Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D.James

In my opinion, one of the great writers of literary crime fiction in the United Kingdom is P.D. James; I have read many of her novels and enjoyed the careful plotting, the psychological insights and her well-developed characters. Her books are not light, superficial offerings and I certainly cannot whizz through a book in a day!

In ” Death Comes to Pemberley”  P.D.James uses the characters first introduced to us in “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen. She has taken the setting of the Darcy’s home in Derbyshire to set us on the trail of a murderer. On the eve of St.Anne’s Ball, a great social event in the county’s calendar, a tragedy occurs which will have life-changing consequences for many of those involved. To say any more would give away too much of this enjoyable murder mystery!

I particularly enjoyed the writing style adopted by P.D.James, which is recognisable as more than a nod in the direction of Jane Austen, and the further development of the beloved characters found in “Pride and Prejudice” is interesting. The novel is well paced on the whole, and I read the last third of the book in a short space of time, as I was intrigued to find out how it would end.

For me, this was a satisfying read


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