Original Sin

Original Sin The literary world is shaken when a murder takes place at the Peverell Press an old established publishing house located in a dramatic mock Venetian palace on the Thames The victim is Gerard Etienne

  • Title: Original Sin
  • Author: P.D. James
  • ISBN: 9780446679220
  • Page: 494
  • Format: Paperback
  • The literary world is shaken when a murder takes place at the Peverell Press, an old established publishing house located in a dramatic mock Venetian palace on the Thames.The victim is Gerard Etienne, the brilliant new managing director whose ruthless ambition has made him many enemies a discarded mistress, a rejected and humiliated author and rebellious colleagues AdamThe literary world is shaken when a murder takes place at the Peverell Press, an old established publishing house located in a dramatic mock Venetian palace on the Thames.The victim is Gerard Etienne, the brilliant new managing director whose ruthless ambition has made him many enemies a discarded mistress, a rejected and humiliated author and rebellious colleagues Adam Dalgliesh and his team are confronted with a puzzle of extraordinary complexity and a killer who is prepared to strike again.Listening Length 15 hours and 20 minutes

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    1. It has been a while since I read a book by this author and I had forgotten how much I enjoy her style of writing. In one review I saw it described as "intelligent writing" and I think that describes it perfectly. She has a tendency to describe things in great detail,sometimes two or three pages of detail, but I find I can live with that. Adam Dalgleish is a favourite of mine but this book gave greater importance to his two offsiders, Daniel and Kate. I enjoyed the lovely descriptions of London a [...]

    2. Since I liked the collection of short stories by PD James the other day, I thought I pick up a big starring Adam Dalgliesh. Big mistake. Huge.I don't know if I should have read this in order (this is the 9th book in the series) but I just could not get past the 25 percent mark.I was so bored reading about the murder and what was going on. Life is too short to keep reading a book that is boring you to tears. I don't see this character becoming a favorite with me like Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple [...]

    3. A murder has taken place in the offices of the Peverell Press, a venerable London publishing house located in a dramatic mock-Venetian palace on the Thames. The victim is Gerard Etienne, the brilliant but ruthless new managing director, who had vowed to restore the firm's fortunes. Etienne was clearly a man with enemies—a discarded mistress, a rejected and humiliated author, and rebellious colleagues, one of who apparently killed herself a short time earlier. Yet Etienne's death, which occurre [...]

    4. As usual, another excellently-written multifaceted murder mystery by P.D. James.It’s interesting to imagine James pitching this to her publisher.‘Dear Publisher, I’d like to write a murder mystery set in a publishing house where the editor did it. Who does the editor kill? Why, the publisher! And then one of the authors! That’s not a problematic scenario for you at all, is it? Also, can I come in and lurk around your office for a few weeks to get a sense of how a publishing house really [...]

    5. In this voluminous thriller i found the first many pages unattractive. Interest picked up only after Gerard's death. A lot is devoted to the characters' wear and even more to the architecture of the structures they inhabited. The old fashioned English and sentence structures may not attract those who read for the thrill of a detective novel; though I enjoyed it thoroughly.Though only one death turned out to be a genuine instance of suicide, the other four deaths were discovered to be cold-bloode [...]

    6. This is the James book that I came closest to disliking. It really is okay. The reason why is because the ending does not make sense; it isn't fully believable in the terms of one character, a character that James, for once, did not do a good job on. If you have never read P. D. James before, don't start with this one. Start with The Murder Room or A Certain Justice.

    7. Having read James' The Murder Room before this one, the two novels sadly ran together in my mind, both plot wise, setting-wise and character-wise.And I really don't think that there are any characters in James' world who aren't depressive, agnostic/atheistic and sexually active. Anyone?? Hello???Not my favorite P.D. James, but still fairly entertaining.

    8. This one was so slow, plodding. Alot of character description. The plot, the who done it got pushed off to the end. Nearly all the clues came together near the end. 75% covered all the different characters being clueless as to who, what did the deeds. Suspense was weak.

    9. Terrible. Just awful. I thought I liked PD James but this was barley readable. About once every 80 pages there'd be a nice passage but otherwise just boring with too strange an ending that came out of nowhere. Bleh.

    10. I am giving this book 4 stars primarily because we don't do halves (and maybe it should be 3 1/2) but on the other hand, I have a feeling that I'll be thinking about this book for awhile. I'm not sure where James is going with this; I'm not sure I trust her completely, which makes the murderer and the response of one of the Murder Squad, suspect, even outside of the story. Isn't that interesting? I was surprised to discover that I had not read this one before. I had a beautiful "new" copy of it [...]

    11. It's been awhile since I've read an Inspector Dalgleish mystery, probably 4 or 5 years and this book has been on my shelf for awhile. I'm glad I dusted it off. I enjoy P.D. James' writing style very much, very intelligent writing. The story was interesting and well-crafted. The book doesn't focus on any one character and Dalgleish's team of Kate Miskin and Daniel Aaron are as important to the plot as is Dalgliesh. In fact, I felt that often Dalgliesh was in the background and even more so when w [...]

    12. Having read and enjoyed other books by this author, especially children of men, I was disappointed by this one. Although I'd found a similar problem with A Certain Justice, the issue of too many characters really became a problem in Original Sin. When the eventual murderer was revealed I couldn't remember who they were or how they fitted in with the plot. All the excitement or dare I say even relevance came in the last 2 chapters which is disappointing to say the least. It's readable but I don't [...]

    13. I was really disappointed in this book. I was bored the entire time, and never got invested in any of the characters. I remember very little about this book other than constantly checking the number of pages left, and wishing it would be over faster. I rarely ever skim books, but I just couldn't handle much of this one, so I would skim pages at a time. I tried one other book by P.D. James too, and felt the same way. Ugh.

    14. I liked other books by P.D. James but this one disappointed me: was it perhaps just a draft? did she run out of time to revise it? The characters aren't developed fully, there are too many loose ends, and the reader doesn't get a chance to solve the puzzle because s/he isn't able to discover the facts on his/her own. Worst of all: there is a not-so-subtle anti-Semitic undercurrent to the novel. Yikes.

    15. Στο βιβλίο μυστηρίου της P.D. James, το 9ο κατά σειρά με τους γρίφους που καλείται να λύσει ο επιθεωρητής και ποιητής Adam Dalgliesh, πρωταγωνιστεί ένα κτίριο. Ήδη από την αρχή η συγγραφέας διευκρινίζει ότι το κτίριο δεν υπάρχει στην πραγματικότητα, ίσως επειδή μαντεύει πόσο καταλυτικ [...]

    16. One of my original (ha!) favorites--enough that I remembered some of the critical details. A big fan of moral quandaries (in books, not life) and also love Dalgliesh being kind.

    17. P.D james is a wonderful writer and I enjoyed this book of hers as much as I did all the others I've read of hers.

    18. Innocent House, a somewhat faded Georgian home sitting next to the Thames, houses Peverell Press, a publishing house that has a long history in London but with a reputation, that like the architecture, has become somewhat worn around the edges. After several generations the majority ownership has passed down to the descendents of two families and a power struggle for dominance has begun but then the heir apparent who seems to have won the top spot is found dead. Was it suicide, an unlikely accid [...]

    19. The 9th Adam Dalgliesh, this one is actually set mostly in London, which is fairly rare for the series. The setting is a firm of publishers, who have suffered from natural deaths, a suicide, a number of malicious pranks and, finally, a murder. And things don't stop there, a number of other murders follow on, generally involving attempts at being disguised as either suicides or accidents.This is an excellent novel, with one major setback. I did not find the motive convincing. The motive is essent [...]

    20. This is the best P.D. James I've read so far. The mystery dove-tailed beautifully at the end. It was emotionally and intellectually satisfying and I turned off the light and went to bed satisfied. Twenty minutes later, I was unable to sleep because the denouement was really bothering me. I was annoyed at Aaron for his choice. And then I started wondering if I was being unfair by comparing him to Miskin. I started thinking about all their conversations. If Miskin had been more sympathetic, would [...]

    21. Original Sin by P.D. James is book 9 in the Adam Dalgliesh series. This mystery involves an old-established publishing firm housed in a building more suitable for a museum called non-ironically Innocent House. The firm seems to be facing more than its fair share of death and mischievous pranks. Are the deaths and the pranks connected? Are the suicides really suicides? Are the deaths even connected to one another? There is a complicated cast of characters each with their own desperate tales, loss [...]

    22. I should have been able to give this book 5 stars, since it's set in a publishing house & that's my field. However, I can't. I did enjoy reading it--was up till 1:30 a.m. finishing it, in fact (mysteries are SO addictive!). But I found the story a bit muddled & the range of characters a little strange. The copy editor is the focus of one short chapter & is never mentioned before or after! (We do tend to be reclusive, but we're not peripheral.) The marketing folks, who are generally t [...]

    23. I knew P.D. James was a little old-fashioned in her writing, and more slow of pace than most of the crime novelists I more frequently read, but this was an incredibly long slog, and ultimately very disappointing.The story focusses on several deaths (murders and apparent suicides) within the staff and associates of a London publishing house. There were over a hundred pages of description and over-wordy slow exposition at the start of the novel before anything actually happens and Dalgliesh become [...]

    24. It was entertaining enough, but I kept finding myself going back to find what detail I had just missed. The plot evolved in a way that felt layered in something I was more focused on, and I got stuck there more than once. This is the first book I've read by P.D. James, and though she came recommended at our library and I know she is well-received, I couldn't help but to imagine that the description of the author-character Esme Carling matched how I guessed P.D. James is for real. That, or Joan C [...]

    25. Not one of my favourite P.D.James. I suppose as a writer myself, the idea of murder in a publishing house appealed but the denouement when it came was so subtle and not a little too contrived. None of the characters had much to like about them and there was a lot of "head hopping" (different characters points of view within one scene) that gets quite tedious. Characters were introduced and then never referred to again. As for the police, I always find Dalgleish a little pompous and sanctimonious [...]

    26. Rate: 6At a publishing house on the Thames, the company is barely making ends meet. Then one of the board is murdered, and no one understands a motive or why Mr. Etienne's body would be messed with after the death. The story centers on the relationships at the publishers as well as the cops investigating. you find out Etienne's family was highly regarded in the resistance during WWII, and you also find out the company is in serious financial straights. While I liked some of the characters, the p [...]

    27. James writes this mystery, set at the fictional Peverell Press in London, with exceptional knowledge of the activity and dynamics of a publishing house. The celebration and critique of this world made the setting enjoyable for me. Along with some theological reflection on the title of the book and a twist on James' usual mystery formula, I found a lot to like in this book. My main critiques are that Dalgliesh wasn't in the book as much as he is in most volumes in the series and too much informat [...]

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