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A Brilliant Barrister S Defense Of A Charming Sociopath Goes Horribly Wrong When The Sociopath Engages Himself To Her Daughter, And The Barrister Herself Is Found Dead In Her Chambers A Tight Little World Peopled With Mincing Suspects Whom It S Commander Adam Dalgliesh S Job To Unmask Tom Leitch

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    EXCERPT Murderers do not usually give their victims notice This is one death which, however terrible that last second of appalled realization, comes mercifully unburdened with anticipatory terror When, on the afternoon of Wednesday, 11th September, Venetia Aldridge stood up to cross examine the prosecutions chief witness in the case of Regina vs Ashe she had four weeks, four hours and fifty minutes left of life After her death the many who had admired her and the few who had liked her, searching for a personal response than the stock adjectives of shock and outrage, found themselves muttering that it would have pleased Venetia that her last case of murder had been tried at the Bailey, scene of her greatest triumphs, and in her favorite court But there was truth in the inanity ABOUT THIS BOOK It begins, dramatically enough, with a trial for murder The distinguished criminal lawyer Venetia Aldridge is defending Garry Ashe on charges of having brutally killed his aunt For Aldridge the trial is mainly a test of her courtroom skills, one opportunity to succeed and she does But now murder is in the air The next victim will be Aldridge herself, stabbed to death at her desk in her Chambers in the Middle Temple, a bloodstained wig on her head Enter Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team, whose struggle to investigate and understand the shocking events cannot halt the spiral into horrors, murdersA Certain Justice is P.D James at her strongest In her first foray into the strange closed world of the Law Courts and the London legal community, she has created a fascinating tale of interwoven passion and terror As each character leaps into unforgettable life, as each scene draws us forward into new complexities of plot, she proves yet again that no other writer can match her skill in combining the excitement of the classic detective story with the richness of a fine novel In its subtle portrayal of morality and human behavior, A Certain Justice will stand alongside Devices and Desires and A Taste for Death as one of P.D James s most important, accomplished and entertaining works.MY THOUGHTS This is only my second PD James I did not enjoy the first at all and was reluctant to read this But it is faster paced and intriguing than her book I read previously She will not become one of my favourite authors I find her a little predictable, and her writing style too formal for my liking Even though I say this is faster paced than my previous read by this author, it is still slower than I like THE AUTHOR P D James, byname of Phyllis Dorothy James White, Baroness James of Holland Park, born August 3, 1920, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England died November 27, 2014, Oxford , British mystery novelist best known for her fictional detective Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard.The daughter of a middle grade civil servant, James grew up in the university town of Cambridge Her formal education, however, ended at age 16 because of lack of funds, and she was thereafter self educated In 1941 she married Ernest C.B White, a medical student and future physician, who returned home from wartime service mentally deranged and spent much of the rest of his life in psychiatric hospitals To support her family which included two children , she took work in hospital administration and, after her husband s death in 1964, became a civil servant in the criminal section of the Department of Home Affairs Her first mystery novel, Cover Her Face 1962 , introduced Dalgliesh and was followed by six mysteries before she retired from government service in 1979 to devote full time to writing.Dalgliesh, James s master detective who rises from chief inspector in the first novel to chief superintendent and then to commander, is a serious, introspective person, moralistic yet realistic The novels in which he appears are peopled by fully rounded characters, who are civilized, genteel, and motivated The public resonance created by James s singular characterization and deployment of classic mystery devices led to most of the novels featuring Dalgliesh being filmed for television James, who earned the sobriquet Queen of Crime, penned 14 Dalgliesh novels, with the last, The Private Patient, appearing in 2008.James also wrote An Unsuitable Job for a Woman 1972 and The Skull Beneath the Skin 1982 , which centre on Cordelia Gray, a young private detective The first of these novels was the basis for both a television movie and a short lived series James expanded beyond the mystery genre in The Children of Men 1992 film 2006 , which explores a dystopian world in which the human race has become infertile Her final work, Death Comes to Pemberley 2011 a sequel to Pride and Prejudice 1813 amplifies the class and relationship tensions between Jane Austen s characters by situating them in the midst of a murder investigation James s nonfiction works include The Maul and the Pear Tree 1971 , a telling of the Ratcliffe Highway murders of 1811 written with historian T.A Critchley, and the insightful Talking About Detective Fiction 2009 Her memoir, Time to Be in Earnest, was published in 2000 She was made OBE in 1983 and was named a life peer in 1991 DISCLOSURE I obtained my copy of A Certain Justice by P D James, published by Ballantine Books, via Waitomo District Library All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions Please refer to my profile page or the about page on for an explanation of my rating system This review and others are also published on my webpage

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    A thoroughly delightful James, one of her best And when I say delightful, it means I have already forgotten about the middle aged, droopy breasted slut prostitute aunt who insists that her live in nephew not only photograph all her encounters with the mens, but make love to her himself Hey it happens In the world of female British crime writers, it happens a lot But like I said, I ve already forgotten this tidbit.As our novel opens, attractive, divorced, successful, hard edged, unmaternal, unsympathetic barrister Venetia Aldridge is defending above nephew on the charge of murdering said aunt She obtains an acquittal, and shortly thereafter finds that her 18 year old daughter has become engaged to the sociopathic young man They ve just met, and it hardly seems coincidental someone is trying to piss Venetia Aldridge off Quite a few people s lives would be made easier if Venetia were to pass from this earth, and we meet them, one by one Soon Venetia meets her maker at the office, courtesy of a stiletto sharp letter opener between the ribs Enter the preternaturally lovely Commissioner Adam Dalgliesh a man utterly at home in all situations and his underling Kate Miskin, a woman continually pestered by her impoverished, urine scented childhood and we are off to the races.As you will have guessed, the title A Certain Justice has a double meaning In one sense certain means established beyond doubt One character will receive certain justice beyond a doubt In another sense a certain means a kind of sort of A second character will receive a sort of justicenot full justice, perhaps just a fraction thereof.

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    Listened to in audio format.This is third book I have listened to by PD James and I think it was the best so far In A Certain Justice we are introduced to the victim Venetia Aldridge QC Venetia is defending a young man called Garry Ashe who is charged with murdering his Aunt The Aunt was a prostitute who liked Garry to watch and take pictures Garry is acquitted, when Venetia leaves The Bailey she is surprised and dismayed to find out that Garry and her Daughter are to be engaged Venetia does not trust Garry and tries to find away to stop the marriage Venetia is also having troubles at The Middle Temple She wants to be made Head of Chambers but her friend Simon Costello wants the job Also if Venetia becomes head she wants to sack the Senior Clerk.Then Venetia is found murdered in Chambers, stabbed through the heart with a stiletto knife I enjoyed this book the most because we knew Venetia s story before Adam Dalgleish, I have said before PD James s books can be difficult to follow but this made it easier.I was glad Kate Miskin was now a Detective Inspector, and I also liked DI Piers Tarrant who is shaping up to be an interesting character I was disappointed when the book ended This booked with loads of possible suspects and I really enjoyed the twist with Ashe, a big five stars from me.

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    Wow what a great read I have never tried this author before because I read her books about the death at pemberly on my kindle a while ago and did not think it very good But this book just entranced me Great writing, wonderful use of vocabulary and great characters I love the characters of the detectives even though I kind of came into their lives mid development and obviously missed some back story, but they were believable and had their insecurities and emotions The crime is layered and I did not guess the end, which annoys me if I solve it before the author It is up there with some of my favorites, and that is saying something.

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    Please, somebody tell me that this is the worst book written by P D James, because if it isn t then people are even gullible than I think A scene can be handled sparely, as here, I drove to the store and got the evening paper, or it can be given in pages of detail, describing the need for the evening paper, why the protagonist chose that moment to get one, the weather conditions, the road conditions, a description of the car and the route, what the protagonist was wearing, and a whole lot Both are legitimate choices for a writer IF the long version is written in a lively style and adds necessary facts or scope and depth to the characters and the world of the story James takes the latter route, so to speak, but most of the details seem superfluous to the characterizations and the world that she creates You can skip pages and pages of this book and still know everything you need to know.Her style is certainly readable, or I would have not finished such a slow moving book Her protagonist, Adam Dalgliesh, is a real prick to those who work for him and a self righteous git generally I fail to understand his popularity While James hints that he is a very deep thinker, she does not make this concrete The story is alright, though a bit creepy for my taste.I was prepared to give this book three stars for its readable style and expansiveness until I came to a couple of paragraphs near the end in which James informs the reader of a parallel between one of the police detectives and one of the murderers This is slapped on in a irresponsible manner instead of being developed in parallel through the book This is a cheap, unprofessional, and shoddy writing A CERTAIN JUSTICE would have been a much better book had James developed this as a fine writer should Then it would have meaning.

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    This book brings the reader into the mind of a psychopath AND those of several normal people who are seriously, destructively obsessed And it doesn t take us very far into the mind of Adam, Kate or their assistant here it is Piers Oh, the presenting mystery is solved at the end but the murderer won t be brought to justice Hence I m not thrilled with this immense tome.Its strength beautiful descriptions of the city of London, a number of historic buildings a sense of home or lack thereof is definitely a theme in this story , some English countryside.I am definitely finished with my P.D James jag now If I do any mysteries in the next couple of months they will be Ellis Peters ones.

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    I ll be honest, this book was okay If I had to be in an airport, with no book, I would take it HoweverI have a friend who along with his books adds a recommended beverage to be enjoyed along side this would have to be tea Lots and lots of tea.

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    DNFIt was too long and it didn t catch my attention