A Taste for Death - Signed - P. D. James 1986 - Faber and Faber, London - First Edition A fine and signed first edition of the seventh and best book to feature Commander Adam Dalgliesh, nominated for the Booker Prize, winner of the Silver Dagger award, one of Crime Writer’s of America’s top 100, and numerous other lists and awards, Julian Symons called A Taste for Death her ‘longest, most ambitious and the best’.

‘The characters here read Trollope and Philip Larkin; they are knowledgeable about architecture and art. Yet James's civilized digressions do not detract from the suspense of the plot. She does not employ horrific details for shock effect, but her step-by-step description of procedural details, particularly those of forensic medicine, totally immerse readers in the investigation.’ -
Publisher’s Weekly.

‘When the quiet Little Vestry of St. Matthew’s Church becomes the blood-soaked scene of a double murder, Scotland Yard Commander Adam Dalgliesh faces an intriguing conundrum: How did an upper-crust Minister come to lie, slit throat to slit throat, next to a neighborhood derelict of the lowest order? Challenged with the investigation of a crime that appears to have endless motives, Dalgliesh explores the sinister web spun around a half-burnt diary and a violet-eyed widow who is pregnant and full of malice–all the while hoping to fill the gap of logic that joined these two disparate men in bright red death. . . .’ – Penguin / Random House.
  P. D. JAMES was the author of twenty-one books, many of which feature her detective hero Adam Dalgliesh and have been televised or filmed. She was the recipient of many honors, including the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and the National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Literature. In 1991 she was created Baroness James of Holland Park.

Reference: HRF Keating,
Crime and Mystery: The 100 Best Books. Crime Writers' Association, The Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time. Bloomsbury Publishing, 100 Must-Read Crime Novels. Cooper & Pike, Detective Fiction, John Cooper’s personal recommendation, 336.

Octavo (book size 22.4 x 14.5 cm) pp. [4] 454 [6]. In publisher’s black cloth, spine lettered in silver. Dust jacket priced #9.95 net to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Fine, with the usual toning to edges of publisher’s poor paper stock, in fine dust jacket.   Ref: 109370   Price: HK$ 2,000