Death Comes to Pemberley

A few weeks ago, I heard a NPR book review for Death Comes to Pemberley, a new novel by P.D. James. I instantly ordered this book from my local library.

Now, I am a die-hard Jane Austen fan, albeit my favorite book is Emma. I am a sucker for Pride and Prejudice sequels-from Elizabeth Aston to Carrie Bebris. If it has any Jane Austenness or P & P elements, I will read it. This book had a mystery element to it, so I was excited when I finally picked it up.

After reading a few chapters, I soon lost interest in the book. I loved the language and character development, but the content was disappointing. This was the first P & P sequel that I have not devoured in an up-all-niter. I wanted to see more of Darcy and Elizabeth, not George Wickham and secondary characters (although some played an important role later in the book).

This book did have some surprising elements of the characters. The author delves deeper into the personalities and stories of Georgiana, Colonel Fitzwilliam and Ms. Younge.

I would not go out and buy this book, but it was a decent one to take from the library. The writing was eloquent, and the author did do Austen’s style justice. But, I could take or leave the plot.


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