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A Taste for Death (Adam Dalgliesh #7) P.D James is considered as a worthy successor to Agatha Christie and is widely regarded as one of the most celebrated crime novelists of our generation But, in spite of all that I have never enjoyed reading her books I mostly found them boring and bland.Now, the book The edition I was reading was a TV tie up, with faces of two actors who played character parts in the dramatization of the novel and it was 552 pages long.Paul Berowne who is an MP and a former cabinet minister is found dead in P.D James is considered as a worthy successor to Agatha Christie and is widely regarded as one of the most celebrated crime novelists of our generation But, in spite of all that I have never enjoyed reading her books I mostly found them boring and bland.Now, the book The edition I was reading was a TV tie up, with faces of two actors who played character parts in the dramatization of the novel and it was 552 pages long.Paul Berowne who is an MP and a former cabinet minister is found dead in a church, with his throat slit with his own razor, along with fellow victim, Harry Mack, a homeless tramp This incident brings Commander Adam Dalgleish, poet and detective into the scenario to find out who was responsible for the dirty deed He, with his team sets about his task and in the process involves Berowne s mother, his wife and her lover, daughter, his mistress and others The plot and the motive was very simple It all came down to money and jealousy So, my problem with this book was that 552 pages were too much for this book According to me the whole matter could and should have been condensed to a maximum of 350 pages.I like my mystery novels with a liberal dose of clues and twists I do like the psychological part, but an abundance of it turns the whole novel boring In this case, there was serious lack of clues and twists, with an abundance of psychology Every character was thinking, even the police was thinking, and amidst all these thought process, I could hardly find any useful bit related to the murder or the investigation And there were conversations, long long boring conversations The whole thing seemed that everyone was chatting, instead of providing clues or pointing out suspects they were all busy chatting The ending when it came, almost seemed a blessing Literally it dropped out of the sky All those pages, full of room descriptions and insightful chats and detailed characterisations etc etc were just there to fill up the pages I felt cheated 552 pages and I get this And, there was my nemesis to deal with, super long paragraphs This was my first P.D James mystery, and it was a fine book James detective, Adam Dalgliesh, is apparently a poet we are told this again and again but we never see him writing or read any of his verse Maybe these are present in other Dalgliesh books.James is a fine writer, but she used one narrative tool in this book of which I m not a huge fan The reader doesn t have complete access to the thoughts of each character, but we do have access to some of their longings, musings, and wondering This was my first P.D James mystery, and it was a fine book James detective, Adam Dalgliesh, is apparently a poet we are told this again and again but we never see him writing or read any of his verse Maybe these are present in other Dalgliesh books.James is a fine writer, but she used one narrative tool in this book of which I m not a huge fan The reader doesn t have complete access to the thoughts of each character, but we do have access to some of their longings, musings, and wonderings It seems these are present just to advance the whodunit aspect of the book So, we will read about one of the detectives putting some of the pieces of the puzzle together, thinking that the murderer must be X That s a fine tool to use, but it appears overused here It got to be a bit much.This was a fine book, but I m not sure I ll readof P.D James There are lots of other excellent books in the world to read A just retired, blue blooded government minister and a tramp have their throats cut in a church in James s well plotted, nicely paced mystery I m a big fan of James, and of her lovely Dalgliesh in particular She allows Dalgliesh and his subordinate, Constable Kate Miskin, to be thoughtful, well rounded characters, deserving of our admiration Nearly everyone else in the book along with nearly everyone else in every P.D James book comes in for very harsh treatment James is a deeply misanthr A just retired, blue blooded government minister and a tramp have their throats cut in a church in James s well plotted, nicely paced mystery I m a big fan of James, and of her lovely Dalgliesh in particular She allows Dalgliesh and his subordinate, Constable Kate Miskin, to be thoughtful, well rounded characters, deserving of our admiration Nearly everyone else in the book along with nearly everyone else in every P.D James book comes in for very harsh treatment James is a deeply misanthropic writer I m not a fan of the misanthropy The upper classes are chilly and condescending the lower classes, especially the women, are sour, or bitter, or have given up on happiness The proles, and the elderly, are always cruelly sketched She was, he guessed, in her late thirties, and was uncompromisingly plain in a way it struck him few women nowadays were A small sharp nose was imbedded between pudgy cheeks on which the threads of broken veins were emphasized rather than disguised by a thin crust of make up She had a primly censorious mouth above a slightly receding chin already showing the first slackness of a dewlap Her hair, which looked as if it had been inexpertly permed, was pulled back at the sides but frizzed over the high forehead rather in the poodle like fashion of an Edwardian Evelyn Matlock, p 93 Her skin was cleft with deep lines running from the jaw to the high jutting cheekbones It was as if two palms had been placed against the frail skin and forced it upwards, so that he saw with a shock of premonitory recognition the shine of the skull beneath the skin The scrolls of the ears flat against the sides of the skull were so large that they looked like abnormal excrescences Ursula Berowne, p 96 The flesh seemed to have slipped from the bones so that the beaked nose cleft the skin sharp as a knife edge while the jowls hung in slack, mottled pouches like the flesh of a plucked fowl The flaming Massingham hair was bleached and faded now to the colour and texture of straw He thought He looks as archaic as a Rowlandson drawing Old age makes caricatures of us all No wonder we dread it Lord Dungannon, p 168 A mouth is never merely a mouth, but a moist focus of emotion A character she doesn t like just can t win His tone was almost studiously polite, but neither sardonic nor provocatively obsequious Really You re going to hold that against him In the weirdest, most misogynistic category, this would probably be the winner She had the drained look which Sarah had seen on the face of a friend who had recently given birth, bright eyed, but bloated and somehow diminished, as if virtue had gone out of her Evelyn Matlock, p 393 We know within half a dozen words that persons have been done to death In a style worlds away from the twitterverse, P.D James continues for eight pages before dishing up satisfaction for any who live by plot alone In the meantime she takes whatever time she needs to set the scene of the crime a sortof worse for wear All Saints Margaret Street, translated to a seedy neighborhood around Paddington Basin, near Paddington Station and to introduce an incongruous pair a spinster church lady, wh We know within half a dozen words that persons have been done to death In a style worlds away from the twitterverse, P.D James continues for eight pages before dishing up satisfaction for any who live by plot alone In the meantime she takes whatever time she needs to set the scene of the crime a sortof worse for wear All Saints Margaret Street, translated to a seedy neighborhood around Paddington Basin, near Paddington Station and to introduce an incongruous pair a spinster church lady, whose preoccupation with church vestries and high church ritual have not diverted her from Matthew 19 14, and her forsaken, independent eight year old protector Only after we ve come to care a bit about this odd couple and been kept in suspense, through a dark tunnel and past weedy thickets, does James open a door to reveal the bloody scene It s classic P.D James Some people have time for it others don t.After that, the spinster and the eight year old will largely vanish until the denouement, after which to her credit James sorts them out in a wayrealistic than heart warmingly satisfying In the intervening several hundred pages Adam Dalgliesh must confront both a mounting pile of corpses and the largely if not wholly unlikable members of a titled British family variously to blame A female Inspector Miskin assists the Superintendant and occasionally eclipses him, which happily enriches the interaction of personalities and points of view I m guessing hoping the author continued to play them off against one another as Dalgliesh continued his unending fight against crime in later books Restive readers longing for a little less talk and a lotaction should welcome the plot s later twisty turns and gunfire, though they should be forewarned that James will also take the time to pick up some of the pieces afterward When the quiet Little Vestry of St Matthew s Church becomes the blood soaked scene of a double murder, Scotland Yard Commander Adam Dalgliesh faces an intriguing conundrum How did an upper crust Minister come to lie, slit throat to slit throat, next to a neighborhood derelict of the lowest order Challenged with the investigation of a crime that appears to have endless motives, Dalgliesh explores the sinister web spun around a half burnt diary and a violet eyed widow who is pregnant and full of malice all the while hoping to fill the gap of logic that joined these two disparate men in bright red death Perhaps classic murder mysteries are just not my genre I found this book PAINFUL to read For me it was predictable, boring and totally unsuspenseful I never came to care about the characters There were endless paragraphs of physical description, mostly about furniture Ugh The emotional breakdowns at the end were beyond unrealistic I m not sure how people like this stuff, but obviously they do, so what do I know I gave it 3 stars because of the writing that is beautiful, but I would prefer only 2 stars because it s becoming boring because of too many details Couldn t even read this on the plane with no other books on me I watched soccer on the tv instead SOCCER was the better option, folks Frankly finding it hard to understand why this woman is considered such an amazing mystery writer The fourth time they reentered the church and the light coming through the windows was given four paragraphs I knew this wasn t for me. First read this on publication in 1986, having read all the preceding Adam Dalgleish series avidly I stopped after this one A superb writer, with great descriptive powers and psychological insight into her wide range of characters, the increasingly morbid descriptions of murders, etc, became distasteful, as if she felt the need to match hergruesome competitors Also, beneath her insights lies a nasty contempt for the lives of those without sufficient class breeding, and this seems not ju First read this on publication in 1986, having read all the preceding Adam Dalgleish series avidly I stopped after this one A superb writer, with great descriptive powers and psychological insight into her wide range of characters, the increasingly morbid descriptions of murders, etc, became distasteful, as if she felt the need to match hergruesome competitors Also, beneath her insights lies a nasty contempt for the lives of those without sufficient class breeding, and this seems not just to be a realistic view given to particular characters, but her own basic view of humanity A shame PD James has lingered a lot She delves so much on each scene, it becomes really boring at times For instance, at the very beginning, she has gone into so much of detail about the dead bodies and their setting that it has actually become extremely morbid.It is very generous of her to want to share her vision completely, to the last minute detail, but it negatively affects the mind s ability to hold interest in her work There should have been some leeway given to the reader to imagine some part PD James has lingered a lot She delves so much on each scene, it becomes really boring at times For instance, at the very beginning, she has gone into so much of detail about the dead bodies and their setting that it has actually become extremely morbid.It is very generous of her to want to share her vision completely, to the last minute detail, but it negatively affects the mind s ability to hold interest in her work There should have been some leeway given to the reader to imagine some part of the story She snuffs off that desire by her constant detailing.Having said this, I can credit her with successfully managing to get a human element in her narrative She succeeds in involving you in her characters You can understand her characters and all makes sense eventually.The mystery wasn t ground breaking It started vague and slow, but it picks up steam as it progresses When the end came, it was quite predictable.This could have been a good read, if it wasn t so long and descriptive Accepting that the intentions were honourable, the editors should have intervened to make itcrisp, as a mystery need be


About the Author: P.D. James

P D James, byname of Phyllis Dorothy James White, Baroness James of Holland Park, born August 3, 1920, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England died November 27, 2014, Oxford , British mystery novelist best known for her fictional detective Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard.The daughter of a middle grade civil servant, James grew up in the university town of Cambridge Her formal education, however, ended at P D James, byname of Phyllis Dorothy James White, Baroness James of Holland Park, born August 3, 1920, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England died November 27, 2014, Oxford , British mystery novelist best known for her fictional detective Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard.The daughter of a middle grade civil servant, James grew up in the university town of Cambridge Her formal education, however, ended at age 16 because of lack of funds, and she was thereafter self educated In 1941 she married Ernest C.B White, a medical student and future physician, who returned home from wartime service mentally deranged and spent much of the rest of his life in psychiatric hospitals To support her family which included two children , she took work in hospital administration and, after her husband s death in 1964, became a civil servant in the criminal section of the Department of Home Affairs Her first mystery novel, Cover Her Face 1962 , introduced Dalgliesh and was followed by sixmysteries before she retired from government service in 1979 to devote full time to writing.Dalgliesh, James s master detective who rises from chief inspector in the first novel to chief superintendent and then to commander, is a serious, introspective person, moralistic yet realistic The novels in which he appears are peopled by fully rounded characters, who are civilized, genteel, and motivated The public resonance created by James s singular characterization and deployment of classic mystery devices led to most of the novels featuring Dalgliesh being filmed for television James, who earned the sobriquet Queen of Crime, penned 14 Dalgliesh novels, with the last, The Private Patient, appearing in 2008.James also wrote An Unsuitable Job for a Woman 1972 and The Skull Beneath the Skin 1982 , which centre on Cordelia Gray, a young private detective The first of these novels was the basis for both a television movie and a short lived series James expanded beyond the mystery genre in The Children of Men 1992 film 2006 , which explores a dystopian world in which the human race has become infertile Her final work, Death Comes to Pemberley 2011 a sequel to Pride and Prejudice 1813 amplifies the class and relationship tensions between Jane Austen s characters by situating them in the midst of a murder investigation James s nonfiction works include The Maul and the Pear Tree 1971 , a telling of the Ratcliffe Highway murders of 1811 written with historian T.A Critchley, and the insightful Talking About Detective Fiction 2009 Her memoir, Time to Be in Earnest, was published in 2000 She was made OBE in 1983 and was named a life peer in 1991


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