A famous mystery writer is found dead at the bottom of a dinghy, with both hands chopped off at the wrists. Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh, with help from his remarkable Aunt Jane, must discover who typed the writer's death sentence before the plot takes another murderous turn.
Unnatural Causes inspired Cosmopolitan to fervently hope, "if we're lucky, there will always be an England and there will always be a P. D. James."
Dalgliesh looks on, October 15, 2002 Reviewer: Gary Sprandel from Tallahassee, Florida Some vacation ... Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh drives to his aunts in Suffolk with hope of rest and reflection on his own life. Soon he finds himself in the middle of it, with local inspector Reckless investigating the murder (or natural causes?) of a Maurice Seton, floating on a dinghy alone with his hands cut off, possibly by his aunt's hatchet. From here the mystery starts, and continues from a literary circle, to a strip tease artist. The conclusion was a shocker for me, although looking back, the clues and the character development fit! For the American birdwatcher, like myself, there is also delight in aunt Jane's identification of the curlew sandpiper, versus Adam's dunlin.