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.
From the Hardcover edition.
Grande dame of British mysteries P.D. James says that reaching her 90th year convinced her that it was time to "indulge" in a project she'd had in mind for a while: writing a sequel to Jane Austen's classic Regency romance, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE--as a murder mystery. Readers fond of Austen's heroines, as well as fans of James's mysteries, can enjoy the results in DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY. Gearing up for the annual fall ball, Elizabeth and Darcy's relaxing dinner with friends Jane and Bingley gets interrupted by a carriage chase that ends in the discovery of a corpse. The victim is the husband of Elizabeth's youngest sister, Lydia, launching Elizabeth and her family into a riveting investigation. James masterfully captures the milieu of Austen's Pemberley, as she brings delightful new life (albeit surrounding a confounding death) to some of the most beloved characters in English literature.
- Fiction + Literature Genres
- Mystery + Crime
- December 6, 2011
- December 6, 2011
- P. D. James
- Rosalyn Landor (Narrator)