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Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James

Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James

Death Comes to Pemberley

Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James

Title:

Death Comes to Pemberley

Author:

P. D. James

ISBN:

978-0-571-28360-6

Language:

English

Publisher:

Faber & Faber

Genre/Subject:

Crime

Place of publication:

UK

Year Published:

2011

Binding:

Paperback

Number of Pages:

310

Dimensions (mm):

234 x 152 x 24 mm

Shipping Weight (g):

400 g

Price (SEK):

60 EK

Description:

Death Comes to Pemberley is a British novel by P.D. James that continues Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice with a murder mystery.

The novel begins in October, 1803, six years after the events in Pride and Prejudice which resulted in the marriage of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennet. The Prologue and Book One introduce the main characters, summarize the histories of the Bennet and Darcy families, and introduce a murder. The remainder of the novel is about the mystery and its solution.

The world is classic Jane Austen. The mystery is vintage P.D. James.

The year is 1803, and Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet have been married for six years. There are now two handsome and healthy sons in the nursery, Elizabeth's beloved sister Jane and her husband Bingley live nearby and the orderly world of Pemberley seems unassailable. But all this is threatened when, on the eve of the annual autumn ball, the guests are preparing to retire for the night when a chaise appears, rocking down the path from Pemberley's wild woodland. As it pulls up, Lydia Wickham - Elizabeth Bennet's younger, unreliable sister - stumbles out screaming that her husband has been murdered.

Two great literary minds - master of suspense P.D. James and literary icon Jane Austen - come together in Death Comes to Pemberley, a bestselling historical crime fiction tribute to Pride and Prejudice. Conjuring the world of Elizabeth Bennet and Mark Darcy and combining the trappings of Regency British society with a classic murder mystery, James creates a delightful mash-up that will intrigue any Janeite.

From the bestselling author of The Murder Room, Children of Men and A Certain Justice, comes a wonderful mixture of the nation's greatest romance and best-loved crime fiction. In 2013, this novel was adapted as a miniseries by the BBC, starring Matthew Rhys as Darcy, Anna Maxwell Martin as Elizabeth Bennet and Jenna Coleman as Lydia Wickham.

Contents:

Author's Note

ix

Prologue

The Bennets of Longbourn

1

Book One

The Day Before the Ball

13

Book Two

The Body in the Woodland

57

Book Three

Police at Pemberley

99

Book Four

The Inquest

145

Book Five

The Trial

211

Book Six

Gracechurch Street

257

Epilogue

299

About the Author:

P. D. James (1920-2014) was born in Oxford and educated at Cambridge High School for Girls. From 1949 to 1968 she worked in the National Health Service and subsequently in the Home Office, first in the Police Department and later in the Criminal Policy Department. All that experience was used in her novels. She was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Society of Arts and served as a Governor of the BBC, a member of the Arts Council, where she was Chairman of the Literary Advisory Panel, on the Board of the British Council and as a magistrate in Middlesex and London. She was an Honorary Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. She won awards for crime writing in Britain, America, Italy and Scandinavia, including the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award and The National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Literature (US). She received honorary degrees from seven British universities, was awarded an OBE in 1983 and was created a life peer in 1991. In 1997 she was elected President of the Society of Authors, stepping down from the post in August 2013.

Pertinent URL:

http://www.faber.co.uk/9780571288007-death-comes-to-pemberley.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/18/books/review/death-comes-to-pemberley-by-p-d-james-book-review.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all

 

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