Win the Audiobook of Death Comes to Pemberley on CD!

Death Comes to Pemberley Audiobook

It’s the unabridged audiobook of Death Comes to Pemberley on CD, by P.D. James, read by Rosalyn Landor. It’s out from Random House Audio. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:

It is 1803. Since the end of Pride and Prejudice six years before, life at Pemberley has moved on. Elizabeth and Darcy have two fine sons, Elizabeth’s adored sister Jane and her husband Bingley are regular visitors, and Elizabeth has successfully found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. Preparations are underway for the annual ball in spite of threatening rumors of war with France, and optimistic talk has started about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. There is still the unfortunate matter of Elizabeth’s younger sister Lydia, whose elopement with the dubious Wickham played such a large part in Pride and Prejudice–Wickham is still banned from Pemberley–but domestic life is on the whole placid.

But, the evening before the ball, this idyll is suddenly shattered. There are gunshots, a screaming Lydia turns up at the door, a body is discovered in the woods–and all at once we are plunged into a murder mystery, one recognizable as P. D. James at her best, yet conveyed with all the charm and wit of Jane Austen. As the rich and engrossing story takes us through an inquest, a trial, blackmail, mistaken identities, and forbidden love affairs, it will even answer some questions that Jane Austen herself left unanswered in Pride and Prejudice. Death Comes to Pemberley represents a rare conjunction of talents. It will be welcomed by the millions who delight in Jane Austen no less than by the millions who find the novels of P. D. James irresistible. P.D. James says of Pemberley: “It has been a joy to revisit Pride and Prejudice and to discover, as one always does, new delight and fresh insights. 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 novels–has given me great pleasure. I hope it will be shared by my readers.”

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