I was really looking forward to reading this book. Pride and Prejudice and Jane Austen are my favorite reads (my dogs are Mr. Darcy and Emma), and I very much enjoy mysteries. P. D. James has written classics in that genre.
I was initially impressed by James’s feel for the Austen style. However, this book was a letdown. We learn much about Darcy and his family’s background, particularly the suicide of his great-grandfather. We see little of the relationship between Elizabeth and Darcy. They have few scenes together and virtually no dialogue. There is little development of the other characters.
The mystery lacks suspense, and there is little action. At least there aren’t any zombies.