A Mind To Murder (Adam Dalgliesh #2)
so a famous San Francisco lobbyist - a lively raconteur, a darling of the media, and an infamously debauched homosexual - had a birthday celebration. because this was a man who helped build the careers of many politicians, his birthday party was a rather public affair and was heavily attended by the local glitterati, including our illustrious mayor. this turned out to be an exceedingly unconventional event: activities included the carving of satanic symbols on va...more
This dark detective story deals with heavy topics including adultery, divorce, and other marital stresses, religious fervor, as well as the then [1960s] new field of psychotherapy.
This story is full of biting social commentary: P.D. James spares no one.
'... Dr Steiner and I feel that if the Worriker...more
The murder itself was compelling enough to keep me reading and it was a solid procedural with a nice red herring and tiny twist--totally believable tin...more
This is the fourth P.D. James mystery I’ve read this year. Things started off rocky with Cover Her Face, however, I really enjoyed The Black Tower and Shroud for a Nightingale. I was disappointed, though, with thi...more
I read this book with recommendation from my mother. We generally have a similar taste in books, so I expected to enjoy this book. While not poorly written the cast of characters is so large it's hard to keep up with what's happening when, especially when they're introduced so quickly. The book is very fast paced and doesn't provide a lot of background information until the last half. The lack of exposition regarding the main characters keeps them two dimensional. This may be because it's the s...more
9. A Mind To Murder by P.D. James. The Steen Psychiatric Clinic caters to the wealthy Londoner whose therapy is more about having the money to be in therapy. The clinic does have some actually ill patients, and some of the staff treats their patients with LSD, but they have no real problems until the day an administrator is found with a chisel in her chest. Investigator Adam Dalgliesh gets to know all the staff members who had a grudge against the unlikable woman.
This is the second Dalgliesh mys...more
I've come to enjoy P.D. James's detective...more
The author's technique is quite different f...more
Basically Miss Bolam is murdered and no one knows why anyone would murder her. She wasn't popular but she wasn't murder worthy which was all fun for me because I love a good murder story where they have to establish motive too. Le...more
The Office Manager of a posh clinic gets herself brutally murdered in its basement and suspects abound as Dalgleish works to peel away the layers of semi-truth and falsehoods that surround the setting, the victim, and her co-workers.
You can see the debt James owes Marsh here, as Adam uncha...more
I enjoyed this book very much. Solid plotting, an interesting group of suspects, a nice twist at the end, all the rules of fair play adhered to, plenty of clues. I'm just terrible at f...more
brief summary, no spoilers
The scene of the crime is the Steen psychiatric clinic, and the victim is the administrative head of the place, a miss Bolam. She is killed in the records room with...more
When the administrative head of the Steen Psychiatric Clinic is found dead with a chisel in her heart, Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard is called in to investigate. Dalgliesh must analyze the deep-seated anxieties and thwarted desires of patients and staff alike to determine which of their unresolved conflicts resulted in murder.With "discernment, depth, and craftsmanship," wrote the Chicago Daily News, A Mind to Murder "is a superbly satisfying mystery."
From what I can find, this is the 2nd Dalgliesh novel. I'm pleased (and semi-amazed) that the characters and writing are still interesting and satisfying from this one (originally written in 1963) to the latest, The Private Patient, written in 2008.
P. D. James is the author of twenty books, most of which have been filmed and broadcast on television in the United States and other countries. She spent thirty years in various departments of the British Civil Service, including the Police and Criminal Law Department of Great Britain's Home Office. She has served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. In 2000 she...more