Author: Carrie Bebris
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.
Opinion: Sanditon is the only novel that Jane Austen did not finish. I have read the attempts of “Another Lady” to finish the novel. She did an excellent job. I thought it was quite interesting that Ms. Bebris also paired the same two characters in the original story.
As for the story. I really enjoyed it. At one point, I was scratching my head because so many characters were going missing. It didn’t occur to me that there was more than one plot afoot in this whole escapade. One of the culprits, I should have guess based upon what I knew of the original Sanditon novel as well as Sanditon completion. The other culprit never occurred to me.
This was definitely an enjoyable read.
The only question left is what will be the subject of Ms. Bebris’ next novel? My money is on her writing a mystery about the infamous Lady Susan or perhaps she will tackle Love and Freindship. I think Lady Susan is more likely as there is a lot more story there.