Death Comes to Pemberley

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Death Comes to Pemberley (novel)
First edition (UK)
Author P. D. James
Illustrator Carol Devine Carson and Jason Booher
Cover artist Science Museum, SSPL
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Historical mystery
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf (US edition); Faber & Faber (UK edition)
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover, audiobook and Paperback)
Pages 291 pp
ISBN 9780307959850 (US Hardcover)
OCLC 757488817
Preceded by Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Death Comes to Pemberley is a British novel by P.D. James that continues Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice with a murder mystery.

Plot summary[edit]

The novel begins in October, 1803, six years after the events in Pride and Prejudice which resulted in the marriage of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennet. The Prologue and Book One introduce the main characters, summarize the histories of the Bennet and Darcy families, and introduce a murder. The remainder of the novel is about the mystery and its solution.


The novel is a pastiche in the style of Jane Austen, as James acknowledges in her Author's Note. The book is divided into sections: Author's Note; Prologue; six Books; Epilogue.


Author's Note
Book One: The Day Before the Ball
Book Two: The Body in the Woodland
Book Three: Police at Pemberley
Book Four: The Inquest
Book Five: The Trial
Book Six: Gracechurch Street


Newspaper reviews are generally favourable, many enthusiastically so, with the New York Times foremost in the United States.[1]



A serial of three sixty-minute episodes, also titled Death Comes to Pemberley, written by Juliette Towhidi (Calendar Girls) was made by Origin Pictures for BBC One. It was telecast in the UK over three nights from 26 December 2013 as part of BBC's Christmas schedule and stars Anna Maxwell Martin as Elizabeth, Matthew Rhys as Mr Darcy, Jenna Coleman as Lydia, Matthew Goode as Mr. Wickham and Trevor Eve as Sir Selwyn Hardcastle.[2]


  1. ^ Liesl Schillinger (December 16, 2011). "Pride and Prejudice and Murder". Sunday Book Review. New York Times. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "BBC controller of drama Ben Stephenson sets out his vision for drama on the BBC & announces new commission: Death comes to Pemberley", Death comes to Pemberley, Feb 12, 2013 

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