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A rare meeting of literary genius: P. D. James, long among the most admired mystery writers of our time, draws the characters of Jane Austen’s beloved novel Pride and Prejudice into a tale of murder and emotional mayhem. 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.
Great sequel to Pride and Prejudice by a master detective novelist...but without Jane Austin's wry observations and wit.Published 5 months ago by Leslie Smith Dow
The language and story was respectful of Austen and brought a continuation of the Pemberly story. Thoroughly enjoyable.Published 11 months ago by JMW 0907
A typically well-written P. D. James novel. She accurately captures Jane Austen's writing style. A very enjoyable read!Published 11 months ago by Leo Steinfeld
Not her best. Regretably her last. I could not force myself to finish which for me is telling. She will be missed.Published 12 months ago by Awordsworth
James is an extremely good writer and good at bringing Jane Austen's character to lifePublished 17 months ago by DOROTHY CARMICHAEL
I have in paperback all the books written by P.D. James and have loved every one, except this one. It is very well written but the story was just not my "cup of tea".Published 17 months ago by hezzie
Now I can imagine what happened to Elizabeth and Mr.D'arcy after their wedding. haven't you? It is exciting to read.
Love reading it!
I find the narrator speaks far to quickly. I love PD James and Jane Austin, so it was so disappointing.Published 20 months ago by Patricia A. Mcclellan