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A Taste for Death Audiobook

A Taste for Death

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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Di 28/05/2016
    Di 28/05/2016

    Loving Audible for making it easier for me to utilize book time and immerse myself in good stories.

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    "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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    June Priest 30/01/2016
    June Priest 30/01/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "More than just a mystery story"

    If you just want a straight forward detective story then this is probably not the book for you. However, if you want to hear a story that is filled with such excellent descriptions that uses all your senses and makes the story come alive then this is the one for you. I heartily recommend it.

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    Claire 06/05/2015
    Claire 06/05/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "5 Star"

    Loved this book when I read it a few years ago and loved it even more this time around! Great performance for a well written and enjoyable story.

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    Bizgen England 14/01/2017
    Bizgen England 14/01/2017 Member Since 2016

    Eclectic collector of books and now, audio books. Literature in all its various forms, mysteries, who-dunnits, good tales well read...

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    "P D James has become very wordy, not enough pace for me."

    There was a time when I read everything P D James wrote, and maybe this book is better read to oneself than as an audiobook. It is rather dated by today's standards, with at times a paralysing slowness of delivery, due to the complex turns of the plot rather than the narrator, who did his best to keep my interest.
    I found myself struggling to keep up with the ramifications of the story, although I kept listening until the end. But I was relieved when it was over, and I could look forward to finding something to listen to with a bit more life to it.
    The author is one of the best, her narrative skills and erudition are unparalleled. But despite her way with words, drama is lacking.

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    Louise LONDON, United Kingdom 06/01/2017
    Louise LONDON, United Kingdom 06/01/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "The best narrator ever"

    I loved this book - maybe I'm one of the last people to discover PD James - but the real star is the narrator Daniel Weyman. Now I do a search for anything he has read and I know I'll be ok ! The narrator is arguably the most important factor in an audio book. I've been unable to listen to what I know are great books because of the narration. This combo is a winner

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    Frederick LONDON, United Kingdom 03/01/2017
    Frederick LONDON, United Kingdom 03/01/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointing story overall"

    Liked the performance very much. Story started very well but petered out after the killer got to Kate's flat and became melodramatic and not quite believable. I mostly liked the style of writing.

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    Jaye Hardy 20/12/2016
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    "A TASTE FOR DEATH"

    PD JAMES BOOK
    This audio book was a really great all suspects had a motive but no alibi the others had an alibi but no motive things don't get any better when Adam realises the victim is a friend of his ç

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    Maryb 01/04/2016
    Maryb 01/04/2016

    I have always been an avid reader but now it's mostly audio books. Very relaxing.

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    "Another PD James hit."

    P D James never disappoints. Excellent story and wonderful dialogue. I read all her books years ago with great enjoyment (hard to put down) and it was the same with the audio version.

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    Mr 26/01/2016
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    "delivered at a snails pace"

    I'm afraid this book was delivered at far too slow a pace. I tried and tried to get into this but gave up several hours in. Just no hook for me.

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    A 23/01/2015
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    "Great plot, well read"

    A rolling story that keeps you listening, beautifully and richly written.
    Keeps you guessing without forcing situations or being contrived

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