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Death Comes to Pemberley: Enhanced Edition by [James, P. D.]
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'As might be expected from a celebrated crime novelist, her follow-on to Pride and Prejudice introduces a detective story into Austen's world; but without any tremor of incongruity. An acute admirer of Austen's novels (which, her autobiography makes clear, she has been re-reading for more than 80 years), she keeps her sequel close to their ironic spiritedness, moral toughness and psychological finesse ... brimming with astute appreciation, inventiveness and narrative zest, Death Comes to Pemberley is an elegantly gauged homage to Austen and an exhilarating tribute to the inexhaustible vitality of James's imagination.' --Peter Kemp, Sunday Times

'P. D. James has the advantage in having both the skill and the intelligence to hold her own in Austen's company. Her charmingly conceived murder mystery unfolds like a big soft comfort blanket just in time for the nights drawing in: the nation's best-loved crime writer and best-known romance in a magic meld, with Downtony moments below stairs, spooky moonlit bits and some police procedural thrown in for good measure ... 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.' --Claire Harman, Evening Standard

The story is accomplished and witty, naturally, but to see James s sensibility at work on the character of Jane Austen is a wonderful treat. I find the merging of these two women of literature from such different ages to be totally intriguing. --Melvyn Bragg, New Statesman >>
A tribute to Jane Austen and a sheer delight. A book to banish Boxing Day blues. --Allan Massie, Spectator

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"A sparkling curio that will appeal to both Janeites and Jamesites."
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"Jane Austen herself would have applauded."
--"The Spectator"

"A great joint achievement, and a joyous read."
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"Death Comes to Pemberley is as good as anything P. D. James has written and that is very high praise indeed."
--"Sunday Express"

"A delight. It reads happily and, as ever in P. D. James's novels, the settings are beautifully and thoroughly imagined, the descriptions and exact. I can't think that it could be better done."
--"The Scotsman"
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"Brimming with astute appreciation, inventiveness and narrative zest, Death Comes to Pemberley is an elegantly gauged homage to Austen and an exhilarating tribute to the inexhaustible vitality of James's imagination."
--"The Sunday Times"

"Of all the other pens to take up where Austen left off, P. D. James's is head and shoulders above the rest."
--"Evening Standard"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1599 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0571283578
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (1 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571283578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571283576
  • ASIN: B005QMOZOO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 864 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,257 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Very prompt service and book as described. Thank you.

Cannot comment on the book properly as I have hardly started reading it. But I am hooked into the story... Within U3A we have a book group where the members make suggestions for our monthly reading matter and at the monthly meeting we have some fascinating discussions about what
we have read. What did we enjoy about the book? What annoyed or upset us? Was the story entertaining? And many more....

This month we are also reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin so we can contrast the style of the two authors etc.
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I received this book a mere 48 hours ago, and - at the risk of being hopelessly out of sync with other reviewers - found it impossible to put down! I was enthralled from the opening paragraph to the end. PD James, cleverly, imo, uses a prose-style which is broadly 19th century, reminiscent of Trollope, Dickens or indeed Austen herself without aping them slavishly. And let's not forget that whereas Jane Austen could rely on her readers understanding the customs of the day, PD James has to work harder, since over 200 years separate her audience from them. Inevitably, therefore, she needs to use more description, and the dialogue will sometimes appear stilted - verbose, even - to the 21st century reader. I can live with that. Furthermore, she faced two important constraints in attempting to set a murder mystery in 1803; constraints which we the readers must bear in mind: the total absence of the forensic laboratory, on which Adam Dalgleish would rely, or even a professional detective with his training! Instead the crime had to be investigated by the two local magistrates. So it is perhaps fairer to compare this story to, say, The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins than to Devices and Desires. And on that basis, this is an excellent read - Highly recommended!!
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This was a real disappointment. I am always suspicious of novels written as sequels to classic novels and apart from Wide Sargasso Sea (Jane Eyre's prequel)have not found one that lives up to the original. This is no exception. Although the 'voice' is by and large right for Austen, there is no sense of the wit and sparkle of the original. Elizabeth, who was so lively and full of character in Pride and Prejudice, comes across as rather a snob in this novel and frankly, quite dreary. The plot isn't up to much and there is no real sense of tension in a place which should have us hanging on the edge of our seats (I can't say more without giving away what happens). The most risible part comes at the end when Darcy urgently asks to speak to Elizabeth and you are led to think that something important is going to be said. It isn't.

What annoys me most of all though is that by the end of the novel I verged on actively disliking Darcy and Elizabeth, something that I'd never thought I'd say, especially of Elizabeth. I'm amazed that this got good reviews in the press.
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This works on both levels - a PD James thriller and a Jane Austen style story with Jane Austen characters. It may not be a classic of either genre, but, for me anyway, it works much better as a fix for Jane Austen fans than does The Silk House as a fix for Sherlock Holmes fans, for instance. All the classic characters from the much loved Pride and Prejudice are there, with their lives transposed forward so they do not end at "and they all lived happily ever after". What each of the Austen characters does is plausible. The denouement is a bit implausible from the Austen genre but fits with other equally implausible, deus ex machina denouements from PD James.

It also has the characteristic PD James research of detail - this time of who is responsible for what in the judiciary of the time. Basically, the landowners rule everything, including being the magistrate and the detective.

Comment on the audio CD: The Reader's voice on the CD is well pitched and measured. Reads at the right speed and does not try too much in the line of immitating various characters' voices. Well read.
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I hated the T.V. version of this. After Colin Firth and co. I felt the actors were insipid. So it was with some trepidation I approached the book. I like P.D. James but I probably would never have read this had it not been a reading circle choice. I also dislike authors who write sequels to other authors work. I was surprised at how much I liked it. Beware it could've been better with more depth of character and a better plot.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
What's not to love,
The book itself, in hardback is a joy to physically read, hold, turn the pages of and later store on a bookshelf -- this is a keeper. PD James and Mr Darcy? It's like a match made in heaven. I have passed this along -- sorry booksellers and it's lead to the re-reading of Pride and Prejudice and a re-visiting of a number of Austen's books.
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Great story and a carry on from Pride and Prejudice. I enjoyed this from the start. The author is vey familiar with Jane Austin and quotes or uses well known characters from Austins novels, which really adds to familiarising us with a much loved characters i.e. Don't mess with Mr Darcy !
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I enjoyed the development of the existing characters and the introduction of the new. I will read again in the future.
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