Book 23: Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
P.D. James brings together crime and Jane Austen’s loveable characters Elizabeth and Mr Darcy. Now happily married for six years with two healthy sons, Elizabeth’s happiness in her marriage is complete. But the peace is interrupted when old sins and misunderstandings are rekindled on the eve of the annual autumn ball. With the sudden hysterical arrival of Lydia Wickham, screaming that her husband has been murdered.
P.D. James brings a wonderful recreation of the world of Pride and Prejudice, elegantly fuses her lifelong passion for the work of Jane Austen with her talent for writing detective fiction. The story is weaved with a compelling story, murder and mayhem and secrets deep within the halls of Pemberley. The mystery of what happened in the woodlands and who killed Danny continues to grasp the family of the house into a realisation that not everything is as perfect as they believed to be. With Wickham being sentenced to having done the crime, and a marriage proposal accepted but not for love, Elizabeth and Darcy are forced to question everything they know and maybe question the marriage of their own, as secrets and deceptions surface.
This book is a complete pitch perfect of the world that any Austen fans would love to read, with the drop of murder hidden in the pages. A psychological and emotional richness of characterisation, vivid evocation of place and a credible and superbly structured plot, in a powerful and distinguished work of fiction.
This book is a perfect Christmas time read, especially if you are a fan of Austen romances and gripping detective fictions. It is P.D. James writing at her best.