Death in Holy Orders: An Adam Dalgliesh Novel

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Death in Holy Orders: An Adam Dalgliesh Novel

Format:  Paperback,

448 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Jan 2007

ISBN-13: 9780812977233

ISBN-10: 0812977238

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From the award-winning master of literary crime fiction, a classic work rich in tense drama and psychological insight.
On the East Anglian seacoast, a small theological college hangs precariously on an eroding shoreline and an equally precarious future. When the body of a student is found buried in the sand, the boy's influential father demands that Scotland Yard investigate. Enter Adam Dalgliesh, a detective who loves poetry, a man who has known loss and discovery. The son of a parson, and having spent many happy boyhood summers at the school, Dalgliesh is the perfect candidate to look for the truth in this remote, rarified community of the faithful-and the frightened. And when one death leads to another, Dalgliesh finds himself steeped in a world of good and evil, of stifled passions and hidden pasts, where someone has cause not just to commit one crime but to begin an unholy order of murder. . . .
"Gracefully sculpted prose and a] superbly executed mystery . . . Death in Holy Orders is among James's] most remarkable and accomplished Dalgliesh novels."
-"The Philadelphia Inquirer"
"An elegant work about hope, death, and the alternately redemptive and destructive nature of love."
-"The Miami Herald "
"Absorbing . . . James's] plotting and characterization are] impeccable."
-"Orlando Sentinel"
"P. D. James is in top form."
-"The Boston Globe"
Open the exclusive dossier at the back of this book, featuring P. D. James' essay on penning the perfect detective novel.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Jan 2007
ISBN-13: 9780812977233
ISBN-10: 0812977238
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 448
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.7
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.0 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 812977238

About the author

Biography of James, P. D.

P. D. James, pseudonym of Phyllis Dorothy James White, Baroness James of Holland Park, was born on August 3, 1920. She spent 30 years in British Civil Service. She has written approximately 20 books and is best known for the Adam Dalgliesh Mystery series and the Cordelia Gray Mystery series. Three titles in the Adam Dalgliesh Mystery series have received the Silver Dagger award--Shroud for a Nightingale, The Black Tower, and A Taste for Death. In 2000, she published her autobiography, Time to Be in Earnest. She has received the prestigious Diamond Dagger award for lifetime achievement.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2002-02-01)

Commander Adam Dalgliesh of New Scotland Yard agrees to investigate the questionable death of Ronald Treeves, an ordinand at St. Anselm's College and the son of Sir Alred Treeves, a man used to having his own way. Although Ronald's death is viewed as a suicide by most of the college, Dalgliesh's investigation begins to raise some doubt. St. Anselm's is situated on the crumbling coast line of East Anglia, and, like that coast, it, too, is having difficulty standing up to the onslaught of the 20th century.

However, when Archdeacon Crampton, one of St. Anselm's most vocal opponents, is found murdered in the chapel, Dalgliesh has more than one mystery to solve. James (A Certain Justice) has created yet another complex and enthralling novel. This book, with Charles Keating's admirable performance, is essential for all public libraries. Theresa Connors, Arkansas Tech Univ., Russellville

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2001-03-15)

A Victorian mansion situated on a lonely cliff along the English coast. Guests, welcome and unwelcome, gathered for a long weekend. A dark and stormy night. A shocking murder in a locked room. James combines all the elements of the classic English detective story in her first Adam Dalgliesh mystery since A Certain Justice (LJ 11/1/97). Asked by a wealthy businessman to investigate the "accidental" death of his adopted son Ronald, a student at a small theological college in East Anglia, Dalgliesh willingly returns to St.

Anselm's, where he had spent happy summers as a teenager. But what was a casual investigation turns into official police business when the archdeacon, another weekend visitor, is found brutally murdered in the locked church. Is his killing related to Ronald's death or to the recent fatal "heart attack" of the housekeeper who discovered Ronald's body? Or was the archdeacon murdered because he threatened to close the college down? In their usual methodical and careful manner, Dagliesh and his team, Detective Inspectors Kate Miskin and Piers Tarrant, seek answers and a murderer. Despite the too-obvious red herrings and plot contrivances, this is still an enjoyable read to be savored on chilly evenings with a cup of hot tea.

- Wilda Williams, "Library Journal"

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

From the award-winning master of literary crime fiction, a classic work rich in tense drama and psychological insight.

On the East Anglian seacoast, a small theological college hangs precariously on an eroding shoreline and an equally precarious future. When the body of a student is found buried in the sand, the boy’s influential father demands that Scotland Yard investigate. Enter Adam Dalgliesh, a detective who loves poetry, a man who has known loss and discovery. The son of a parson, and having spent many happy boyhood summers at the school, Dalgliesh is the perfect candidate to look for the truth in this remote, rarified community of the faithful–and the frightened. And when one death leads to another, Dalgliesh finds himself steeped in a world of good and evil, of stifled passions and hidden pasts, where someone has cause not just to commit one crime but to begin an unholy order of murder...

“Gracefully sculpted prose and [a] superbly executed mystery... Death in Holy Orders is among [James’s] most remarkable and accomplished Dalgliesh novels.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer

“An elegant work about hope, death, and the alternately redemptive and destructive nature of love.”

The Miami Herald

“Absorbing... [James’s] plotting and characterization [are] impeccable.”

Orlando Sentinel

“P. D. James is in top form.”

The Boston Globe

Open the exclusive dossier at the back of this book, featuring P. D. James’ essay on penning the perfect detective novel.

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