Death Comes to Pemberley presents a murder mystery set in the grounds of a fictional Regency estate from the works of Jane Austen. It takes place six years after the end of Pride and Prejudice.
Elizabeth Darcy, now a wife and mother of two, spends her days attending to household affairs, entertaining guests and visiting relatives, and planning social occasions such as the annual autumn ball held at Pemberley. But with both family tiffs and her work to keep her busy, her life as a wealthy woman is no less complicated than her previous existence as a single woman of little fortune.
The evening before she is to hostess the ball, her youngest sister, Lydia, turns up uninvited at her doorstep in hysterics. She is screaming and crying, and only after quite some time able to express her reasons for her troubling arrival: she believes her husband, Wickham, has been killed.
Elizabeth and Jane do their best to subdue their sister, and Darcy takes some men from the house and Lydia's coach driver to the woods where mysterious gunshots were heard, and where Wickham disappeared. They find him alive, but they also find something disturbing - the body of Wickham and Lydia's travelling companion, and his best friend, Denny.
The story continues as Elizabeth, Darcy, and various friends and relatives attempt to solve the murder and restore peace to Pemberley.
Best part of story, including ending:
I liked the concept of a murder mystery with Jane Austen characters. However, I found the storyline somewhat juvenile as a mystery, and was surprised to find the style somewhat sloppy for P. D. James.
Best scene in story:
I loved the part where Mr. Bennett comes for a visit to borrow books from Darcy's library because we get to see his dry wit and sense of humor again.
Opinion about the main character:
I love Elizabeth Darcy, wherever and however she appears, because she's clever and wise.