Elizabeth and Darcy have been married for six years and are still happy and in love and enjoying their Pemberley home. Black sheep sister Lydia and her rogue of a husband, Wickham are still very unwelcome in the Darcy home. Miss Giorgianna has grown up and now has two men looking for her hand, in marriage, that is.
Things are extremely hectic at Pemberley as the Darcy's prepare for their big ball. On the night before the ball, the household's excitement turns to dread when Lydia turns up on their doorstep raving that Wickham has been killed. It seems Wickham and an associate got into an argument on their way to drop Lydia off, last minute at Pemberley (so she would have a chance of not being turned away for the ball). The two men jumped from the carriage and headed into the woods. Shortly after, shots were heard and then quiet. Neither man returned to the carriage. The driver delivered his hysterical charge to her sister's home and found himself caught in some unwanted intrigue.
Darcy and the visiting Colonel Fitzwilliam form a search party. Eventually, they find a bloody Wickham, in a state of shock, crying that he has killed his friend. Darcy takes him home and notifies the local law enforcement of what has happened. James is known for her story telling and she doesn't disappoint here. She maintains the feel of Austen's work and the reader can easily believe these are the same people we know from Pride and Prejudice. Who killed Wickham's colleague, and why? It seems that a great many people have reason to dislike the dead man and the reader and most of the characters in the book have plenty of reason to dislike Wickham. Heaven knows he certainly fails to be sympathetic, like Willoughby (poor Willoughby).
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