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 and 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.

Two great literary minds – master of suspense P. D. James and literary icon Jane Austen – come together in Death Comes to Pemberley, a bestselling historical crime-fiction tribute to Pride and Prejudice. Combining a sensitive insight into the happy but threatened marriage of the Darcys and the excitement of a brilliantly crafted addictive story, James creates a delightful homage that will intrigue any Janeite.

Death Come to Pemberley was adapted as a miniseries by the BBC in 2013, starring Matthew Rhys as Darcy, Anna Maxwell Martin as Elizabeth Bennet and Jenna Coleman as Lydia Wickham.

Book details

Series: Novels

First published: 2011

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