James was an advocate and in the same time he was practitioner of the art, and he relates mystery plot for his detective novel, where he did the main accent on the rational thinking that helps to find the solution in every chaos situation; describes the allure of detective fiction; introduces its stars, both writers and characters; and considers the psychology and ethics concerned. This is a rational, clear, engaging book which approaches a much-maligned genre with dignity and affection.
The year is 1803, and Darcy and Elizabeth have been married for six years. There are now two handsome and healthy sons in the Pemberley nursery, Elizabeth’s beloved sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live within seventeen miles, the ordered and secure life of Pemberley seems unassailable, and Elizabeth’s happiness in her marriage is complete. But their peace is threatened and old sins and misunderstandings are rekindled on the eve of the annual Autumn Ball. The Darcys and their guests are preparing to retire for the night when a chaise appears, rocking down the path from Pemberley’s wild woodland, and as it pulls up, Lydia Wickham, an uninvited guest, tumbles out, screaming that her husband has been murdered.
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