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Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
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Jun 04, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: did-not-finish

Yikes. I can't imagine why P.D. James thought this was a good idea. The characters in Death Comes to Pemberley bear no resemblance to the delightful characters of Jane Austen's novel. In fact, the story is so flat, I didn't even make it through the third chapter. The first chapter is nothing more than a regurgitation of events from Pride and Prejudice. So much so, that I couldn't help wondering who Ms. James thought would be the audience for this mystery. People unfamiliar with Pride and Prejudice? Is that likely? After recycling Ms. Austen's timeless prose, the author moves on to appropriating her characters without even attempting to recreate the essence of them. It was painful, flat, and pointless. I love Ms. James's mysteries, but this novel was better left unwritten.

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