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  • Title: A Taste For Death
  • Author: P.D. James
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  • Page: 135
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  • Two men lie in a welter of blood in the vestry of St Matthew s Church, Paddington, their throats brutally slashed One is Sir Paul Berowne, a baronet and recently resigned Minister of the Crown, the other an alcoholic vagrant Dalgliesh and his team, set up to investigate crimes of particular sensitivity, are faced with a case of extraordinary complexity as they discoverTwo men lie in a welter of blood in the vestry of St Matthew s Church, Paddington, their throats brutally slashed One is Sir Paul Berowne, a baronet and recently resigned Minister of the Crown, the other an alcoholic vagrant Dalgliesh and his team, set up to investigate crimes of particular sensitivity, are faced with a case of extraordinary complexity as they discover the Berowne family s veneer of prosperous gentility conceals ugly and dangerous family secrets P.D James, the bestselling author of Death Comes to Pemberley, Children of Men and The Murder Room, explores the mysterious and intense emotions responsible for the unique crime of murder, with authority and sensitivity A Taste For Death, won the Silver Dagger award for crime fiction and was adapted into a BBC television series starring Robert Marsden as the inspector protagonist Adam Dalgliesh.
    A Taste For Death Two men lie in a welter of blood in the vestry of St Matthew s Church Paddington their throats brutally slashed One is Sir Paul Berowne a baronet and recently resigned Minister of the Crown the ot

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    1. This had twists than the average P.D James novel The action really picked up in the last hundred pages James pays a lot of attention here to providing complete arcs for minor characters, which is a nice touch The book doesn t just end when the detectives figure out who the murderer is The characters continue to make choices, trying to make the best of their circumstances, and we get to explore the effects of all these actions It s even poignant Good stuff.

    2. P.D James is considered as a worthy successor to Agatha Christie and is widely regarded as one of the most celebrated crime novelists of our generation But, in spite of all that I have never enjoyed reading her books I mostly found them boring and bland.Now, the book The edition I was reading was a TV tie up, with faces of two actors who played character parts in the dramatization of the novel and it was 552 pages long.Paul Berowne who is an MP and a former cabinet minister is found dead in a ch [...]

    3. A just retired, blue blooded government minister and a tramp have their throats cut in a church in James s well plotted, nicely paced mystery I m a big fan of James, and of her lovely Dalgliesh in particular She allows Dalgliesh and his subordinate, Constable Kate Miskin, to be thoughtful, well rounded characters, deserving of our admiration Nearly everyone else in the book along with nearly everyone else in every P.D James book comes in for very harsh treatment James is a deeply misanthropic wr [...]

    4. We know within half a dozen words that persons have been done to death In a style worlds away from the twitterverse, P.D James continues for eight pages before dishing up satisfaction for any who live by plot alone In the meantime she takes whatever time she needs to set the scene of the crime a sortof worse for wear All Saints Margaret Street, translated to a seedy neighborhood around Paddington Basin, near Paddington Station and to introduce an incongruous pair a spinster church lady, whose pr [...]

    5. This was my first P.D James mystery, and it was a fine book James detective, Adam Dalgliesh, is apparently a poet we are told this again and again but we never see him writing or read any of his verse Maybe these are present in other Dalgliesh books.James is a fine writer, but she used one narrative tool in this book of which I m not a huge fan The reader doesn t have complete access to the thoughts of each character, but we do have access to some of their longings, musings, and wonderings It se [...]

    6. Perhaps classic murder mysteries are just not my genre I found this book PAINFUL to read For me it was predictable, boring and totally unsuspenseful I never came to care about the characters There were endless paragraphs of physical description, mostly about furniture Ugh The emotional breakdowns at the end were beyond unrealistic I m not sure how people like this stuff, but obviously they do, so what do I know

    7. I gave it 3 stars because of the writing that is beautiful, but I would prefer only 2 stars because it s becoming boring because of too many details

    8. Couldn t even read this on the plane with no other books on me I watched soccer on the tv instead SOCCER was the better option, folks Frankly finding it hard to understand why this woman is considered such an amazing mystery writer The fourth time they reentered the church and the light coming through the windows was given four paragraphs I knew this wasn t for me.

    9. First read this on publication in 1986, having read all the preceding Adam Dalgleish series avidly I stopped after this one A superb writer, with great descriptive powers and psychological insight into her wide range of characters, the increasingly morbid descriptions of murders, etc, became distasteful, as if she felt the need to match her gruesome competitors Also, beneath her insights lies a nasty contempt for the lives of those without sufficient class breeding, and this seems not just to b [...]

    10. PD James has lingered a lot She delves so much on each scene, it becomes really boring at times For instance, at the very beginning, she has gone into so much of detail about the dead bodies and their setting that it has actually become extremely morbid.It is very generous of her to want to share her vision completely, to the last minute detail, but it negatively affects the mind s ability to hold interest in her work There should have been some leeway given to the reader to imagine some part of [...]

    11. This was the second book I d read in the Adam Dalgleish series I nearly finished reading it a few months ago and, admittedly, struggled through it so much that I started it all over again This time, I got through it However, I found that I kept losing track of all the characters and had to keep referring back in the book to find out how each was related to the other The primary story involved the finding of two dead people in a church vestry by an older female parishioner and a young boy she had [...]

    12. This is 7 of the Adam Dalgliesh cop poet mysteries series and I think the first mystery that I have read by the very prolific PD James While I think having the protagonist be both a cop and published poet is interesting from a character development perspective , I found the two elements to be grating at times e.g when Adam goes off on wordy, literary tangents, or the author gives long descriptions of Victorian architecture, etc However, I did find the plot itself to be pretty good, with a few tw [...]

    13. This is a superbly clever crime novel While the who and how around the murder of a former minister and a tramp found in the vestry of a neglected church is interesting and satisfying, what s sets the book apart is the intelligence and subtlety with which the author draws her characters Usually even well plotted crime novels depend on a coterie of stereotypes who collectively ham it up for the readers in various wince worthy ways With this novel I came for the thrills of murder most gruesome but [...]

    14. As always, PD James crafts her characters with such richness and psychological depth, that the story line almost becomes irrelevant.

    15. A very good mystery But the author goes again and again into some sort of psychological analysis of each and every word, look and gesture of each character over and over again Seemed excessive and made the book too long.

    16. I do pick up new James novels from time to time, but always with the same misgivings It s a bit like not giving up on visiting your alcoholic brother, though you know he s most likely going to start sober and be drunk and unreliable by the time the visit draws to a close.I do like P.D James quite a bit, but I love Agatha Christie P.D James is a much better writer Christie is a much better plotter With James s mysteries, even the best ones, you never know, and can never trust, where the plot is g [...]

    17. I read P D James after such a long time and I am glad to have read A Taste for Death The plot is absolutely gripping and tight I enjoyed the story until the end though certain things like the way characters behave in different situations seemed contradicted to their expected behaviour However, P D James has portrayed all the characters beautifully but still I found something lacking in character development For example, the way Sir Paul did not put fight for his life in the end was confusing in [...]

    18. Back when my cable company had the wonderful Ovation channel, I watched an hour long show from the 70s about Agatha Christie Not because I like Christie I don t but because as an English major, I felt obliged to watch it does anyone else feel this way One of the people interviewed on the show was P.D James Her comments about Christie vocalized why I didn t like Christie I couldn t quite explain why I didn t like her Because of this, I picked up A Taste for Death at a used book sale.A Taste for D [...]

    19. A writer s writer, P.D James has a flair for description that makes me swoon I felt like all her characters were whole people, with complexities and pasts as yet unplumbed Her mystery was sufficiently confusing her villain sufficiently disturbing One thing I noticed is that James has a quirk of saying denuded She doesn t rely on it, but does say it with greater frequency than most authors I found several other little tics like that, none of which were grating, but most of which would be obvious [...]

    20. I don t know how I missed PD James s books in my earlier mystery reading a preference for amateur detectives, I guess This is an excellent police procedural, if not perfect The characters are much real and well rounded than Agatha Christie, say, and part of the interest is how their personalities and choices serve the same purpose as red herrings did in earlier mysteries Still, real doesn t mean completely real, and she sacrifices some of the reality particularly of the minor or weak character [...]

    21. Not my favorite of the Dalgliesh series but wonderful description Less focus on Adam and on Kate, who has just been added to the special investigative team The climatic scene with Kate and her grandmother is highly contrived, yet moving nonetheless Kate is propping her grandmother just mugged the day before on the toilet while held hostage by the novel s murderer when Kate learns for the first time the story of her mother and father.

    22. PD James writes good mysteries, yet for me, her writing lacks compassion I get caught up in the mystery but then like her protagonist I find myself becoming detached, unemotional, just doing my job Doing my job like a consummate professional, intellectually challenged, persevering, robotic, searching for clues, trying to solve puzzles But then people matter than the puzzles Which leaves me intellectually stimulated, yet empty ke a heartless poet.

    23. Convoluted who dun it, but James detailed British descriptions and references were trademark Occasionally I wished for brevity, but often I could appreciate the richness of visual or sensual detail provided by the author and the intellectual complexity of the plot compared to many contemporary mystery novels I see why P.D James has the reputation she does and will read by her.

    24. PD James is one of my favorite fiction authors Her ability to craft a mystery is remarkable Establishing setting and characters is fundamental to the genre of narrative and she does it intentionally and as well as anyone I have even incorporated some of James s comments on writing into my hermeneutics lectures Good novel, great novelist.

    25. One of the better ones I enjoyed the character development of Kate This book delves into life and people and their choices as much as the murder The descriptions can be a bit overdone and I find myself skimming.

    26. Hadn t read PD James in a while Slightly disappointed with this book which I found overlong and a little slow It was however beautifully written.

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