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När döden kom till Pemberley (edition 2012)

by P. D. James, Ulla Danielsson

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Title:När döden kom till Pemberley
Authors:P. D. James
Other authors:Ulla Danielsson
Info:Stockholm : Wahlström & Widstrand, 2012
Collections:Lästa 2013, Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:fiction, historical fiction, crime fiction, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, english literature

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Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James

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An alternative title to this novel could have been Boredom Comes to Pemberley.

Because it's boring.

Excruciating so.

In its defense, I haven't read the source material, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. It didn't really matter because James summarizes the events of what I can assume is Pride and Prejudice.

Death Comes to Pemberley takes place in 1803. Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett are going to have a ball but before that can happen, a murder takes place in The Woodlands. Captain Denny is dead and Lydia's (Elizabeth's black sheep sister) husband, Wickham is the prime suspect.

Theoretically, this should have been exciting. Like Agatha Christie mystery exciting. Instead, it was ripe full of repetitive regal family drama and boring talk. Don't get me wrong, some of it was midly intriguing.

However, for people who talked so much, they said very little. It was all very British and maybe something got lost in translation. Also, the Epilogue was so sappy. Ick!

As my first P.D. James novel, I am not very excited to read anymore from this author or Jane Austen. ( )
  Y2Ash | Apr 16, 2014 |
An alternative title to this novel could have been Boredom Comes to Pemberley.

Because it's boring.

Excruciating so.

In its defense, I haven't read the source material, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. It didn't really matter because James summarizes the events of what I can assume is Pride and Prejudice.

Death Comes to Pemberley takes place in 1803. Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett are going to have a ball but before that can happen, a murder takes place in The Woodlands. Captain Denny is dead and Lydia's (Elizabeth's black sheep sister) husband, Wickham is the prime suspect.

Theoretically, this should have been exciting. Like Agatha Christie mystery exciting. Instead, it was ripe full of repetitive regal family drama and boring talk. Don't get me wrong, some of it was midly intriguing.

However, for people who talked so much, they said very little. It was all very British and maybe something got lost in translation. Also, the Epilogue was so sappy. Ick!

As my first P.D. James novel, I am not very excited to read anymore from this author or Jane Austen. ( )
  Y2Ash | Apr 16, 2014 |
Six years after Pride and Prejudice, it is the evening before the annual ball at Pemberley, Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy are hosting a small dinner party, Charles and Jane Bingley have arrived, the children are settled with the nanny, and suddenly Lydia Wickham, who was not invited, dramatically bursts into the domestic tranquility, screaming that her husband has been killed. Actually Wickham’s friend Denny has been beaten to death, and a bloody Wickham is discovered with the body. The three were passing through the woods with a plan that the men would drop off Lydia as a surprise then continue on to a hotel, when the driver was instructed to stop the carriage, Denny ran off, Wickham chased after him, and gunshots were heard. With no evidence of an alternative culprit, Wickham is arrested and brought to trial.

Don’t expect any of the humor or social commentary of P&P. This is more a procedural of early 1800s law and justice, with all the appropriate facts as backstory but disappointingly cardboard characters. Darcy asks lawyer Henry Alveston to defend Wickham. Colonel Fitzwilliam assists with the investigation; he was absent from dinner but has an alibi, a meeting in public with an evasively identified lady. Meanwhile Georgiana is courted by both men, and there is concern that her history with Wickham will be revealed. What happened in the woods? A servant’s family lives in a cottage near the scene of the crime, and two servant girls saw a ghost. Events around the murder are recounted several times by several people, with slightly different details emphasized or omitted. Wickham remains a cad, but is he a murderer?

Mildly worth reading if you happen upon it, and are in a whatever-happened-to frame of mind, but probably not worth seeking intentionally.
2 vote qebo | Apr 7, 2014 |
Mostly a fun, quick read, but I lost interest near the end. ( )
  goet0095 | Mar 27, 2014 |
I have been a long time admirer and reader of P. D. James works. They have always been among my favorite mysteries. This book was good - especially if you are a first time reader. Having read the Jane Austen books this was a little disappointing for me. There was so much re-telling of the back story which was probably helpful to anyone not familiar with the Jane Austen book. It was a good read, just not the best I have ever had from Ms. James. ( )
  JanicsEblen | Mar 16, 2014 |
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. . . an excellent period mystery, replete with all manner of mayhem, and a most welcome way to revisit Elizabeth and Darcy. . .
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It was generally agreed by the female residents of Meryton that Mr and Mrs Bennett of Longbourn had been fortunate in the disposal in marriage of four of their five daughters.
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I owe an apology to the shade of Jane Austen for involving her beloved Elizabeth in the trauma of a murder investigation, especially as in the final chapter of Mansfield Park Miss Austen made her views quite plain: 'Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. I quit such odious subjects as soon as I can, impatient to restore everybody not greatly in fault themselves to tolerable comfort, and to have done with all the rest.' 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.
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It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy's magnificent state. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. 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, the patrician idyll is shattered. A coach careens up the drive carrying Lydia, Elizabeth's disgraced sister, who with her husband, the very dubious Wickham, has been banned from Pemberly. She stumbles out of the carriage, hysterical, shrieking that Wickham has been murdered. With shocking suddenness, Pemberley is plunged into a frightening mystery.

Inspired by a lifelong passion for Austen, P.D. James masterfully re-creates the world of Pride and Prejudice, electrifying with the excitement and suspense of a brilliantly crafted crime story, as only she can write it.

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Pemberley is thrown into chaos after Elizabeth Bennett's disgraced sister Lydia arrives and announces that her husband Wickham has been murdered.

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