I'm of two minds about this book. There are parts I liked and others I disliked quite a bit. Which would explain why it took me so long to finish. This is a reread but I had no memories of reading it although I know I have read it during my binge of P.D. James way back when A Taste for Death came out in French somewhere in the mid 1980s.So Cordelia is half in the things I liked and half in the things I disliked. I liked that she is persistent, clever in her own way, empathic and ultimately good at what she does. But.... the whole thing about her 'wild' childhood, the whole oh isn't so sad thing James has going for Cordelia was annoying me to no end. The mystery is well.. not a mystery per se more a quest for knowledge, self knowledge even. That quest is what kept me reading. But... the wrap up in the end by the 'competent' man in this case Dalgliesh almost going... there, there dear, you did what you could was beyond annoying. At least Cordelia kinda ignores him and goes on being a private investigator. So three stars but barely.