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3.98 out of 53.98 out of 53.98 out of 53.98 out of 53.98 out of 5 3.98 (0 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: February 2009 ISBN: 9781415961452
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Commander Dalgliesh is recuperating from a life-threatening illness when he receives a call for advice from an elderly friend who works as a chaplain in a home for the disabled on the Dorset coast. Dalgliesh arrives to discover that Father Baddeley has recently and mysteriously died, as has one of the patients at Toynton Grange. Evidently the home is not quite the caring community it purports to be. Dalgliesh is determined to discover the truth of his friend’s death, but further fatalities follow and his own life is in danger as he unmasks the evil at the heart of Toynton Grange.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ice | 4/27/2011

    " This one is in my top 3 of Dagleish mystery thrillers. Usual pattern in rural England. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 4/19/2011

    " As always a literate and well-thought out mystery "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 4/17/2011

    " One of the things I like about this series is that it provides the structure of a mystery in a well-written novel. Too many mysteries are slight and can be finished in a few hours. I particularly liked the plot of this one, but don't feel like going into detail at the moment! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 3/12/2011

    " Early Adam Dalgliesh novel. Almost guessed the ending ... but not quite. I do like PD James! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Saugat | 3/4/2011

    " P D James has come up with an engrossing murder mystery plot in this book. Toynton Grange and its occupants' characters has been beautifully written. Even though I felt that the end could have been better but being a big fan of her work I can ignore that! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frank | 2/17/2011

    " Least favorite of all the AD books. Pretty much disliked every character in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teacatweaves | 1/23/2011

    " I do enjoy watching the PBS series. I found this one a little depressing because of the implications of institutional care and why some people are left to rot in it. The plot kept me interested, although it took longer to read than current authors because PD James goes into much more detail. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mikee | 1/2/2011

    " Agatha Christie-like. Many characters. Many murders. Neatly tied together at the end. Too neat. Who cares? "

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

    " Adam Dalgliesh is a thinking person's detective. Good stuff! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geraldine | 10/1/2010

    " Excellent. Wonderful characterisation, though would prefer a little less description. Thoroughly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 9/28/2010

    " Better than the others I've read. AD works much better when he's in the lead role. I still hate how there's no plot development and then suddenly some unknown piece of evidence (in this case a letter from beyond the grave) suddenly explains everything. But still mire interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 8/11/2010

    " Pretty good murder mystery. PD James is a master of description so you can really imagine the scenes in the novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brynna | 7/22/2010

    " I'm never quite sure whether I like P. D. James's books or not. I like her style, her flow, her characters, but not the mystery part. Very weird. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Naomi | 7/3/2010

    " Meh, PD James has written much better Adam Dagliesh books than this but one must read this to continue on with the series..which does bounce back and kick butt after this one! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deborah | 6/21/2010

    " The best parts of this book are the ruminations on life, death and those who are nearer one than the other. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olivemylove | 5/20/2010

    " This so far has been more different and creepy than the other PD James I've been reading. It's set at an institution for the disabled. God, I love PD James. "

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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.