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Download A Mind to Murder: Inspector Adam Dalgliesh, Book 2 Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,154 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. D. James Narrator: Roy Marsden Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2005 ISBN:
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That a man who caught murderers should be a successful poet seemed inappropriate to some people. But Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh of the Criminal Investigation Department was attending his publisher's annual sherry party when a call from Scotland Yard whipped him away to investigate a particularly brutal murder. In the elegant Steen Psychiatric Clinic, which catered strictly for upper-class neuroses, sprawled the body of Enid Bolam, a chisel through her heart. It had been a vicious, calculated thrust, suggesting that the killer had not only confident knowledge of anatomy but unusual strength. But why, lying on Miss Bolam's chest, was there the grotesque wooden image which old Tippett, a chronic schizophrenic, had been carving in the art therapy department?

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K | 2/13/2014

    " The third Adam Dalgliesh mystery, with the murder set in a luxe psychiatric clinic in London. Didn't enjoy it quite as much as the others I've read; characters seemed less well-drawn. But it appeased my worry that all P.D. James mysteries ended with the same kind of solution. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellyann | 2/9/2014

    " I had never read this early book of James'. She is awesome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 2/7/2014

    " I enjoy P.D. James mysteries and so this one was no different. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laila | 2/4/2014

    " Pretty good, but not great. Dalgliesh is harder to warm up to than some other British detectives I enjoy reading. I keep comparing him to Richard Jury in Martha Grimes's books, and he comes up short - so far. This is only the second of the series that I've read, so I'll give it at least one more shot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 1/25/2014

    " Really enjoyed this. A good mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ange | 1/13/2014

    " An earlier A.D. book. Almost finished. So far so good. One of her earlier books. Kinda brief, but good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 1/13/2014

    " I listened to this on tape, which I almost never do, but it works with mysteries. Although Penelope Dellaporta slides over from reading into some pretty terrible acting when the tensions rise. Her voice got a bit grating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick Benson | 12/24/2013

    " good solid story, though probably more about Dalgleish than the crime "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 12/11/2013

    " Why, oh why did I wait so late in life to begin reading P D James? Even when she makes us think the killer has been revealed, she switches things on us! The character of the detective inspector Dalgliesh is a multi-leveled human who keeps getting more and more interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 12/3/2013

    " Book 2 in the Adam Dalgleish series. It's well-written and well-plotted. I prefer to have more insight into the detective in a mystery series; on the other hand, PD James creates a well-fleshed out environment for Dalgleish (and the reader) to explore. I will read more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl S. | 11/26/2013

    " Didn't care for this one as much as the first two books in the Adam Dalgliesh series. Maybe I read too many of them in a row. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 11/19/2013

    " Looking forward to reading another P.D. James book with Dalgliesh as the lead character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 10/27/2013

    " Second book with same inspector. A very nice writing style, a quick read and a plausible ending--only a little expected. James is diving into her main character more and it's enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicola Olsen | 7/23/2013

    " I liked this better than Cover her face. Great characters and a fun stiuation. I was disappointed in the ending. A bit dull. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 6/11/2013

    " Loved this mystery! P.D. James is an amazing puzzle-mistress! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 2/21/2013

    " A thinner Dagleish mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 stormhawk | 12/31/2012

    " Not great, but not awful, either. Fairly plain little mystery. I'm sure I'm upsetting fans of this series, but I was never really caught up in the story or characters. It starts as a drawing room mystery, but the finish left me confused and disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 R R | 12/5/2012

    " When you read a mystery writer like P.D. james it's very hard not to compare the other writers to her and they always come up short. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 6/18/2012

    " I had forgotten how much I enjoyed P.D. James mysteries. This was very good, and I enjoyed listening to it. I will listen to more... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bea | 4/26/2012

    " Liked the second in the series even better than the first. I'm weighing if the author cheated or was clever by having a victim and suspect with the same last name! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 4/24/2012

    " first in the series, and maybe it was the narrator, but this was very dry, ended abruptly, but will try another one "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 4/19/2012

    " This book I really liked. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 E | 8/12/2011

    " Not as complex or interesting as later James. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 7/25/2011

    " Everybody knew the administrative head of the Steen Psychiatric Clinic was not well liked; however, no one expected to find her with a chisel in her heart. The most likely suspects all have alibis. What a challenge for Inspector Dalgleish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula Steinhoff | 7/14/2011

    " LIstened to this one- I always enjoy P.D. James' books! This one was not her best, but still good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 5/10/2011

    " I enjoy P.D. James mysteries and so this one was no different. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 1/26/2011

    " She has good writing skills, but the story was so-so and it's quite sexist. I think that's the last of hers I will read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce | 10/31/2010

    " Adam Dalgliesh #2 was very interesting. Takes place in a psychiatric clinic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olivemylove | 9/8/2010

    " Probably my least favorite pd james. The book is very heavy on the procedures and activities of the institution. Very little character development like she usually does. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peg | 7/28/2010

    " Another in my series of reading P.D. James 38 mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/5/2010

    " P.D. James' second Adam Daglgliesh mystery. She hasn't yet perfected that wonderful ability to build characters that mark her later books, but a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 7/3/2010

    " I have almost completed this series and am going back and writing my reviews. I guess the thing that I would say about PD James is that she is a good writer, but not a "pop" writer..her mysteries are comfortable reads, yet most are forgettable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 6/28/2010

    " The first of a package of several mysteries sent me! I've been plowing through them and can see why people get addicted to these. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 R | 6/27/2010

    " When you read a mystery writer like P.D. james it's very hard not to compare the other writers to her and they always come up short. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 6/12/2010

    " Really liking these early P.D. James books. Just classic detective stories, without the need for any of the accoutrement so common nowadays "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 4/20/2010

    " I listened to this on tape, which I almost never do, but it works with mysteries. Although Penelope Dellaporta slides over from reading into some pretty terrible acting when the tensions rise. Her voice got a bit grating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 4/19/2010

    " Starts off pretty slow but gets better at the end "

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