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Death Comes To Pemberley by P.D. James

The end of the year is when the book world traditionally settles down for a moment after the hustle and bustle of the fall holiday shopping. There aren’t as many new releases popping up, but here are a couple of things that caught my eye, and they are out now and by the end of the year.

Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James – I read P.D. James’s Children of Men after seeing the movie of the same name, and I loved her writing and her style, so though I am not a huge fan of Pride and Prejudice sequels in general (I am one of those who loves the book way too much to brook much tampering), I thought this might be a good one to check out. Elizabeth and Darcy play detective when Lydia arrives at Pemberley, and announces that her husband Wickham has been murdered. I am willing to give this one a try because I am such a fan of P.D. James’s work.

The Art of Disappearance by Anita Desai –  I have heard so much about Anita Desai’s works that I mistakenly thought I had read one. But, I had her confused her  with Leslie Marmon Silko, whose Ceremony I had to read in college. In any case, Desai  is on my list of writers worthy of checking out. Her new book seems a good time for me to do it.  This set include three novellas about Indians and Indian life.

The Leopard by Joe Nesbö – Joe Nesbo writes really smart mysteries and crime fiction- primarily set outside of the US. I thoroughly enjoyed The Redbreast, one of the first of his books to be available here. His novels are intricately plotted and often set in Norway and other exotic locales, so there are many unfamiliar names with which to contend, but they are seriously worth diving into. I had been holding off on reading more of  the Harry Hole series in order to try to read them in order, but I think I just want to jump in again with this next one which- the 8th book in the Harry Hole series.

The Demi-Monde Winter by Rod Rees -This is a new author for me, but I was immediately interested in this story which boats complicated genre mingling with devious world leaders as fictional characters. I’ve hardly read any steampunk, and this looks like it falls into that category, so I am glad to be trying it out. This is one of the books that I’m planning to read over winter break. Lately I have been enjoying reading about alternate histories and worlds, and some of that is here as well. I just hope that I can keep track of all the details, because Rees’s book looks pretty intricate.

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  1. Good luck with the PD James book, Ill be interested in your review. I recently read my first PD James and I thought that it was interesting, but I still don’t think that I could read a purported sequel to Pride and Prejudice.

  2. I really felt The Leopard was the least standalonish of all of the books. It kinds of follows The Snowman. On the other hand, even being the least standalonish is not unfollowable for Nesbo, but just for a heads up!

  3. I read The Children of Men a long time ago, and remember really loving it. It sounds like I would like this new one too, even though I am not that fond of Austen spinoffs. I also think The Demi-Monde Winter sounds excellent, and would love to read that one! Great list today! I can’t wait to add a few of these to my collection!

  4. PD James is one of my favorite authors and I can’t wait to read her new book. Like you I am not generally a fan of Pride & Prejudice sequels, but with PD James at the helm I will give it more than the benefit of the doubt. I am also intrigued by Joe Nesbo’s work. I haven’t read anything by him yet, but him and his Harry Hole series keep popping up on my radar so I’ll definitely be giving him a try. I also wanted to read the series in order, but am I right in saying that all of the books in the series haven’t yet been published in English?