Tuesday, February 23, 2016

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros: A Mind to Murder

Hello and Happy Tuesday! I'm taking part in First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, where bloggers share a bit about what they're reading or planning to read soon.

I haven't read a lot by P.D. James, but this Adam Dalgliesh mystery on my bookshelf has been tempting me.

The opening:

"Chapter One

Dr. Paul Steiner, consulting psychiatrist at the Steen Clinic, sat at the front ground floor consulting-room and listened to his patient's highly rationalized explanation of the failure of his third marriage. Mr. Burge lay in comfort on a couch the better to expound the complications of his psyche. Dr. Steiner sat at his head in a chair of the carefully documented type which the Hospital Management Committee had decreed for the use of consultants. It was functional and not unattractive but it gave no support to the back of the head. From time to time a sharp jerk of his neck muscles recalled Dr. Steiner from momentary oblivion to the realities of his Friday evening psychotherapy clinic. The October day had been very warm. After a fortnight of sharp frosts during which the staff of the clinic had shivered and pleaded, the official date for starting the central heating had coincided with one of those perfect autumn days when the city square outside had brimmed with yellow light and the late dahlias in the railed garden, bright as a paintbox, had shone like the gauds of high summer. It was now nearly seven o'clock. Outside, the warmth of the day had long given way, first to mist and then to chilly darkness. But here, inside the clinic, the heat of noon was trapped, the air, heavy and still, seemed spent with the breath of too much talking."

From the back cover:

"When the administrative head of the Steen Psychiatric Clinic is found dead with a chisel in her heart, Supeintendent Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard is called in to investigate. Dalgliesh must analyze the deep-seated anxieties and thwarted desires of patients and staff alike to determine which of their unresolved conflicts resulted in murder."

Now that you've read all this, would you keep reading A Mind to Murder?


  1. I love that opening line. P.D. James is on my list of authors to try. Hope you enjoy this one.

  2. I haven't read a P.D. James novel in a long time. Not too long ago I was thinking that I should go find one I haven't read and dig into it. This one looks good and may be what I need.

  3. I've been meaning to read books by this author but haven't done so. A Mind to Murder sounds like a book I'd enjoy.
    My Tuesday post features ROUND THE BEND.

  4. This one doesn't sound up my alley, but hope you enjoy it!

  5. I've never read a P.D. James novel, though I have given it thought in the past. I did see the movie version of The Children of Men and found that incredibly moving, so I imagine the book must even better and worth a read. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  6. I've not ever read a P.D. James novel either, but I think I have one here. I can just imagine the psychotherapist sitting there nodding in the heat and the 'dull' therapy. LOL

  7. Great intro - this is one author I've never tried and really want to.