“Are the shades of Pemberley to be thus polluted?”
Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s famous line from Pride & Prejudice has echoed over the last 200 years in the ears of readers who have picked up, and been disappointed by, one of the myriad sequels to that enduring classic.
The latest author to pick up Austen’s mantel could be the first to make it a comfortable fit: P.D. James, one of England’s best known crime novelists. Like Austen, her works have often been imitated and adapted to film; unlike Austen, her writing career has been quite long and prolific. With Death Comes to Pemberley, James brings readers back into the lives of the Darcys and Bingleys when everyone’s favorite brother-in-law, Wickham, is accused of murder. We asked James a few questions about the new book—and whether it might be the first of many. Check out her answers in the full Q&A.
Then come back and leave a comment saying who you think would make the better husband—Darcy or Bingley—and why, and you’ll be entered to win your own copy of Death Comes to Pemberley. We’ll choose a winner at random from the responses we’ve received by 6 pm CST on Sunday, December 18.
ETA: Congratulations to our winner, George! He considers Darcy the more interesting husband, and Mr. Bingley “would be a reliably even-tempered husband, perfect for mild-mannered Jane, but not for Lizzy.”
Thank you to all who entered! Contest is now closed.