Synopsis of Death Comes to Pemberley
The world is classic Jane Austen. The mystery is vintage P.D. James.
The year is 1803, and Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet have been married for six years. There are now two handsome and healthy sons in the nursery.
Elizabeth’s beloved sister Jane and her husband Bingley live nearby and the orderly world of Pemberley seems unassailable.
But all this is threatened when, on the eve of the annual autumn ball, the guests are preparing to retire for the night when a chaise appears, rocking down the path from Pemberley’s wild woodland.
As it pulls up, Lydia Wickham – Elizabeth Bennet’s younger, unreliable sister – stumbles out screaming that her husband has been murdered.
Review of Death Comes to Pemberley
I found it quite boring and lacking interest. The setting is good, but the story and its development are so naive?, flat?, that it truly doesn’t feel like it was written by P. D. James.
I have to admit that when I started reading the stories of Adam Dalgliesh, during the 80s, it was different: the novels by Ms. James felt different, because of the story and their development of the characters, though I always thought that she was one of those authors that wrote too much (descriptions, scenery, additional stories that are not very interesting…).
In the last few years, perhaps due to her age, you feel like some “modernity” is missing. As an example I can mention Andrea Camilleri, who is more or less of her generation, and still writes current stories that are as interesting as ever, though maybe a bit short.