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Linda Myatt, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Linda Myatt)
Several writers have attempted to use Jane Austen's characters as armatures for their own productions. P.D. James is the only author I have read who seems to have a decent understanding of the period in which Austen lived, and of which she wrote. James succeeds in setting a good mystery novel in Austen's world.
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Holly Scudero, September 29, 2012 (view all comments by Holly Scudero)
I feel like I have only recently discovered the surprising proliferation of what is essentially a higher-class fan fic: Jane Austin sequels, in which writers try to imitate Austin's classic style with fresh stories featuring favorite characters from her novels. Now renowned novelist P.D. James presents her own story set six years after the conclusion to Austin's "Pride and Prejudice." It is the night before Pemberley's annual autumn ball, and the festivities have already begun for Elizabeth and Darcy; but their dinner party is brought to an abrupt end by the unexpected arrival of Lydia Wickham, hysterically screaming about a murder in the woods. Lydia's husband is the prime suspect, and the lengthy trial that follows is a demanding drain on everyone involved. Despite their history together, Darcy cannot believe that Wickham is guilty of murder, but can evidence be found to prove his innocence?

"Death Comes to Pemberley" is a fantastic offering in this niche genre. James does an outstanding job staying true to Austin's original style, which tends to be hit-or-miss for many authors. The characters are well-written and realistic, and even the long, flowing descriptions of the grounds of Pemberley come across as authentic. On top of that, the story itself ��" an engaging murder mystery ��" is a pleasure to take in, and will keep readers guessing up until the dramatic conclusion.

Originally published for San Francisco/Sacramento Book Reviews.
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Tinu, June 19, 2012 (view all comments by Tinu)
As a sequel to Pride and Prejudice, Death Comes to Pemberley is a satisfying effort. As a mystery, it is not conventional and probably not what most of us expected when we first heard about the book. The way the story plays out is somewht close to the time and place depicted and to Austen's style.

As a connoisseur of Jane Austen books, I was happy to read it, revisiting the characters from Pride and Prejudice and seeing their later lives depicted in a way which conforms to the depth and complexity that Austen gave her characters...

A good read for Jane Austen fans!
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Robin Barton-Smith, January 30, 2012 (view all comments by Robin Barton-Smith)
Jane Austen and P.D. James together! Masterful! Having immersed myself in Austen's and James' books over the years, the melding of the two genres by P.D. James in Death Comes to Pemberly is deeply satisfying. And P. D. James is at her best not only plotting but also embedding little literary jewels in the text, such as weaving "pride and prejudice" and "sense and sensibility" into sentences. And her wit just shines through sentences like this one: "People should make up their minds whether to live or to die and do one or the other with the least inconvenience to others." So speaks Lady Catherine, the oh-so-sensitive dowager patroness and aunt to Darcy. James' usual detailed, intricate plot designed with Austen's characters is so well wrought that one would suspect that Austen whispered in her ear.
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Robin Barton-Smith, January 30, 2012 (view all comments by Robin Barton-Smith)
Jane Austen and P.D. James together! Masterful! Having immersed myself in Austen's and James' books over the years, the melding of the two genres by P.D. James in Death Comes to Pemberly is deeply satisfying. And P. D. James is at her best not only plotting but also embedding little literary jewels in the text, such as weaving "pride and prejudice" and "sense and sensibility" into sentences. And her wit just shines through sentences like this one: "People should make up their minds whether to live or to die and do one or the other with the least inconvenience to others." So speaks Lady Catherine, the oh-so-sensitive dowager patroness and aunt to Darcy. James' usual detailed, intricate plot designed with Austen's characters is so well wrought that one would suspect that Austen whispered in her ear.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307959850
Author:
James, P. D.
Publisher:
Knopf
Author:
James, P.D.
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Mystery Historical
Subject:
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mystery;fiction;jane austen;england;historical fiction;crime;austen;murder;british;historical;19th century;historical mystery;novel;crime fiction;pemberley;english;uk;regency;pastiche;murder mystery;detective;21st century;mysteries;british fiction;british
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Publication Date:
20111206
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.53 x 6.6 x 1.12 in 1.22 lb

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Product details 304 pages Knopf Publishing Group - English 9780307959850 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Historical mystery buffs and Jane Austen fans alike will welcome this homage to the author of Pride and Prejudice from MWA Grand Master James, best known for her Adam Dalgliesh detective series (The Private Patient, etc.). In the autumn of 1803, six years after the events that closed Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Darcy, the happily married mistress of Pemberley House, is preparing for Lady Anne's annual ball, 'regarded by the county as the most important social event of the year.' Alas, the evening before the ball, Elizabeth's sister Lydia, who married the feckless Wickham, bursts into the house to announce that Captain Denny, a militia officer, has shot her husband dead in the woodland on the estate. Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam, who purists may note behaves inconsistently with Austen's original, head out in a chaise to investigate. Attentive readers will eagerly seek out clues to the delightfully complex mystery, which involves many hidden motives and dark secrets, not least of them in the august Darcy family. In contrast to Pride and Prejudice, where emotion is typically conveyed through indirect speech, characters are much more open about their feelings, giving a contemporary ring to James's pleasing and agreeable sequel. 300,000 first printing. Agent: Carol Heaton, Greene & Heaton Ltd." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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