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."...Continua
I found the first 100 pages quite boring, but I really liked the last part. It was much more lively.
This was an early PD James that made me want to read more of her: there's such a difference between stuff like this and the modern-day crime novels I'm used to. James' characters rarely stray from their allotted roles and speak in full, carefully-crafted paragraphs that you know are littered with clues that you can use to solve the mystery yourself. I've never felt that in, say, a Rebus novel, though maybe that's just me being dumb.
In short, it's a reasonable page-turner, just not the best I've read, and since James is such a big name, I'm wondering if she gets better in her later books. Any offers?...Continua