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Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
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it was amazing
bookshelves: historical, romance, suspense

If you've ever wondered what happened after Mr Darcy and Lizzie Bennet married in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, PD James has the answer in Death Comes To Pemberley. The 93 year old English author proves herself to be quite the Austen scholar as she delivers an historically accurate masterpiece that embroils the ancestral home of Mr Darcy, Pemberley, in mystery and death.

When the repugnant Lydia Wickham arrives at Pemberley late on the eve of Lady Anne's Ball, screaming that her husband has been murdered, it sets off a chain reaction that threatens the peaceful utopia that Lizzie and Darcy have created at their Derbyshire estate. When it emerges that George Wickham is still alive but his friend Captain Martin Denny has been murdered, the Darcys are drawn into a web of intrigue, seduction and scandal while local magistrate, Selwyn Hardcastle, conducts his inquiry with ruthless precision in his quest for the truth.

All the characters from the original Pride and Prejudice make an appearance or three in this 310-page novel. The devoted Jane and her husband, Charles Bingley, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, a grown up Georgiana Darcy, the ever supportive Gardiners, Mr Darcy's cousin Captain Fitzwilliam, the overzealous preacher Mr Collins, the relieved father of five daughters, Mr Bennet, the devious Mrs Young, and more. New characters also enter PD James' story including Georgiana's would-be suitor Henry Alveston, the Bidwell servant family, and with them comes a shocking secret that is at the heart of why Denny was murdered and by whom.

In the original novel, the key characters had to overcome arrogant pride and deep-set prejudices about each other in order to be able to be together. Indeed many such bridges had to be crossed before the Darcys were able to have their happily-ever-after. In PD James' follow on novel, these themes are once again explored as the devilish George Wickham goes on trial for Denny's murder. The outcome of the mystery is handled beautifully and with sensitivity as pride and prejudices are put to rest once and for all.

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Started Reading
March 14, 2014 – Finished Reading
March 30, 2014 – Shelved
March 30, 2014 – Shelved as: historical
March 30, 2014 – Shelved as: romance
March 30, 2014 – Shelved as: suspense

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