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 interesting 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 causes, Dalgliesh explores the sinister net spun round a half-burnt diary and a violet-eyed widow who's pregnant and whole of malice--all the whereas hoping to fill the distance of common sense that joined those disparate males in shiny pink loss of life. . . .

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He had a positive genius for picking losers. So had his father. In his case the losers were on four legs. But I feel grateful to great grandfather nevertheless. Before he lost his money he had the good sense to com-mission John Soane to design the Campden Hill Square house. You're interested in architecture, aren't you? I'd like you to see it when you can spare a couple of hours. It needs at least that. In my view it's even more interesting 79 than the Soane museum in Lincoln's Inn Fields; a perverse nco-classicism I suppose you'd call it.

On the second floor rose three very high, curved windows, originally, he suspected, an open loggia but now glazed and fronted with a low stone balustrade. Between the windows, mounted on incongruous corbels which looked more Gothic than neo-classical, were stone cary-atids, whose flowing lines, reinforced by the typically Soanian pilasters at the corners of the house, drew the eye upwards, past the square windows of the third storey to a fourth storey faced in brick and, finally, to the stone balus-trade with its row of curved shells echoing the curve of the 102 lower windows.

Of course I didn't notice what colour it was. What colour would it be? ' Suddenly, she pushed her face over the table towards him. Her huge breasts, so much at odds with the thin face and the bony arms, were pushed into great half moons by the table edge. Her coffee cup clattered in the saucer. The sharp little eyes widened. ' 'You think he was in there do you, Father, washing his bloody hands? Oh my God! Suppose he had come out and seen us. We could have been murdered on the spot, Tom and Maggie and me.

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