Saturday, December 10, 2011

Pride and Prejudice Sequel by P.D. James

P.D. James, British crime fiction author has written a sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Death Comes to Pemberley was released on December 6th and has been met with rave reviews.

Here's the synopsis:

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 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.
Phyllis Dorothy James is most famous for her mystery series featuring inspector Adam Dalgliesh. Her first book in the series, Cover Her Face was published in 1962. The 14th in the series The Private Patient was published in 2008. James decided not to do another installment in her Adam Dalgliesh series because, at 91, she was worried that she may not finish it as they take her about three years to write.

Happy reading,

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