Open that window, Miss Menzies

Patricia Craig

  • A Taste for Death by P.D. James
    Faber, 454 pp, £9.95, June 1986, ISBN 0 571 13799 7
  • A Dark-Adapted Eye by Barbara Vine
    Viking, 300 pp, £9.95, March 1986, ISBN 0 670 80976 4
  • Dead Men’s Morris by Gladys Mitchell
    Joseph, 247 pp, £9.95, April 1986, ISBN 0 7181 2553 3
  • Laurels are poison by Gladys Mitchell
    Hogarth, 237 pp, £2.95, June 1986, ISBN 0 7012 1010 9
  • Dido and Pa by Joan Aiken
    Cape, 251 pp, £7.95, June 1986, ISBN 0 224 02364 0

The epigraphs of P.D. James (now that she has taken to using them) are important. ‘There’s this to say for blood and breath,’ runs the latest one, from A.E. Housman: ‘They give a man a taste for death.’ Are we being directed to hold in mind those other lines of Housman’s?

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