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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,149 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: December 2008 ISBN: 9781415959459
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When the administrative head of the Steen Psychiatric Clinic is found dead with a chisel in her heart, Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard is called in to investigate. Dalgliesh must analyze the deep-seated anxieties and thwarted desires of patients and staff alike to determine which of their unresolved conflicts resulted in murder.

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  • A New York Times Bestseller

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellyann | 2/15/2014

    " I had never read this early book of James'. She is awesome. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 C | 2/10/2014

    " It was alright. I found it difficult to follow all the characters in the beginning. Couldn't keep it straight who was who. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 2/6/2014

    " I listened to this on tape, which I almost never do, but it works with mysteries. Although Penelope Dellaporta slides over from reading into some pretty terrible acting when the tensions rise. Her voice got a bit grating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jocelyn | 2/1/2014

    " Administrator of private psychiatry clinic found dead in file storage room. Suspects include shrinks, nurses, administrative assistants, and porters. Kind of weird, but kept me reading. The ending was full of surprises; maybe too many. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ange | 1/27/2014

    " An earlier A.D. book. Almost finished. So far so good. One of her earlier books. Kinda brief, but good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 1/23/2014

    " Really enjoyed this. A good mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jens | 1/20/2014

    " A good one - just sad I'm running out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula Steinhoff | 1/20/2014

    " LIstened to this one- I always enjoy P.D. James' books! This one was not her best, but still good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 12/22/2013

    " Second book with same inspector. A very nice writing style, a quick read and a plausible ending--only a little expected. James is diving into her main character more and it's enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 12/10/2013

    " Not quite as good as "Cover Her Face" but I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 10/29/2013

    " Another delightful, tightly woven, and well-written murder mystery by P. D. James. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 9/16/2013

    " I have almost completed this series and am going back and writing my reviews. I guess the thing that I would say about PD James is that she is a good writer, but not a "pop" writer..her mysteries are comfortable reads, yet most are forgettable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 9/14/2013

    " Why, oh why did I wait so late in life to begin reading P D James? Even when she makes us think the killer has been revealed, she switches things on us! The character of the detective inspector Dalgliesh is a multi-leveled human who keeps getting more and more interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 stormhawk | 7/16/2013

    " Not great, but not awful, either. Fairly plain little mystery. I'm sure I'm upsetting fans of this series, but I was never really caught up in the story or characters. It starts as a drawing room mystery, but the finish left me confused and disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ed | 5/15/2013

    " Murder has been done at a psychiatric clinic beset by professional rivalries, potential funding cuts from the NHS, sloppy record keeping and a few slightly insane therapists. Adam Dalgliesh has to sort it all out--he does so with the aid of clue from the clinic cat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katrina Gonsalves | 3/26/2013

    " Written more like an Agatha Christie book, than her later works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K | 9/3/2012

    " The third Adam Dalgliesh mystery, with the murder set in a luxe psychiatric clinic in London. Didn't enjoy it quite as much as the others I've read; characters seemed less well-drawn. But it appeased my worry that all P.D. James mysteries ended with the same kind of solution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick Benson | 8/22/2012

    " good solid story, though probably more about Dalgleish than the crime "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tom | 8/11/2011

    " Dull. Murder wasn't very challenging or particularly original. Characters weren't interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 5/10/2011

    " I enjoy P.D. James mysteries and so this one was no different. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 1/26/2011

    " She has good writing skills, but the story was so-so and it's quite sexist. I think that's the last of hers I will read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce | 10/31/2010

    " Adam Dalgliesh #2 was very interesting. Takes place in a psychiatric clinic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olivemylove | 9/8/2010

    " Probably my least favorite pd james. The book is very heavy on the procedures and activities of the institution. Very little character development like she usually does. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peg | 7/28/2010

    " Another in my series of reading P.D. James 38 mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/5/2010

    " P.D. James' second Adam Daglgliesh mystery. She hasn't yet perfected that wonderful ability to build characters that mark her later books, but a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 7/3/2010

    " I have almost completed this series and am going back and writing my reviews. I guess the thing that I would say about PD James is that she is a good writer, but not a "pop" writer..her mysteries are comfortable reads, yet most are forgettable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 6/28/2010

    " The first of a package of several mysteries sent me! I've been plowing through them and can see why people get addicted to these. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 R | 6/27/2010

    " When you read a mystery writer like P.D. james it's very hard not to compare the other writers to her and they always come up short. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 6/12/2010

    " Really liking these early P.D. James books. Just classic detective stories, without the need for any of the accoutrement so common nowadays "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 4/20/2010

    " I listened to this on tape, which I almost never do, but it works with mysteries. Although Penelope Dellaporta slides over from reading into some pretty terrible acting when the tensions rise. Her voice got a bit grating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 4/19/2010

    " Starts off pretty slow but gets better at the end "

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About the Author
P. D. James is the author of 17 previous books, most of which have been filmed for television. Before her retirement in 1979, she served in the forensics and criminal justice departments of Great Britain’s Home Office, and she has been a magistrate and a governor of the BBC. The recipient of many prizes and honours, she was created Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991. In 2000 she celebrated her 80th birthday and published her autobiography, Time to Be in Earnest.
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.