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Original Sin by P. D. James
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Original Sin (1994)

by P. D. James

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Series: Adam Dalgliesh (9)

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    End of Chapter by Nicholas Blake (KayCliff)
    KayCliff: Both novels are set in publishers' offices, with distinctly similar plots.
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com. Adam Dalgliesh murder @ Peverell Press

The Peverall Press, a venerable publishing firm occupying a mock-Venetian palace on the Thames in London, has a new managing director, the brilliant but ruthless Gerard Etienne--a man with enemies. When Etienne is found dead in bizarre circumstances, Commander Adam Dalgliesh is faced with a plethora of suspects--and a murderer prepared to kill again.
  christinejoseph | Feb 8, 2016 |
I like the fact that James' characters are not black/white. The story seemed a bit contrived, but I like the way it unfolded. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Well written mystery with good characterisation. Puzzling until near the end and then rather frustrating behaviour by one of the protagonists. ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
I am never disappointed when I pick up an Adam Dalgliesh mystery, I know what I will get: excellent plotting, thoughtful characterization, an impossible maze of clues, patient description and scene setting, and deep literary references. ‘Original Sin’ delivers, and it also gives life to London and the River Thames.
This is the ninth outing for James’ poet detective, Commander Dalgliesh, the taciturn, thoughtful, policeman with the stare which is as hard-as-nails. His colleagues respect him but cannot say they either know or like him. He is mysterious, and thereby hangs the fascination he holds for readers.
The first death at Peverell Press, a traditional publishing house located in a Venetian-style house beside the Thames, is a suicide, the body found by a new employee. The same employee has the misfortune to find another dead body later in the book. There are a lot of dead bodies at Peverell Press, and there is also a prankster. Proofs wrongly amended, illustrations disappear, appointments cancelled. When the managing director, Gerard Etienne, is found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning, upstairs in the little archive room, the death is considered suspicious enough to call in the police.
This is a complicated web of a story, James weaves together the current and back stories of the key Peverell employees, their alibis, their affairs and petty spats, their lies and secrets. Is the murderer and the prankster the same person, and what of the suicide? Is that connected? Essentially the building where Peverell Press is based, Innocent House, provides a closed-room mystery: the murderer must come from within the company but although some are haughty, others unlikeable and the rest just gossips, someone there must have done it.
Did I guess? No. The motive is fascinating, though I could have done with a few more hints earlier on.
Read more of my book reviews at http://www.sandradanby.com/book-reviews-a-z/ ( )
  Sandradan1 | Jan 4, 2016 |
When a new generation takes over the running of The Peverell Press, a series of practical jokes culminates in suicide and murder. Adam Dalgleish, Kate Miskin, and a new member of the squad, Daniel Aaron, investigate.

The story unfolds in a leisurely fashion with more emphasis on the running of the press and the lives of its partners and staff than on the actual investigation. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Oct 4, 2015 |
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Crepax, LucianaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jayston, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Meunier, DeniseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mustieles, JordiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For a temporary shorthand-typist to be present at the discovery of a corpse on the first day of a new assignment, if not unique, is sufficiently rare to prevent its being regarded as an occupational hazard.
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The hushed mock-Venetian halls of England's oldest publishing house reek of secrets. Why did senior editor commit suicide in the archives office? And who decided to kill the managing director in the same place -- or was his death a suicide also? Adam Dalgliesh and Kate Miskin will find out, but how many more deaths will there be before all the secrets see the light of day?

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In London, the managing director of a stately publishing house is found dead, a stuffed snake in his mouth. The suspects are many: a rejected author, a discarded mistress, a resentful employee, to mention just a few. Commander Adam Dalgliesh sifts through their lives and the company's finances in order to find the killer.… (more)

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