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A mind to murder [Unknown Binding]

P. D James
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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1980
When a woman is discovered in the basement of a psychotherapy clinic with a chisel through her heart, Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh investigates. What are the secrets hidden by the facade of the Georgian terrace? Is the killer a patient or healer? Dalgliesh uncovers a labyrinth of intrigue.
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  • Unknown Binding: 437 pages
  • Publisher: Prior (1980)
  • ISBN-10: 0860435008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0860435006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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P. D. James was born in Oxford in 1920 and educated at Cambridge High School for Girls. From 1949 to 1968 she worked in the National Health Service and subsequently in the Home Office, first in the Police Department and later in the Criminal Policy Department. All that experience has been used in her novels.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Society of the Arts and has served as a Governor of the BBC, a member of the Arts Council, where she was Chairman of its Literary Advisory Panel, on the Board of the British Council and as a magistrate in Middlesex and London.

She has won awards for crime writing in Britain, America, Italy and Scandinavia, including the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award. She has received honorary degrees from seven British universities, was awarded an OBE in 1983 and was created a life peer in 1991. In 1997 she was elected President of the Society of Authors.

She lives in London and Oxford and has two daughters, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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'The greatest contemporary writer of classic crime.' Peter Kemp, Sunday Times 'P. D. James is one of the national treasures of British fiction... Each new book gives pleasure not just for macabre crimes or ingenious solutions but its density of experience.' Malcolm Bradbury, Mail on Sunday 'Unlike so many crime writers, James still has the power to move, fascinate and astonish.' Independent 'James... manages to invest even a simple mystery novel with a depth and intelligence that few in her trade can match.' The Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Stunning paperback repackages celebrating the world's pre-eminent crime writer and over forty years of detective fiction. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dalgliesh Becomes a Memorable Detective 18 Feb 2006
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
In Cover Her Face, the first book in this distinguished series, Adam Dalgliesh plays second fiddle to an intricate plot. In A Mind to Murder, the book revolves around the questioning mind of A.D. and he begins to come to life as an interesting character. The plot isn't nearly as intricate as in Cover Her Face, but the twists and turns are more entertainingly told.
Even physicians have to follow the administrative rules. When the administrator of the Steen Psychiatric Clinic starts counting the patient numbers, watching the expense accounts and insisting on proper paperwork, even the physicians find themselves annoyed and wanting her gone. But no one wanted her dead. Or did they? The circumstances of the murder seem to point inside the clinic. The method of death is a particularly strange one, seemingly appropriate for a psychiatric clinic.
The story has a certain anachronistic charm as it reflects practices and circumstances that have changed since 1963. The references to LSD as an analytic tool are particularly humorous in light of the drug's later uses (or misuses).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dalgliesh Becomes a Memorable Detective 18 Feb 2006
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
In Cover Her Face, the first book in this distinguished series, Adam Dalgliesh plays second fiddle to an intricate plot. In A Mind to Murder, the book revolves around the questioning mind of A.D. and he begins to come to life as an interesting character. The plot isn't nearly as intricate as in Cover Her Face, but the twists and turns are more entertainingly told.
Even physicians have to follow the administrative rules. When the administrator of the Steen Psychiatric Clinic starts counting the patient numbers, watching the expense accounts and insisting on proper paperwork, even the physicians find themselves annoyed and wanting her gone. But no one wanted her dead. Or did they? The circumstances of the murder seem to point inside the clinic. The method of death is a particularly strange one, seemingly appropriate for a psychiatric clinic.
The story has a certain anachronistic charm as it reflects practices and circumstances that have changed since 1963. The references to LSD as an analytic tool are particularly humorous in light of the drug's later uses (or misuses).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars As ever, an enjoyable read 17 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
P D James cannot disappoint, but I have to say, I did not find this one as gripping as her first, Cover her face or A Certain Justice, this is my third one so that's all I can compare it to - however, it did have a good twist at the end that surprised me and as usual, lots of interesting suspects!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 28 July 2014
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Always enjoy PD James and thought I had read all her novels but this one had passed me by. Found the character 'Deborah' a little annoying as the book wore on and the mechanisims for getting 'Deborah and Simon' into the situation to help Deborah's friends a bit unlikely, as was the reason behind the crime they are involved with. But it is well written as usual with lots of detail and description.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review 14 April 2013
By Sue
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Vintage p.d.James. thoroughly enjoyed it and did not guess the result until the very end. Looking forward to the next book
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4.0 out of 5 stars A mind to Murder 11 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Another interesting read from P D James which keep me turning the pages to find out 'who did it and why?' Looking forward to the next one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Twists and Turns 21 July 2014
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A really good read which keeps you wanting to know what happens next. A page turner. Keeps the mind alert and has no gratuitous sex scenes, just not needed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of "A Mind to Murder" 25 Jun 2012
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P.D. James is one of my favourite writers who has the ability to paint pictures with words. It is several weeks now since I finished reading this book, and my detailed memory of it has faded somewhat, other than, again, I could not put it down. It was an excellent read, but not one of her superb very bests.
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You caqnt go wrong with P.D.James, its a shame she is not younger and could write more
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Published 7 months ago by Katie
3.0 out of 5 stars A Mind to Murder
I found this book very difficult to get started - and although I have read P D James novels in the past, I found this one less interesting and rivertting than the others. Read more
Published 8 months ago by lai
5.0 out of 5 stars Always absorbing.
Welcome to the world of P.D.James. Be prepared to put everything on hold, while you absorb the depth of characters and plot.
Published 9 months ago by Babs
2.0 out of 5 stars Badly read for me
I have just started playing this and find it difficult to follow. The reason being that it is read so very quickly! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Christine
4.0 out of 5 stars A mind to murder
P D James does her usual tricks to mislead the reader as to "who done it". It made an enjoyable read but possibly not her best novel.
Published 11 months ago by K M Breen
4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from P.D. James
A mysterious murder in an up-market psychiatric clinic now operated by the NHS. P.D. James takes the reader effortlessly back in time. Read more
Published 11 months ago by The Book Witch
5.0 out of 5 stars A mind to Murder
I am re-reading P.D.James Dalgliesh novels after many years and I am finding them just as thrilling as when I first read them.
Published 13 months ago by Rev. Shirley Ludlow
5.0 out of 5 stars Good mystery
Excellent mystery as usual for P D James. She keeps you hooked and puzzled right to the end.. I just love her books
Published 17 months ago by A. Monerasinghe
2.0 out of 5 stars Another of the same!
She may be listed as a quality writer but her choice of Suffolk areas are painted in melancholy; I find them depressing, also her plots (those few that I have read anyway) are much... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Pat (Allan) Thomson
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