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Death Comes to Pemberley

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Post by SGM » Tue November 22nd, 2011, 6:16 pm

I have this on Kindle and will be getting to it within the next couple of weeks.

I will have to see if I agree with you.

Do you like her other books?
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Post by annis » Tue November 22nd, 2011, 6:24 pm

Yes, I've read many of PD James' mysteries and enjoyed her intelligent and psychologically acute approach, and she does ably demonstrate the same approach in DCTP, it's just that tedium renders it difficult after a while to care whodunnit and why - for two pins I could have happily killed off the lot of them. It was quite a surprise to find that DCTP just wasn't really doing it for me. It has to be remembered that P D James is now in her 90s. I'll be interested to hear what you think.

Edit: Couldn't help chuckling at this naughtily witty comment I just spotted at Digested Reads: "The kiss of death comes to Pemberley". Crace is so sharp- I love his column.

I've posted my review of Death Comes to Pemberley here, but of course, it's nowhere near as witty as Crace's - see here for his full Digested Read DCTP parody/review.
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Post by Jen Black » Mon January 26th, 2015, 10:10 pm

[quote=""annis""]It seems vaguely sacrilegious to diss the work of such a renowned author, but I see from the Amazon UK reviews that I'm by no means the only reader to feel that style has taken precedence over substance in Death comes to Pemberley. Obviously there will be others who feel that style justifies itself.[/quote]

I agree with you, Annis. I too found it very dull. I expected so much more from so famous a writer.

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Post by Susan » Mon January 26th, 2015, 11:16 pm

I did not finish Death at Pemberley. Awful.
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Re: Death Comes to Pemberley

Post by Baylou » Tue December 19th, 2017, 8:31 pm

I admit to not having read the book, but I watched the TV adaptation which aired on PBS and included one of my favourite British actresses, Anna Maxwell Martin. She also was in the cast of the adaptation of a Agatha Christie book And Then There Were None.

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Re: Death Comes to Pemberley

Post by Vanessa » Wed December 20th, 2017, 4:27 pm

I enjoyed And Then There Were None. ‘Crooked House’ was shown in the UK on Sunday, another one of Agatha Christie’s one-offs. I’ve recorded it.

Anna Maxwell Martin has been in ‘Midwinter of the Spirit’ as Merrily Watkins. It’s a mystery series by Phil Rickman. She’s also been in ‘The Bletchley Circle’ which was very good.
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