I have a post about Easter and a new family tradition (yes, it is possible to have new traditions), but I want to return the book I borrowed from a friend tomorrow, so I thought I’d better hurry up and write my blog review.
I actually borrowed two P.D. James books from my friend, although I read the first (and returned it, I’ll have you know) nearly two months ago:
Death Comes to Pemberley was my first introduction to P.D. James’ writing. I’d heard of her before, of course, but never read any of her work. And Pemberley is unique in that it’s not solely the work of P.D. James. At least the characters are not. It’s actually a sequel to Pride and Prejudice. It’s a great telling of the story of Darcy and Elizabeth after they create a life together at Pemberley. Reviews from avid Jane Austen fans are mixed, of course, but even Ms. (Baroness, actually) James concedes that she is taking poetic license and that Ms. Austen would have written the story better had she been so inclined. Being more of a casual fan of Ms. Austen’s work, I can say that I felt the characters stayed true to form, and the plot was an enjoyable break from the usual Austen fare. I highly recommend it.
Death in Holy Orders is an Adam Dalgliesh mystery (I stole that from the front cover)… which I assume means there are several books written with him as the main investigator. I’ve no idea where this falls in the order of AD books, but I didn’t feel like I was missing key information, so if it’s not the first (which I suspect it’s not), it’s a fine place to begin. The book is set in the modern world at a theological college and it wastes no time in killing off characters in order to set the stage. It is an enjoyable mystery, but for some reason, when it comes to resolution of most mystery novels they feel a bit contrived, and this is no exception. You know, the dramatic confrontation bit, followed by the daring escape and attempted murder of police, which lasts no more than fifteen seconds of reading before backup arrives happily on scene to wrap things up tidily.
A quick search of Amazon indicates there is at least one other novel by P.D. James with a title beginning with the word “death”… I may have to check it out to complete the circuit. It’s called Death of an Expert Witness for those that are curious. Incidentally, the Kindle version is more expensive than the hard copy.
Speaking of ebook price-gouging… Great news today… the Feds struck a deal with several major publishers about price-fixing on ebooks, and filed suit today against Apple (and five major publishers) for allegedly striking a deal to artificially keep ebook prices from falling below a certain rate to “maximize profits.” It’s commonly believed that the late, great Steve Jobs (may he rest in peace)* came to the agreement with several major publishers to price fix to thereby ensure the iPad remained competitive with the Amazon Kindle upon its initial release (knowing full well that Amazon had the ability to undercut most prices). What does all this mean for you, the reader of The Stubby Thumb? Well, probably nothing, since The Stubby Thumb is available to you free of charge… however, if you are an ebook reader of any ilk, it means you should start to see the cost of ebooks come down. Finally.
*I am a proud owner of several
overpriced innovative Apple products… I have no real issues with Mr. Jobs or the company he formerly ran (with perhaps the minor exception of how stinking expensive they are)…
PS- Assuming they are working properly, I am using Amazon affiliate links… which means if you use them to make a purchase, you are helping fund my college education.