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Original Sin: An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery    by P. D. James Amazon.com order for
Original Sin
by P. D. James
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Vintage, 2009 (1994)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Okay! So this particular book isn't of recent vintage. That doesn't change the fact that it's a darn good read. I truly enjoy the Adam Dalgliesh series by P. D. James. And, with this one, I do believe I have read them all. I'm sorry I have though. I want more.

Commander Adam Dalgliesh is called to Peverell Press, an old, established and venerable publishing house whose offices overlook the Thames. One of their staff has committed suicide after being made redundant. She chose to kill herself in the Press building. Dalgliesh confirms that it was indeed suicide. This is not a murder.

No sooner has this been cleared up when there is a murder again in the Press's offices. No doubt about this one. The murdered man is not going to be missed. A mistress he had just discarded, an author who thinks she has been treated unfairly, and disgruntled employees there is a plethora of suspects. Who is the guilty party?

As usual, James has presented a finely tuned story that engulfs the reader with a unique ambiance and well-fleshed characters. Dalgliesh is one of my favorite English inspectors. He always gets his man or woman. And does it without seemingly ruffling his hair. Original Sin is a very good book. It helped me while away hours waiting for my bum knee to see the benefits of surgery. What a pleasant way to do it.

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