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!FREE DOWNLOAD ♷ Death Comes to Pemberley ♡ A rare meeting of literary genius P D James, long among the most admired mystery writers of our time, draws the characters of Jane Austen s beloved novel Pride and Prejudice into a tale of murder and emotional mayhem It is , six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy s magnificent estate Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles Elizabeth s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby her father visits often there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy s sister Georgiana And preparations are under way for their much anticipated annual autumn ball Then, on the eve of the ball, the patrician idyll is shattered A coach careens up the drive carrying Lydia, Elizabeth s disgraced sister, who with her husband, the very dubious Wickham, has been banned from Pemberley She stumbles out of the carriage, hysterical, shrieking that Wickham has been murdered With shocking suddenness, Pemberley is plunged into a frightening mystery Inspired by a lifelong passion for Austen, P D James masterfully re creates the world of Pride and Prejudice, electrifying it with the excitement and suspense of a brilliantly crafted crime story, as only she can write it I was really looking forward to reading this I love Jane Austen and I love P.D James too in different moods, naturally Both are masters of their chosen types of fiction But this book.It started off intriguingly enough when Lydia fifth and most reprobate Bennett daughter fromPride and Prejudiceruns into Pemberley, where her elder sister now resides, screaming that her husband has been murdered Not your average Jane Austen fare, but enough to make a modern reader sit up and take I was really looking forward to reading this I love Jane Austen and I love P.D James too in different moods, naturally Both are masters of their chosen types of fiction But this book.It started off intriguingly enough when Lydia fifth and most reprobate Bennett daughter fromPride and Prejudiceruns into Pemberley, where her elder sister now resides, screaming that her husband has been murdered Not your average Jane Austen fare, but enough to make a modern reader sit up and take notice This is followed by maybe a hundred pages where I was still enjoying the experience of a new Pride and Prejudice as P.D James seemed to have captured the essence of the characters, and also up to a point, Jane Austen s style of writing But something was missing.Then it hit me There was no humour, no wit, and it was all getting rather boring It descended into a monotonous police procedural with a very messy attempt to incur some mystery towards the end I was heartily glad to finish this novel it was a huge disappointment Why did she write it Maybe it s just an example of a great idea that really doesn t work in practice I considered mounting a passionate defense in favor of this lovingly rendered tribute to Jane Austen, but then I decided I couldn t care less what the naysayers think If you pick up this gentle whodunit expecting the sartorial sleuthing of Commander Adam Dalgliesh, you will be disappointed If you read this looking for the ghost of Jane Austen, you will catch but a glimpse of her delicate frame Although the point of fan fiction escapes me entirely I can t help but think of tribute bands I ha I considered mounting a passionate defense in favor of this lovingly rendered tribute to Jane Austen, but then I decided I couldn t care less what the naysayers think If you pick up this gentle whodunit expecting the sartorial sleuthing of Commander Adam Dalgliesh, you will be disappointed If you read this looking for the ghost of Jane Austen, you will catch but a glimpse of her delicate frame Although the point of fan fiction escapes me entirely I can t help but think of tribute bands I have nodesire to explore fan fiction than I would to see my approaching middle age cohorts belt out Whitesnake s greatest hits , Death Comes to Pemberley reads like a tender squeeze of affection from one national literary treasure to another.If you do sink into this literary treat, know that your Jane ear will delight in the recaptured cadence of her prose and that you will be enchanted by the sense and sensibilities of Regency Britain You will encounter familiar names and faces from across the Austen oeuvre you will be moved by James s piquant touches of the political and social realities of the era If you aren t able to let go and enjoy Death Comes to Pemberley within its opening pages, put it down, walk away and spend your time reading something better suited to your expectations P.D James isn t so many years from meeting Jane in that Great Bibliotheque in the Sky I can just see these two outrageously smart, sublime writers sharing a pot of tea and chatting about their writing lives To curl up in a damask wing chair before a merry fire, listening to Jane and Phyllis plotting out a meeting between Adam Dalgliesh and Fitzwilliam Darcy is my vision of heaven 1.5 stars, grudgingly rounded up Well known detective fiction writer P.D James took on the Pride and Prejudice characters and setting in this murder mystery It s 6 years after the end of P P, and Darcy and Elizabeth are preparing to host their annual autumn ball Wickham and Lydia who are NOT invited are nevertheless traveling to Pemberley Because that s just the sort of thing they do But something strange happens to them in the woods near Pemberley Lydia arrives at the Darcy home in hys 1.5 stars, grudgingly rounded up Well known detective fiction writer P.D James took on the Pride and Prejudice characters and setting in this murder mystery It s 6 years after the end of PP, and Darcy and Elizabeth are preparing to host their annual autumn ball Wickham and Lydia who are NOT invited are nevertheless traveling to Pemberley Because that s just the sort of thing they do But something strange happens to them in the woods near Pemberley Lydia arrives at the Darcy home in hysterics, wailing that her husband Wickham has been shot by a man named Denny, Wickham s friend When the hastily organized search party finds Wickham, it s the opposite Wickham is drunkenly weeping by Denny s body, saying that he had killed his friend Is that actually a confession of murder In any case, it s highly incriminating, and Wickham is taken into custody.And here we launch into the details of the murder investigation and the 19th century British legal system, and how criminal cases were handled I m an Austen fan AND a lawyer, and I found it as dry as a bone The characters have very little relation to Austen s, and the wit and humor is as dead as poor Denny.How an accomplished author takes several interesting ingredients a murder mystery and the Pride and Prejudice setting and characters and manages to stir them together and bake them into a stiff, boring, humorless lump of underdone pumpernickel bread, is a mystery that, sadly, will remain forever unanswered.I kept thinking of the title of an old Ogden Nash poem Will You Have Your Tedium Rare or Medium I feel like I m being generous and kind hearted rounding up to a two star rating, but it s reasonably well written, if boring as watching paint dry Seriously, don t bother 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. I expect I am not alone in having bought this book because I was attracted by the idea of a murder mystery set in Pemberley I d fondly imagined that Elizabeth Darcy n e Bennett would be a witty and perceptive detective, and that P D James would successfully channel Jane Austen s muse I was to be disappointed on both counts The plot is dull but complex, the writing is mostly dull and nothan occasionally a pale shadow of Jane Austen s , worst of all, Elizabeth herself is dull and pa I expect I am not alone in having bought this book because I was attracted by the idea of a murder mystery set in Pemberley I d fondly imagined that Elizabeth Darcy n e Bennett would be a witty and perceptive detective, and that P D James would successfully channel Jane Austen s muse I was to be disappointed on both counts The plot is dull but complex, the writing is mostly dull and nothan occasionally a pale shadow of Jane Austen s , worst of all, Elizabeth herself is dull and passive It s hard to escape the conclusion that this novel has been written to order, from a publisher s concept, to give an author whose powers are failing acomfortable retirement It is certainly very far from being the labour of love of a gifted writer, who knows Pride and Prejudice intimately, that one might have hoped for Walk on roles for characters from some of Jane Austen s other novels, while they may raise a smile, only serve to emphasise how poor the characterisation actually is If one started with a hackneyed Victorian melodrama about a poor servant girl undone by a heartless aristocrat, and attempted to transplant it half a century back in time without worrying too much about period detail, changed some character names, and interpolated a few passages linking back to well loved Jane Austen novels you would end up with something very close to this book Don t buy it, or bother to read it There were good and bad things about this book It gavenuanced portraits of some of the characters, notably Darcy but also some minor characters It invites the reader to think a little differently about Jane Austen s classic novel However, the use of Austen s source material, though meant as an affectionate tribute, is wooden, often heavy handed and often overdone Some characters are dealt with unsatisfactorily Mary ends up in a situation which for her is suitable in fact I had though There were good and bad things about this book It gavenuanced portraits of some of the characters, notably Darcy but also some minor characters It invites the reader to think a little differently about Jane Austen s classic novel However, the use of Austen s source material, though meant as an affectionate tribute, is wooden, often heavy handed and often overdone Some characters are dealt with unsatisfactorily Mary ends up in a situation which for her is suitable in fact I had thought of a similar fate for her long before reading this But Kitty is scarcely mentioned, is portrayed in a way that doesn t jive with Austen s version of her, and is relegated to the shadows Mrs Bennet, who could have provided some gorgeous comic relief, is barely heard from Lady Catherine, suitably housebroken, barely barks at all Finally, Georgiana s fate, while happy, seems engineered in a rather facile way and perplexes me also Where I got the book my local library Unable to finish for the reasons cited below made it to page 80.It hurts to write this review I LOVE PD James Her subtlety, her edginess, the sheer intelligence of her prose, the nuances of her charactersI could go on And NONE of this is to be found within the pages of Death Comes to Pemberley I m sure I wasn t the only fan to get all excited about the idea of PD James doing Pride and Prejudice what insights, what delicate twists of humor, what li Where I got the book my local library Unable to finish for the reasons cited below made it to page 80.It hurts to write this review I LOVE PD James Her subtlety, her edginess, the sheer intelligence of her prose, the nuances of her charactersI could go on And NONE of this is to be found within the pages of Death Comes to Pemberley I m sure I wasn t the only fan to get all excited about the idea of PD James doing Pride and Prejudice what insights, what delicate twists of humor, what light would she shed on Jane Austen s world So I feel cheated I feel like the crime that s been committed here is not within the pages, but is against the reader who expected a PD James novel and got yes, I ve got to say it SOPHOMORIC DRIVEL.Chunks of turgid prose Inane dialogue that appears to have come straight from the pages of a 1950s girls magazine A cringeworthy prologue that pretty much recounts the plot of PP in what I read over the summer holidays essay style Stiff, stilted, wooden characters from a Pride Prejudice puppet show Awful.Awful.Awful.And published by Alfred A Knopf, a publishing house that s even older than James OH DAMN I WASN T GOING TO MENTION HER AGE BUT 92 Now owned Knopf, not James, although that s also debatable by Random House Who also recently gave us Fifty Shades of Grey I have listened to the traditional publishing world SCREAMING that they are the last bastion of quality in publishing and that all the newcomers on the scene don t give a crap about good literature And then they do this.I m not going to start questioning why James is writing fan fiction in the style of a 20 year old novice I really don t care But I care a whole lot that agents, editors, publishing committees and executives wereinterested in the fact that 98% of James fans would read this book and that it was bound to sell well than in whether or not IT DESERVED TO SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY.For shame Oh dear What were PD James, her agent and her publisher thinking Andto the point, what was I thinking, deciding to actually spend money on this book All I can say is that it seemed like a good idea at the time I am in what I presume to be the target demographic for this novel female, passionate about Jane Austen s novels, a long time reader of crime fiction and a fan of PD James to boot Indeed, if James name had not been on the cover, this is a book I would not have contemplated rea Oh dear What were PD James, her agent and her publisher thinking Andto the point, what was I thinking, deciding to actually spend money on this book All I can say is that it seemed like a good idea at the time I am in what I presume to be the target demographic for this novel female, passionate about Jane Austen s novels, a long time reader of crime fiction and a fan of PD James to boot Indeed, if James name had not been on the cover, this is a book I would not have contemplated reading, for while I love Austen, I have an instinctive prejudice against the Austen prequel sequel continuation fanfic industry PD James, I thought, could make this work She didn t So what seemed like a good idea turned into a very bad idea indeed Where to start I ll try to come up with something positive to say about the book first Well from time to time, when some of the book segregious flaws weren t overwhelming me, the fact that James can write clear and elegant prose actually came through There are bits of witty dialogue and the occasional worthwhile section of descriptive language Hmmm that s about it for the positives As for the negatives, the problem will be to limit myself to just a few of the things I disliked most I ll start with the disastrous lack of characterisation and the tedious plot The re booted Austen characters Darcy, Elizabeth, Jane, Bingley, Wickham and so on are flat and diminished All of the life Austen breathed into them has been sucked out James own characters are scarcelyinteresting The plot is dull and for a mystery it s not very mysterious Sure, there s a dead body, but there s remarkably little detecting and the resolution which arises from a deus ex machina view spoiler deathbed confession hide spoiler falls as flat as the characterisation What else Well, there are some extremely annoying As you know, Bob information dumps which made my eyes roll clear to the back of my head Equally annoying although I admit it made both me and my husband hoot with laughter was a section in which Darcy foreshadows changes to the jury system in criminal trials and the introduction of appeals from jury verdicts I seem to recall another bit of foreshadowing something about how America was going to become a great nation in which human rights would be protected I m hazy on the details here That bit came at a point when I was pretty desperate to finish the book Another thing I hated was the introduction of characters from other Austen novels whose names are randomly woven into the narrative, for what purpose I have no idea It was unnecessary, clumsy and frankly laughable I could write a lotabout the problems I have with the novel, but I ll leave that to others If I keep going I might not know when to stop.I know from my long experience of reading James novels that she is a writer of competent police procedurals But something went very wrong with this experiment Readers who want to read a Pride and Prejudice continuation will want to at least recognise the characters they know and love They won t find them in this novel Readers who want to read a mystery novel will want a puzzle to solve Their expectations won t be met either Admittedly, when I started reading this novel I wasn t convinced that it would appeal to me That was my prejudice against Austen fanfic speaking I thought James could be the writer who would lead me to overcome that prejudice or that at the very least I would get to read an entertaining piece of crime fiction but that was not to be This book is a big fail in all departments, only made bearable by the fact that it was a buddy read with my friends Jemidar and Jeannette The lesson I have learned from the experience My aversion to Austen fan fiction is soundly based If I want to read about Elizabeth and Darcy, I ll re read Pride and Prejudice Austen s characters belong in her novels and in my imagination I really don t want to see them anywhere else I thought about giving this book two stars, but I can t Maybe it deserves 1 1 2 stars for good grammar, well constructed sentences and no obvious typos I can t rate it anyhighly than that.ETA I ve just discovered that this book was positively reviewed in The New York Times I don t agree with the reviewer s assessment, but different perspectives are always worth reading Some years after Pride and Prejudice, Lydia Wickham nee Bennet stumbles through the front door of Pemberley in hysterics There were gunshots in the woods, and she s sure her husband has been murdered Darcy and some of the other men go out in search, and find view spoiler Mr Wickham crouched over Denny s body He is covered in blood and, upon seeing them, says he killed his friend hide spoiler Darcy summons the magistrate and then spends the entire rest of the novel thinking anachronis Some years after Pride and Prejudice, Lydia Wickham nee Bennet stumbles through the front door of Pemberley in hysterics There were gunshots in the woods, and she s sure her husband has been murdered Darcy and some of the other men go out in search, and find view spoiler Mr Wickham crouched over Denny s body He is covered in blood and, upon seeing them, says he killed his friend hide spoiler Darcy summons the magistrate and then spends the entire rest of the novel thinking anachronistic thoughts and doing absolutely nothing related to the murder investigation In fact, there really isn t a murder investigation the most the characters do in regards to the murder is sit around the fire talking about whether or not the alleged murderer has the mindset possible to do the deed No evidence turns up, nor do the characters make any attempt to find any The full story of the murder is randomly turned up in a deathbed confession, and then another character equally randomly confesses the rest of the plot It s a very odd book Usually a murder mystery involves a long period of finding out clues, or talking to witnesses, or figuring out the motives and instead the characters just go over the same three facts ad nauseum For example we see the discovery of the body through Mr Darcy s eyes, and then he relives the discovery a few times, and then he recounts the discovery several times to various law enforcement personnel His story and view of the facts never change, so there s no point to going over it all again almost word for word It s no good as historical fiction, because although James has clearly done some research into the period which she infodumps randomly for example, apropos of nothing, Darcy soapboxes about the need for an appeals court she doesn t seem to get the underpinnings of Regency society The characters are worried that they might upset the police by moving the body even though they would have no reason to expect an autopsy, and the police of the time were a distrustred force of ill trained, ill paid, low class dudes who barely existed yet And even a century later the police wouldn t be going in the front door, let alone questioning rich gentlemen about their alibis in the parlor And it doesn t work as a continuation of Pride and Prejudice, either The spirit and wit of Austen is completely missing, but then I expected that But the characters are all wrong as well Elizabeth is a quiet, maternal figure in the background, who has about three scenes total She and Mr.Darcy hardly speak to each other, except to utter platitudes about how happy they are to have children or to rehash old lines from PP Colonel Fitzwilliam gets a complete character assassination far from the wry, practical man who bantered with Lizzy, here he s a prig who despises her It doesn t ring true.Death Comes to Pemberley just doesn t satisfy on any level If you re looking for murder mysteries set in the Regency period, I suggest the Julian Kestral series by Kate Ross instead The review I used to have up, before I read the book, was Ooh, I hope Wickham s been murdered That child molesting, predatory lying scumbag