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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (8,625 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: January 2009 ISBN: 9781415961391
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P.D. James is “the greatest living mystery writer.”–People

The young women of Nightingale House are there to learn to nurse and comfort the suffering. But when one of the students plays patient in a demonstration of nursing skills, she is horribly, brutally killed. Another student dies equally mysteriously, and it is up to Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard to unmask a killer who has decided to prescribe murder as the cure for all ills.

The New York Times called Shroud for a Nightingale “mystery at its best.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kel | 2/11/2014

    " Great story. I figured out how all the disparate parts would hang together, but it was really well written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/5/2014

    " Murder in a nurse's school. Interesting but not as good as others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo Ellen | 2/4/2014

    " I like PD James. She is not predictable. In this one, she opens and closes with a protagonist that you otherwise don't see for the entire book. And she certainly knows how to create unlikeable but sympathetic characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 KarenF | 1/22/2014

    " It's been a while since I read a PD James book. I forgot how satisfying a mystery they are. Sex & secrets abound in an incestuous small nursing school. There was a lot of talk about there being no secrets or privacy in a small dormitory like setting. And certainly everyone has secrets, both small and larger that are revealed throughout the investigation. But it's the biggest secret, the one worth killing for, that doesn't come out until the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Esther | 1/20/2014

    " Great plot. It just took too many pages to get there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Jean | 1/14/2014

    " Vintage James. Really kept you guessing right up to the end. Well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daryl | 1/13/2014

    " The conclusion is a hard read but the chase is well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan Silverman | 12/29/2013

    " A very good read, with a few intriguingly similar elements to the much later A Certain Justice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 12/26/2013

    " Dahlgliesh investigates murder at nurse training school. Methodically, he uncovers the truth, which harkens back to a 1944 Nazi war trial. As always, a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 12/24/2013

    " PD James is an OK author for me..not my favorite British mystery writer, but her books do keep me entertained, so I continue with them. This was was ok..not really memorable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 12/8/2013

    " A fast read, not as good as some of her other books...I was a little annoying that she writes in a part about Dalgliesh discussing the murderer and then takes half the book to lead the reader to the conclusion...still fun though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 10/1/2013

    " Read this a while ago. This one got me hooked on Dalgliesh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bitty | 9/13/2013

    " One of my favorite P.D. James books so far! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dani | 8/21/2013

    " Great mystery! A whodunit with strong characters. It won't change your life but a great book to curl up with... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 9/16/2012

    " A solid mystery by P. D. James. Her characters are fleshed out and her writing is full - excellent vocabulary. The plot was a little plodding at times, but I enjoy the Adam Dalgliesh character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 8/17/2012

    " Such a good mystery! This was my first P.D. James book and I am hooked! I am planning to read more! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorna | 7/5/2012

    " A good old fashioned whodunit. Well crafted as ever. Deserves a bit more than a 3 but the end was a bit laboured. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Patterson | 6/6/2012

    " P D James is a master crime writer. She is not as prolific as Ruth Rendell but her books are more considered.I love Adam Dalgiesh, the detective who writes poetry and mourns his dead wife and child. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Graham Seager | 1/13/2012

    " Definately, this early PD James novel is my favourite Dalglish novel. It covers a murder of a nurse in the 1960's. Most enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 12/6/2011

    " This is a rather well crafted mystery novel, I enjoyed the characterisations and the pace of the plot as well as an interesting ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 6/22/2011

    " I adore P.D. James, but this one was a struggle. I just could not get into the characters, the crime, or the solving of it. Sorry! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 4/17/2011

    " A solid mystery by P. D. James. Her characters are fleshed out and her writing is full - excellent vocabulary. The plot was a little plodding at times, but I enjoy the Adam Dalgliesh character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 2/14/2011

    " This is one of PD James' older books, still Adam Dalgliesh, but a little dated, and his character has developed a lot since, but still amazing - she can do no wrong in my eyes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 12/23/2010

    " This is another detective series that I just really enjoy. I think P.D. James does an excellent job of character development, and the solution to this mystery was complex and intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesa | 12/9/2010

    " I love a thinking detective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daryl | 11/15/2010

    " The conclusion is a hard read but the chase is well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 10/20/2010

    " I guessed the murderer before the end of the book, which is always a bit of a disappointment... but there was another twist I didn't know. So it was a worthwhile read. "

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

    " This one was also enjoyable because it moved at a faster pace. It was also a younger Adam Dagliesh, so you see more of his quirks and flaws. An entertaining read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 9/10/2010

    " I liked this one, but not one of my favorites. Not one of her best. But even a mediocre P.D. James is excellent reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcy | 7/26/2010

    " Veddy good English mystery - probably more of a 3.5 star book. I learned a lot of new vocabulary words and enjoyed the proper grammar. Mystery had a few holes, I thought, but didn't detract from my overall enjoyment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 7/9/2010

    " Even in the shorter Dalgliesh volumes, P.D. James has a penchant for detail - perhaps almost to the point of minutia. Enjoyed it none-the-less... "

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

    " Although this is not on par with her later Dalgliesh novels, the growth in her skills between book #1 and #4 of this series is most evident. "

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

    " PD James is an OK author for me..not my favorite British mystery writer, but her books do keep me entertained, so I continue with them. This was was ok..not really memorable. "

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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.