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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Death Comes to Pemberley, by P. D. James

Death Comes to Pemberley, by P. D. James, is a sequel to Jane Austen's classic, Pride and Prejudice.  Although it is a risky endeavor for the very successful mystery writer, James succeeds in capturing the tone of its predecessor and the nature of Austen's characters.  James builds a natural extension of the story that is as engaging and timeless as the original.

Set on the eve of the Darcy's annual ball, the mystery unfolds when Elizabeth's youngest sister Lydia arrives at Pemberley alone and hysterical.  Lydia reveals that she had just left a pub with her husband, Wickham and his friend Denny, when the two left their carriage in a state of disagreement and ran into the woods as they were en route to Pemberley.  She is convinced one or the other is hurt or that harm would come to them.  What Darcy and his compatriots find after searching for the pair is Wickham with bloodied hands, weeping over the dead body of Denny, and uttering what seems to be a confession.

The novel unfolds as the investigation takes place, Wickham is arrested, and further evidence is given. The story, of course, is not so simple.  More mysteries are unraveled that relate to the deadly event, and since readers of Pride and Prejudice already know a bit about Wickham and Lydia, they will agree that James does a remarkable job recreating these characters for Death Comes to Pemberley.

This sequel will not disappoint, and is a perfect poolside read.  Death Comes to Pemberley was published in 2011 by Alfred A. Knopf.

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE all things Pride and Prejudice and have never heard of this one. Now I can't wait to read it! Thank you, Diane!