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Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
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Jan 01, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: sorry-i-started
Read from December 24 to 29, 2011

This is perhaps the worst of all the Pride and Prejudice sequels and prequels. Over the years I've read some outlandish stuff-Elizabeth and Darcy enjoying a quickie in the morning room, an insane woman haunting Pemberley and making Darcy unfit for Miss Eliza-and other such rubbish. But nowhere else did they seem so dull and lifeless, so devoid of charm and spark. Be forewarned, the death referred to in the title is really that of Elizabeth Bennett which is simply unforgivable.
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Reading Progress

12/24 "Spending Christmas at Pemberley"
12/26 page 123
42.0% "So far this is terrible. The prologue was terrific. It really have me an appetite for more Austen, but this is turning into a train wreck." 6 comments
05/29 marked as: read

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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

I have to say I have read worse Austen sequels, but this one tops the list for boring.

Jemidar Great review Gary :-).

message 3: by Kim (new) - rated it 1 star

Kim I agree, great review, Gary! This book is likely to get a lot more one star reviews before it hits the remainder table.

Stephanie i enjoyed it as a
simple yet entertaining read!

Mandy Please hide your review if it contains spoilers- I was dismayed to see your last sentence, as I haven't read it yet!!

message 6: by Kim (new) - rated it 1 star

Kim Mandy wrote: "Please hide your review if it contains spoilers- I was dismayed to see your last sentence, as I haven't read it yet!!"

Don't worry Mandy, it's not a spoiler. It's a comment on the writing and what it does to the character Austen created.

Gary  the Bookworm Sharon wrote: "I'm worried for Dear P.D. James. She seems to be going down in flames.
How dare her editors lie to us and to HER?!
Reminds us to change pen name or quit while still on top of our game. Poor Darling."

I agree. It borders on elder abuse...I loved the preface but by the second chapter, I was shocked and appalled!

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