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Award-winning author P.D. James third mystery in her bestselling series featuring Scotland Yard investigator Adam Dalgliesh is now available as an audibook!

Maurice Seton was a famous mystery writer - but no murder from his imagination could equal the ghastliness of his own death. When his grotesquely mutilated corpse is found in a drifting dinghy, ripples of horror spread among his bizarre neighbors: the cruel and cynical drama critic, the celebrated recluse, and the rakish young heir. It is up to Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh and his extraordinary aunt to discover the shocking truth about Seton's past - before the plot takes another murderous turn.

©2001 P.D. James; (P)2008 Books on Tape

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"P.D. James scores with understated humor, stately yet unpretentious prose, psychological insights - plus, above all, fundamental warmth and wisdom in every line she writes." (Kirkus Reviews)

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One of her worst

With such a catchy opening, I was excited for the remainder of this novel. But the characters were bland, even Dalgliesh's aunt. The solution to the mystery was awful - totally improbable, even down to the way the solution was revealed. I was not expecting such poor quality from such a wonderful author. The only redeeming qualities about this book are James' beautiful, vivid descriptions of the countryside in Sussex and the affection Dalgliesh has for his aunt.

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great read.

love everything P.D.James writes. and this one is no exception.and I admire this narrator

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Dear God make it stop!

ok, well this was a big waste of money. horrible, simply horrible...i couldn't get past the first 2 hrs...i tried i really did...but the narrator was so bad and the storyline jumped around so much i didn't know what was going on. i had just listened to a book by P.D. James so couldn't wait to dive into this one. i'm back here now to download another book, i just can't finish this one.

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