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Death Comes to Pemberly





Death Comes to Pemberly (A) by P.D.James is definitely for the Jane Austen fan. James has written a novel in the exact style of Austen. She has written what should be considered the “sequel” to Pride and Prejudice.

Elizabeth and Darcy are now married and living with their children in Darcy’s family home Pemberly.   Preparations have begun for the annual Lady Ann ball. Guests have started to arrive and the household is consumed with making things ready for the big event.  On the eve of the party, a carriage races in a storm to the door of the mansion. Lydia, Elizabeth’s sister who is married to George Wickham, arrives uninvited and in grave distress. The driver of the coach relates the events that have just occurred. Lydia with her husband George and his friend Denny were traveling together. The men had words and Denny left the carriage racing into the dark, menacing woods. George followed him and not long after gunshots were heard. A search party gathers and heads to the woods to find the two missing men. Lydia, in complete hysterics, is sedated and left to wait with the women at Pemberly.

Within the hour, George Wickham is discovered hovering over the body of Denny. He is ranting what sounds to be a confession of murder. Bringing back all the characters from Pride and Prejudice, James weaves a murder mystery just as well as Austen would have done herself.

Without a doubt Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors and I couldn’t be more pleased with Death Comes to Pemberly.  From the style of writing to the reunion with the characters, James pens a remarkable mystery that left me wanting more.  I can’t believe that I took so long to read this exciting novel.  If you are like me, a Jane Austen fan, then immediately add Death Comes to Pemberly to your bookshelf.  You will not be sorry.


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