send her husband fleeing the house, and indulging in her love of all things British. Originally from Wisconsin, she now resides in Ohio, where she is currently working on her next novel.