Unnatural Causes

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 17, 2012 - Fiction - 272 pages
The third installment in the classic Adam Dalgliesh mystery series, Unnnatural Causes is another must-read page-turner from bestselling author P.D. James, “the reigning mistress of murder” (Time).

Maurice Seton was a famous mystery writer—but no murder he ever invented was more grisly than his own death. When his corpse is found in a drifting dinghy with both hands chopped off at the wrists, ripples of horror spread among his bizarre circle of friends. Now it’s up to brilliant Scotland Yard inspector, Adam Dalgliesh, and his extraordinary aunt to uncover the shocking truth behind the writer’s death sentence, before the plot takes another murderous turn.

Unnatural Causes inspired Cosmopolitan to fervently hope, “if we’re lucky, there will always be an England and there will always be a P.D. James.”
 

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Unnatural Causes by P. D. James A dingy bearing a corpse is discovered, adrift off the coast of England. The vessel has neither oars nor oarlocks nor a mast. Also absent are the corpse's hands. Hmm ... Read full review

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good mystery @ murder — Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh had been looking forward to a quiet holiday at his aunt's cottage on Monksmere Head, one of the furthest-flung spots on the remote Suffolk coast ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
11
Section 2
13
Section 3
23
Section 4
24
Section 5
25
Section 6
41
Section 7
56
Section 8
61
Section 15
126
Section 16
139
Section 17
148
Section 18
155
Section 19
173
Section 20
186
Section 21
190
Section 22
201

Section 9
66
Section 10
73
Section 11
85
Section 12
100
Section 13
110
Section 14
120
Section 23
213
Section 24
218
Section 25
226
Section 26
242
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P. D. James (1920–2014) was born in Oxford in 1920. She worked in the National Health Service and the Home Office From 1949 to 1968, in both the Police Department and Criminal Policy Department. All that experience was used in her novels. She won awards for crime writing in Britain, America, Italy, and Scandinavia, including the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award and the National Arts Club Medal of Honour for Literature. She received honorary degrees from seven British universities, was awarded an OBE in 1983 and was created a life peer in 1991.

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