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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,621 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. D. James Narrator: Penelope Dellaport Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries Release Date:
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An evil-tempered forensic scientist is put to death, putting many of his colleagues out of misery. Commander Adam Dalgliesh must exhume the secrets of Dr. Lorrimer's laboratory in order to lay bare the murderous motive hidden in one human heart.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Phil Mullen | 2/8/2014

    " As smoothly convoluted a plot; & as deftly created characters, as this reader could desire. The lady can write delightful mysteries! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lobstergirl | 2/3/2014

    " A girl's body has turned up in a clunch pit (clunch: a hard chalk used as building stone) in East Anglia, but we don't care about her. Our focus is the Hoggatt Forensic Science Laboratory, one of whose forensic scientists, who just happens to be hated by many, will be bludgeoned to death before he can finish examining the evidence in the clunch pit case. The lovely Dalgliesh helicopters in with his appealing sidekick, Massingham, a deeply ordinary aristocrat. "The marvel of the Massinghams was that a lineage going back five hundred years could have produced so many generations of amiable nonentities." James can't seem to help her deep misogynistic streak; it's not enough for spinsters to be unloved, they also need to be vindictive and foul-smelling, their lipstick melting into the creases around their mouths, their hair rollers leaving fat sausage impressions in their hair, their stockings put on backwards. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Grace | 1/26/2014

    " Thoroughly enjoyable. What I like about P.D. Jame's Adam Dalgliesh mysteries is that I often can't figure our "who done it" early in the book. There was an almost universally disliked victim, a lot of suspects, most of whom had motive and opportunity, all sorts of subplots and side stories. And the actual murderer was acharacter I had first suspectyed, then dismissed, only to discover I was right about the murderer but wrong about the motive and surprised by how it all played out in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Thea Klapwald | 1/20/2014

    " I've only read a few P.D. James before, including her latest which I did not love. I decided to go to her backlist as these books tend to be excellent. I am not disappointed, yet. Very interesting view of a crime lab. The ending was a bit complicated and maudlin but the point that James made about a murder investigation changing everything it touches - and not for the better - is well made. "

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