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Publisher's Summary

The setting itself is elemental P.D. James: the bleak coast of East Anglia, where atop a sweep of low cliffs stands the small theological college of St. Anselm's. On the shore not far away, smothered beneath a fall of sand, lies the body of one of the school's young ordinands. He is the son of Sir Alred Treeves, a hugely successful and flamboyant businessman who is accustomed to getting what he wants - and in this case what he wants is Commander Adam Dalgliesh to investigate his son's death. Although there seems to be little to investigate, Dalgliesh agrees, largely out of nostalgia for several happy summers he spent at St. Anselm's as a boy. No sooner does he arrive, however, than the college is torn apart by a sacrilegious and horrifying murder, and Dalgliesh finds himself ineluctably drawn into the labyrinth of an intricate and violent mystery. Here P.D. James once more demonstrates her unrivaled skill in building a classic detective story into a fully realized novel, gripping as much for its psychological and emotional richness as for the originality and complexity of its plotting - and, of course, for the horror and suspense at its heart. Filled with unforgettable characters, brilliant in its evocation of the East Anglian scene and the religious background against which the action takes place, Death in Holy Orders again offers proof, if proof were needed, that P.D. James is not only the reigning master of the crime novel but also, simply, one of the finest novelists writing today.
©2001 by P.D. James (P)2001 Random House, Inc., Random House AudioBooks, a Division of Random House, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Character, plot, and setting take equal part in the work of P.D. James, and never have they been in greater supply than in Death in Holy Orders." (The New York Times Book Review)
"James at the top of her form." (The New Yorker)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jannice on 09-18-03

Death in Holy Orders - good PBS

I chose this title because I have enjoyed the Adam Dalgliesh stories on PBS' Mystery, and I wasn't disappointed. P D James is able to convey atmosphere and suspense in the locale and in the characters, so that I was able to envision the story as it unfolded. It may not have the breakneck speed of some American suspense stories, but it has it's own pace and remains true to it's path. I was not disappointed in the ending as others were - one of the traits of a good mystery is to give enough information for the reader to follow the trail along with the detective. Unpredictable twists that defy logic can ruin a mystery. I would love to see more PD James titles available, unabridged, please.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jack on 01-20-05


This is the best audio book I've heard. The narration is excellent, perfectly paced for the subject, with great accents. The plot and characterisation sustain interest throughout.

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