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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,614 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. D. James Narrator: Michael Jayston Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN:
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A young girl is strangled. Then the senior biologist in the forensic lab where her body is taken is also found dead. Adam Dalgleish has a baffling enquiry on his hands.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacque Bona | 2/20/2014

    " I struggled with following the plot as I listened to this book. I'm not sure if it was the narrator or the story or both--heck, maybe it was just me. However, the narrator was not able to change her voice enough to differentiate characters. I found the plot hopped around and I just kept losing interest. It was a forced listen to find out who the murderer was. So far, this is the only Dalgliesh story that let me down. "

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

    " This book didn't develop dagliesh's character as much as the later books do but I still liked it. "

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

    " Not the best Adam Dalgliesh mystery but an entertaining read nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 1/31/2014

    " Another good P.D. James. I like the way the mysteries come together, and the variety of characters. They are set in England, with a sort of timeless feel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 1/30/2014

    " I'm on a P.D. James kick. I love her use of words. Yes, I have to have a dictionary close at hand and a sheet of paper to write down all the characters names to keep track of them. But that's fun for me. Unfortunately she's in her 90s so I'm not sure how many more mysteries she has in her. This was an Adam Dagliesh detective story, her most famous character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kenny | 1/19/2014

    " Classic British mystery, but with more twists and turns than most. Entertaining and quick. Good used bookstore grab. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martha Tetrault | 1/19/2014

    " Not her best. Seemed flat compared to her earlier ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 12/15/2013

    " Not as spectacular of some of the others but worthwhile "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Barton | 12/9/2013

    " If you like mysteries that aren't the old-school whodunit variety or gumshoe, Sam Spade stuff, but more modern detective novels, I recommend any of P.D. James' Adam Dalgliesh mysteries. They're dark and brooding, very updated Victorian. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 11/22/2013

    " This was a good PD James book..not her best, but although I read it almost half a year ago, I can remember it well. With how much I read, that is a sign of a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitney Hemphill | 11/17/2013

    " I can't wait to re-read this one "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kel | 11/16/2013

    " It was interesting to read about forensic science in the late 1970's and consider the advancements that have been made. The story line was also very intriguing and kept me guessing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette Meier | 11/5/2013

    " Good characters & storyline. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ange | 11/2/2013

    " Saw the video a while ago. The book is even better than the video. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carlin | 8/24/2013

    " This was the first P D James I've read and I thought it was a good British (murder) mystery. She does continually give the characters reasons to have committed the murder so you never get to really rule anyone out.. little annoying. I will read another one to see how similar her stories are. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robynn | 7/19/2013

    " This was a slower read than usual, an awful lot of characters to keep track of, but P.D. James is always an intriguing story teller. So I am glad I plodded thru. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brynna | 12/26/2012

    " Well and interestingly written. There are some very nice moments in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jens | 12/13/2012

    " Another classic from P.D. James, somewhat interrupted by my reading it in the midst of delirious sickness and exhaustion. But it's good! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacie | 9/24/2012

    " Tried and tried to finish this one but just wasn't interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 4/1/2012

    " Found this on a shelf in our house. A much faster read than Midnight's children that's for sure. Finished. It was good. I enjoyed it. Creepy and suspensful, but not scary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ree | 12/31/2011

    " Another wonderful mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 9/3/2011

    " It was ok. Somewhat interesting but pretty two dimensional. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judi | 7/12/2011

    " Didn't enjoy this one as much as others. Still a good read, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margie | 3/22/2011

    " I love P.D. James, love her writing, and really enjoyed this book. However, the ending seemed a bit implausible and rushed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saugat | 3/4/2011

    " Another one of her Adam Dalgliesh mysteries and I thoroughly enjoyed it reading till end. "

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

    " Another vintage mystery by James. If you have a liking for Dalgliesh, you will want to read them all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jens | 1/16/2011

    " Another classic from P.D. James, somewhat interrupted by my reading it in the midst of delirious sickness and exhaustion. But it's good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 11/12/2010

    " After listening to P.D. James, I always feel I should lower all the starts on my other audio books... She's a great writer who happens to write mysteries. Great audio book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernice | 9/20/2010

    " I actually tried to solve this mystery, and I was way off (not a huge surprise). I liked this one because I was surprised by the ending and I thought it moved at a good clip for one of her mysteries (she can give a lot of build up sometimes). A fun read with some deeper themes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorraine | 7/8/2010

    " A forensic scientist is found bludgeoned to death at the laboratory in a mansion in East Anglia. Dalgleish and his assistant fly out to investigate. This is a very exciting audio book, with excellent acting by the reader. "

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

    " This was a good PD James book..not her best, but although I read it almost half a year ago, I can remember it well. With how much I read, that is a sign of a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/19/2010

    " I'm going through some of the Dalgliesh backstock that I'd missed. This was just what you expect from Dame P.D.: an esoteric setting, a satisfying resolution, and characters who seem to have sprung straight from the 1930s into the 90s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 5/1/2010

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 3/28/2010

    " Not one of her best works, but still recommended if you enjoy P.D. James. "

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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

Michael Jayston is a highly regarded actor, having appeared in numerous films, among them Cromwell, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Zulu Dawn, and Nicholas and Alexandra. He has many television credits to his name as well, such as Element of Doubt, A Bit of a Do, Outside Edge, and Only Fools and Horses, while on stage he has been seen in Henry V and Hamlet for the RSC, as well as Private Lives and The Way of the World.