Unnatural Causes Mass Market Paperback – 1967
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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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Michael Jayston has been the reader for many of the unabridged readings of the PD James books and I think he does a fine job. My vision of Dalgleish is of a careful and precise man and Jayston's readings conjure that up for me. He reads with a clear diction and does justice to the elegant prose of PD James.
The story itself was written in 1967 and so reflects the era and is a model of the mystery genre. James' plots are always well constructed and this one is no exception. Beautifully observed tensions in English village life.
I have no reservations about recommending this as a fine mystery which is read with great skill.
All the PD James trademarks that make her books such a delight are here. The plethora of suspects (at one time or another I suspected almost every character including the investigating policemen as she leads the reader up a variety of garden paths), her beautiful use of language that really sets the scene and the character (and as usual I needed a dictionary close at hand, James' vocabulary is immense) and her interest in character as much as plot. But this book has something extra that makes it a real delight for me. I am a huge fan of the big four crime writers of the last century (Christie, Marsh, Allingham and Sayers) and this book appears to be part homage to and part sly laughing at James' great predecessors. Filled with characters and situations that might have come from one of those ladies books, but made realistic and three dimensional, James tips a few knowing winks while showing us the reality of a murder investigation. As well as this I found it to be an intriguing and well written mystery that held me quite gripped until the last. 5 stars.
The story trundles along nicely until the final quarter, which is given over largely to confession of one sort or other. As such, the ends are all tied together neatly, but the murder plot itself is so complicated it is almost ludicrous. Even so, it's a fun story, with plenty of thrills and twists; but if you are interested in trying a pd James story, I'd try the much better story: Shroud for a Nightingale by James, P. D. on 07/03/2013 unknown edition.
|I do not need to go into the plot- that has been done many times by reviweres both of the printed versions and audio.
All you need to know further is is it a well narrated book and is the story any good?
Yes to both.
Well it's very well read. Michael Jayston is a very accomplished reader.
This is a wonderful book granted it has a time of 7hours and 10 minutes spread over 6 CDS this is a book for the car.
The case is one of those spindle disc types rather than the fat jewel box that disintegrate as soon as you look at them. Some hate them, I prefer them but who listens to a spindle case?
When I heard the story I was delighted and puzzled. Some of the actions and observations seemed from the 60's rather than now.
A quick check of the box revealed that this novel was first published in 1967.
To me, a baby boomer, this is wonderful it is a time I can really relate to BUT I suspect a more modern and less forgiving reader--make that listener will ... well maybe spoil the story?
For me it made it all the more interesting- each to their own.
The recipe for a really good detective story is a wonderful ploy with a well rounded and believable character to hang it on.
Adam Dalgleish is a brilliant character and. As this is her third in the Dalgleish series, he is an established character.
Next in the case of an audio book you need a good reader.
Michael Jayston is just that his change of voice and use of audience effects really helps the book along and become a really good aural experience.
The strengths of this book are the story- P D James is a master (or rather Mistress) of Detective stories. She writes really great plots and this one is no exception.
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Another really well written. Finely detailed characters. A plot that held me in suspense for a fair way through. I loved it...Published 1 month ago by tonywhipp
I already have (and read several times) the paperback version but just wanted it on my kindle as well. Brilliant.Published 4 months ago by Mrs M
Wonderful evocative writing - a thriller of the highest calibre. Just loved this book and would recommend to anyone who enjoys superbly crafted detective fiction.Published 4 months ago by equestrianflizzy
I love her books. This was the second time I have read this.Published 5 months ago by alison shepherd
I am always at a loss to comment on early works of people who become great authors, but I did not really like this book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Brambleamble