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Death in Holy Orders (Adam Dalgliesh, Bk 11)
Death in Holy Orders - Adam Dalgliesh, Bk 11
Author: P. D. James
On the East Anglican seacoast a small theological college hangs precariously on an eroding shoreline and an equally precarious future. Then, the body of a student is found buried in the sand, and the boy's influential father demands that Scotland Yard investigate. — Adam Dalgleish, the son of a parson, once spent happy summers at the school. ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780345446664
ISBN-10: 0345446666
Publication Date: 3/2002
Pages: 448
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3.9 stars, based on 108 ratings
Publisher: Fawcett
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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A nice multiple murder mystery in the style of Agatha Christie set in England amid a Church of England seminary kicks off with an apparent suicide by one of the students. Nice character development that doesn't give away the murderer too early in the story. A nice description of the setting adds to the comfiness of the book and made me yearn to visit more of England. Some info of interest to art history buffs is included with the description of several pieces of valuable artwork the school owns and displays.
Senior investigator, Adam Dalgiesh, apparently is the main character of the author's series of who- done-its, but he didn't seem to me to be the character I would want to follow in additional stories. I found the priests, professors, and seminarians much more interesting than any of the police assigned to the case.
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A good British mystery; full of the Anglican church and the British class system. A good read.
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When the body of a young ordinand, Ronald Treeves, turns up buried in a sandy bank on the Suffolk coast near isolated St. Anselm's, a High Anglican theological college, it's unclear whether his death was an accident, suicide or murder. The mystery deepens a few days later when someone suffocates Margaret Munroe, a retired nurse with a bad heart, because she remembers an event 12 years earlier that could have some bearing on whatever's amiss at St. Anselm's. Enter Dalgliesh at the behest of Ronald's father, Sir Alred, who's received an anonymous note suggesting foul play in his son's death. It isn't long before another death occurs, and this time it's clearly murder: late one night in the chapel, somebody bashes in the head of Archdeacon Crampton, a hard-nosed outsider who wanted to close St. Anselm's. Dalgliesh and his investigative team examine the complicated motives of a host of suspects resident at the college, mostly ordinands and priests, slowly unveiling the connections among the various deaths. Illegitimacy, incest, a secret marriage, a missing cloak and a valuable altar triptych are just some of the ingredients in a case as contrived as any Golden Age classic but presented with such masterful ease and conviction that even the most skeptical readers will suspend disbelief.
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AN ELEGANT WORK ABOUT HOPE, DEATH, AND THE ALTERNATELY REDEMPTIVE AND DESTRUCTIVE NATURE OF LOVE.
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Great fast paced book, a real can't put down kind of book!
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Loved this book- like alll P D James books I have read so far. Look foward to more.
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Another Excellent Mystery by PD James. Set in a small theological college, there are 3 deaths; one is definitely a murder. Inspector Dalgliesh returns to his roots to solve the crime.
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A well-written modern English murder mystery. Adam Dalgliesh is called in to find - MURDER (gasp!) - at the heart of the Church of England. A student is found dead at a small theological college, and when good old AD investigates, he finds is an ever-widening circle of deaths, related to each other. It's an inside job - perhaps a mad priest? - and Dalgliesh must figure out who the killer is before more are found dead. "Death in Holy Orders" is a PD James special: a quick-paced detective novel that is great to while away the time while commuting or relaxing poolside. A good series to look forward to reading. Lots of fun characters, and James will keep guessing to the very end.

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