Death Comes to Pemberley

James, P. D. (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Death Comes to Pemberley

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Pemberley is thrown into chaos after Elizabeth Bennett's disgraced sister Lydia arrives and announces that her husband Wickham has been murdered.
Authors: James, P. D.
Title: Death comes to Pemberley
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Notes: Originally published: London : Faber and Faber, 2011
Summary: Pemberley is thrown into chaos after Elizabeth Bennett's disgraced sister Lydia arrives and announces that her husband Wickham has been murdered.
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Additional Contributors: Austen, Jane - 1775-1817
ISBN: 9780571283576
Branch Call Number: M F Jam
Statement of Responsibility: P.D. James
Subject Headings: Historical fiction England Social life and customs 19th century Fiction Married people Fiction Murder Investigation Fiction Bennet, Elizabeth (Fictitious character) Fiction Darcy, Fitzwilliam (Fictitious character) Fiction
Genre/Form: Regency fiction
Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Historical fiction
Married people
Bennet, Elizabeth (Fictitious character)
Darcy, Fitzwilliam (Fictitious character)
LCCN: 2011941315
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Sep 05, 2014
  • Another_Opinion rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Wow! Some people actually liked this book! I thought it was dull and plodding, slow and wordy. This is not a mystery, there are no clues that could allow you to solve the case as you go along. Odd behavior by Colonel FitzWilliam is explained late but has no real relation to the plot, only to a poorly developed sub-plot.

I don't recommend this at all.

May 27, 2014
  • Rock_Shadow rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Another fun murder mystery by P.D. James. I expected a good crime novel, and the book delivered. It helped to have read Jane Austen to know who was who, and not to expect a sequel.

Nov 12, 2013
  • falconroom rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Whle i've enjoyed Austen and p & p in the past, it was so long ago, like the previous commenter said, I was "mystified" and--ultimately--bored to death. It was a staff pick, which i usually enjoy (I find some gems!), i sent this one back unread; that is extremely unusual for me.

Aug 29, 2013
  • azor rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

If you haven't read Jane Austen you will be completely mystified by this! Interesting experiment and fun for Austen fans to read. But nothing more.

Jul 22, 2013
  • tuesdayswithlori rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The mimicry of Jane Austin was very good. The plot...not so much. It was a bit obvious, actually and while I thought some of the loose threads from Pride and Prejudice were cleverly wrapped up, it was not a real revelation. I also thought the voice of Elizabeth was a bit too anxious almost right from the start and the voice of Darcy was at times too effusive. It was an interesting take on how the Darcy's would have grown and the ultimate ending was not unforseen and was satisfactory, but not stupendous.

Jul 11, 2013
  • judybrowni rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I was willing to give this a try, but after James arbitrarily assigned a new personality (and not a particularly good one) to a character, she lost me.

Not reason given why this character may have suddenly begun to act in ways completely opposite to his Austen personality, he just does.

Couldn't suspend my disbelief further.

Jun 21, 2013
  • Haley_B rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I was excited to read this book in preparation for BBC One's adaptation of it. P&P is one of my favorite reads and I looked forward to this book.

It was a good story, but somehow I didn't find P.D. James' portrayal of Mr. Darcy to ring true to Austen's. He seemed unsure of himself sometimes, and allowed his cousin to take control far too easily. Elizabeth's dialogue was nothing like Austen's.

The mystery was interesting to me. I enjoyed watching it unfold, but it just seemed to end in a hurry.

Although this was an interesting read to me, simply writing using Regency language and turns of phrase does not a Jane Austen book make. If you can read this as an interesting story and not as a sequel to P&P you might enjoy it more.

May 24, 2013
  • ser_library rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

predictable plot which violates the Knox rules for mysteries

not well written

reminds me of Dr Johnson's comments of women preachers

Jan 06, 2013
  • mehitabel33 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A rather mildly entertaining mystery from PD James, who handles Austen's characters with silver tongs: the result is so reverential that it never really comes to life. A shame, because the premise is a promising one.

Jan 05, 2013
  • LT rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I'm almost as fond of P.D. James as I am of Jane Austen, so I'm disappointed to report that Death Comes to Pemberley is a merely adequate novel. James engages in far too much exposition, and her tribute is sadly lacking in the witty dialogue and acerbic commentary that make Austen's novels so delightful. Her Eliza, in particular, is a pale and not particularly faithful reproduction of Elizabeth Darcy, née Bennett.

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