Unnatural Causes

Unnatural Causes Chief Superintendent Dalgliesh s holiday plans are interrupted when crime writer Maurice Seton s dead body is discovered in a drifting dinghy off the Suffolk Coast
  • Title: Unnatural Causes
  • Author: P.D. James
  • ISBN: 9780571228584
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Paperback
  • Unnatural Causes
    Chief Superintendent Dalgliesh s holiday plans are interrupted when crime writer Maurice Seton s dead body is discovered in a drifting dinghy off the Suffolk Coast.
    Unnatural Causes By P.D. James,

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    P D James, byname of Phyllis Dorothy James White, Baroness James of Holland Park, born August 3, 1920, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England died November 27, 2014, Oxford , British mystery novelist best known for her fictional detective Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard.The daughter of a middle grade civil servant, James grew up in the university town of Cambridge Her formal education, however, ended at age 16 because of lack of funds, and she was thereafter self educated In 1941 she married Ernest C.B White, a medical student and future physician, who returned home from wartime service mentally deranged and spent much of the rest of his life in psychiatric hospitals To support her family which included two children , she took work in hospital administration and, after her husband s death in 1964, became a civil servant in the criminal section of the Department of Home Affairs Her first mystery novel, Cover Her Face 1962 , introduced Dalgliesh and was followed by six mysteries before she retired from government service in 1979 to devote full time to writing.Dalgliesh, James s master detective who rises from chief inspector in the first novel to chief superintendent and then to commander, is a serious, introspective person, moralistic yet realistic The novels in which he appears are peopled by fully rounded characters, who are civilized, genteel, and motivated The public resonance created by James s singular characterization and deployment of classic mystery devices led to most of the novels featuring Dalgliesh being filmed for television James, who earned the sobriquet Queen of Crime, penned 14 Dalgliesh novels, with the last, The Private Patient, appearing in 2008.James also wrote An Unsuitable Job for a Woman 1972 and The Skull Beneath the Skin 1982 , which centre on Cordelia Gray, a young private detective The first of these novels was the basis for both a television movie and a short lived series James expanded beyond the mystery genre in The Children of Men 1992 film 2006 , which explores a dystopian world in which the human race has become infertile Her final work, Death Comes to Pemberley 2011 a sequel to Pride and Prejudice 1813 amplifies the class and relationship tensions between Jane Austen s characters by situating them in the midst of a murder investigation James s nonfiction works include The Maul and the Pear Tree 1971 , a telling of the Ratcliffe Highway murders of 1811 written with historian T.A Critchley, and the insightful Talking About Detective Fiction 2009 Her memoir, Time to Be in Earnest, was published in 2000 She was made OBE in 1983 and was named a life peer in 1991.

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  • Unnatural Causes Adam Dalgliesh 3 , P.D James Phyllis Dorothy James, Baroness James of Holland Park Unnatural Causes 1967 is a detective novel by English crime writer P D James While staying with his Aunt Jane in Suffolk, Adam Dalgliesh stumbles across a most bizarre and frightening murder A local detective novelist, Maurice Seton, becomes himself the subject of investigation when his boat washes ashore with his body inside, with both his hands cut off, seemingly with a meat cleaver Strangely, t [...]


  • Published in 1967, this is the third Adam Dalgliesh mystery following on from Cover Her Face and A Mind to Murder Dalgliesh is still involved with Deborah Riscoe, who appeared in the first novel, and is considering whether or not to propose to her Does he love her enough to change his life and perhaps put his work second While considering this change, he goes to stay with his aunt, Jane Dalgliesh An avid bird watcher, she lives in a small community near Monksmere bird reserve, which seems to be [...]



  • Through the years I ve read some of P.D James mysteries featuring Adam Dagleish And I ve seen some of the books portrayed in television dramas Consequently, I m confused as to which books I m familiar with But I have definitely not read or seen this one Dagleish takes a holiday to visit his Aunt, who lives near the coast It is winter,and James writing brings that forcefully to mind as Adam is caught up in a murder investigation that takes him out to deal with the elements Other than Adam and his [...]


  • Although P.D James is an excellent writer and her mysteries are interesting and intelligent, I just can t seem to warm up to Adam Dalgliesh He s such a cold fish and it doesn t help that he or James, through him seems to have a certain disdain for the audience, who are the suspects in Dalgliesh s case and the reader in James s case In this mystery, James avoids a typical reveal where Dalgliesh sits everyone down and lets them and the reader know how and why the crime occurred Instead, she has hi [...]


  • This book was published in 1967 and was the 3rd book in the Dalgliesh series Back then a mystery novel was expected to be in the 200 page range, and this one was at 205 pages less than half as long as the last P.D James book I read which was written in the 21st Century.I m pretty sure that my feeling that the book was ended as quickly as the author could arrange it was, in part, due to the fact that she only had 200 pages available to her The explanation of the mystery is made by a taped confess [...]


  • June 1967 Birthday Read2.5 stars rounding to 3 stars because I can t stand the thought of PD getting 2 stars I don t believe this was a case of me not wanting to read, but this book not capturing me And it should have, a mystery writer found dead in a small English seaside town And I love Inspector Dalgliesh Maybe I didn t pay attention in the beginning, but I had a really hard time keeping track of the townspeople And I m glad that 50 years have passed so books no longer have derogatory words [...]


  • With the recent death of PD James, I felt the need to reread some of my favourites of hers Unnatural Causes, third in the Adam Dalgleish series, is one of them With what I think to be one of the most perfectly written opening chapters of any mystery novel I have ever read, Unnatural Causes does not disappoint The irony of the subject matter in this one is effective Crime novelist found dead in exactly the manner described to him by another author acquaintance and the majority of suspects in this [...]


  • I think this is the best P D James I ve read so far The story is a ripper It has a surprising metafictional quality to it due to the fact that most of the characters are writers and the victim is a mystery writer This gives the reader some rather enjoyable moments of irony and self referential playfulness James s writing is, as always, absolutely great intelligent without overshadowing the story or bringing too much attention to itself The first few pages in particular are deliciously entertaini [...]


  • A short take I am sad to write that this book is my least favorite of the first three Dalgliesh books I pined for a urban location London circa the late 60s would have been a far interesting setting and I lost interest in the cast of suspects The finale is droll and disappointing I know James is a better writer The one ingredient that kept me involved was, of course, Dalgliesh I am seriously considering following this book with the next volume which I don t often do in this genre so as to read [...]


  • I very much enjoyed the quality of the prose but found it difficult to sympathize with any of the characters Even Dalgliesh and his Aunt both of whom seem to have dimension that the other flat, insipid, self absorbed residents of Monksmere Head were provided with so little context and backstory that I felt very little connection Aunt Jane seemed to be someone I would like to know better, but James never provides the reader with the chance in this book And the revelation of the murderer at the c [...]


  • Well, yeah was okay It was old fashioned and something I was in the mood for Unfortunately the plot was full of characters that didn t resonate with me Dalgliesh is a reluctant sleuth who d rather be doing nothing on holiday than getting involved with self absorbed suspects in the murder of a mystery writer And worse, he just wasn t very interesting as a character He writes poetry, but seemed in a foul mood throughout this novel and not in any kind of endearing way The murder itself is far too e [...]


  • In this third Adam Dalgleish mystery, I ve come to realize that with P.D James, the pleasure is in the prose and the characters, not so much in solving the mystery Unlike some writers who plant clues and red herrings so the reader can attempt to keep up with the detective and solve the case, James mysteries at least those I ve read so far end in unpredictable ways because they hinge on information the reader cannot know or predict Usually I find a mystery that springs information on the reader a [...]


  • As always, PD James s greatest strength is her prose It s excellent And even though I didn t get as good a grasp on the characters in Unnatural Causes as I did when I read the first two AD novels, I was generally okay with her characterisation work here too I say generally , because the eventual murderer s personality and motivations made absolutely no impression on me at all Even during the climactic and otherwise well written scene of the novel I was thinking, Really Them Is this a fake out Th [...]


  • This book could be called Unnecessarily Complicated Causes It also suffered from a fair amount of boring descriptive passages about scenery and houses, and characters who were too similar and ill defined to keep track of It ended with a too convenient confession on tape, found after the murderer too conveniently died Also, the murderer s death comes at the end of a superficially dramatic adventure scene, involving an attempted rescue from a flooding house during a storm, which was irrelevant and [...]



  • This is the third of the Adam Dalgliesh series I ve read the first but not the second, but that hasn t lessened the story here at all.Dalgliesh is looking forward to a few weeks of relaxation during his holiday at the seashore with his aunt at her cottage She lives in a small village that seems to house nothing but writers, a place where everyone enjoys their solitude But as soon as he arrives a writer is murdered,the corpse mutilated and Dalgliesh finds himself at odds with the local Inspector, [...]


  • I ve always enjoyed reading books by P.D James, especially when I travel This murder mystery takes place in an isolated British writers community inhabited by some quirky residents A writer is found in a boat that drifts ashore with his hands cut off Vacationing Scotland yard detective superintendent Adam Dalgliesh is sucked into the case because he is staying with his aunt in the area at the time.Unnatural Causes is not the best of the Dalgliesh novels, but it is quite good.


  • I was disappointed by the book, probably because the author had been highly praised both by my husband and various members of my reading group I thought the ending was bad everything wrapped up in a confession tape She says Dalgliesh had things figured out before hand, but doesn t let us know how he came to his conclusions I didn t find myself particularly fond of any of the characters, unless it was Dalgliesh s Aunt Jane, who plays a minor role, of a device just to get him to Monksmere Head As [...]




  • Book 3 in which Adam Dalgliesh gets told off for preferring beautiful, graceful women and then his girlfriend dumps him for his ambivalence


  • I read 6 James books trying to get on friendly terms with this writer and her detective, Inspector Chief Inspector Commander Dalgliesh, and failed A lot of that failure I set at said detective s door if I m going to read a detective series using a single detective investigator as pov and protagonist, that figure needs to be not only intelligent and preferably complex but sympatico Not necessarily faulty, but certainly of flesh and blood, with some sort of emotions beyond detachment, and connecti [...]


  • In Unnatural Causes, P.D James leads the reader into a fictional world in which famous writer Maurice Seton has just been murdered and the whole of a small community of writers are now living in suspicion and fear awaiting either the next murder, the capture, or both Adam Dalgliesh is ostensibly the hero of this story However, from the beginning I recognized that the un involvement he accuses his aunt of after the unveiling the murderer describes the entirety of his attitude both towards his lov [...]


  • THIS REVIEW CONTAINS a BIG WHACKING SPOILER This early book in the Adam Dalgliesh series by P.D James had a good pace, nice atmosphere rural coastal Suffolk, England , and a not too ponderous Dalgliesh He hadn t gotten all full of himself yet, as he appears to have, later in the series The plot was pretty good too But I had one major problem with the characters, and granted, this book was written in the 1970s, so it was of it s time but SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER okay, it s safe to say now [...]


  • Before I started I couldn t remember whether I had read this before or not I don t think I read this one I think I would remember this A couple of years ago I decided to go back to the beginning and work my way through I am finding that I haven t read as many of her books as I thought I had Either that, or my memory isn t what I thought it was Because no bells are going off I listened to this one Adam Dalgliesh takes an annual visit to his elderly aunt on the shore and don t ask me what shore bu [...]


  • After three Dalgliesh books I m having trouble warming to the series I ll read the fourth installment to see if I like it any better, otherwise, I m out I can generally knock out a good book in two or three days if I m really enjoying it but these have taken me weeks to read I was tempted to give it two stars because of the ridiculousness of the ending The killer, in grave peril from rising water, has a small sack of belongings that they are saving from the flood, into which they have placed a t [...]


  • It would be a five star novel if not for the ending I cannot even say it is bad, seems the author prefers to finish her stories in this way and while I respect it, I am not a fun of such endings I prefer to learn the motive, the way how crime was committed from the detective, learning how did he piece the facts together not have him simply state that he knew it after all is known, especially if his actions before would be very, very strange if he indeed knew the identity of the perpetrator.The s [...]


  • I ve started reading my way through P.D James perhaps July is a month of mystery, as that seems to be what is capturing my interest now , and I really liked this book Several books further on in the series, and this is still my favorite of the Dalgliesh mysteries I think I liked it because it is entirely or almost entirely from Dalgliesh s point of view I like a good mystery, but part of a book is the character development James has a tendency to write different sections chapters from different [...]


  • That was depressing Okay, murder shouldn t be uplifting, I admit, but this one was just melancholy and got sadder as it went on Dalgliesh goes on a holiday after a grueling case and is staying with his aunt in Sussex when a body is found in a dinghy The hands have been cut off While the local police don t call him in to help, or even really want his help, they re willing enough to listen to a colleague Especially since the colleague is or less part of the group of suspects.I had a difficult tim [...]


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