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Thursday, September 3, 2020

The Lighthouse by P D James

I am going to the pile of books unread at home and picking up one at a time. The first is an all time favourite P D James. I love her style of writing, formal, precise and so very informative. All in one sentence. The feeling conveyed in a sentence is so good that nothing is superfluous. Never get tired of reading her books. The Lighthouse set on Coombe Island is a isolated place. It serves as a resort for those "captains of industry" or politicians who need a quiet, restful place to recuperate and relax, free from the intrusions of modern life. It did not prove to be so for Oliver Nathan, a cantankerous author who from several accounts was described as evil. His murder set in motion a series of events starting with Detectives from Scotland Yard arriving on the island and with a second murder, an episode of SARS, it soon racked up the tensions on this small island with just a few people. Uncovering a history that went back decades in the lives of those who were on the island, not just islanders as such of whom there were only a couple but the lives of those who were on the island at the time of the murder showed that coincidences is not acceptable when it comes to murder. On an island with such a few inhabitants even the lives of the detectives - just three of them mesh in a way that does not happen in a more "open" environment. This added another dimension to the story. This was a gorgeous read, I can see myself reading it again in a year or two.

7 comments:

Literary Feline said...

I like P.D. James too. I haven't read this one, but I think it might be on my TBR shelf. I am glad you liked it, Mystica!

jenclair said...

I like P.D. James, although it has been a while. This sounds good--I like islands settings and authors as characters, murdered or murderers. :)

Sue Jackson said...

Wow, you reminded me - I haven't read a PD James novel since I was breast-feeding my first son (needed a lightweight paperback - ha ha) - he is 26 now! Sounds like I should get back to her. Thanks for the review -

Sue

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Mary (Bookfan) said...

I'm embarrassed to say I've never read PD James. I need to change that!

Rita said...

I've only read The Children of Men (and also saw the film). I really enjoyed both.
I love to stumble upon authors with many books in their backlist. I think I'd like to check her titles out.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

This is one I've always meant to read.

I noticed you seem to be having issues adding photos with Blogger. What type of device do you use and are you using the NEW version? I had issues when I tried to post photos using an iPad but not with my MAC? I'm still using old version as I had problems with new even using the MAC at times -- frustrating.

Lisa said...

I've had this one my shelf for a long time - sounds like I need to get to it soon!