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Publisher's Summary

When the quiet Little Vestry of St. Matthew's Church becomes the blood-soaked scene of a double murder, Scotland Yard Commander Adam Dalgliesh faces an intriguing conundrum: How did an upper-crust Minister come to lie, slit throat to slit throat, next to a neighborhood derelict of the lowest order? Challenged with the investigation of a crime that appears to have endless motives, Dalgliesh explores the sinister web spun around a half-burnt diary and a violet-eyed widow who is pregnant and full of malice -all the while hoping to fill the gap of logic that joined these two disparate men in bright red death. . . .
©2007 PD James; (P)2009 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"A superb detective novel....and a gift to all readers." (USA Today)
"Glitters with the high-gloss anxiety of a first-rate detective novel, but it goes beyond that fine achievement to another realm . . . An intricate, compassionate novel." (The Boston Globe)
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By Jody R. Nathan on 02-24-10

Classic PD James

Ok, this was a classic PD James book; beautifully written, lots of very nice psychological details; lots and lots of descriptions; and a good mystery to boot. Would have rated it 5 stars but I found myself wanting the author to get on with the story and therefore lighten up on the descriptions and the psychological details. So, what makes this book great, also made it lag. Perhaps I have become impatient lately because of the more americanized detective stories I have been reading as of late. But, if you want to spend a lot of time on one very well written and detailed murder mystery, this is it. Oh, and I liked PD James' little self portrait which she placed in the book towards the end. . . or I wanted to think it was her, anyway.

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By Maura on 08-14-09

Good PD James book

Long and slow in parts, but if you like other PD James books, you'll like this one. It's very character driven, which I like. Good story, but the end is a bit unsatisfying and out of nowhere.

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