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Death Comes to Pemberley

2011, Shaun Fleming, P.D. James


Death Comes to Pemberley is a 2011 British mystery fiction novel by P.D. James that continues Jane Austen's 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice with a murder mystery.

The novel begins in October, 1803, six years after the events in Pride and Prejudice which resulted in the marriage of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennet. The Prologue and Book One introduce the main characters, summarize the histories of the Bennet and Darcy families, and introduce a murder. The remainder of the novel is about the mystery and its solution.

The novel is a pastiche in the style of Jane Austen, as James acknowledges in her Author's Note. The book is divided into sections: Author's Note; Prologue; six Books; Epilogue. Elizabeth is largely absent in the central section. Unlike Pride and Prejudice, Darcy holds the narrative point of view, and therefore, the book often contains his inward reflections, absent in Austen's novel.

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