Death in Holy Orders by P. D. James
(Adam Dalgliesh Mystery Series #11)

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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.

 

About P. D. James

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P. D. James is the author of twenty previous books, most of which have been filmed for television and broadcast in the United States and other countries. She spent thirty years in various departments of the British Civil Service, including the Police and Criminal Policy departments of Great Britain's Home Office, and has served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. The recipient of many honors and prizes, she was created Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991 and was inducted into the International Crime Writing Hall of Fame in 2008. She divides her time between London and Oxford.
 
Published September 25, 2001 by Ballantine Books. 448 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Six years after the marriage that ended Pride and Prejudice, Fitzwilliam Darcy and his wife, the former Elizabeth Bennet, are on the eve of giving their annual Lady Anne’s Ball when their preparations are complicated first by intimations that Darcy’s sister Georgiana is being courted by both her ...

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Unconvinced that his son Ronald, an ecclesiastical student at St.

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Baroness James may have turned 80, but neither she nor her dogged Scotland Yard detective Commander Adam Dalgliesh (last seen in 1997's A Certain Justice) shows any sign of flagging in this superb

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Death in Holy Orders P D James 397pp, Faber, £17.99 Buy it at a discount at BOL A thriller it is not, nor is Death in Holy Orders intended to justify that description.

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Death in Holy Orders PD James Faber and Faber £17.99, pp387 With Death in Holy Orders, PD James has returned to the crime novel seemingly rejuvenated by her recent journey into memoir.

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Knowing P D James as a great fellow enthusiast for the novels of Anthony Trollope (James is a member of the London Trollope Society and has presented talks to them), when I find a James novel featuring an archdeacon, a warden, a church college created in a past century with funds donated by a loc...

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St. Anselm¹s was an elitist, small, high church college for training Anglican priests.

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St. Anslem's is a high-church establishment and a slight knowledge of the Anglican system may be helpful to avoid confusion between the Anglican High Church and Catholic traditions.

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