Unnatural Causes

Unnatural Causes

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The third installment in the classic Adam Dalgliesh mystery series, Unnnatural Causes is another must-read page-turner from bestselling author P.D. James, "the reigning mistress of murder" ( Time).

Maurice Seton was a famous mystery writer--but no murder he ever invented was more grisly than his own death. When his corpse is found in a drifting dinghy with both hands chopped off at the wrists, ripples of horror spread among his bizarre circle of friends. Now it's up to brilliant Scotland Yard inspector, Adam Dalgliesh, and his extraordinary aunt to uncover the shocking truth behind the writer's death sentence, before the plot takes another murderous turn.

Unnatural Causes inspired Cosmopolitan to fervently hope, "if we're lucky, there will always be an England and there will always be a P.D. James."
Publisher: New York : Scribner Paperback Fiction, 2001, c1967.
Edition: First Scribner Paperback Fiction edition
ISBN: 9780743219594
0743219597
Branch Call Number: M JAMES P 2001
Characteristics: 267 pages ; 21 cm.

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DorisWaggoner
Mar 18, 2016

This is the third of James' Adam Dalgliesh mysteries, and it shows. He's not yet the fully developed character of the later novels. He's on holiday visiting his aunt when a grisly death occurs, investigated by the local constable, who is put off by having Dalgliesh around. The other suspects (besides Dalgliesh) are, perhaps, being treated by James as parodies, but I found the humor way too much, not nearly as subtle as she later becomes. Once Dalgliesh begins functioning as a detective on his own--more than halfway through--the action takes off somewhat. Still, if this had been the first Dalgliesh novel I'd read, I don't know that I'd have read more. But it's interesting to know where she came from.

Angela_biblio Sep 18, 2013

Jane Austen-like in description of village characters - certain dry humour

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