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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,312 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. D. James Narrator: Penelope Dellaporta Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9780804127677
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It begins, dramatically enough, with a trial for murder. The distinguished criminal lawyer Venetia Aldridge is defending Garry Ashe on charges of having brutally killed his aunt. For Aldridge the trial is mainly a test of her courtroom skills, one more opportunity to succeed, and she does. But now murder is in the air. The next victim will be Aldridge herself, stabbed to death at her desk in her Chambers in the Middle Temple, a bloodstained wig on her head. Enter Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team, whose struggle to investigate and understand the shocking events cannot halt the spiral into more horrors, more murders.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A skillfully rendered tale of moral justice.”

    Globe and Mail

  • “A whacking great whodunit.”

    Calgary Sun

  • “A superior murder mystery.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “A page-turning journey…along the darker, twisted byways of human intentions.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 2/16/2014

    " When only a good old-fashioned murder mystery will do, P.D.James doesn't disappoint. In this one, from the late 90s, it seems that everyone who knew the victim, a coldly brilliant criminal defense lawyer, had motive to kill her. Intricate, well written and satisfying, as always. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danette.p | 2/12/2014

    " Love the P.D. James. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna Sarkisyan | 2/1/2014

    " I chose this book because one of my friends recommended it to me. A lawyer named Venetia Albridge is defending a young man who is accused of murdering his mother. To everyone's surprise, she is soon found dead and everyone is suspicious of the boy. I liked the author's style because she made everything sound mysterious. My favorite quote was "When we did talk it was personal". This was my favorite quote because I like the mystery and emotion in it. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard Brand | 1/25/2014

    " It is part of you style to find that nobody has a happy situation. Love is rare. Parents reject their children, nothing positive happens, competition is in every comment or reaction. James seems to delight in the mystery that Dalgliesh solves but cannot prove and so we get a partial justice. These are enjoyable reads and I suspect that this kind of dark, unhappy world is considered necessary for good mystery novels. Rankin seems to paint something of this in the Rebus stories. Cronwell has much the same gloom in her novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/21/2014

    " Not a book that's going to blow your mind or anything but it's well crafted, reasonably believable, and rewards paying attention but doesn't require it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mita | 1/18/2014

    " I adore whodunits and PD James is very good especially with his so fallible sleuths. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Duckpondwithoutducks | 1/10/2014

    " P. D. James writes really well, though I think I prefer her earlier mysteries to her later ones. The book was 1/4 of the way through before the mystery proper started (i.e. the murder), and there didn't feel like enough exposition and figuring out clues before the mystery was wrapped up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lillian | 1/8/2014

    " enjoyable PD James murder mystery with multiple suspects. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bree | 1/6/2014

    " The plot was gripping, and readers had insight into the villians head, but as a reader I felt detached from the detective and his team. More recent crime thrillers get you inside the heads of the detectives. This is a different style of mystery than I prefer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 1/3/2014

    " Ah, P.D. James--masterfully plot. And masterfully told. Have read more than once. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yesenia Pumarada Cruz | 12/21/2013

    " it's fun to read. but it's too long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noreen O'Connell | 12/4/2013

    " Book is about 3 characters woven into one story. I love the Jackson Brodie character in previous stories but felt I was going over old ground with this one. Still enjoyed the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/2/2013

    " The usual juice James murder mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 11/28/2013

    " Another awesome book by one of my all time favorite authors. Man I love her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 11/27/2013

    " Dalgliesh gets involved in a murder that takes place in lawyer's chambers. Couldn't really get into this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa Hayden Espenschade | 11/22/2013

    " A Certain Justice was fine for reading with a cold, but I'm not sure I would have had patience to finish it if I'd been healthy. The book is long and detailed but not especially compelling, and most of the many characters are rather thinly drawn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 11/18/2013

    " Great writer! Love the plot twists and British sleuths! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott | 10/20/2013

    " So slow... The main hero was interesting enough, but this novel just didn't move. It was a labor for me to finish and, in the end, I don't think that it was worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jjanovyak | 10/15/2013

    " Okay. I'm still onboard for these Dalgleish books, but . . . this was gruesome. Not nearly so much fun when things are so graphic, in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Guisela | 9/26/2013

    " good, now the movie "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 7/11/2013

    " Not my favorite PD James book... was a bit slower than some of the others... but I can now say I've read all her Dagliesh mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 6/6/2013

    " "Chilling, Awesome Suspense!!" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Inger Faherty | 2/4/2013

    " Good old Adam Dalgliesh, read by Simon Prebble. What's not to love? It was a bit slow at times though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate Walsh | 12/28/2012

    " Not one of my favorites of hers. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 7/17/2012

    " Read only 75 pages. Story never took off. Too slow to develop interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 3/1/2012

    " P.D. James doesn't flinch in gruesome detail, whether of crime or character. Reading her books are thus like looking at a wreck: a horrible scene from which the reader can't look away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 2/23/2012

    " Excellent crime novel. Well written and plotted crime story where adam dagliesh and his assistants solve the murder of a barrister in her chambers. My first of the series and will be reading the rest of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 2/21/2012

    " Probably the best Inspector Daglish book I have read thus far. An incredibly fast read which sucked me in very quickly and didn't stop until the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 5/18/2011

    " Ah, P.D. James--masterfully plot. And masterfully told. Have read more than once. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 4/14/2011

    " Your typical P.D. James murder mystery. A great "vacation" read for poolside and airplane time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margery | 2/27/2011

    " Ah, what a tangled web she weaves! Another great British detecive mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 2/1/2011

    " Dalgliesh gets involved in a murder that takes place in lawyer's chambers. Couldn't really get into this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noreen | 1/13/2011

    " Book is about 3 characters woven into one story. I love the Jackson Brodie character in previous stories but felt I was going over old ground with this one. Still enjoyed the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/1/2011

    " Not a book that's going to blow your mind or anything but it's well crafted, reasonably believable, and rewards paying attention but doesn't require it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina | 12/31/2010

    " She's alwaya good, and I really liked this one. Not the typical sevn people stuck together and one is a murderer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saugat | 12/27/2010

    " Typical P D James mystery. I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 11/21/2010

    " P.D. James doesn't flinch in gruesome detail, whether of crime or character. Reading her books are thus like looking at a wreck: a horrible scene from which the reader can't look away. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roberta | 11/13/2010

    " A bit macabre. As usual, filled with strange people. After reading this one, I realized that at some previous time I had also read "The Murder Room." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 10/13/2010

    " As usual, PD James delivers an absorbing study of complex human interaction, the nature of evil and the response of the (British) legal and justice system. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 9/2/2010

    " Another awesome book by one of my all time favorite authors. Man I love her. "

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About the Author

P. D. James (1920–2014), English crime writer, was the author of numerous detective novels, many of which were New York Times bestsellers. She spent thirty years in various departments of the British civil service, including the Police and Criminal Law Departments of the Home Office. She has served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. In 2000 she celebrated her eightieth birthday and published her autobiography, Time to Be in Earnest. The recipient of many prizes and honors, she was named Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991.

About the Narrator

Penelope Dellaporta is a published narrator. Some of her published credits include Agatha Christie’s The Secret Adversary and Edith Wharton’s The House Of Mirth.