Book Review: Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales

Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales by P. D. James

Book review by Jim Scott

I implore you join the throngs who love the work of this British grand-dame of mystery writers. Called by many the “queen of crime,” and others “the doyenne of detective novelists,” James left a legacy of over a dozen, priceless mystery novels and short stories.  She received the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award and the National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Literature.  She was awarded the Order of the British Empire and was created life peer in the House of Lords as Baroness of Holland Park.

            I have selected Sleep No More (2017), a delicious collection of her short stories to induce interest in and further exploration of this thoughtful and meticulous writer’s work.   

            Should you move along to her mystery novels, you will discover “detective story” told as penetrating analysis of men, women and society, dissecting social privilege, politics, the nature and expression of romance, beauty, the fine arts, and religion.  There, her literary protagonists are Scotland Yard police commander Adam Dalgliesh – a Jaguar-driving inspector and poet; and Cordelia Gray, private investigator and owner of Pryde Detective Agency in London.  

            James subtly undergirds her work with the use of irony and control of structure.  This touch is evident throughout her detective masterpieces, Death Comes to Pemberly (2011). Beware,, for as in all of James’s work, murder (often grisly, never delicate) is the focus, and always within a larger conversation marked with intelligence, manners and meaning.

Meet the Author – January 28 from 11am – 1pm

Invitation to Book Signing at Wellington Square Bookshop

Special Invitation to a Book Signing

Saturday, January 28th, 2012 11:00 am ~ 1:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be first among equals in a tight job market? Are you pondering what you need to do to get the next promotion, or whether you should even stay at your current job?

The answers to questions like these may be simpler than you think once you understand your power style. Join us on January 28th, when executive coach and author Maggie Craddock will be discussing the research behind her latest book, Power Genes: Understanding Your Power Persona – and How to Wield it at Work (Harvard Business Press, June 2011).

Bring your friends and enjoy an interactive presentation by Maggie Craddock.

Delight in the old world treasure and eclectic selection of books and unique gift items at the Wellington Square Bookshop
~ Light refreshments will be served ~
Wellington Square Bookshop Eagleview Town Center 541 Wellington Square ~ Exton, PA 19341

Genes: — and How to Wield It at Work

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Maggie Craddock is an executive coach and author of the authentic Career: Following the Path of self-discovery to Professional Fulfillment. Prior to coaching, she received two Lipper Awards for managing the top mutual fund in its class nationwide. She is an Ackerman-certified family therapist.
“ Regardless of where you fit on the Power Grid , understanding Maggie Craddock’s insight that who you are and where you come from impact how you are perceived by others is critical to becomeing a more effective leader.”

—Brian P. Hull I Group Managing Director, USB Wealth Management Americas