Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Death Comes to Pemberley

Death Comes to Pemberley
Author: P.D. James
Source: My mom
Days to read: 7

Have you read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice? If not no big deal, P.D. James provides a brief synopsis at the beginning of the book to fill the reader in on the characters and how they have come together.

Elizabeth and Darcy have been married for 6 years and live on Darcy’s estate, Pemberley. Elizabeth's beloved sister Jane, and her husband Bingley, are visiting Pemberley for the annual Lady Anne's ball. On the eve of the ball, Elizabeth's youngest sister Lydia, arrives hysterical and screaming that her husband, Wickham, has been murdered. Darcy and Bingley and several other gentleman that are staying at Pemberley, travel off into the woods to investigate and find Wickham leaning over his murdered friend sobbing that it was all his fault. Pemberley is thrown into a murder investigation and the reader is left to ponder "Who done it?"

I am not a big fan of mystery novels anymore but I did enjoy this book. It's interesting to read a novel that draws characters from a different author's novel. I felt that I already knew these characters and wanted to know where they were in their lives and what they had been up to!! This wasn't an all-time favourite of mine because I didn't find it wildly enthralling. HOWEVER if you enjoyed Pride and Prejudice then you may enjoy catching up with the Bennet sisters!
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