Two great literary minds - master of suspense P.D. James and literary icon Jane Austen - come together in Death Comes to Pemberley, a bestselling historical crime fiction tribute to Pride and Prejudice. Conjuring the world of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy and combining the trappings of Regency society with a classic murder mystery, James creates a delightful new story that will intrigue any fan of Jane Austen.
The year is 1803, and Darcy and Elizabeth have been married for six years. There are now two handsome and healthy sons in the nursery, Elizabeth's beloved sister Jane and her husband Bingley live nearby and the orderly world of Pemberley seems unassailable. But all this is threatened when, on the eve of the annual autumn ball, the guests are preparing to retire for the night when a chaise appears, rocking down the path from Pemberley's wild woodland. As it pulls up, Lydia Wickham - Elizabeth's younger, unreliable sister - stumbles out screaming that her husband, George Wickham, has been murdered.
Inspired by a lifelong passion for the work of Jane Austen, P.D. James masterfully recreates the world of Pride and Prejudice. Combining Austen's characters with her own signature excitement and suspense, James has crafted a brilliant crime story. Death Comes to Pemberley is a distinguished work of fiction, from one of the best-loved writers of our time, and was adapted as a miniseries by the BBC in 2013, starring Matthew Rhys, Anna Maxwell Martin, and Matthew Goode.
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"P.D. James has recreated the world of Jane Austen magnificently." (Sunday Telegraph)
"Dazzling...a book that combines the grace of Jane Austen with the pace of a thriller...as good as anything P.D. James has written and that is very high praise indeed." (Sunday Express)
"An elegantly gauged homage to Austen and an exhilarating tribute to the inexhaustible vitality of James's imagination." (Sunday Times)
I saw the television production and really enjoyed it but thought this audiobook was pretty ghastly. Did not like the narration at all - I will avoid her in the future. I think that was what really put me off the whole thing. As a previous reviewer said, the characters seemed to bear no resemblance to those fabulous ones in Pride & Prejudice - insipid and dull. Really struggled to get through it, although it was a good sedative.
"Just that bit different"
I really enjoyed this book, I'd watched the television adaptation and enjoyed that so thought I'd give this a go. Very well read and the story provides you with a little dip back into the world of Pemberley and the Darcy's but has that twist with it being a murder mystery. Thoroughly enjoyable.
"So irritating and disappointing!"
I realise I should have read the Amazon reviews before I bought this audiobook as all of the ones I've just glanced at say exactly what I feel about this book. Unfortunately, in the audiobook version we also have to grit our teeth through the narration. There seems to be a current trend for narrators to half whisper the words adding totally meaningless stresses to at least one word in every sentence as if to create a sense of suspense or drama. It doesn't work. If that is a trend you have also noticed and it irritates you, I'm afraid this narrator is to be avoided.
I'm only a third of the way though this book but I already feel myself struggling on to see how it turns out. I don't think the denouement will be a surprise.
As for the Austen characters, they seem to relate so little to the original it feels more like laziness on the part of the author who couldn't be bothered to invent a back story for new characters. Such a shame.
James is right it was great for any Austin fan to catch up with Elizabeth and Darcy. Interesting plot. Will definitely be coming back to it again.
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