Today we’re taking a 180 degree turn and heading from the gleaming buildings and dangerous highways of modern-day Oslo to the thatched roofs (and just as dangerous) woodland paths of 19th century England. Today we’re talking about Death Comes to Pemberley.
If you’re a regular reader, it won’t come as a surprise that I chose this book. (I love Pride and Prejudice. A lot). What did come as a surprise, however, is how much I enjoyed experiencing events through the perspective of one Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy the Second. Elizabeth Bennett is probably one of the most beloved fictional heroines of all time – I just Googled her name and got 1,830,000 results in less than half a second – but I have to say that it was a nice change to get inside Darcy’s head for a while. Particularly since he’s what you might call the strong, silent type, and doesn’t say all that much in P&P. (Mind you, it could be that he’s just feeling drastically outnumbered – there is an awful lot of estrogen in that novel!)
So I’m naming Darcy as my Charismatic Character for this one, if only because I feel it’s high time he gets credit for his excellent detective skills, and not just his inappropriate declarations of love.
If I’m being totally honest, I have to admit that I loved this book for mostly sentimental reasons. I don’t think it’s as well written as PD James’ other novels, especially the ones in the Adam Dalgliesh series. That didn’t stop me from enjoying myself though, and if you’re looking for a light, easy read (with a little bit of murder and mayhem thrown in for good measure) then this could be the book for you!