Tuesday, November 8, 2011

P.D. James pens sequel to Pride and Prejudice

The grand dame of English murder mystery writers, 91-year-old P.D. James, has written a follow to Pride and Prejudice. It has been released this week and unlike the original work by Jane Austen, this volume is a murder mystery. The beloved couple Elizabeth and Mr. (Fitzwilliam) Darcy turn detectives in the James sequel which is titled Death Comes to Pemberley. The story begins six years after the conclusion of Austen's classic novel. During a ball at the Darcy home, Elizabeth's sister Lydia comes hurtling in. "She's screaming that [George Wickham, her husband] has been killed," James told the Associated Press from her London home last week.."An expedition is mounted to see what happened. We follow everyone through the investigation. It's a very serious detective story." James has been working on the project for two years, though she said the idea first arose earlier.The celebrated crime novelist, best known for her series following British police investigator Adam Dalgliesh, Death Comes to Pemberley combines two personal passions."I have to apologize to Jane Austen for involving her beloved Elizabeth in a murder investigation, but this fusion of my two enthusiasms — for the novels of Jane Austen and for writing detective stories — has given me great pleasure which I hope will be shared by my readers," James said in a recent statement.

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