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Holly

As a kid I had a contraband flashlight in my room & read books under my blanket. As an adult, I still read a lot, but without the flashlight

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  • A Mind to Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Penelope Dellaporta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (79)
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    (39)
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    (41)

    Award-winning author P.D. James' second mystery in her best-selling series featuring Scotland Yard investigator Adam Dalgliesh is now available as an audiobook! When the administrative head of the Steen Psychiatric Clinic is found dead with a chisel in her heart, Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard is called in to investigate. Dalgliesh must analyze the deep-seated anxieties and thwarted desires of patients and staff alike to determine which of their unresolved conflicts resulted in murder. Widely acknowledged as "the greatest contemporary writer of classic crime" (The London Sunday Times), P. D. James received the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award for long-term achievement in 1999.

    Holly Helscher says: "A Mind to Read More of James"
    "A Mind to Read More of James"
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    In this second of the Dalgliesh series, written around 1962, the reader gets introduced to the inside world of English outpatient "sanitarium". Dalgliesh finds himself investigating the murder of the administrative officer of the Steen, a fictious clinic outside London. It is a closed-room mystery in that the investigation centers on those individuals in the Steen at the time of the murder. This puts Dalgliesh in a situation where psychiatrists continually give him their profile of the murderer, which is, in its way, humorous. Although we never actually meet a patient, we meet the people who work with them. In this book Dalgliesh gets fooled and in doing so, another person nearly dies. If you're reading the books in order, this is the book where you learn how Dalgliesh got started as a poet. Every bit as good as more contemporary Dalgliesh novels, its classic James.

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