Tuesday, 18 September 2012
Death Comes to Pemberley
Just finished reading Death Comes to Pemberley by P D James, and I must say I enjoyed it greatly, although it is far from being comparable to Jane Austen or most other murder mysteries I've read. If you've read Pride & Prejudice, you will enjoy an intriguing reinterpretation of some of the relationships and behaviour of the original characters. P D James spends a lot of time going over the original story as it's relevant to the current mystery, so if you haven't, you won't be too bewildered. It's a good 'romp', with some interesting asides discussing such diverse historical issues as women's empowerment and the English justice system (not although in any great detail). There is a twist at the end, although because of the way the story proceeds you'll guess at a lot of it. There is an excessive amount that has to be explained through conversation after the fact, which I find irritating, although I suppose it's in the tradition of the old style mysteries where there is a 'reveal' at the end by the detective investigating. All in all good fun, but not especially challenging. Find it on askmeaboutbooks.co.uk under Mystery - and you might find something else you like too!