my take: I recently came across a blog that was subtitled "because life's too short to read bad books." and I guess that's why people read book blogs - attempting to avoid spending time on books that aren't great. (all good in theory...great being a relative, subjective type deal.)
I gave Pemberley to daughter Anne in her Christmas stocking not because I'd read lots of reviews but because we love all things Mr. Darcy and Lizzie. and isn't P.D. supposed to be a great mystery writer?
well, maybe she is and maybe she isn't ... Pemberley was a very sad and sorry read for Anne & me. rats! P.D. wrote this as an ode to P&P because she's always loved it ... but really, she murdered our most beloved characters. the conversations were stilted, the mystery a bit lame, and nary a pithy insight into human folly.
I've been advised that other P.D. James mysteries are worth a try. 'Twill be while before I attempt one.
my source: my own good intentions
my verdict: look elsewhere for continuation of P&P characters