A Mind to Murder (Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries 2) by P. D. James

By P. D. James

The second one booklet to add Scotland backyard investigator Adam Dalgliesh, A brain To homicide is a “superbly enjoyable secret” (Chicago day-by-day News) from bestselling writer P.D. James.

On the skin, the Steen Psychiatric sanatorium is among the so much respected associations in London. but if the executive head is located lifeless with a chisel in her middle, that wonderful facade starts to disintegrate because the fact emerges. Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland backyard is termed in to enquire and quick reveals himself stuck in a whirlwind of psychiatry, medicinal drugs, and deceit. Now he needs to examine the deep-seated anxieties and thwarted wishes of sufferers and employees alike to figure out which in their unresolved conflicts has led to homicide and prevent a crafty killer ahead of the following blow.

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It would look bad if it came out,” she admitted. ” “I think I know Bolam pretty well, Bea, and that child wouldn’t lay hands on a fly. The idea of her murdering anyone is ridiculous. You know what I think about young nurses generally. Well, I wouldn’t mind Bolam taking over when I retire next year and that’s saying something. ” “Maybe, but the police wouldn’t. Why should they? She’s probably their first suspect already. She was on the spot; she hasn’t an alibi; she has medical knowledge and would know where the skull is most vulnerable; and where to put that chisel in.

He leaned for a moment against the banister and said with infinite tiredness: “Oh, Fredrica. Darling Fredrica. Why did you do it? Why? ” Sister Ambrose lived with an elderly nurse friend who had trained with her thirty-five years ago and who had recently retired. Together they had bought a house in Gidea Park where they had lived together for the last twenty years on their joint income in comfort and happy accord. Neither of them had married and neither of them regretted it. In the past they had sometimes wished for children, but observation of the family life of their relations had convinced them that marriage, despite a common belief to the contrary, was designed to benefit men at the expense of women, and that even motherhood was not an unmixed blessing.

Miss Sharpe sat in silence for a moment or two, then said: “No. Not yet, anyway. After all she is your colleague and you trust her. It wasn’t your fault that you overheard the conversation, but it was only overhearing. It was only chance that you happened to be in the loo. I should try to forget it. The police will find out how Bolam has left her money anyway and whether the will has been changed. Either way Nurse Bolam will be suspected. And if it should come to a trial—I’m only saying ‘if’, remember—well, you don’t want to get involved unnecessarily.

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