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Publisher's Summary

A Taste of Death won the 1986 'Silver' Dagger in the CWA Crime Awards.
An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery.
Set in London, the seventh Adam Dalgliesh mystery from the best-selling author of Death Comes To Pemberley is a compulsive thriller and a chilling study of the complex motives behind cold-hearted murder.
Two men lie in a welter of blood in the vestry of St Matthew's Church, Paddington, their throats brutally slashed. One is Sir Paul Berowne, a baronet and recently-resigned Minister of the Crown, the other a homeless man. 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 family secrets.
P.D. James, the bestselling author of Death Comes to Pemberley, Children of Men and The Murder Room, explores the mysterious and intense emotions responsible for the unique crime of murder with authority and sensitivity.
A Taste For Death, won the Silver Dagger award for crime fiction and was adapted into a BBC television series starring Roy Marsden as the inspector protagonist, Adam Dalgliesh.
©1986 P.D. James (P)2014 Faber Audio
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Critic Reviews

"James still delivers the pace and tensions of a mystery yarn better than any living writer." ( The People)
"Her best and most ambitious tale to date.... The reigning mistress of murder.... A craftsman with a poet's vision, she not only detects evil but attempts to uncover the more elusive--and enduring--enigmas of the human psyche that lead to it." ( The Times)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Di on 05-28-16

A superb classic mystery

If you have read the Murder Room, it would be difficult for you to decide which one is the best of P. D. James and Adam Dalgliesh. A Taste of Death is equally well written and even more complex and interesting, as it is richer in characters. The book would make a good dramatisation, there is the sense that it is the script of a theatrical play, because many of the characters are stereotypical cliches, the inevitable product of their class and circumstance. As usual P. D. James takes us back to a time when class differences were more palpable. But if like me, you are a big fan of British classic mystery, this one is not to be missed. The book is wonderfully written, the mystery slowly unravelled and of course the narration is brilliant.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mrs K Richardson on 08-16-17

Hard to follow at times but good listen

I struggled to get into this book at the start and gave up. However, I returned to it a few weeks on, tried again and enjoyed it.
The detail can be a little hard to follow at times and the story jumps through different characters at a pace that at times left me feeling "who was he again? Brother? Cousin? Chauffeur?"
Having said it was well worth persevering it's a good story, not too predictable with some unexpected turns. As my PD James novel I will be trying another one.
As for the narrator, I thought he was great. Fantastic variety of character voices which helped me to identify some of the many characters there were! I am extremely picky about narrators and would say he's one of the best I've heard. I'll be considering other books just for his narration!

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