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Author: P. D. James, Penelope Dellaporta Narrator: Penelope Dellaporta Publisher: Random House Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781415961605
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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. . . . Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenifer | 2/14/2014

    " This might be the first PD James book I've read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/8/2014

    " The best P.D. James I've read so far. The last line is perfect, and it brings together every theme in the story. This one isn't just about murder and death, folks. It's also about life and how we choose to live it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas | 2/6/2014

    " first sentence - "The bodies were discovered at eight forty-five on the morning of Wednesday 18 September by Miss Emily Wharton, a sixty-five-year-old spinster of the parish of St. Matthew's in Paddington, London, and Darren Wilkes, aged ten, of no particular parish as far as he knew or cared." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/3/2014

    " I can always count on PD James for a good detective story. Once again, she did not disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/26/2014

    " Kate Miskin is the surprising lead character, along with the late Sir Paul Berowne. Throat slit, along with that of a tramp, Adam knows it is a murder, not a suicide. The story veers about, dashing in every direction, until the dramatic ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 1/23/2014

    " A bit long winded, but quite a nice "procedural" police detective story. Not, in my view, one of PD James' best .... "

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

    " This was wonderful in its twists and turns and the human=ness of the characters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacque | 1/16/2014

    " As usual, P.D. James delivers a complex and entertaining mystery. This story gives a better understanding of Detective Kate. I thought the plot and characters gave an enlightening perspective of upper-class English society. The ending was satisfying too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary | 11/13/2013

    " I read one of PDJ, it could be this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry | 10/7/2013

    " Very unexpected ending - I could not put this one down, I stayed up until 4 am on Friday night to finish it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 9/27/2013

    " The last 100 pages grabbed me and wouldn't let go. My favorite P.D. James thus far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dotarvi | 9/22/2013

    " I like the way PD James writes, and the mystery was compelling, even after it was obvious who the killer must be. The last chapter seemed unnecessarily depressing, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 6/16/2013

    " A solid read from a pro; also I love anything Adam Dagliesh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 6/5/2013

    " This is a great British mystery, 7 books in one, about a baronet's death and the people involved. Good drama, murder and intrigue. Happy reading! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachelle | 5/20/2013

    " I quit after about 60 pages. It just didn't grab me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ana | 10/2/2012

    " Excellent mystery book, with great characters, writing and plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee | 8/30/2012

    " Can't go wrong with P. D. James! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitney | 8/5/2012

    " I actually just re-read this book. It's a great and very dark mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Winifred | 7/31/2012

    " Good recreational reading. PD James keeps you guessing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 6/17/2012

    " I really enjoy PD James' mysteries - they are not a quick read but the characters and great and the plots very well thought out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce | 11/2/2011

    " Very good book. Murder in a church vestry involving a wealthy family, a hobo, a church lady and the young boy who discover the body. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 10/16/2011

    " This book I really liked this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terrie | 6/26/2011

    " There was too much description for my taste. Everything from faces to furniture was described in excruciating detail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George | 5/9/2011

    " #7 in the Commander Adam Dalglish of Scotland Yard mystery series. He becomes involved solving the murder of a British aristocrat and member of Parliament. It is a good mystery read that is cluttered up with a number of very disfunctional family members. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 4/12/2011

    " This was a well written mystery, but she tells the reader who the murderer is before the ending, and I prefer a big surprise twist. It was still fascinating with lots of side plots. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 3/7/2011

    " I think that this was the most depressing P.D.James mystery I've read yet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 12/13/2010

    " This is the first of her books I have had time to finish and I think I will be looking for more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ana | 12/8/2010

    " Excellent mystery book, with great characters, writing and plot. "

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

    " Very good book. Murder in a church vestry involving a wealthy family, a hobo, a church lady and the young boy who discover the body. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 9/24/2010

    " Loved it. I just can't get enough of James. I feel like I know Dalgliesh personally! Her characters are so dynamic. There are enough red herrings to keep you guessing to the very end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 9/8/2010

    " I really like PD James, and that she gives enough red herrings and clues, so that you figure it out about the same time as the police, and then you wonder how they are going to trap the criminal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carey | 8/13/2010

    " Great set of characters, good plot, Dalgliesh one of my all-time favourite detectives.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hargrove | 8/10/2010

    " This is an absorbing read, made all the more interesting by James's sense of place. I enjoyed it immensely. "

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

    " Def. not my favorite PD James book. I did like it enough to continue on with the series, but I thought it was one which was forgettable "

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.