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Unnatural Causes by P.D. James
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Jun 12, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010, mystery
Recommended for: residents of lonely seaside towns

Here P.D. James changes up the formula a bit. Dalgliesh is not on the case but on vacation. This one is less police procedural, more atmospheric thriller. Once again I failed to solve the case myself, though I did get one or two things right. The best part of this book and perhaps the most richly developed was the lonely sea cliff town. Full of howling winds, desolate rocky beaches, and dark caves. Reminded me of some kind of more ominous pacific northwest or that island from the Ring. But perhaps much of England is like this? Also there is a bit of the meta in here (James always a woman before her time), as the murderee is a mystery writer. I think more could have been done with this. Overall, one of the better Dalgliesh novels.

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message 1: by Erin (new)

Erin You know, I don't ever read mysteries, but as soon as I saw "lonely sea cliff town," I requested this at the library.

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