A Mind to Murder, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


A piercing scream, shattering the evening calm, brings Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh hurrying from his literary party to the nearby Steen Psychiatric Clinic, where he discovers the body of a woman sprawled on the basement floor, a chisel thrust through her heart.

As Dalgliesh probes beneath the apparently unruffled calm of the clinic, he discovers that many an intrigue lies hidden behind the Georgian terrace's unassuming facade.

Professionally, he has never known the taste of failure.

Now, for the first time, he feels unsure of his own mastery as he battles to unmask a cool killer who is proving to be his intellectual equal, and who is poised to strike again.

A Mind To Murder is the second novel to feature Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh from the bestselling author of Death Comes To Pemberley, Death in Holy Orders and The Children of Men.

In 1995 the novel was adapted into a hit film and starred Roy Marsden as the inspector protagonist.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780571248896

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Inspector Dalgliesh's poetry book launch is interrupted by a murder. He has to investigate the murder of the office manager of a psychiatric clinic. As he digs he finds undercurrents that will not only change the outcome but also the lives of most of the people involved.This one had a lot of introspection, not bad but it's not my favourite of hers. It wasn't bad but it was vaguely unstatisfying.

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Nice murder mystery, though I suspect not the author's best. A bit outdated.