Yttersta domen (Adam Dalgliesh #11)
so a famous San Francisco lobbyist - a lively raconteur, a darling of the media, and an infamously debauched homosexual - was unfortunately on his deathbed. because this was a man who helped build the careers of many politicians, his hospital room was often inundanted by various famous local personages. one afternoon, as his final hours drew near, a respected and well-known priest came to see him. the lobbyist looked up, seemed rather surprised, and beckoned the g...more
There is no shortage of possible suspects, or motives, for Ronald's dea...more
The setting - a secluded old estate by the sea, with a few quaint old cottages for commoners - seemed overly familiar. So did the participants - a collection of well-off academics who only enjoy high culture. The characterisation felt black-and-white. Main character Dalgliesh was annoyingly self-righteous, distant and superior, but the writer never showed that in a negative light. Dalgliesh' love intere...more
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 hav
Anyway, it was...more
Death in Holy Orders is told in four parts, though the mystery is, in fact, resolved in three-act fashion, the fourth part being merely a very brief postscript. The se...more
Adam Dalgliesh goes up to visit a small religious college where he spent several summers as a teenager. He is making a trip north for his own reasons, but he is visiting the college because a student has died there under strange circumstances and the student's father has pulled strings to have the case looked over by Dalgliesh.
As usual th...more
In spite of a good tale, and vivid characters, I couldn't get beyond, (nor should anyone) the defense of child abuse, ("it was only fondl...more
I find P. D. James refres...more
This book was as predictable as it was long. From the first scene portrayed in the book, the conclusion is obvious. It seems as if James is trying to sneak little clues in so when the reader finishes (shocked, of course, at the outcome "I NEVER saw that one coming!") he can return to the beginning and discover the subtle clues that in fact verify the conclusion. The problem is, her subtle clues are a few shades less than subtle.
James seems intent on playing mind...more
I'm sure I would have liked this better if I'd known more about Dalgliesh (the detective) before reading it. James doesn't explain too much about him--which I like because although it's #11 in the 'series' I easily picked it up and read it. On the flip side, because I haven't been through ten other books with him and his other detectives, and because I don't get a load of back story, I didn't really care about him too much.
The mystery itself was fine,...more
I would like to be able to say I liked Death in Holy Orders because I've seen Masterpiece Theatre productions of PD James' work on PBS and thought them really good. I really like her Dalgliesh character, and I love a convoluted mystery.
But, though the book has a total of 4 murders to solve,...more
Maybe living for a while on the bleak stretch of the Suffolk coast where Death in Holy Orders takes place made the book more real to me. I have never been...more
If your interest in crime fiction drops once you find out who the murderer is, and you don't care much for the chase for proof which could serve the prosecution's case, then the last 50 odd pages in this book are superfluous. However, I haven't read the earlier Dalgleish novels and I suppose the prolonged ending was included to finally show how Dalgleish found peace in the restoration of justice.
As a stranger to the set...more
P. D. James is the author of twenty books, most of which have been filmed and broadcast on television in the United States and other countries. She spent thirty years in various departments of the British Civil Service, including the Police and Criminal Law Department of Great Britain's Home Office. She has served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. In 2000 she...more