Set a year after Dalgliesh’s first case, Cover Her Face, A Mind to Murder explores PD James’ lead character, establishing him as a flawed detective. This MP3 audiobook, read by Roy Marsden, sees Dalgliesh investigating the grisly slaying of Enid Bolam, the administrative officer of the Steen Psychiatric Clinic. However, in order to get to the truth, he must get to grips with the fears and anxieties of its residents.
What sets Dalgliesh apart from his peers is his ability to empathize with virtually everyone he interviews; no-one is truly innocent. However, this level of investment takes its toll on the Inspector and those who have listened to later audiobooks for MP3 will find it fascinating to see how his future problems establish themselves. In addition, this policeman is ultimately human, often pursuing the wring line of enquiry, sometimes with drastic results. A Mind to Murder explores the themes of fallibility and judgement, as Dalgliesh struggles to piece together a picture of the deceased, tainted by the opinions of those left behind.
Roy Marsden is considered by many to be the authoritative incarnation of the inspector, effortlessly conveying the complexities of a man trying to live up to the responsibilities of his job. This audiobook is a gripping listen, perfect for quiet evenings in or long journeys.