Unnatural Causes

Unnatural Causes

Book - 1967
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Publisher: New York : Scribners, [1967]
Characteristics: 236 p ; 21 cm


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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.

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