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by P. D. James

  • ISBN: 0445031549
  • Category: Thriller & Mystery
  • Author: P. D. James
  • Subcategory: Mystery
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: New York Popular Library; First Paperback Edition edition (1976)
  • Pages: 256 pages
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  • Rating: 4.9
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Mysteries featuring an English police detective. Connected to James' Cordelia Gray series. Shelve P. D. James's Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries: Cover Her Face, A Mind to Murder, Unnatural Causes, Shroud for a Nightingale, The Black Tower, and Death of an Expert Witness.

Mysteries featuring an English police detective.

The second book to feature Scotland Yard investigator Adam Dalgliesh, A Mind To Murder is a superbly satisfying mystery ( Chicago Daily News ) from bestselling .

The second book to feature Scotland Yard investigator Adam Dalgliesh, A Mind To Murder is a superbly satisfying mystery ( Chicago Daily News ) from bestselling author . In this, PD James' second Adam Dalgliesh mystery, the Administrative Head of a London psychiatric clinic is found dead, with a chisel in her heart.

A Mind to Murder book. I thought it was a solid mystery for the second book in the Adam Dalgliesh series. I just found myself getting bored after a while since it was really obvious who the murderer was (at least to me). There are some other secrets that are spilled, but other than a couple of major ones at the end, none of the rest had much to do with anything I thought. I do think the flow could have been tighter too. We just stayed too long with the suspects and I wanted to be Not too much to say about this one.

Included among those traditions are the Golden Age d. Unnatural Causes (Adam Dalgliesh by .

Dalgliesh was used to this attitude and found it less offensive than the common assumption that there was a. .Dalgliesh thanked his host, waved a casual good-bye to the few people who caught his eye and passed almost unnoticed out of the building.

Dalgliesh was used to this attitude and found it less offensive than the common assumption that there was a particular glamour in being a member of the murder squad. But if there had been the expected quota of furtive curiosity and the inanities common to all such parties, there had also been agreeable people saying agreeable things. He did not see Deborah Riscoe again and made no effort to find her. His. mind was already on the job ahead and he felt that he had been saved, at best from a snub and, at worst, from folly.

Adam Dalgliesh (pronounced "dal-gleash") is a fictional character who has been the protagonist of fourteen mystery novels by P. James; the first being James's 1962 novel Cover Her Face. He also appears in the two novels featuring James's other detective, Cordelia Gray. In the first novel, Dalgliesh is a Detective Chief Inspector. He eventually reaches the rank of Commander in the Metropolitan Police Service at New Scotland Yard in London. He is an intensely cerebral and private person.

The second book to feature Scotland Yard investigator Adam Dalgliesh, A Mind To Murder is a superbly satisfying mystery (Chicago Daily News) from bestselling author . On the surface, the Steen Psychiatric Clinic is one of the most reputable institutions in London

The second book to feature Scotland Yard investigator Adam Dalgliesh, A Mind To Murder is a superbly satisfying mystery (Chicago Daily News) from bestselling author . On the surface, the Steen Psychiatric Clinic is one of the most reputable institutions in London. But when the administrative head is found dead with a chisel in her heart, that distinguished facade begins to crumble as the truth emerges. Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard is called in to investigate and quickly finds himself caught in a whirlwind of psychiatry, drugs, and deceit.

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A Mind to Murder: A New Queen of Crime. 256 pages. Softcover. By & Copyright 1963 P.D. James. First Fawcett Popular Library Printing October 1976. ISBN 0-445-03154-9.
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I have just begun my journey through the Dalgleish novels, and this is my third. The story involves a stabbing at a psychiatric clinic, where there are a great number of possible perps. The victim, Enid Bolam, administrative officer at the Steen Clinic, was not much beloved by anyone there. The setting is not as realistic as the other two Dalgleish books I've read, and the layout of potential suspects is a little more muddy than I like. It IS possible to write a mystery that does not require a flow chart -- and PD James does indeed write such succinct and page-turning books. This one was not my favorite so far, but I will certainly waste no time in moving on to the next Dalgleish novel. PD James' literary background, her way of turning a phrase, and her ability to develop characters, are just delightful.
I have read a few of the Adam Dalgliesh mystery series and I always find them enjoyable. I love PD James's signature style and I always learn a few new words when reading her novels. Her characters are always well-drawn and interesting. They also seem I recently decided to slowly make my way through all the PD James canon, including all the A.D. mysteries in order. If you like PD James, you will like this book. It is a good mystery written in her typical style. I didn't give it 5 stars because it is not totally perfect and I don't often give 5 stars to books. Baroness James has her weaknesses that I have found sort of stick out more when you read a lot of her books in a row. Every character has such a great vocabulary that it sort of defies belief. There are, as usual, quite a few characters to remember but they are introduced and explained very well in this book and I did not have much trouble remembering who was who. As usual with her books, I would have liked a little more epilogue on what happened to a few of the characters. Also, I always sort of raise an eyebrow regarding how people's memories often seem too good (or at least, much better than mine at remembering trivial details such as whether or not doors were open or lights were on!). However, it is a good and enjoyable read. Has a sort of ironical ending that I liked. I am looking forward to continuing reading through the rest of the books.
In a story of murder in a psychiatric clinic, it seems appropriate that James devotes a great deal of narrative space to some quite skillful character development. At times this leads to a distracting number of shifts in point of view, but even those further the cause of making it harder for the reader to figure whodunit. James's mastery of atmosphere is just about complete here, and she is more than usually restrained in her depictions of carnage. And speaking as a psychiatrist, I will add that her depiction of the tensions and odd intimacies that can arise in such a milieu is just about right.
I had an arid period where I was addicted to television and Netflix but, as time past, television became dumb and dumber. About six months ago I discovered reading again and became addicted to mystery and police and legal procedural fiction. I usually finish a book in two days which
means that I've got to have a supply on hand and find new or previously read authors. P.D. James is an author of many books I have read in the past and have begun to read her again. The first book I have read since I resumed reading was "A Taste For Death." This was the James I remember.
It was a great book.
I read less than the 50 pages of this book. I set as a limit of 50 pages and if I don't like it I stop reading it. I couldn't even get to 50 pages. I came away with the feeling that it was a silly English novel. I won't stop reading her but I will read all the 1 and 2 reviews thoroughly before buying another of her books.
Not my favorite Dalgliesh, but very entertaining. I'm enjoying P.D. James far more than I ever would have thought based on "Death Comes to Pemberly." Since the advent of e-readers and the ease of getting word definitions and pronunciations, more than ever I'm enjoying writers who stretch my vocabulary a bit. Stopping mid-plot to find a word in the dictionary used to be too long an interruption, so I used to jot down new words encountered. Often didn't get around to looking them up later. I also love having the ability to search for previous mentions of characters or reminders of how they fit into the story.
I have to agree with the reviewer who said they felt trapped inside the interview room trying to keep all the stories straight, and the one who said they figured out the murderer before Dalgliesh. I, too, have a lot of trouble keeping characters straight in books that have a lot of them. I wish Kindle had a notepad that you can make notes about the different characters to keep them all straight. Yes, I know that you can make notes, but you can't organize them the way I want to. At least, not that I've discovered. The numerous characters thrown at you all at once is very confusing. I also pegged the bad guy right off the bat.

Having said that, though, I've been a fan of PD James and Adam Dalgliesh for many years. I love that she adds a little depth to his character in every book--that he's not the cardboard cutout hard-nosed cop so often portrayed in these types of novels. I found it amusing that in his efforts to be a deep thinker, he outsmarted himself.
As a child of the 1960's, I could relate to many of the "present day" discussions in PD James books. For younger readers, they may be dated and a bit more difficult to navigate. The plot development takes longer in these books than in more modern ones (although Sherlock Holmes moved right along). All in all, I enjoyed the books and the character enough to read the entire series, although it was slow going at times--several of the books are fairly long or extremely long-and plot very detailed so really couldn't read without paying definite attend to detail. I read incessantly and enjoy murder mysteries both of all genre's so have read widely in this genre. Just missed PD James until now.
Books are not for those who like the quick read and present day style of writing, but if you are willing to put in some time, these are good reads.

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