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

pemberelyLife has been happy for Elizabeth and Darcy in the years since their marriage. They have two healthy sons, Georgiana has hopeful marriage prospects, and their family and friends visit frequently. But life is disrupted when, on the eve of their annual autumn ball, Lydia Wickham (Elizabeth’s sister) appears on their doorstep in hysterics, claiming that her husband Mr. Wickham has been murdered. Plunged into mystery and a horrid trial, Elizabeth and Darcy can only hope that Pemberely’s shades will not be once again polluted with scandal.

I was pleasantly surprised by Death Comes to Pemberely by P.D. James. It’s so hard to write a sequel to Prejudice without making the characters go against their natures, but James has kept the characters true to the ones that Jane Austen had skillfully constructed in Pride and Prejudice. It seems plausible that Wickham and Lydia would be amid a scandal and somehow drag their relations into it with them. Even with previous bad blood between them, I could still see Darcy and Elizabeth wanting to help them in order to keep things from going amok. There were slight infractions with some of the characters and I wish Elizabeth had more interaction with her sister Jane like she had in the original book but generally I found the book to be worthy of the original text.

Rating: 4/5


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