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A Taste for Death

P. D. James

Set in London, A Taste for Death is the seventh Adam Dalgliesh mystery from P.D. James, a compulsive thriller and a chilling study of the complex motives behind cold-hearted murder.

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‘The Queen of Crime.’ New York Times

Two men lie in a welter of blood in the vestry of St Matthew’s Church, Paddington, thier 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 secrets.

‘Compulsive . . . heart-pounding suspense.’ Sunday Times

‘Splendidly suspenseful . . . A triumph and a treat.’ Guardian

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Compulsive . . . heart-pounding suspense.

Sunday Times
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Splendidly suspenseful.

Washington Post
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Superb . . . A treat for mystery lovers, and a gift to all readers.

USA Today
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The real feel of the settings, so familiar, almost cosy, forms a pointed contrast to the brutality of human behaviour observed, an effective plot in such skilled hands. This anatomy of murder is not a comfortable read, but it’s oh so compelling. Enjoy.

Sunday Telegraph
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There is a richness of texture and a carefully paced quality of narration in A Taste for Death uncommon in the modern crime story . . . Splendidly suspenseful . . . A triumph and a treat.

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A major and magisterial book.

Daily Telegraph
P. D.James

P. D. James (1920-2014) was born in Oxford and educated at Cambridge High School for Girls. From 1949 to 1968 she worked in the National Health Service and subsequently in the Home Office, first in the Police Department and later in the Criminal Policy Department. All that experience was used in her novels. She was a Fellow of the Royal…

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