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Author: P. D. James
ISBN13: 978-0816142651
Title: A Taste for Death (Adam Dalgliesh Mystery Series #7)
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Language: English
Category: Mystery
Publisher: G K Hall & Co (June 1, 1987)
Pages: 681

A Taste for Death (Adam Dalgliesh Mystery Series #7) by P. D. James

Book 7 of 14 in the Adam Dalgliesh Series. James at her best, at the zenith of her writing career.

A Taste for Death is a 1986 crime novel by the British writer P. D. James, the seventh in the popular Commander Adam Dalgliesh series. The novel won the Silver Dagger in 1986, losing out on the Gold to Ruth Rendell's Live Flesh. It was nominated for a Booker Prize in 1987. The book has been adapted for television and radio. In the dingy vestry of St. Matthew's Church, Paddington, two bodies have been found with their throats slashed.

This is of the Adam Dalgliesh cop-poet mysteries series (and I think the first mystery that I have read by the very prolific PD James). when Adam goes off on wordy, literary tangents, or the author gives long descriptions of Victorian architecture, etc)  . A Taste for Death isn't James' best book. I think The Murder Room, for instance, is far better. It is still a good book with wonderful characters.

Two men lie in a welter of blood in the vestry of St Matthew's Church, Paddington, their throats brutally slashed  . You are in the South Africa store. Rate it . You Rated it . 0.

AN ADAM DALGLIESH t Adam Dalgliesh had been looking forward to a quiet holiday at his aunt's cottage on Monksmere Head, one of the furthest-flung spots on the remote Suffolk coast. With nothing to do other than enjoy long wind-swept wa. Time To Be In Earnest: A Fragment Of Autobiography. On the day she turned seventy-seven, internationally acclaimed mystery writer P. James embarked on an endeavor unlike any other in her distinguished career: she decided to write a personal memoir in the form of a diary. Over the course of a year she se. The Black Tower (Adam Dalgliesh by .

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Crime Drama Mystery. This is no ordinary murder mystery. They understood minute physical details but probably could not handle the intricacy of the human heart.

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A Taste for Death is a crime novel by British writer P. James, seventh in the popular Commander Adam Dalgliesh series. It has been adapted for television and radio. One is an alcoholic vagrant, whereas the other is Sir Paul Berowne, a baronet and recently resigned Minister of the Crown.

Commander Adam Dalgleish investigates the throat-slash murders, in a London Church, of Sir Paul Berowne, former Minister of State, and a tramp named Harry Mack, murders that lead Dalgleish onto surprising English pathways
Reviews: 7
Always love P.D. James work. I always want a trip to England after reading her stories. A pleasant middle class English woman and a somewhat young male urchin who follows her around discover two dead bodies during an early morning visit to church. Isn't that just so P.D. James-like :-)
Of course the story develops with lots of mysterious English characters as the plot unfolds with the constant question of was it a suicide or a murder. Always enjoy Dalgliesh's method of discovery and the people he surrounds himself with. I admit I had to look up the word toepath to figure out what it was and I'm always amazed at how much English I learn each time I read P.D. James. I'm sorry she has passed. She was such an excellent writer.
I thought I had read all of PD James' work, but I had missed this one. It's a great story, with wonderful insights into people, how they think, how they became the people they are and what they decide to do when confronted with problems. From the aristocrat and the tramp murdered in the vestry of a run down, not very successful church led by a not very successful minister, this book abounds in great, complex characters who are always more than they appear to be on the surface. I was particularly interested in the portrayal of Kate Miskin, who may have appeared before in James' work but who plays a major role in this novel in not only solving the crime but in humanizing the people who do the difficult work of cleaning up after life's careless people as F. Scott Fitzgerald called them. The tension between Kate and her colleague Massingham, both trying to do demanding jobs and each believing the other has it easy when considering family obligations gives readers a sense of the fact that these detectives are people first dealing with their own problems while trying to figure out lives very different from theirs.
This was a typical P.D. James novel with Adam Dalgleish in the lead. Determining if the incident was a murder or suicide is tricky since the aristocratic family seem anxious to close out the matter and go on with collecting their inheritances. In her usual style P.D. James never writes one word when she can write a hundred. Her descriptions are long and detailed detracting from the main theme. Even the most minor of characters is described in great detail. Reading her work can be exhausting. Each time I finish one of her novels, I swear it's last one. And then I find another.
Set in London; enjoy British stories. Somewhat unusual plot...not predictable. Kept me reading but not page-turning exciting. I would recommend it for mystery lovers. It is also very well written...strong vocabulary, good sentence structure and length. The author paints lengthy descriptions of settings, using adjectives that allow the reader to "see" the scene with clarity. However, sometimes it is almost too much description, making this reader anxious to get back to the story. All in all, quality novel.
Here is one of the best mysteries I have had the pleasure to read. Though I still have a few remaining works of Ms. James on my list, this book has a resonance that few authors manage to achieve. The characters and the themes blend to create a work that is greater than the sum of its parts. At its heart, this is the story of a man who after achieving everything for which he has sought finds himself curiously unsatisfied with both life and the rewards of his efforts. Accordingly, solving the mystery not only means finding out who did the deed, but why our victim was distraught and unsatisfied despite tremendous achievements. Readers of this author will immediately recognize that her protagonist struggles with related issues and the pages of this book are devoted to the creation of several like-minded characters who each add their perspective to what is in reality an attempt to solve the mystery of life itself; where can one find true happiness and satisfaction?

I believe that the special quality of this book is found in its characters; I should think that the mix is so broad that any reader can find at least one with whom to identify. It does no harm to the mystery to remark that though the victims could not be further apart in terms of social standing and achievement, the author teaches that we are all ultimately equals in death. The author also manages to keep multiple story threads open and believable--this is far more difficult a task than it sounds. Until I encountered P.D. James, I found mysteries to be much like old episodes of Star Trek--if the character who transports to the surface is not one of the regular cast you instantly know that the character has but moments to live. Likewise, too many mystery novelists betray the story early in the book or else they create characters that are incapable of stirring the emotions of the reader--flaws thankfully avoided by P.D. James.

The best fiction encourages one to think about one's own life; it encourages and suggests how we may better ourselves and the world in which we live. This book leaves its reader a better person for having encountered the story; if not, it is not the reader who is without excuse.

Highly Recommended.
Ms. James' death was a sad reminder that I had never read any of her books. This (A Taste for Death) was the remedy. After the gushing obituary (The Economist's), perhaps my expectations were too high. Or maybe it's an American/British cultural thing. (Two countries divided by a single language.) In any event, I was disappointed in the writing. I found her to be tedious. I did, however, enjoy the plot twists, even though they made the book longer at a time I was ready to move on to something else.
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I really don't care for the British style of writing so had a difficult time always keeping up with events and things. The premise of the storyline was really good but the 'extra curricular' descriptions, i.e. all the architecture, decorations of rooms, etc. was simply distracting. I did not care for the book as a whole and would not purchase anything else by P. D. James. This is not meant to be critical - just not my style. I also purchased it thinking it was Christian fiction which it is not. Nothing bad or raunchy in it - just not what I thought it was.