Sunday, June 30, 2013

Book Review: Death Comes to Pemberley, by P.D. James

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ve probably figured out that I’m a fan of Jane Austen’s books, especially Pride and Prejudice. (I even named one of my sons Austen!) So, naturally, I also gravitate toward the fan fiction based on Austen’s books. I’ve been wanting to read P.D. James’s book, Death Comes to Pemberley, for some time, so when I won a contest for a free book of my choice, I placed my order! I’m so glad I did because I loved this book.

It’s not necessary to have read Pride and Prejudice to understand Death Comes to Pemberley, but it definitely enhances the reader’s enjoyment of this book. James revisits most of our favorite characters from P&P, including the Darcys, the Bingleys, and George Wickham. This time, though, the tale takes a dark turn when a murder is uncovered in the woods of Pemberley! The unscrupulous Wickham, married to Elizabeth’s sister Lydia, stands accused of killing his friend Captain Denny. Although everyone agrees that Wickham is a cad, and he’s not welcome at Pemberley, they still doubt that he would stoop as low as murder. Nevertheless, with no other suspects in the picture, Wickham is arrested and goes to trial. I’ll stop there so as not to give away any further details of the mystery. But I was definitely surprised by the solution to the crime. The killer was not who I suspected!

If you’re a fan of Austen’s work, or even just love a good mystery novel, I highly recommend Death Comes to Pemberley, by P.D. James. The author remains true to the characters first introduced in Pride and Prejudice, while adding more intrigue and excitement to their story. This national bestseller is a highly entertaining read!

Disclosure: I won a gift card in a contest, which I used to order this book. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

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