This is the third of James' Adam Dalgliesh mysteries, and it shows. He's not yet the fully developed character of the later novels. He's on holiday visiting his aunt when a grisly death occurs, investigated by the local constable, who is put off by having Dalgliesh around. The other suspects (besides Dalgliesh) are, perhaps, being treated by James as parodies, but I found the humor way too much, not nearly as subtle as she later becomes. Once Dalgliesh begins functioning as a detective on his own--more than halfway through--the action takes off somewhat. Still, if this had been the first Dalgliesh novel I'd read, I don't know that I'd have read more. But it's interesting to know where she came from.
Jane Austen-like in description of village characters - certain dry humour
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