In the year 1803, six years after the marriage of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, the happy couple are in the midst of planning their annual autumn ball. Their lives on the Pemberley estate are orderly: two sons have been added to the family, Darcy’s sister’s prospects for marriage are favorable, and dear Jane and Bingley live nearby. Mr. Bennet is a frequent visitor.
The well-crafted domestic order is shattered with the unexpected arrival of Lydia, Elizabeth’s disgraced and banned sister. She rides up to Pemberley in a coach, disembarks in hysterics, and announces that her dear Wickham, an unsavory character at best, has been murdered. In reality, it is Wickham’s only friend, Captain Martin Denny, who is lying dead in the nearby woods. What follows is a superb mystery that includes updates on the characters from Persuasion and Emma. A treat for Austen fans as well as those who haven’t read her work.