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By P. D. James

Whilst 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 never-ending reasons, Dalgliesh explores the sinister net 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 space of common sense that joined those disparate males in vibrant crimson loss of life. . . .

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She is Paul's daughter, after all. This will be a terrible shock to her. ' 'She won't. ' 'But who will drive you? ' She resented the way in which he seemed to be taking over, insinuating himself into the family as cunningly as he once had in Oxford. And then, again, she reproached herself for unfairness. He had never lacked his measure of kindness. ' Time for what? she wondered. To make a decent pre-tence that she cared? She didn't reply. Suddenly she wanted him gone so urgently that it was all she could do not to order him to get out.

But he quickly put it away from him. It was too close to blasphemy to be comfortable. Book Two Next of Kin After leaving the church Dalgliesh went briefly back to the Yard to pick up his files on Theresa Nolan and Diana Travers and it was after midday before he arrived at 62 Campden Hill Square. He had brought Kate with him, leaving Massingham to supervise what remained to be done at the church. Kate had told him that at present there were only women in the house and it seemed sensible that he should have a woman with him, particularly as it was Kate who had first broken the news.

Both knew the importance of the question. ' 'With his own throat partly cut? Again, after that first superficial cut, I don't think one can rule it out. He'd be in a state of high excitement, remember. It's amazing what strength people do find. After all, we're supposing that he was interrupted in the act of suicide. Hardly the moment when a man is at his most rational. But I can't be certain. No one can. ' 'I was afraid so. ' 'Or you want to believe it's too neat. ' 'From the position of the body I think he could have been sitting on the edge of the bed.

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