Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Shelf Control #2 - Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

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This meme is focused on featuring books that have been languishing on our shelves, unread and unloved, for way too long. And now that I've discovered the wonder of NetGalley, I don't see this problem getting any better...

This week's Shelf Control is Death Comes to Pemberley, a murder mystery set in the world of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. I know, I don't know why it's taking me so damn long to read it either. It's literally two of my favorite things merged into one. 

Title: Death Comes to Pemberley

Author: P.D. James
Published: 2011
Page length: 291 pages

A rare meeting of literary genius: P. D. James, long among the most admired mystery writers of our time, draws the characters of Jane Austen’s beloved novel Pride and Prejudice into a tale of murder and emotional mayhem. It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball. Then, on the eve of the ball, the patrician idyll is shattered. A coach careens up the drive carrying Lydia, Elizabeth’s disgraced sister, who with her husband, the very dubious Wickham, has been banned from Pemberley. She stumbles out of the carriage, hysterical, shrieking that Wickham has been murdered. With shocking suddenness, Pemberley is plunged into a frightening mystery. Inspired by a lifelong passion for Austen, P. D. James masterfully re-creates the world of Pride and Prejudice,electrifying it with the excitement and suspense of a brilliantly crafted crime story, as only she can write it. Goodreads
 How I Got It: Bought it at Goodwill over two years ago and it's been on my bedside table ever since.

Why I Want to Read It: Uh, did you not read my intro? It's a murder mystery set in the world of Pride and Prejudice! Elizabeth freakin Bennet as an amateur sleuth! I honestly think I've put off reading it because I've built it up so much in my head that I don't want to be disappointed.

Has anyone read this book yet? Should I temper my expectations? What books have been sitting around on your bookshelves?

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