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Devices and Desires by P.D. James
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Apr 24, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery

In this book, Adam Dalgliesh spends a holiday on the Norfolk coast, and quickly becomes involved in the investigation of some local murders. What starts out as a very straightforward police procedural quickly turns into an intricate examination of character, as we find out that most of the local residents, whether complicit in the murders or not, have hidden motives and reasons to lie to the police and to each other. In the end, the web of secrets is so complicated that even Dalgliesh doesn't unravel one or two strands. (He does solve the mystery, though.)

I found the book quite compelling, although one or two of the revelations about the characters stretched credibility. (I don't want to get into spoilers, but I though that Caroline Amphlett's subplot got a bit bizarre.) Still, I'd definitely recommend this if you're in the mood for a very psychological mystery with a great sense of setting.

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Reading Progress

April 24, 2010 – Shelved
May 5, 2010 – Shelved as: mystery
July 27, 2010 – Started Reading
September 4, 2010 – Finished Reading

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