Death comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

   Chris  Review by:  Chris

Title: Death comes to Pemberley

Author:   P.D. James

Collection:  Adult Fiction

Six years after the events of Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejuduice, Pemberley is thrown into chaos after Elizabeth Bennett’s (now Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy) disgraced sister Lydia arrives unexpectedly and announces that her husband Wickham has been murdered.

I may not be as avid a Jane Austen fan as many people of my acquaintance, but I do enjoy a good novel of domestic fiction.  However, this novel is far from it.  Not that this is a bad thing.  Unlike other recent forays into the regency realm of Ms. Austen, James does manage to make the characters act and speak as if they embodied the same vision that Austen had of them, but there the likeness ends.  I’ve only read one other James novel, but Death Comes to Pemberley seems to me to fit her style perfectly.  James imbues her work with a rich gothic tone and a much wider context than one typically finds in an Austen novel, and these elements do no harm to the novel.  Quite the contrary.  They add qualities that bring Austen’s characters into a realistic world without completely condemning the romantic one we know so well.  I am sure that Death Comes to Pemberley will appeal to fans of both great writers.

One Response to Death comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

  1. Pingback: Death Comes to Pemberley – A fun summer read | Sylvie's World is a Library

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