Unnatural Causes

Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh had been looking forward to a quiet holiday at his aunt’s cottage on Monksmere Head, one of the furthest-flung spots on the remote Suffolk coast. With nothing to do other than enjoy long walks and a little desultory bird-watching, Dalgliesh was relishing the thought of a well-earned break.

However, all hope of peace is soon shattered by murder. The mutilated body of a local crime writer, Maurice Seaton, floats ashore in a drifting dinghy to drag Adam Dalgliesh into a new and macabre investigation. This is a thrilling work of crime fiction possessing all of the qualities which distinguish P. D. James as a novelist.

Unnatural Causes was adapted for television in 1993, starring Roy Marsden, Simon Chandler and Kenneth Colley.

Book details

Series: Adam Dalgliesh

Series reading order: 3

First published: 1967

Faber & Faber