I am not in the habit of perusing lists of forthcoming books, but one particular book recently caught my eye: Death Comes to Pemberley, by P.D. James. James, looking to do something a little different after all these years, I suppose, has written a murder-mystery ‘sequel’ to Pride and Prejudice, with my beloved Elizabeth Bennet — or, should I say, Elizabeth Darcy — in the role of sleuth.
Is it a silly idea? Sure, sort of. Is it presumptuous to trespass in this way on sacred literary ground? We’ll see. James is a good enough writer that she just might — might — be able to pull it off.
Anyway, my eyebrows have gone up. The book is to be published next week, on November 3.