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on 17 July 2016
This is a very dreary book. P D James has description diarrhoea, peoplle places rooms curtains churches streets leaves lawns, it just never stops. Dalgliesh and company interview all concerned and he announces with about 50 pages from the end that we all know who the killer is. Well I didn't and I wasn't greatly interested as a more unlikeable collection of suspects and investigators would be hard to imagine. In conclusion a book to be avoided.
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on 31 July 2016
I love P D. James thrillers and this one didn't disappoint. The story took quite a while to get going but once into the murder investigation, it certainly speeded up. The culprit was not revealed until close to the end so it certainly kept you guessing. A great 'who done it' tale. Would recommend to everyone who enjoys detective novels and British authors.
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on 4 March 2018
Very much enjoyed reading this..apart from the familiar locations, the binding thread of Dalgleish and Emma's embryonic relationship weaves skilfully through the narrative. As usual, well observed characters move in and out of the action gradually bringing together the disparate elements to a wholly unexpected and satisfying conclusion. Each setting is animated through meticulous description which is never over done. An excellent read.
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on 26 March 2016
I'm just finding time to catch up on all the PD James books which I've not had time to read. Her style is easy and after 6 months of hectic brain work I find I want intelligent, well written books which aren't too psychologically demanding. Usually I like much more detailed, dense and psychological crime novels like those of R.J. Ellroy. I'll get back to him and others like him after this phase.
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on 23 November 2016
Complex, intelligent and engrossing crime story. Superbly written and beautifully sculpted text. A definite page turner that still requires the full concentration of the reader to get the greatest satisfaction.
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on 25 August 2015
Absorbing as usual but felt let down by the rushed ending and facts about the case thrown in in the final chapter which meant that as a reader there was no way you could make an informed guess at the culprit nor ascertain the motive.
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on 28 April 2017
P D James at her best; well written; interesting characters some familiar from previous novels; well plotted with twists and turns and surprises. The reader needs to keep their wits about them.
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on 24 September 2014
I bought this as a used copy, having recently had time to read where previously I did not. As usual P D James writes an excellent story, with plenty of information from which to try and discern the perpetrator before the final pages are reached.
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on 20 March 2017
Excellent read. Beautifully written, as always, and gripping. Her books are a joy.
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on 24 September 2017
completely satisfied
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