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Publisher's Summary

Featuring the famous Commander Adam Dalgliesh, Devices and Desires is a thrilling and insightfully crafted novel of fallible people caught in a net of secrets, ambitions, and schemes on a lonely stretch of Norfolk coastline.
Commander Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard has just published a new book of poems and has taken a brief respite from publicity on the remote Larksoken headland on the Norfolk coast in a converted windmill left to him by his aunt. But he cannot so easily escape murder.
A psychotic strangler of young women is at large in Norfolk, and getting nearer to Larksoken with every killing. And when Dalgliesh discovers the murdered body of the Acting Administrative Officer on the beach, he finds himself caught up in the passions and dangerous secrets of the headland community and in one of the most baffling murder cases of his career.
©2005 P. D. James (P)2012 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Taut.... Absorbing.... Better than her best." (New York Times Book Review)
"I have often thought of mysteries as the sorbets of literature, something light and tangy to clear the palate between more serious courses. The books of P.D. James, however, are more substantial fare, fulfilling as well as delicious, and Devices and Desires is no exception." (Washington Post Book World)
"A masterful writer.... Devices and Desires seems to be that highly prized work - a terrific tale of suspense and detection that also delivers the satisfaction of a mainstream novel." (Wall Street Journal)
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By Amazon Customer on 05-19-12

Great Interesting Read, Good Performance

I enjoy the English reader, she does a good job with this book. Nice change of pace. The story is the thinking kind of mystery with enough colorful characters and interesting English countryside to hold your interest through a relatively long book.

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By Gretchen SLP on 08-26-15

A well wrought mystery

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Possibly, but only after warning said friend of the sub-optimal sound quality and the old-lady narrator, both of which made me give up listening several times before I finally got deep enough into the mystery that I really cared whodunnit.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Adam Dalgleish....and the motherless child, Teresa Blaney.

What aspect of Penelope Dellaporta’s performance would you have changed?

I would have chosen a younger (or at least less old-lady-sounding, less stuffy-sounding) narrator.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Murder on the Headlands

Any additional comments?

The narrator did have good vocal inflection and prosody/expression, which ultimately made the listening experience superior to reading the print version alone (I did both).

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5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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