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P D James
Penguin UK (March 2, 1993)
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Home P. D. James Unnatural Causes. P. James is one of the national treasures of British fiction. As James takes us from one life to another, her near-Dickensian scale becomes apparent.

Home P. Unnatural causes, . James is unbeatable. She is an addictive writer. James takes her place in the long line of those moralists who can tell a story as satisfying as it is complete. Jame. rites the most lethal, erudite, people-complex novels of murder and detection since Michael Innes first began and Dorothy Sayers left us. Vogue. James is a remarkable writer. And how does he tie up with Maurice Seton? I can’t imagine two men with less in common. This is very pleasant. I’m afraid we’re booked out this evening but Michael may be able to find you a table. You’re interested in the floor show no doubt. 5. Neither dinner nor the show, thank you.

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They conceded that Celia was unlikely to discourage the company of a very rich young man but Digby’s motives were less obvious her sullen gracelessness a means.

On the whole, people thought that he probably preferred Celia’s food, uninteresting though it was, to the tedium of driving twice a day into Southwold or the effort of cooking for himself and that he was glad to get out of the way of Sylvia Kedge. Since the murder the girl had haunted Seton House with the.

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Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh was looking forward to a quiet holiday at his aunt's cottage on Monksmere Head. There would be long walks, tea in front of the fire, and, best of all, no corpses. As he walked to and fro under the marvellous cambered tie-beam roof and smelt the Anglican odour of wax polish, flowers and damp old hymn books, it came to him that he had got what he wanted at almost the precise moment of suspecting that he no longer wanted it. This experience is too common to cause an intelligent man lasting disappointment but it still has power to disconcert.

Unnatural Causes inspired Cosmopolitan to fervently hope, if we’re lucky, there will always be an England and there will . Unnatural Causes by P. James A dingy bearing a corpse is discovered, adrift off the coast of England. The vessel has neither oars nor oarlocks nor a mast.

Unnatural Causes inspired Cosmopolitan to fervently hope, if we’re lucky, there will always be an England and there will always be a . Also absent are the corpse's hands.

A famous mystery writer is found dead at the bottom of a dinghy, with both hands chopped off at the wrists. Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh, with help from his remarkable Aunt Jane, must discover who typed 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."
  • Camper
Here's the story: I was in a dusty , well-worn bookstore that some would call shabby. Some of the shelves had a sleeping cat on them , some of the book spines had cat hair. The owner let us look about and left us alone and offered no suggestions. This was not rude; it was my kind of store. He recognized kindred spirits who loved browsing and disliked suggestions for bestsellers. The place was quiet. A man I call The Professor recommended this book.He was looking though perilous stacks again, I took the advice, but I will say he was off . Didn't care for it. Growing up in Iceland, I had an an aunt who gave me many Agatha Christie books, and these were the ones I preferred.

I will have to try another one of these by this author. I do enjoy European mysteries, especially English ones. This one lacked the wit Christie possessed.
  • I'm a Russian Occupant
I would never give less than 5 stars to any P.D. James book. She is one of a kind, always constant, always wonderful writing, always great characters, and always a good mystery that you cannot put down. This book is no exception. We never have to dwell on too many gruesome, ugly, , bloody murders, just bizarre enough to titillate us and make us read on. Adam is on an island, taking some personal time to think about his relationship with Deborah, and imagine his surprise when a body is found. Although he isn't the one in charge, he seems to find plenty to do to help solve this murder. Another winning book by this author.
  • Darkraven
This book starts off well, with lots of atmosphere and a grisly murder with five likely suspects. But an unnecessary second murder, and the killer's confession, sloppily replace what should be a rewarding intellectual exercise. Not equal to the author's better books (Shroud For A Nightingale for example). Also, in this book Dalgleish, an otherwise admirable protagonist, pretends to be undecided about marrying his girlfriend. After such an introduction, I can't sympathize with him.
  • Steel_Blade
If, like me, you're a fan of PD James and missed this one, you'll probably want to add it to your collection. The crime takes place in his Aunt Jane's village while Inspector Dalgleish is there on vacation. He plans to spend quiet time reflecting on whether or not to propose to his lady friend. He fears giving up his solitude and free time, in which he writes poetry.

The suspects, several authors and a literary critic, still use typewriters and carbons, some older readers may feel nostalgic. Most of the victim's neighbors have good reason to dislike him, there's no lack of motive! The suspects, with exception of his aunt, have unpleasant, sarcastic or cynical perspectives. .
  • Nalmetus
The symmetries of character, action, setting, and theme--Dalgliesh and almost every other character are most wrong where they are most confident, loves are mated with hate, etc--make this book almost the match of the metaphysical poem that the hero writes. However, it winds up being rather difficult to like any of the characters by the end.
A story that stood on its own without Adam Dalgliesh and the familiar people of her other novels but WOW what a tale of murder and mystery. When England changed it's laws around adoption and allowed adoptees to look at their birth records the young lady turning 18 made certain she discovered her birth mother. A story of murder surrounding her mother and the parents of the murder victim is intriguing. I couldn't put it down. There was an easy flow to the writing. A fascinating ending.
  • Manarius
James is a great writer of detective/crime fiction. Her Adam Dalgleish series of novels are excellent, very readable and enjoyable.
She surpasses herself with "Innocent Blood", this 'stand alone' (i.e. not part of a detective/crime series) novel of crime and revenge. James tells the story of a young adoptee who, upon her 18th birthday, applies for the right to see her birth certificate and learn the identity of her birth parents. She discovers that her mother is in jail, convicted of murder, but is soon eligible for release. Someone else is aware of the impending release -- the father of the murder victim -- is waiting to exact revenge.
The character of the adoptee, her fantasies about her birth parents and her difficulties with her adoptive parents, is very well written. One aches at her adolescent self-assuredness which we suspect will lead her to painful revelations. The father of the murder victim seeking revenge is developed slowly and carefully so that one begins to wonder who is the criminal mind at work in the novel. His pursuit of his daughter's killer becomes the life-changing and animating event of his life.
The birth mother/murderer/revenge target is less well drawn -- and justly so. The action of the novel is driven by the fantasies, resentments and expectations that her daughter and father of her victim have about this enigmatic woman. It's apparent that who she really is is ultimately and tragically immaterial to those who so desperately seek her.
A great read and very well crafted and written novel. A must for crime fiction readers -- but a recommended read for anyone looking for a well-wrought compelling piece of contemporary British fiction.
So much newer fiction is written without any grace, even when it is properly spelled and grammatically constructed, that latter rare indeed. I took a lot of pleasure from the complexity and beauty of much of what was written in this book. Nonetheless the taped confession of the murderer was just too convenient , and the plot so excessively complex that in the end I was disappointed.