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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,272 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. D. James Narrator: Richard Derrington, Deborah McAndrew, Carolyn Pickles Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN:
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A BBC Radio drama based on P. D. James' best-selling novel, starring Richard Derrington and Deborah McAndrew.

In the 17th century, a witch is burned in a stone circle. Three hundred and fifty years later, an investigative journalist arrives at a nearby clinic to have cosmetic surgery - and a week later, she is dead.

Dalgliesh and his team, called in to investigate the murder and later a second equally horrific death, find themselves confronted with problems even more complicated than the question of innocence or guilt.

Family secrets, witchcraft, illegitimacy and the connections between past and present all come to the fore in this gripping, fast-paced adaptation of P. D. James' acclaimed novel, starring Richard Derrington as Adam Dalgliesh, Deborah McAndrew as Kate Miskin and with Carolyn Pickles as Emma Lavenham.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika Olson | 1/27/2014

    " Always enjoy PD James. Her characters are smart and interesting people. I've read a slew of her books and this is not my fave, but a good solid one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobbie | 1/18/2014

    " Solidy written, but a little ploddy in my view. James writes kind of like an old British woman, but then, that's what she is! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristie | 1/10/2014

    " Discovered I am not much of a mystery reader. I have learned the technique of effectively skimming and can't really do that in a mystery. good writer though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C. Bosson | 12/26/2013

    " PD James is a master. I can't believe she was 88 when this book was published . She is one of my favorite authors, as far as mystery writers go. I also love to read Elizabeth George. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 12/20/2013

    " P. D. James never disappoints: she writes a place and mood so thoroughly you feel you are there, and feel as she wishes you to feel while you are there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Allen | 12/3/2013

    " I think this is the last Dalgliesh story, and it was wonderful. The classic balance between intense engagement in the characters, the narrative, motive, discovery and shared intuition. Plus there is the romance that leads us to wonder if Adam is done with murder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew Betz | 11/27/2013

    " ok mystery, not the best though "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele | 10/27/2013

    " By far not my favorite PD James book. Oh well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barrie | 10/2/2013

    " P.D. James is a reliably good read, but now each new novel has the added fillip of possibly being the last one. Unfortunately, the murderer and motive of this one just felt unsatisfactory, as though some revelation were missing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 10/1/2013

    " This was a relatively entertaining murder mystery story. Not brilliant, but good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 9/29/2013

    " A solid P.D. James mystery of murder at a small, inpatient hospital. So many characters end up getting murdered that I started to think I was reading And Then There Were None. Not the best book of all time, but a pretty typical mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veerle | 8/6/2013

    " A nice, old fashioned mystery with Adam Dalgliesh. It looks like a goodbye to the series; the writer did reach the age of 88, so it is quite an acomplishment of hers! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ketti | 7/29/2013

    " From the reviews I expected this book to be fabulous, it was just ok for me. The first half really drew me in, the last half I had to push myself to finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evelyn | 4/19/2013

    " My first book of the year - a well written mystery. An Adam Dalgliesh mystery. good plot, good writing. A little slow in some parts, but if you like a "who dunnit", then read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morris | 3/4/2013

    " I don't know how she does it but this is another excellent mystery. Usually I have an inkling who-done-it but not with this one. I would recommed this to anyone who likes murder mysteries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gerrigray | 1/3/2013

    " I love all of P.D. James' books. I have watched the PBS series of several of her books and they don't even come close to the experience of reading her books. Her writing is rich with observations about her characters and their situations that just don't translate to film. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 10/21/2012

    " Excellent and intriguing! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alyssa | 7/27/2012

    " A good little mystery novel. I was hoping it would give me more of a surprise ending than it did though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 7/18/2012

    " P. D. James is about my favorite fiction author. This latest book of hers was engrossing as they always are. I enjoy puzzling out who is the guilty party. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laine | 7/13/2012

    " Lovely author, lovely writing, complex vocabulary. I adore PD James. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie Ashworth | 6/30/2012

    " I do love P.D. James and was concerned that The Lighthouse has been the last Dalglish novel. I was thrilled to discover this new addition to the series and enjoyed it as always. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 5/30/2012

    " excellent, perhaps my favourite of the series thus far "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zzoeeeee | 12/9/2011

    " How ever much I enjoy detective stories, this one seemed to fall into every single cliche-trap there is. It could have been written by any copycat writer. This is not to say I didn't enjoy the book (I did, immensely), I just found the lazy characterisation grated on me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Nordstrom | 6/18/2011

    " Pd James never disappoints and her latest is as engaging, interesting, and entertaining as ever other one I've read. I'm going to look right away for another Adam Dalgliesh that I have yet to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gill | 5/21/2011

    " I still love her writing, but I continue to be disappointed by the payoffs to her mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 5/10/2011

    " I am going to start reading P.D.James. Good read!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 5/10/2011

    " Great old-school mystery, though I expected more from the ending. Still, would like to read more of her stuff! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 5/2/2011

    " Never really got into this story. I still wasn't totally clear on all the different characters even at the end of the book. Good potential vocabulary builder though; ran across just short of a dozen words that were new to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 4/29/2011

    " I thought this was a medical mystery but it turned out to be a murder mystery. It was a fast paced book and it kept the reader involved in the story. I loved this book and will have to get more of his. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ice | 4/27/2011

    " As good a mystery as normal with Mr Dagleish, twists and turns , you are there at a solution and then miles away. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tonya | 4/19/2011

    " Formulaic PD James. I haven't read a Dalgliesgh mystery for a while and I had forgotten how gritty they can be...I think I'm done with this series. "

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

    " Breathes there a man with soul so dead
    That never to himself has said...

    Perfect description of the first murder victim, and since it was hard to care about the victim,
    it was pretty easy to distance oneself from the story as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hasan | 4/13/2011

    " A well written story perhaps part of a series by P. D. James. Only problem was that police too smart or too lucky. They probably would have caught me if I was in this story. Not that I ever did anything wrong of course. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 4/7/2011

    " Could this be the last we hear of Adam Dalgliesh? I pray PD James has another one in her. I'll miss this series terribly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 3/20/2011

    " This is the second P.D. James novel I have read. I liked it. She does seem to have a tendency to write endings that are a little bit confusing. "

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

    " Good mystery fix. Hadn't really read anything like this since the Dragon Tattoo books. "

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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.