I was never a big fan of detective novels, even Sherlock didn’t capture my attention. But then I took a college course that covered more modern detectives. It covered authors like PD James and Raymond Chandler. James once said,
“What the detective story is about is not murder but the restoration of order.”
Recently, I stumbled upon The Lighthouse by PD James here:
3 THINGS I LEARNED
- PENULTIMATE OF THE SERIES. Published in 2005, it was the 13th mystery novel to feature Adam Dalgliesh.
- 84 YEARS OLD WHEN SHE WROTE IT. I have nothing to say but, wow, that is incredible! I’m still trying to put together my first novel.
- PRONUNCIATION. I still pronounce the detective’s name as "Danglidesh" 🤦🏽♀️ (darnit you, dyslexia). I enjoyed the mystery but was quite surprised that order was restored so late in the novel. But either way, it's a worth a read.
P.S. It wasn’t until graduate school that I researched Sherlock deeper and chose him as the focus of my thesis. Thanks, PD James for the influence.