Saturday, 3 August 2013

the skull beneath the skin

In March I finished The Skull Beneath The Skin by PD James, another author I'm working my way through. It was pretty good, but was hamstrung a bit by the fact that it's hard to make a sensible private detective work in the world of modern policing in a realistic way; hamstrung is unfair, since she presented the difficulty realistically, which I appreciated, and since presenting it unrealistically is what I don't like in other books. But it did make the plot a bit awkward, and might in some ways have been easier to write without the private detective in it at all, with few changes. It was a classic closed community murder mystery.