30 August 2013

Forgotten Book: A MIND TO MURDER, P.D. James

My plan this year for my contributions to Friday's Forgotten Books hosted by Pattinase   is to feature books I read 20 years ago - in 1993- from the records I have in my "little green book", which I started in 1975.
In 1993 I read 111 books and was pretty well addicted to crime fiction by then.

My choice today was published just 50 years ago in 1963, #2 in the Inspector Dalgliesh series. I read it just 20 years ago yesterday.

Synopsis (Fantastic Fiction).

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.

With "discernment, depth, and craftsmanship," wrote the Chicago Daily News, A Mind to Murder "is a superbly satisfying mystery."


I find it remarkable that this series is now over 50 years old. They seem so modern in style when you pick one up and read it these days.

Inspector Adam Dalgliesh
1. Cover Her Face (1962)
2. A Mind to Murder (1963)
3. Unnatural Causes (1967)
4. Shroud for a Nightingale (1971)
5. The Black Tower (1975)
6. Death of an Expert Witness (1977)
7. A Taste for Death (1986)
8. Devices and Desires (1989)
9. Original Sin (1994)
10. A Certain Justice (1997)
11. Death in Holy Orders (2001)
12. The Murder Room (2003)
13. The Lighthouse (2005)
14. The Private Patient (2008)

1 comment:

Margot Kinberg said...

Kerrie - So hard to believe that series has been that durable! I ought to re-read some of those early ones.


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