Thursday, January 19, 2006

P. D. James Offers Clues to Complex Plots

The Associated Press recently ran a profile on P. D. James, whose latest Adam Dalgleish mystery, The Lighthouse, has been a solid bestseller for several months.

When asked, what comes first, murder or motive, the answer is like the plots of her whodunits - never the obvious. "What usually comes first is the setting," James says. "I can have what I think is a strong response to the spirit of a place. I can be perhaps in an old house or a community of a people, a lonely stretch of beach and say this is where it happened."

This fascinating and informative profile has run in several online newspapers, and is available here from HeraldToday (Bradenton FL).

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