PD James’ Death Comes to Pemberley

Last Thursday, an Ottawa radio station called me for an online interview. They were previewing PD James’ new book, Death Comes to Pemberley, and they wanted my take on writing in the Jane Austen sub-genre, and specifically writing Austen-inspired cozy mysteries.
Of course, they asked who I thought James might “kill off” in her new novel. Before I tell you my idea, tell me which of Austen’s characters you would dispense with.

Summary: It is 1803, and the characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice have had six years in which to enjoy the happy ending of their story. Elizabeth and Darcy are the parents of two fine boys, Jane and Bingley have moved to live nearby, Mrs Bennet is a lengthy carriage ride away and at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent country house, silver is being polished and pastries baked in preparation for the annual ball. Then a carriage tears up to the door, Elizabeth’s loud-mouthed sister Lydia emerges screaming, and soon a search party is sent out to discover a bloody corpse in the woods.

For more on James’ book, visit http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/lifestyle/book/article-24002867-death-comes-to-pemberley—review.do?mid=513438

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