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Thursday, December 1

Friday Follow: Death Comes to Pemberley Comes to the U.S.

Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James has ARRIVED in the U.S. Amazon is selling it on its site. The book will be released December 6th. I have preordered a copy for my Kindle.
This year, British mystery lovers in particular have a glorious plum pudding of a whodunit awaiting them. P.D. James has taken up the challenge of feeding readers' holiday hunger for homicide. What's even more tantalizing is the fact that James' latest mystery is also a tribute, of sorts, to one of her most cherished authors, Jane Austen. James' new novel is called Death Comes to Pemberley: Think Pride and Prejudice meets "Clue."
NPR not only reviewed the book, but provides an excerpt of the novel on its site. I have pasted a portion of the excerpt here. You can find the rest of it on NPRs site.

Excerpt: Death Comes To Pemberley
PROLOGUE — The Bennets of Longbourn

It was generally agreed by the female residents of Meryton that Mr. and Mrs. Bennet of Longbourn had been fortunate in the disposal in marriage of four of their five daughters. Meryton, a small market town in Hertfordshire, is not on the route of any tours of pleasure, having neither beauty of setting nor a distinguished history, while its only great house, Netherfield Park, although impressive, is not mentioned in books about the county's notable architecture. The town has an assembly room where dances are regularly held but no theatre, and the chief entertainment takes place in private houses where the boredom of dinner parties and whist tables, always with the same company, is relieved by gossip.

A family of five unmarried daughters is sure of attracting the sympathetic concern of all their neighbours, particularly where other diversions are few, and the situation of the Bennets was especially unfortunate. In the absence of a male heir, Mr. Bennet's estate was entailed on his nephew, the Reverend William Collins, who, as Mrs. Bennet was fond of loudly lamenting, could turn her and her daughters out of the house before her husband was cold in his grave. Admittedly, Mr. Collins had attempted to make such redress as lay in his power. At some inconvenience to himself, but with the approval of his formidable patroness Lady Catherine de Bourgh, he had left his parish at Hunsford in Kent to visit the Bennets with the charitable intention of selecting a bride from the five daughters. This intention was received by Mrs. Bennet with enthusiastic approval but she warned him that Miss Bennet, the eldest, was likely to be shortly engaged. His choice of Elizabeth, the second in seniority and beauty, had met with a resolute rejection and he had been obliged to seek a more sympathetic response to his pleading from Elizabeth's friend Miss Charlotte Lucas. Miss Lucas had accepted his proposal with gratifying alacrity and the future which Mrs. Bennet and her daughters could expect was settled, not altogether to the general regret of their neighbours. On Mr. Bennet's death, Mr. Collins would install them in one of the larger cottages on the estate where they would receive spiritual comfort from his administrations and bodily sustenance from the leftovers from Mrs. Collins's kitchen augmented by the occasional gift of game or a side of bacon.... Click here to continue


Antiques And Teacups said...

I am indeed looking forward to reading it as she is a favorite mystery writer of mine. I think it is supposed to be available at Costco on Dec. 6th...I intend to check! Thank you for posting the exerpt.

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Woo hoo! I'm on it! Thanks for being so on top of things. I had no idea this was coming.

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Julianne Donaldson said...

Thanks for the excerpt! I'll have to put this on my to-read shelf.

Thyme2Be said...

And just when I thought my shopping for the year was done I learn about this new temptation from you! Thanks for the heads up - I enjoy PD James' writing and will soon discover if she does my favorite characters justice.