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A Mind to Murder: Unabridged (Penguin/Faber audiobooks) Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 24 Apr 1997

3.9 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks (24 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140865926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140865929
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 3.3 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,828,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Set in London, A Mind to Murder is the second novel in the Adam Dalgliesh series and a thrilling work of crime fiction from P.D. James, the award-winning author of Death Comes To Pemberley and Children of Men. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Feb. 2006
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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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 May 2016
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This is the second Adam Dalgleish mystery and was originally published in 1963. Most of the novel takes place in the Steen Psychiatric Clinic, which deals mainly with affluent and often artistic patients. These problems are dealt with in ways which, in 1963, seem to herald the beginning of the Swinging Sixties – with one patient undergoing treatment using LSD. This was a time, of course, when such legal drugs were still seem as harmless and experimental.

Miss Enid Bolam was the senior administrator of the clinic and is found murdered, leading to Dalgleish being called in to the investigate. Rather like the first book in the series, “Cover Her Face,” the victim is not greatly liked. Indeed, Miss Bolam’s colleagues all seem to agree that she lacked humour and tact – and, although unlikeable, these are not character traits which really suggest the character should be killed. However, there are other possible motives, including revenge, fear and money…

I am really enjoying re-reading the work of P.D. James. I suspect that reading the first two books in the series so closely together did emphasise similarities, but I am looking forward to reading the next in this classic series.
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A private clinic, psychiatrists and their patients: potent territory for a crime novelist. The clinic administrator is found murdered in the basement archive, a chisel through her heart. The potential murderer must be within the clinic’s staff and as they set about analysing each other’s alibis and motives, Commander Adam Dalgliesh arrives from a literary party.
A classic PD James, although for me a trifle slow-moving at times as the layout and routines of the clinic are necessarily explored. The culprit? An early suspect I had barely considered. Dalgliesh’s task is complicated by office politics, blackmail, love affairs and ambition.
Read more of my book reviews at my blog http://www.sandradanby.com/book-reviews-a-z/
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Feb. 2006
Format: Mass Market 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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By A Customer on 17 Aug. 2001
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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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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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PD James is one of the mystery authors I have not read over the years. Judging from this one, I have got a lot to look forward to. I could not give it five stars as I haven't read any others yet to compare it with.
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Have only just got into the Adam Dalgleish mysteries-and am hooked. The setting is very much of its time, giving an insight into how things were changing then (and how different they are now)I like the way she draws you in slowly, giving you insights into the different characters so you feel you know something the detective doesn't. However, while you might think you are one step ahead, Dalgleish's calm approach will always beat you to a final conclusion. A good read that will keep you engrossed.
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