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Preview — The Black Tower by P.D. James
The Black Tower (Adam Dalgliesh #5)
Commander Dalgliesh is recuperating from a life-threatening illness when he receives a call for advice from an elderly friend who works as a chaplain in a home for the disabled on the Dorset coast. Dalgliesh arrives to discover that Father Baddeley has recently and mysteriously died, as has one of the patients at Toynton Grange. Evidently the home is not quite the caring c...more
On an extended convalescence leave, Dalgliesh accepts an invitation from Father Baddeley, Chaplain of Toynton Grange on the Dorset coast ...more
The Black Tower is an okay mystery, I guess, but I had a really hard time getting into the story and as it progressed I wasn't particularly entertained. The writing ...more
This book is the definition of the word slow. It is a convalescence book about a character to whom I had little to no connection. I wonder if I would have felt differently if I had read any other books starring Adam Dalgliesh, but I didn't and I found the references to the case he was recovering from kind of irritating. Like an in-joke to which I wasn't privy.
I loved the sense of the solitude and reduced speed of Dorset, but it took too long to get to the action and I had very little att ...more
Take the spitefulness of Melrose Place, add the sex appeal of Confederacy of Dunces, and sprinkle on the inanity of a Jane Austen heroine (none of it in a good way) and you've got The Black Tower. Who would ever do any of the things that the characters do in this book? And they do boring things, by the way, nonsensically boring - the worst kind of boring. Let's eat together every night in silence except for we'll take turns reading boring stuff a ...more
This book takes place in a nursing home for the invalid. Where people are killed off one after the other is what seem like accidents. Inspector Dalgliesh slowly tries to pu pieces together and get to the bottom of the killings.
The plot is tedious. The narrative creaks and groans and whimpers and almost left me in a stupor.
And having reached the end of the book I'm surprised I made it till t ...more
And then came along P.D. James; an author ...more
Un rosario de muertes aparentemente naturales sorprende a Dalgliesh cuando nuestro policía acude a visitar a un viejo amigo, sacerdote que fue ayudante de su padre, y lo encuentra muerto. Con la permanente sospecha por parte de Dagliesh de que no hay n ...more
This one is more an atmospheric murder mystery with an aura of angst, sorrow, regrets (mostly coming from Adam Dalgliesh's) and the malicious intents and actions coming from the tennants of the home. Dalgliesh's brush with death is like a grey cloud over the whole novel. Not a bad mystery but a melancolic and sorrowful one.
Anyhow, the writing was difficult for me. It was like being ill along with Dalgliesh and not being able to quite grasp things or wondering if I had a fever again or what.
I don't usually care for the list of characters at the beginning ...more
All in all I found the novel entertaining. For all of James experience in working in law enforcement I might expect this to be more of a procedural crime novel. Not really.
The great reveal at the end was sort of bewildering. One is led to think crimes are ...more
P.D. James' style won't appeal for those looking for a quick page-turner on the beach. I found myself reaching for the dictionary f ...more
I've said this about a number of early James books, and it bears repeating here. The book themselves aren't bad, but they do feel dat ...more
Of course, when Dalgliesh arrives at the strange old mansion which is now an ...more
The book features one of James’ extremely popular characters, Adam Dalgliesh. Although he is a poet (apart from being our hero and a Commander in the New Scotland Yard), he is neither the object of nor the reason for my adulations. Those are solely for the author herself.
The first chapter deals with a convalescent Dalgliesh, who has been given “a sentence of life”; after being misdiagnosed as having a terminal illness, he has been as ...more
Or the next days as it happens. the cover of my book is not pictured on G'reads but the page length is correct. Already I'm enthralled by the author's superior descriptive gifts even as the genre conventions crop up reliably. Should be a fun read.
Next day and off we go into the plot. Seems pretty conventional so far but the writing makes it interesting. The collection of "suspects" is typically random, eccentric and creepy. She tosses in a t ...more
P. D. James was 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 served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. In 2000 she cel ...more