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Death comes to Pemberley, P.D. James

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Death comes to Pemberley
Title
Death comes to Pemberley
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P.D. James
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Genre
Language
eng
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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Review
  • Really, gentle reader, there are limits. When mystery grande dame P. D. James felt the mantle of Jane Austen fall on her shoulders, why didn’t she simply shrug it off? Instead, she has produced a straight-faced mystery—no zombies—in which a murdered body is found on the grounds of Darcy and Elizabeth’s stately home, Pemberley. James places a template of Austen characters and Austen-like language over a traditional mystery plot and even takes on the role of the omniscient Austen narrator herself. The mystery is set in 1803, six years after the wedding of Elizabeth and Darcy, with ample space given to catching us up on the recent doings of the Bennet family. On the mystery side, there’s plenty of action, from the discovery of Captain Denny’s body, through a trial, assorted deceptions and mix-ups, and love affairs. Unfortunately, though, if this is meant as an homage, it’s a pretty weak cup of tea, starting with a greatly diluted version of Austen’s famous “truth universally acknowledged” opening. James’ many fans will be pleased to see any kind of new book from the 91-year-old author, but discriminating Austen devotees are unlikely to appreciate the move from social comedy to murder. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: This late addition to Knopf’s winter list will require some last-minute marketing, but it has two very bankable Englishwomen on its side: Austen and James. -- Fletcher, Connie (Reviewed 12-15-2011) (Booklist, vol 108, number 8, p26)
  • /* Starred Review */ Historical mystery buffs and Jane Austen fans alike will welcome this homage to the author of Pride and Prejudice from MWA Grand Master James, best known for her Adam Dalgliesh detective series (The Private Patient, etc.). In the autumn of 1803, six years after the events that closed Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Darcy, the happily married mistress of Pemberley House, is preparing for Lady Anne’s annual ball, “regarded by the county as the most important social event of the year.” Alas, the evening before the ball, Elizabeth’s sister Lydia, who married the feckless Wickham, bursts into the house to announce that Captain Denny, a militia officer, has shot her husband dead in the woodland on the estate. Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam, who purists may note behaves inconsistently with Austen’s original, head out in a chaise to investigate. Attentive readers will eagerly seek out clues to the delightfully complex mystery, which involves many hidden motives and dark secrets, not least of them in the august Darcy family. In contrast to Pride and Prejudice, where emotion is typically conveyed through indirect speech, characters are much more open about their feelings, giving a contemporary ring to James’s pleasing and agreeable sequel. 300,000 first printing. Agent: Carol Heaton, Greene & Heaton Ltd. (Dec.) --Staff (Reviewed December 19, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 51, p)
  • Yes, that's right: Now that she's made her farewells to Adam Dalgliesh (The Private Patient, 2008, etc.), Baroness James has turned to a Jane Austen sequel. Six years after the marriage that ended Pride and Prejudice, Fitzwilliam Darcy and his wife, the former Elizabeth Bennet, are on the eve of giving their annual Lady Anne's Ball when their preparations are complicated first by intimations that Darcy's sister Georgiana is being courted by both her cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam and rising young lawyer Henry Alveston, then by the Colonel's sudden decision to take his horse for a solitary late-night ride and finally and most disastrously by the unexpected, unwanted arrival of Lizzy's sister Lydia. Bursting from her coach, Lydia shrieks her fears that her husband, Lt. George Wickham, has been murdered by his friend Capt. Martin Denny, whom he followed into the wood when Denny abruptly insisted on abandoning the coach carrying them to Pemberley. In fact it looks very much the other way around: Denny is the one who's dead, and Wickham, bending over his body, blurts out that he killed him. Readers of Pride and Prejudice know that Wickham is a thorough scoundrel, but can he really have murdered his only friend? His averrals that he meant only that his quarrel with Denny sent him out into the wood, where he met his death at unknown hands, don't impress the jurors at the coroner's inquest or the trial that follows. Most of these developments, cloaked in a pitch-perfect likeness of Austen's prose, are ceremonious but pedestrian. The final working-out, however, shows all James' customary ingenuity. The murder story allows only flashes of Austenian wit, and Lizzy is sadly eclipsed by Darcy. But the stylistic pastiche is remarkably accomplished, and it's nice to get brief updates on certain cast members of Persuasion and Emma as a bonus.(Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2012)
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10045650
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LTP
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James, P. D
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6060.A467
LC item number
D33 2011
Literary form
fiction
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1775-1817
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Austen, Jane
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  • Bennet, Elizabeth
  • Darcy, Fitzwilliam
  • Darcy, Fitzwilliam (Fictitious character)
  • Bennet, Elizabeth (Fictitious character)
  • Murder
  • Married people
  • England
  • England
  • Manners and customs
  • Married people
  • Murder
  • England
Label
Death comes to Pemberley, P.D. James
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Publication
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Originally published: London : Faber and Faber, 2011
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
The Bennets of Longbourn -- The day before the ball -- The body in the woodland -- Police at Pemberley -- The inquest -- The trial -- Gracechurch Street
Control code
ocn964420375
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
291 pages
Isbn
9780307959850
Lccn
2011941315
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)964420375
Label
Death comes to Pemberley, P.D. James
Publication
Note
Originally published: London : Faber and Faber, 2011
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Bennets of Longbourn -- The day before the ball -- The body in the woodland -- Police at Pemberley -- The inquest -- The trial -- Gracechurch Street
Control code
ocn964420375
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
291 pages
Isbn
9780307959850
Lccn
2011941315
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)964420375

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