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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.
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By Paul on 12-20-11
Lots of fun for Austen lovers!
What did you love best about Death Comes to Pemberley?
I thought it was well-written and quite Austen-like in its wit and portrayal of the manners of the time. There were some charming little surprise references to Austen characters from other novels which I loved.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I agree with one reviewer that the women characters were overall a little pale and retiring in this story. I would have to say Darcy is the most central person, and his self-reflections are interesting.
What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?
The narrator was easy to listen to, and I loved her working class Brittish accents.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Old family scandals breed fresh problems for Elizabeth and Darcy.
Any additional comments?
This was a very enjoyable listen. Don't let the critical reviews dissuade you from giving it a try!
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
By MMRudy on 12-17-11
Not As Interesting as Print Reviewers Suggested
I've read many (not all) continuations of Pride & Prejudice. Generally, one of the Bennett daughters has an active role in plot development and story line. Elizabeth does not play an active role in this tale. I suppose this reflects reality for women in the earlier 19th century. The suspense, mystery is pretty trivial and the solution smacks of deus ex machina.
If you want a good story, a mystery, and Jane Austin, stick with Stephanie Barron's series.
I enjoyed the reader. She is speaks clearly and told the story well.
20 of 21 people found this review helpful