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Publisher's Summary

When the quiet Little Vestry of St. Matthew's Church becomes the blood-soaked scene of a double murder, Scotland Yard Commander Adam Dalgliesh faces an intriguing conundrum: How did an upper-crust Minister come to lie, slit throat to slit throat, next to a neighborhood derelict of the lowest order? Challenged with the investigation of a crime that appears to have endless motives, Dalgliesh explores the sinister web spun around a half-burnt diary and a violet-eyed widow who is pregnant and full of malice -all the while hoping to fill the gap of logic that joined these two disparate men in bright red death. . . .
©2007 PD James (P)2009 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"A superb detective novel....and a gift to all readers." ( USA Today)
"Glitters with the high-gloss anxiety of a first-rate detective novel, but it goes beyond that fine achievement to another realm . . . An intricate, compassionate novel." ( The Boston Globe)

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    4 out of 5 stars

Classic PD James

Ok, this was a classic PD James book; beautifully written, lots of very nice psychological details; lots and lots of descriptions; and a good mystery to boot. Would have rated it 5 stars but I found myself wanting the author to get on with the story and therefore lighten up on the descriptions and the psychological details. So, what makes this book great, also made it lag. Perhaps I have become impatient lately because of the more americanized detective stories I have been reading as of late. But, if you want to spend a lot of time on one very well written and detailed murder mystery, this is it. Oh, and I liked PD James' little self portrait which she placed in the book towards the end. . . or I wanted to think it was her, anyway.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Maura
  • New Haven, CT, United States
  • 08-14-09

Good PD James book

Long and slow in parts, but if you like other PD James books, you'll like this one. It's very character driven, which I like. Good story, but the end is a bit unsatisfying and out of nowhere.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Super PD JAMES

Loved reading this book and listening too. In fact, listening really brings out the author's poetic, moving words. Great characters starting with Dalglish and Kate. Wonderful voice with great range that makes each character distinctive.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A good story.

I always enjoy P. D. James. She brings out flaws in human nature we all have on some level in her characters,

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Excellent

Fabulous mystery, great character development. One of my favorite books ever.
Not gory, no gratuitous language.
Sad I have finished it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Excellent performance

We all know Pd James is the best but here we have the best with an outstanding performance and good sound editing. No repeating sentences as in so many Audible books

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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one of her best

Her usual great developement of the familiar characters and some yummy backstory.
I will do it again.

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I expected more but it was still okay.

Kind of long and drawn out but that's James' style. Not one of her best so I'm glad this one was a 'freebie'.

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ANOTHER ADAM DALGLESH COMPLIATED MYSTERY

What did you love best about A Taste for Death?

I like the way Adam Dalglesh sifts through each clue large and small and continues to interrogate uncooperative family members until a pattern emerges.

What did you like best about this story?

The way the small boy became a cornerstone of the story.

Which character – as performed by Penelope Dellaporta – was your favorite?

Adam Dalgelsh, the tortured poet, inspector and all around sad man was played brilliantly.

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

FINDING GOD AND DEATH IN THE SAME PLACE.

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    2 out of 5 stars

a taste for death by

Very disappointed. Did not like narration. Her voice grated on my nerves.I am a huge fan of p. D James but this one missed the mark.