By P. D. James
While the quiet Little sacristy of St. Matthew's Church turns into the blood-soaked scene of a double homicide, Scotland backyard Commander Adam Dalgliesh faces an exciting conundrum: How did an upper-crust Minister come to lie, slit throat to slit throat, subsequent to a local derelict of the bottom order? Challenged with the research of a criminal offense that looks to have unending factors, Dalgliesh explores the sinister internet spun round a half-burnt diary and a violet-eyed widow who's pregnant and entire of malice--all the whereas hoping to fill the distance of good judgment that joined those disparate males in vivid crimson demise. . . .
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Extra info for A Taste for Death (Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries 7)
The 'things I expected to value'. lie could smell above the aH-pervading redolence of incense, the faint acrid smoke of the candle. Getting up from his chair, he left it burning, the pale flame staining the air, and moved down the nave through the grille and into the back of the church. In the bell room Ferris had set up his metal exhibits table and had neatly laid out his spoils, each tagged and shrouded in its plastic envelope. Now he was standing back regarding them with the faintly anxious proprietorial air of t stallholder at a church bazaar wondering whether he has set out his wares to best advantage.
The parish is a drain on re-sources, no doubt about it. But we can hardly sell it. The building is supposed to be of some importance, archi-tecturally. I can never see it myself. That extraordinary campanile. Hardly English, is it? ' For the Archdeacon, who had, in fact, never seen the Venetian Lido, had been reared in the Close at Salisbury and, making some allowance for scale, had known from childhood exactly what a church should look like. Before Father Kendrick had set off for his new city parish - racial mix, boys' club, mothers' union, young people's fellowship; the proper challenge for a mildly high-church, ambitious young priest with one eye on a mitre -he had had a brief word about Beryl McBride.
He'd arranged with the parish priest to stay the night here. ' 'It looks as if Berowne let him in. He may have found him sleeping in the porch. Apparently Harry couldn't toler-ate being with other people. ' Kynaston nodded and got down to his familiar routine. Dalgliesh left him to it and went out into the passage. Watching this violation of the body's orifices, preliminaries to the scientific brutality to follow, had always made him feel uncomfortably like a voyeur. He had often wondered why he found it more offensive and ghoulish than the autopsy itself.