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Death Comes to Pemberley by [James, P. D.]
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Really, gentle reader, there are limits. When mystery grande dame P. D. James felt the mantle of Jane Austen fall on her shoulders, why didn’t she simply shrug it off? Instead, she has produced a straight-faced mystery—no zombies—in which a murdered body is found on the grounds of Darcy and Elizabeth’s stately home, Pemberley. James places a template of Austen characters and Austen-like language over a traditional mystery plot and even takes on the role of the omniscient Austen narrator herself. The mystery is set in 1803, six years after the wedding of Elizabeth and Darcy, with ample space given to catching us up on the recent doings of the Bennet family. On the mystery side, there’s plenty of action, from the discovery of Captain Denny’s body, through a trial, assorted deceptions and mix-ups, and love affairs. Unfortunately, though, if this is meant as an homage, it’s a pretty weak cup of tea, starting with a greatly diluted version of Austen’s famous “truth universally acknowledged” opening. James’ many fans will be pleased to see any kind of new book from the 91-year-old author, but discriminating Austen devotees are unlikely to appreciate the move from social comedy to murder. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: This late addition to Knopf’s winter list will require some last-minute marketing, but it has two very bankable Englishwomen on its side: Austen and James. --Connie Fletcher

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"Dazzling. . . . A book that combines the grace of Jane Austen with the pace of a thriller. . . . As good as anything P. D. James has written and that is very high praise indeed." Sunday Express
"The best-loved crime writer and best-known romance in a magic meld. . . . P. D. James takes Pride and Prejudice to places it never dreamed of, and does so with a charm that will beguile even the most demanding Janeite." London Evening Standard
"Brimming with astute appreciation, inventiveness and narrative zest. . . . An exhilarating tribute to the inexhaustible vitality of P. D. James's imagination." The Sunday Times
"In a stroke of genius, [James] has combined our love of Jane Austen and a good murder story." Daily Mail

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  • File Size: 3786 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1 edition (December 6, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 6, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060AY6FO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,838 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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