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Unnatural Causes | [P.D. James]

Unnatural Causes

The peaceful village of Monksmere on the Suffolk coast was Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh's retreat from the daily brutality he had to deal with at Scotland Yard. Then they discovered the mutilated body of crime-writer Maurice Seton, whose macabre murder was to spark off a wave of unparalleled horror. Although the post mortem showed that Seton died from natural causes, Dalgliesh had a different view.
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The peaceful village of Monksmere on the Suffolk coast was Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh's retreat from the daily brutality he had to deal with at Scotland Yard. Then they discovered the mutilated body of crime-writer Maurice Seton, whose macabre murder was to spark off a wave of unparalleled horror. Although the post mortem showed that Seton died from natural causes, Dalgliesh had a different view and a host of suspects who had their own reasons for wanting him dead: his crippled secretary, a striptease artist, and his half-brother, and a vicious drama critic. Dalgliesh began to untangle the mass of lies and hatred which had Monksmere in its grip.

©1967 P.D. James; (P)1984 BBC Audiobooks Limited

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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 08-04-09
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 08-04-09 Member Since 2007

    trying to see the world with my ears

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    "Atmospheric, character-driven whodunnit"

    I found this very similar to (but not quite as good as) Death in Holy Orders. There is more mystery, but less armosphere and fewer setting details. I enjoyed the glimpse of the younger Adam Dailglish and will listen to more of James' earlier mysteries.

    The narrator does not use many or much varied voices, but reads clearly. That may not be to everyone's taste. The pace of reading seemed too fast to me for James' style, but I've noticed that in other older books converted to enhanced format, so it may not be the narrator himself.

    There were some audio quality problems (unstable volume, some static in the last hour) with my download, which I suspect may be also linked to the converson to enhanced format, so perhaps dowload this in format 4.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Haskin 01-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Not one of her best"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The taped confession as an epilogue was necessary to clear up the intricacies of the plot, but it seems to stretch credulity. The motives for a murderer to do this is beyond my understanding... but perhaps since I have never been a murderer explains why I can't identify the motive or compulsion to tell all.


    Would you ever listen to anything by P.D. James again?

    I am a P.D. James fan and have heard or read most of her books. This book is the only one of her offerings that I have not found to be up to her usual standards Almost every prolific author has one or two books that are not the best, but her other offerings make up for it.
    Of course, I will (listen to or) read her other books.


    What does Michael Jayston bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Michael Jayston was a very good narrator. What makes a good narrator? A good narrator is one whose presence is almost invisible. Good diction, proper pronunciation, the ability to convey both male and female voices, the ability to capture patois, argot, as well as upper class speech are also necessary. All of these skills must be manifested, but while maintaining invisibility.


    Could you see Unnatural Causes being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It was made into a TV movie in 1993 for PBS.


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    John Tuckerton, NJ, United States 03-05-12
    John Tuckerton, NJ, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2007
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    "P. D. James: Always a Great Read (listen)!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Unnatural Causes to be better than the print version?

    It depends on what the user wants at the moment.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Adam Dalgleish because he is smart, sensitive, fair, and determined to find the answers.


    What does Michael Jayston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emphasis and a touch of drama.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    There's nothing natural about it!


    Any additional comments?

    P. D. James--the novelist who deals expertly with death--is the current Golden Age Master of Mystery and the absolute tops at characterization.

    Thanks for asking!

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    "not as good as other p d james"

    normally i am a fan of p d james but this one didn't hit the spot. there was a long 'action' bit where the inspector risks his life and the odd sentence about his relationship with his girlfriend that seemed stuck on. a shame really because the basic plot is good but it was shorter than normal and there were quite a few characters so they all remained underdeveloped.

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