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Death in Holy Orders
Death in Holy Orders: An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery | P. D. James
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On a desolate stretch of the East Anglian coast, high atop a sweep of cliffs, sits the theological college of St. Anselm's. Down below, smothered by a fall of sand, lies the body of a young ordinand, the son of a powerful business mogul who wants Scotland Yard to investigate his death. Dalgliesh, doubting there is much to uncover in the case, agrees to go, motivated only by a desire to revisit a place where he spent several happy summers in his boyhood. Yet no sooner does he arrive than the college is torn apart by a sacrilegious murder and Dalgliesh finds himself embroiled in one of the most puzzling and horrific cases of his career: no one is above suspicion, and suspects abound. Elevated beyond the great classic detective stories of the Golden Age by the power of the writing, Death in Holy Orders grips and moves us from beginning to end, blessed with extraordinary psychological and emotional richness. The memorable characters and the wonderfully evoked wild coastal setting and religious world in which the action takes place demonstrate yet again why P.D. James ranks as one of the great novelists of our time. From the Hardcover edition.
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rwmg
Pickpick

P D James in top form.

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led567
Pickpick

Great novel, so atmospheric with lovingly crafted descriptions of the setting and weather (I wish I‘d noted examples as they struck me). Have to care for Dalgleish, he‘s so self-contained. Didn‘t guess killer. Only criticism is being supposed to feel sympathy for Fr John because he didn‘t abuse choirboys all that much, that doesn‘t sit well. There were occasions when the decade seemed further in the past than the setting. Otherwise, top notch.

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quirkyreader
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Yea, I finished another one. Hopefully I will get the backlist finished this year. This was another good chapter in the Dalgliesh series.

rretzler I love this series. I keep hoping that James left notes or a half-written Dalgleish book that will be published posthumously. 4mo
quirkyreader @rretzler You never know since there have been two posthumous volumes of stories already. 4mo
rretzler @quirkyreader I think many of those stories had already been published though, and are just being repackaged. There was a new early Dalgleish story in the one though. 4mo
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quirkyreader
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The year of P.D. James rolls on.

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Lcsmcat
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Pickpick

Well written and well plotted. It kept my attention even after I knew who the murderer was. #LitsyAtoZ #letterD

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Lcsmcat
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Taking another break from dystopia. #LitsyAtoZ #letterD

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MariettaSG
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It was ok.