I was more excited for this book than I think it warranted, but I still liked it. At first, I thought it was just dragging on and on, and I wasn't too impressed with the narrator. But as I became more involved in the story and characters, I enjoyed it more. Though I think I would have chosen someone else as the "murderer". The truth was a bit boring.
I listened to the audio of this book. It's probably what got me through the entire thing (much harder to toss a CD that is safely nestled in the player).
I have not read other "sequel" books or any of P.D. James' other books. Having heard that she wrote good mysteries and having enjoyed P&P, I thought this would be a good read.
James tries to pull off Austen's wording and scenarios but her people are flat, obnoxious, pompous. The mystery is also flat, predictable and .....boring. The ending is predictable, sappy, "perfect" and it all comes together in a nice boring package.
The book is rather dull and not very creative. A good part of it is spent rehashing Pride and Prejudice which to me seems like filler for a poor plot and a waste of time. I love Jane Austen and have read a number of “sequels” and Austen-esque novels and enjoyed most of them, but this one… not so much. I liked the narration but not the literary license (manufactured details from P&P).
*** stars P. D. James continues the story Jane Austen?s novel "Pride and Prejudice" by turning it into a tale of murder. It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy?s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems stable. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth?s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy?s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball.
Then, on the eve of the ball, a coach arrives carrying Lydia, Elizabeth?s disgraced sister, who largely because of her devious husband Wickham, has been banned from Pemberley. She stumbles out of the carriage, hysterical, shrieking that Wickham has been murdered. The Darcys' lives now involve a mystery. I have loved P. D. James mysteries since 1962. I could not wait for the new Adam Dalgliesh to be printed. I enjoyed this novel, and Ms. James is a superb writer, something that cannot be said about far too many novelists whose books bring out the urge to edit as you read. I recommend the book, but I think I was simply disappointed that this was not a Dalgliesh and that I may never encounter him again as Ms. James is now 93. If you have never read an Adam Dalgliesh, start with "Cover Her Face" or try "An Unsuitable Job for a Woman" with Cordelia Gray and be prepared to revel in one of the greatest mystery writers of the 20th century.
Eh....it was okay I guess. I listened to this one on CD and these British one's seem to loose something for me.
The narration is good. Jane Austen addicts will most likely be attracted to this story. If this is the case I think it will be tiresome as there is much rehashing of Pride and Prejudice. Not sure how P.D. James fans will feel.
A thoroughly enjoyable listen. James does a wonderful job of carrying on the story of Pride and Prejudice. The murder mystery was very well done, although I might have enjoyed it more if she had created new characters for it.
great imagination! the characters and storyline were well crafted and felt like the natural continuation of P&P. I greatly enjoyed following a believable account of lives after P&P. the epilogue's inclusion of characters from Emma was an added treat!
Rosalyn Landor's performance of Elizabeth, at times, reminded me to Firth and Ehle's BBC production of P&P which brought back fond memories.
minor quibble- the author retold P&P ad nauseum. it's as if she was being paid by the word.
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