Unnatural Causes

Unnatural Causes

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Maurice Seton was a famous mystery writer -- but no murder from his imagination could equal the ghastliness of his own death. When his grotesquely mutilated corpse is found in a drifting dinghy, ripples of horror spread among his bizarre neighbours: the cruel and cynical drama critic, the celebrated recluse, the rakish young heir, the terrified woman waiting for her killer in a lonely house... It is up to Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh and his extraordinary aunt to discover the shocking truth about Seton's past -- before the plot takes another murderous turn.


From the Paperback edition.
Publisher: Toronto : Vintage Canada, 2010, c1967
ISBN: 9780307400369
Branch Call Number: M JAM
Characteristics: 263 p. ;,21 cm

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DorisWaggoner
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.

Angela_biblio Sep 18, 2013

Jane Austen-like in description of village characters - certain dry humour

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