First published by Faber and Faber Ltd 1997
Published in Penguin Books 1998
The blurb reads: ‘Venetia Aldridge QC is a distinguished barrister. When she agrees to defend Garry Ashe, accused of the brutal murder of his aunt, it is one more opportunity to triumph in her career as a criminal lawyer. But Regina v. Ashe initiates events both frightening and unpredictable. Just four weeks later, Miss Aldridge is found dead in her Middle Temple Chambers. Commander Adam Dalgliesh, called in to investigate, finds motives for murder among the clients Venetia has defended, her professional colleagues, her family – even her lover. As Dalgliesh and his team narrow the field of suspects, a second brutal murder draws them into greater complexities of intrigue and evil.’
A Certain Justice (1997), the tenth book in Inspector Adam Dalgliesh series, is the sixth book I’ve read to complete my participation on the 2010 Typically British Reading Challenge hosted by Book Chick City.
I have to admit that I found A Certain Justice quite irregular, and this despite my admiration for PD James, her brilliant prose, the details about the criminal justice system in England and the fine portraits of the characters developed in the book. I was very much interested in the plot but somewhere along the last chapters I lost interest and, finally, I found that the solution to the case was completely unsatisfactory. However up to that point it was rather a gratifying reading.
Read an excerpt HERE.