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Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
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it was ok
bookshelves: british-literature, about-19th-century-england, mystery

I put off reading this novel because even though this is written by PD James, I've been absolutely horrified at the other P and P sequels I've read before. But thus far I've been pleasantly surprised. I found myself effortlessly slipping back into that world and even though I knew it was coming, the introduction of the murder came as an abrupt surprise because I found myself so engrossed in the day to day life of the Darcys. Props to James because conveying that kind of surprise in a genre with such established conventions is not easy.

And then I read more of the book, and the more I read, the more disappointed I became. While James actually does a decent job at capturing the spirit of Austen's prose, the mystery itself, which started off with such promise, just falls flat. I won't say what happened in case you might actually want to read Death Comes to Pemberly, but I will say that the ending was a huge anti-climatic let down. In fact, it was so anti-climatic that I initially thought that it couldn't possibly be the ending, but sadly, it had an air of terribly written P and P fan fic.

Honestly, just go read Pride and Prejudice again. Or some of PD James's other novels. Just don't read Death at Pemberly.

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Reading Progress

December 1, 2013 – Started Reading
December 1, 2013 – Shelved
December 1, 2013 – Shelved as: british-literature
December 1, 2013 – Shelved as: about-19th-century-england
December 1, 2013 – Shelved as: mystery
December 1, 2013 –
December 5, 2013 – Finished Reading

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