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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,626 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. D. James, Penelope Dellaporta Narrator: Penelope Dellaporta Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781415961605
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Two bodies, their throats cut, lie in the vestry of St Matthew's Church, Paddington. One is an alcoholic tramp; the other, Sir Paul Berowne, is a baronet and a recently resigned Minister of the Crown. Adam Dalgliesh, arrives to begin his investigation, one that will expose the darker recesses of the Berowne family history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Splendidly suspenseful. The Washington Post Book World
  • 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
  • MARVELOUS. Newsweek

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Duncan Duncan Duncan | 2/17/2014

    " James, a master of her craft. Her writing needs no introduction. BBC did not hesitate to make her books into TV movies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 2/17/2014

    " An engaging mystery--as always. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 2/10/2014

    " A whodunit with the descriptions, character development, name-dropping, and allusions you'd expect from a different type of novel (the detective is a poet, after all), and the mystery, police work, and twists and turns the genre demands. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 1/29/2014

    " 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. "

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

    " Adam Dalgliesh is back in #7. Two men lie dead in the vestry of a London church. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chrisb | 1/25/2014

    " Decent fluff... Can't say I'd go out and buy a new copy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pippa222 | 1/18/2014

    " Grim, but compelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christian Dibblee | 1/10/2014

    " Good detailed storyline. But, too many musings going on in here. Not a pointless mystery novel by any means. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/25/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bitty | 12/14/2013

    " Got off to a slow start but it picked up the pace about halfway through and then I couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary | 11/28/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison Lyons | 9/4/2013

    " I love PD James. Her books make me want to grab a cup of tea and huddle under a blanket while reading tales of murder, mayhem and the devious world of small town living. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 8/21/2013

    " My first Adam Dalgliesh mystery. Enjoyable. Elizabeth George fans would probably be interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hollis | 7/4/2013

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shana | 7/1/2013

    " not a page-turner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cat | 11/24/2012

    " Very fun P.D. James from what I think of as her best period (Devices and Desires to A Certain Justice). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 8/30/2012

    " Classic British police procedural style murder mystery. Good, brooding stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Espen | 8/27/2012

    " A minister of the government has a religious experience, resigns his position - and is murdered shortly thereafter. PD James is great on setting the environment, the characters and the mystery, but the murderer and the solution feels a bit predictable and, shall we say, bloodless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas Cook | 4/10/2012

    " 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." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia Nixon | 3/31/2012

    " A well written murder mystery filled with several eccentric characters which holds the reader's attention right up to the surprising conclusion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenni | 2/24/2012

    " This was a standard PD James book; a great mystery novel. "

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

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 RJ | 10/9/2011

    " It's been awhile since I've read this and I'd probably remember whodunit, but I would read this again. To me, this was the peak moment of her Dalgliesh novels. The dramatizations featuring Roy Marsden certainly helped me embrace Dalgleish's character, but this novel stands on its own quite nicely. "

  • 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 "

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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.