Death Comes to Pemberley

Publisher: Vintage Canada
In a marvellous, thrilling re-creation of the world of Pride and Prejudice, P.D. James fuses her lifelong passion for the work of Jane Austen with her own great talent for writing crime fiction.

The year is 1803, and Darcy and Elizabeth have been married for six years. There are now two handsome, healthy sons in the Pemberley nursery, Elizabeth's beloved sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live within seventeen miles, the ordered and secure life of Pemberley seems unassailable, and Elizabeth's happiness in her marriage is complete. But their peace is threatened and old sins and misunderstandings are rekindled on the eve of the annual autumn ball. The Darcys and their guests are preparing to retire for the night when a chaise appears, rocking down the path from Pemberley's wild woodland, and as it pulls up, Lydia Wickham, an uninvited guest, tumbles out, screaming that her husband has been murdered.

Death Comes to Pemberley is a powerful work of fiction, as rich in its compelling story, in its evocation of place, and its gripping psychological and emotional insight, as the very best of P. D. James. She brings us back masterfully and with delight to much-loved characters, illuminating the happy but threatened marriage of the Darcys with the excitement and suspense of a brilliantly crafted mystery.


"Dazzling. . . . A book that combines the grace of Jane Austen with the pace of a thriller. . . . As good as anything P. D. James has written and that is very high praise indeed." Sunday Express
"The best-loved crime writer and best-known romance in a magic meld. . . . P. D. James takes Pride and Prejudice to places it never dreamed of, and does so with a charm that will beguile even the most demanding Janeite." London Evening Standard
"Brimming with astute appreciation, inventiveness and narrative zest. . . . An exhilarating tribute to the inexhaustible vitality of P. D. James's imagination." The Sunday Times
"In a stroke of genius, [James] has combined our love of Jane Austen and a good murder story." Daily Mail