Saturday, July 7, 2012

Death Comes to Pemberly

Title:  Death Comes to Pemberley
Author:  P. D. James
Publication Information:  Alfred A. Knopf, Random House, Inc. 2011. 291 pages.

Book Source:  I picked up this book because I love Pride and Prejudice!

Favorite Quote:  "I owe an apology to the shade of Jane Austen for involving her beloved Elizabeth in the trauma of a murder investigation.....No doubt she would have replied to my apology by saying that, had she wished to dwell on such odious subjects, she would have written this story herself, and done it better." [from the Author's Note]

Death Comes to Pemberley tells of a death - possibly a murder - at Pemberley, the home of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. Many of the characters from Pride and Prejudice feature in this book as well as some new ones. Lydia and Wickman, of course, are at the center of the trouble. It is a mystery in the lives of the beloved Jane Austen characters.

I was hesitant to read this book because I love Pride and Prejudice, and often, it's difficult to then read what happens in the "ever after" where a book like that ends. However, a while ago, I read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and ended up enjoying the book. That book told the same basic story as the original but went completely off the wall with zombie mayhem galore. So, I decided to give another take-off story a try.

This book tells what I would consider a more real story. It occurs well after the marriages at which Pride and Prejudice ends. The characters are living through day to day life facing issues we all face. The supposed murder throws them into the middle of a mystery. The "reality"  of the story to me is what makes it different from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. That one was so completely out there as to not draw me into comparisons with the original where as this one does.

I did not really enjoy the book not necessarily because of the book but more likely because I did not enjoy reading about what happens after the "happily ever after." So, I won't say that Death Comes to Pemberley was a bad book. It just wasn't a book for me.

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