I was astounded to see that my revered P.D. James, creator of the acclaimed Adam Dalgliesh mystery series, has in fact written a ….. gasp …… fan fiction book continuing the story of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Fanfiction! I was rather horrified.
Not that I don’t love Austen. But the first third of the book or more was devoted to setting up the characters and reminding us of their convoluted history started in Pride and Prejudice. It lumbered on and on, tedious and overly formal in that Jane Austen style, and although I was grateful because, frankly, after you have read all of Austen’s work, and the years have passed, all those characters and manor houses, and estates and social relationships kind of merge into one big interrelated story, so I was glad to untwine some of the people from the other books because just this family was enough to deal with.
Then there was the murder itself, not very interesting, or even wildly mysterious. What seemed to be more important were the manners and mores of the area and the society.
So if you love Austen and can’t get enough, read this to slake your Austen thirst. If you love P. D. James, sorry, she’s not here.
Back to Dalgliesh, where a mystery’s a mystery, and nobody owns huge manor houses and estates.