Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Death Comes to Pemberley, by P. D. James
What can I say? It wasn't Austen, wasn't even P. D. James. It does seem like P. D. James had fun bringing all of the characters from Pride and Prejudice forward six years and positing answers to questions James seems to have had about plot points in Pride and Prejudice (e.g., who told Lady Catherine about Darcy's proposal?) She even pulled in a few characters from Persuasion and Emma. But her version of the married Darcys rang false, she was unnecessarily harsh in her take on Charlotte Collins and Colonel Fitzwilliam, and the mystery (who killed Denny?) was secondary and poorly carried out.