Lisa Says… Read This Book by P.D. James

By Lisa Hamilton

Death Comes to Pemberley  by P.D. James
Death Comes to Pemberley
by P.D. James

I am not sure of how I truly feel about sequels written to books by another author. However, I do think P.D. James did a satisfying job to Jane Austen’s, Pride and Prejudice, with the novel Death Comes to Pemberley. One of the most beloved novels of all time, Pride and Prejudice leaves us wondering how the marriages of Lizzie and Darcy and Jane and Bingley worked out, and what life at Pemberley held in store.

It has been six years since the marriage of Darcy and Miss Bennet, and life is happy, with two young sons, a well run household, and family and friends close by. The novel begins with the preparation of the annual ball that celebrates Darcy’s late mother, Lady Anne. On the eve of the event, Elizabeth’s wayward sister Lydia arrives at the estate, uninvited and crashing the party in more ways than one. Murder on the grounds of Pemberley may be more than the entire family can withstand. Darcy appears to be the more central figure as events unfold, and Elizabeth’s sharp wit and mind are missed as the crime is resolved.

James does Austen justice, and there are times in the novel you are convinced you are reading Pride and Prejudice all over again. As a huge fan of “Masterpiece Theatre’s” Downton Abbey, I occasionally got some of my characters confused. It is indeed a finely written story of crime and suspense everyone would enjoy, especially those who are ravenous readers of Jane Austen.

About this writer

  • Lisa Hamilton A native South Carolinian, Lisa Hamilton is the director of the First Presbyterian Church Preschool and Kindergarten. Of course she loves reading, but also finds time for cooking and walking her dog, Hurley.

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