A Mind To Murder

A Mind To Murder A piercing scream shattering the evening calm brings Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh hurrying from his literary party to the nearby Steen Psychiatric Clinic where he discovers the body of a woman spr

  • Title: A Mind To Murder
  • Author: P.D. James
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 218
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A piercing scream, shattering the evening calm, brings Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh hurrying from his literary party to the nearby Steen Psychiatric Clinic, where he discovers the body of a woman sprawled on the basement floor, a chisel thrust through her heart As Dalgliesh probes beneath the apparently unruffled calm of the clinic, he discovers that many an intrigueA piercing scream, shattering the evening calm, brings Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh hurrying from his literary party to the nearby Steen Psychiatric Clinic, where he discovers the body of a woman sprawled on the basement floor, a chisel thrust through her heart As Dalgliesh probes beneath the apparently unruffled calm of the clinic, he discovers that many an intrigue lies hidden behind the Georgian terrace s unassuming fa ade Professionally, he has never known the taste of failure Now, for the first time, he feels unsure of his own mastery as he battles to unmask a cool killer who is proving to be his intellectual equal, and who is poised to strike again A Mind To Murder is the second novel to feature Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh from the bestselling author of Death Comes To Pemberley, Death in Holy Orders and The Children of Men In 1995 the novel was adapted into a hit film and starred Roy Marsden as the inspector protagonist.

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    1. here's a little story for you so a famous San Francisco lobbyist - a lively raconteur, a darling of the media, and an infamously debauched homosexual - had a birthday celebration. because this was a man who helped build the careers of many politicians, his birthday party was a rather public affair and was heavily attended by the local glitterati, including our illustrious mayor. this turned out to be an exceedingly unconventional event: activities included the carving of satanic symbols on vario [...]

    2. This is the second Adam Dalgleish mystery and was originally published in 1963. Most of the novel takes place in the Steen Psychiatric Clinic, which deals mainly with affluent and often artistic patients. These problems are dealt with in ways which, in 1963, seem to herald the beginning of the Swinging Sixties – with one patient undergoing treatment using LSD. This was a time, of course, when such legal drugs were still seem as harmless and experimental.Miss Enid Bolam was the senior administr [...]

    3. From the Book Jacket - When the administrative head of the Steen Psychiatric Clinic is found dead with a chisel in her heart, Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard is called in to investigate. Dalgliesh must analyze the deep-seated anxieties and thwarted desires of patients and staff alike to determine which of their unresolved conflicts resulted in murder.My ReactionsThis is an engaging, interesting and complex murder mystery. I love Dalgliesh and his quiet, deliberate manner. I also r [...]

    4. P D James's second Adam Dalgliesh mystery was published in 1963 and so is on the 1963 list for My Big Fat Reading Project. Only three weeks earlier I had read Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, making it a bit of a shock (pun intended) to open A Mind to Murder and find it set in a London psychiatric clinic. In between the electric shock and LSD treatments as well as psychiatric "talk therapy" sessions, the administrator of the clinic is murdered in the basement amid a confusion of scattered patient fi [...]

    5. Where I got the book: audiobook on Audible. Read by Penelope Dellaporta in a terribly refined voice with a few character accentsI noted with great delight that the action of this book takes place mostly in the Steen clinic, which caters to rich, upper-class patients with socially unacceptable problems such as failing marriages and Undiscussable Things (I suspect one of the Things is homosexuality, which was still a criminal offense in England back in 1963). Cures are effected by such means as el [...]

    6. A Mind To Murder by P.D. James is the second book in the Inspector Dalgleish mystery series. In this mystery, Dalgleish and his assistant, Sgt Martin, investigate the murder of the Administrative Officer at a London psychiatrist facility. To all intents it appears that the murder is an inside job. As with the other PD James books I've read, I'm impressed with how intelligently James writes. The story is a methodical police investigation, but I enjoy how she lays out a story, the methodical inves [...]

    7. The 2nd Adam Dalgliesh of the series and we got a bit further into his character in this outing. This was more towards the end of the book though and whilst the book was well executed, I got a bit muddled with the introduction of all the medical staff early in the novel.This definitely affected my enjoyment verbal, but the last third of the book was up to the writer’s high standards.We have a closed group of suspects all working for the Steen Clinic, a psychiatric specialist clinic where the A [...]

    8. La historia nos sumerge en el crimen de la jefa de administración de la clínica psiquiátrica Steen, la señora Bolam, una mujer muy estricta y sumamente profesional en su trabajo pero que al ser tan severa en marcar las obligaciones y la rectitud de la clínica se ganó varios enemigos.Comenzamos con el descubrimiento de su cuerpo asesinado por un cincel en su corazón más un fetiche en su regazo lo que da para sospechar de ciertas personas que trabajan en la clínica y que son pacientes.Mie [...]

    9. I read this book many, many years ago and was looking for a quick read recently when it fell out of my wardrobe and landed at my feet. Decision made. This was first published in 1963 and it still holds up really well as a great murder mystery. It gives me a new found admiration for P.D. James, that she can still hold her own in this genre, after so many decades of writing and against so many new authors. She is still one of the best - no contest. This is an Adam Dalgleish police procedural myste [...]

    10. I don't know for sure if the info I give here will spoil the mystery for anyone, but just in case, I clicked the box; I'd hate to ruin this great story for anyone.Liked this much better than the first one! James's skill as a mystery novelist is certainly growing! She had me thinking she'd given the murderer away almost at the beginning! Okay, okay, I'm really gullible! But she's also really good! I thought she was writing the novel in such a way that we (the readers) had the inside scoop, but th [...]

    11. I tried to read this one night in a single sitting and only succumbed when I woke up with the book in my hand, still propped open by my thumb. But for an early hour demanded by work, I would have put on a pot of coffee and finished the job with relish.I like Dalgliesh, and though I have only read the first two volumes in James's series of his exploits, I have already witnessed interesting layers in his personality. His melancholic nature is par for the genre; however, other traits pull him out o [...]

    12. 3.5 É um policial que se inscreve na categoria "whodunnit ?", muito ao estilo inglês e na linha de Agatha Christie - todos têm algo a esconder, todos são suspeitos. É um desafio à capacidade de análise e dedutível do leitor. Também gosto do inspetor, da forma como a personagem está construída. Neste 2° volume da série avança-se um pouco mais na sua história. Em comparação com os policiais modernos, sentimos falta de ação

    13. Another great one - it's amazing how well she conveys the perspective and mental state of each character without disrupting the pleasures of the traditional whodunnit structure.

    14. En mycket tidig Adam Dalgliesh-deckare inte alls i nivå med "Fyren" och "I mördarens rum". Han är redan nu en framgångsrik poet, här med en fru som nyligen dött i barnsäng. För torftig miljöskildring. Boken översattes förståeligt nog inte till svenska förrän år 1989.

    15. Written in the 1960s, this mystery offers a glimpse of the time along with the progression of a case.The Steen Psychiatric Clinic is a small clinic dedicated more to neuroses than psychoses. Its doctors offer different types of treatment, from Freudian analysis to Lysergic Acid treatment. (At first I thought that this latter meant treatment for those who have used LSD. Instead, it is the use of LSD in overcoming inhibitions and getting to the root of problems. This treatment involves giving a do [...]

    16. I'm reading the Inspector Dalgliesh books out of order, just as I come across them. This happens to be the second in the series. It was written in 1963 and concerns the murder of the Administrative Officer (that's like the manager) of a private psychiatric clinic in London. The psychiatric methods are dated, but not too much time is given to arguing the merits of each, thank goodness. Just enough to show that the staff shrinks have differing views and sometimes complain about each other to the A [...]

    17. Pasiilgusi detektyvų, vėl bandžiau prie jų sugrįžti, bet šį kartą nesėkmingai. Bibliotekoje netikėtai akys užkliuvo už juodų knygų-tiksliau visos serijos stovinčių knygų. Nutariau vieną iš jų pasiimti paskaityti, tuo labiau, kad autorė įvardijama viena iš geriausių detektyvo žanro autorių. Autorė savo rašymo stiliumi šiek tiek priminė detektyvinių romanų klasiką. Romano veiksmas vyksta uždaroje ligoninės erdvėje (praktiškai visą romaną), kuriame įtariamie [...]

    18. not nearly as enjoyable (imho) as "Cover Her Face," but still an okay read. I've noticed in these two that while Dalgliesh gets onto a certain clue that sends him right to the murderer, there really isn't much here about investigative technique or something that he does especially to solve the crime. Oh wellief summary, no spoilersThe scene of the crime is the Steen psychiatric clinic, and the victim is the administrative head of the place, a miss Bolam. She is killed in the records room with a [...]

    19. The second P D. James mystery. This one takes place mostly in a National Health mental health clinic and contains a wonderful variety of characters - a handsome young porter who is an artist in his real life, a detail-oriented office manager who is not sympathetic to the patients who come to be seen, several psychiatrists who tend to dismiss each other's areas of expertise, and several nurses, secretaries, art therapy practitioners, and so on. One is murdered (hit over the head with a carved woo [...]

    20. After enjoying P.D. James' later novels in the Adam Dalgliesh series, I decided to work my way through the entire series. In this novel, the murder happens immediately, and then Dalgliesh shows up and starts interviewing the suspects. That's fine but the story didn't capture my interest at that point since I wasn't invested yet in the characters. I only really started to enjoy the novel after the first of second CD when the interviewing section was over. I've come to enjoy P.D. James's detective [...]

    21. I like reading books that are set in England, and I especially like books that have to do with the English elite. This novel was not as interesting to me as #1 “Cover Her Face’, because the setting and characters were not as appealing. This mystery was set in a psychiatric clinic, and had none of the cache of the English 'Upper Crust' to lend it interest. There was only one very thin thread which connected this to the first in the series. I would consider that this book could stand on its ow [...]

    22. There are few crime and mystery authors whose books I reread (for reasons obvious), and PD James and Agatha Christie have a prominent place among them. This was a reread for me, but seemed like a new story, as I read it a long time ago and had totally forgotten the circumstances leading to the murder. I quite enjoy PD James' style. I like reading about Dalgleish and team. The background for this mystery is a private psychiatry clinic, whose administrating officer is found dead in the records roo [...]

    23. I actually listened to the CD version, but it wasn't listed. As always, it took awhile to get into the book since the first part of any of Ms. James' books sets the stage for what happens. It takes a little while to remember the characters just like when one meets a group of people. But like all of Ms. James' mysteries that I've read, the story gathers momentum like a stone rolling downhill and becomes thoroughly involving. Also like all of her mysteries, there is irony and the effect of the sto [...]

    24. Adam Dalgliesh's second is a mystery set in the city. Though the settings may have changed, our main man Dalgliesh is still the master mystery solver. This book gives us further insight into our detective. The reader gets a step closer to our protagonist and also his fears and rumblings. As for the book itself, another good mystery by the master author. What makes it a great read is how the author keeps you guessing and how she traverses the reader through the different lives involved in the mur [...]

    25. This was the second of this author's books involving Adam dagleish as the detective in charge of a murder investigation at a psychiatric clinic. It is interesting but I did not find myself getting very involved with any of the plethora of characters thrown in. Her later mysteries showed her development of her protagonist to a better degree

    26. העלילה אינה מורכבת ועוסקת ברצח במכון לטיפולים פסיכיאטריים ופסיכולוגיים. הרצח הוא רק תוצר לוואי של הסיפור האנושי ופ. די. גיימס משתמשת בו כמנוף לתיאור הדקויות של מערכות היחסים האישיות ולפיתוח אישיותו של דלגליש.

    27. I was happy to be able to find this earlier novel in the Adam Dalgliesh series because it supplied me with some of the main character's backstory I didn't get to read in such detail in the later books. As usual, PD James supplies interesting characters and many suspects.

    28. It was alright. I found it difficult to follow all the characters in the beginning. Couldn't keep it straight who was who.

    29. THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLY(view spoiler)[One of the Porter-Peter Nagle is dating Jennifer Priddy.Says he plans on marrying her until she tells him, she is already married (to an ass) It was his own chisel that actually killed her and thought to be the murderer. Someone is blackmailing previous clients and brings in tons of money. He drugs [...]

    30. Okay, two P.D. James books in quick succession. All audiobooks and all I am glad to say, a great time overall. I look forward to reading more from the author. She has a good voice and is gradually building the character of Detective Adam Dalgliesh, one I felt wasn't so developed in the first book. So, yeah the series is coming along quite nicely. In that I feel that is quite different from other detective series that I have read.If I could say anything negative about the series it would have to [...]

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