I have discovered a wonderful new-to-me mystery author: P. D. James! I just finished her novel Shroud for a Nightingale today and it was the best mystery I have read in quite awhile. Although it is certainly light reading, the writing is intelligent, with excellent descriptions of setting and character. The mystery, which revolved around two murders, had both a great set-up and a satisfying resolution. I was engaged in the story and interested in the characters. I rarely find my light reading to be particularly quotable, but this book most definitely was. Here are a few quotes that I especially liked:
Certainly his was the infectious good nature of a man who necessarily finds the world an agreeable place since it contains himself.
We can only begin to understand and forgive other people when we have learned to understand and forgive ourselves.
It could not be said that this news disconcerted the solicitor although his face creased into the vaguely pained look of a man who can never quite reconcile himself to the messiness of the world.
I am thrilled that P. D. James has a long list of published works and I look forward to reading many more of them!