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Her first novel, just a shadow of the brilliance of her later works.
on 18 August 2015
Martingale Manor House is the family home of generations of the highly respected Maxie family, who annually host the church fête in its grounds. This year, however, the fête is destined to deviate far from the normal, smooth if boring routine, and after it life at Martingale will never be the same.
This first novel by P. D. James I thought not as flawless as her later ones, in that her word-craft was less honed, and I felt her Chief Inspector Adam Dalgliesh made one or two faux pas he never would have done today. Nevertheless, the yarn is woven with her usual skill and complexity, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.