I absolutely adore reading - my love for books has had a huge impact on my life! I'm going to grad school to be a children's/YA librarian.
This book had so much potential. It had a great premise and, thanks to Jane Austen, the characters should have been flawless. As a murder mystery, I expected it to be filled with action and suspense and as a companion/spin-off to Pride and Prejudice, I expected romance. I couldn't have been more wrong. Honestly, this book was just boring. I think that James wanted to imitate Austen's writing style and from my own reading experience, I've found that imitating another person's style never turns out well. This book was no exception. The dialogue felt extremely unnatural and it was very dry, the plot moved painfully slowly,and I would even go as far as to say that even the mystery was predictable. Also, Elizabeth was hardly in it at all; it was all from Darcy's perspective, and I didn't feel like James did a great job of portraying him.
Don't bother with this book. If you're an Austen fan, you'll be disappointed. If you're not an Austen fan, you probably won't even finish it. The only reason I did was because I wanted to give this book a fair review... well, I've finished it, and now I know not to read a book by P.D. James in the future. I gave it two stars rather than one simply because while this book certainly isn't good and I didn't like it, I didn't absolutely hate it either. You won't be offended by reading it and you probably won't leave it feeling angry - unless you're mad at yourself for spending valuable time reading it.