P. D. James helps the reader by beginning with an introduction to the Bennetts of Longbourg, the family of Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice. For those of us who struggled through that earlier work, this introduction was essential. I enjoyed this mystery about this family set in the early 19th century with strong values of duty, honor and family integrity (as well as some outright scoundrels).
Unlike James’ other novels, there is no keen detective work; the reader must seek the solution from testimony (some incomplete or misleading) at inquest, trial and later statements made by the players. I was surprised to learn who the real killer was and like one of the principals (Darcy), very happy to see the troublemaker off to America.