Death Comes to Pemberley
by P.D. James
In their six years of marriage, Elizabeth and Darcy have forged a peaceful, happy life for their family at Pemberley, Darcy’s impressive estate. Her father is a regular visitor; her sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; the marriage prospects for Darcy’s sister, Georgiana, are favorable. And preparations for their annual autumn ball are proceeding apace. But on the eve of the ball, chaos descends. Lydia Wickham, Elizabeth’s disgraced sister who, with her husband, has been barred from the estate, arrives in a hysterical state—shrieking that Wickham has been murdered. Plunged into frightening mystery and a lurid murder trial, the lives of Pemberley’s owners and servants alike may never be the same.
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A Reader's Opinion
Jane Austen with a murderous twist - that's really the only way to describe this book. I did enjoy reading it, though at times it was difficult to get into the story. The characters were at times a bit too dry (more than usual British dry), but James managed to stay in tune with Austen's style for the most part so it was believable. I suppose what was most difficult for me about this story, is the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth - I didn't quite believe it. It's not a romance, so the lack of it is understandable, but I just didn't 'feel' the relationship between the two in this one. The murder part, however was well written and James did a nice job plotting it out (she certainly has the real-life experience). If you're a die-hard Austen fan, this one might not be for you, but if you're open to interpretation and author leeway, then you'll probably enjoy this book.
Format Read: Hardcover