A rare meeting of literary genius: P. D. James, long among the most admired mystery writers of our time, draws the characters of Jane Austen’s beloved novel Pride and Prejudice into a tale of murder and emotional mayhem.
It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball.
Then, on the eve of the ball, the patrician idyll is shattered. A coach careens up the drive carrying Lydia, Elizabeth’s disgraced sister, who with her husband, the very dubious Wickham, has been banned from Pemberley. She stumbles out of the carriage, hysterical, shrieking that Wickham has been murdered. With shocking suddenness, Pemberley is plunged into a frightening mystery.
Inspired by a lifelong passion for Austen, P. D. James masterfully re-creates the world of Pride and Prejudice, electrifying it with the excitement and suspense of a brilliantly crafted crime story, as only she can write it.
Death Comes to Pemberlyby P. D. James
Death Comes to Pemberly is a quick and easy read from famed author P.D. James. Readers will be able to jump right into the action thanks to a detailed prologue that fills in what happened to the Darcys after Pride and Prejudice. Several favorite characters also make a return, in addition to a few new faces. The book's setting and descriptions were beautifully constructed and so authentic that I completely forgot I wasn't sitting inside a court room. For a mysterious crime novel, this story is full of courtroom drama but lacked any real mystery. If you're looking for an entertaining read, give Death Comes to Pemberly a try.
Profanity/Language: 6 religious exclamations, 1 mild obscenity, 1 religious profanity
Violence/Gore: A character dies from a head wound -- this murder is told several times throughout the book from different perspectives and individuals.
Sex/Nudity: Reported sexual activity resulting in an illegitimate child occurs between two characters.
Mature Subject Matter:
Death, murder, blackmail.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
A main character is drunk the night of the murder.
Reviewed By Rachel