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.
Alfred A. Knopf
On Sale: December 6, 2011
Featuring: FitzWilliam Darcy; Elizabeth Darcy
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Jane Austen | Mystery Historical
It is 1803, 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.
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