Unnatural Causes

Unnatural Causes

Book - 2009
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A famous mystery writer is found dead at the bottom of a dinghy, with both hands chopped off at the wrists. Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh, with help from his remarkable Aunt Jane, must discover who typed the writer's death sentence before the plot takes another murderous turn.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009
Edition: 1st Touchstone trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 0743219597
9780743219594
Characteristics: 267 pages ; 21 cm

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DorisWaggoner
Mar 18, 2016

This is the third of James' Adam Dalgliesh mysteries, and it shows. He's not yet the fully developed character of the later novels. He's on holiday visiting his aunt when a grisly death occurs, investigated by the local constable, who is put off by having Dalgliesh around. The other suspects (besides Dalgliesh) are, perhaps, being treated by James as parodies, but I found the humor way too much, not nearly as subtle as she later becomes. Once Dalgliesh begins functioning as a detective on his own--more than halfway through--the action takes off somewhat. Still, if this had been the first Dalgliesh novel I'd read, I don't know that I'd have read more. But it's interesting to know where she came from.

Angela_biblio Sep 18, 2013

Jane Austen-like in description of village characters - certain dry humour

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