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.
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What do you get when you mix two great authors together, one from three centuries ago and one from the present day? You get "Death Comes to Penderley". In this book the indomitable Ms. P.D. James combines her long-time admiration of Miss Jane Austen and her writing with her own formidable talent as a writer of top-drawer detective fiction. And the result is one that I think Miss Jane Austen would appreciate if she could see it. Ms. James takes us to England in the early 1800's and to Pemberley, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy, whom we haven't heard from since we last closed the book entitled "Pride and Prejudice". And we have a sudden death that occurs on the Pemberley grounds which throws the Darcy's and their considerable staff and far-flung family into a turmoil. Before the final pages the Darcy's are faced with all kinds of moral and judicial dilemmas, and they are forced to deal with some long-buried emotions. Ms. James does a remarkable job with this herculean task. Who else could take on Miss Austen and continue her story written so many years ago? Ms. James is a remarkable talent, and I have personally enjoyed every one of the many books that she has written.