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In the following thesis, the characters in P.D. Jamesʼs crime novel A Taste for Death are analysed on the basis of three narratological approaches. Firstly, Greimasʼ actant model is used to explain the roles of the main characters in the narrative, and to shortly reveal the plot. An analysis of each of the main characters that are important for the thesis statement follows, based on the accumulated evidence of the character traits in the novel. Thirdly, the character-trait inventory in the table form is used for further analysis. In the course of my analysis, I have hopefully succeeded in proving three assumptions about the characters in A Taste for Death. To begin with, not all the characters in detective novels are flat with only one main character trait, which I have exemplified on the basis of the analysis of the characters in A Taste for Death. Secondly, the suspects in A Taste for Death are mostly unlikeable characters with negative traits, whereas the characters that are part of the police force have mostly positive, but also some negativetraits. Therefore the detectives have more depth than the suspect characters. Not only the main but also the minor characters play an important part in the course of the novel. Whereas one would expect the minor charactersto be flat, it is obvious that most of them are fully rounded characters. Only the most peripheral characters can be described as flat, and those serve as plot-enabling devices. In conclusion, I hope to have contributed to the notion that some crime novels need not be described as trivial literature, using A Taste for Death as a good example. Its qualities go far beyond the exciting riddle of finding the murderer. The novel merges carefully described settings with richly depicted characters which insightfully portray the mysteries of the human psyche.