P. D. James ist Baroness of Holland Park und 92 Jahre alt und hat den englischen Rätselkrimi à la Agatha Christie ins 21. Jahrhundert gerettet. Mit „Der Tod kommt nach Pemberley“ wird sie endgültig zu einer britischen Institution.
Endlich gibt es eine Fortsetzung von „Stolz und Vorurteil“, von P. D. James, einer großen Dame des Krimis. Es ist ein Schauerroman, in dem Blut fließt. Jane Austen hätte das nie so hinbekommen.
Now 91, PD James retains a special place in the hearts of fans – who include fellow authors – so we invited her readers to pose the questions for our interview. Here, the author talks about our appetite for detectives and her Jane Austen sequel.
P.D. James brings a murder mystery into Jane Austen’s »Pride and Prejudice« territory – Death comes to Pemberley, one of the great houses in Derbyshire, and a most unwelcome guest it is.
There have to be many armchairs full of us readers who have a big jones for both Jane Austen and P. D. James. Given that, it’s merely rhetorical to ask who among us wouldn’t drop everything to tuck into Death Comes to Pemberley?
Aspiring writers take heart: one of the most beloved novels of all time was rejected when it was fluttered in front of publishers in 1797 — or so the historical record suggests. Called »First Impressions,« it was written by a country girlt.
In its stately yet witty pages, Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy find themselves caught up in a murder case, one complicated by romance, a family curse, ghostly apparitions, dark doings and the reappearance of their old nemesis, Mr. Wickham.
Writers have many different reasons for taking on another author’s characters. Some do it out of devotion to the original text, others do it out of an urge to revise a familiar story. Murder mystery maven P. D. James has done a bit of both.
The new reviews by John O’Connell deal with »Death Comes to Pemberley« by PD James, »Brodmaw Bay« by FG Cottam, »Blood Relative« by David Thomas, and the book »Perfect People« by Peter James.
On entering her 10th decade last year, PD James – legend of crime writing and creator of Adam Dalgliesh, one of Britain’s best-loved fictional sleuths – decided that the time had come to have some fun.
»I have to apologise to Jane Austen for involving her Elizabeth in a murder investigation but this fusion of my two enthusiasms, for the novels of Jane Austen and for writing detective stories, has given me great pleasure which I hope will be shared by my readers.«
This »dream team« of crime fiction, Jane Austen and PD James, combines James’s meticulous plotting with Austen’s sharp-eyed characterisation. The novel begins some years after the ending of »Pride and Prejudice«.
It is a truth not universally acknowledged that a classic novel is not in want of a sequel. And so it was that on the morning of 14 October 1803, that Mrs Elizabeth Darcy sat down with her husband to discuss the arrangements for the forthcoming Pemberley Ball.
The 91-year-old detective novelist said, she was glad to finally complete a long-desired project – a sequel to Jane Austen’s »Pride and Prejudice«. James’s »Death Comes to Pemberley« will be published in Britain in November and in Canada in December..