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Death in Holy Orders by P.D. James
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Jun 20, 2009

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Read in June, 2009

Another Adam Dalgleish mystery. You have to love Ms. James. And, you have to have time for her. She is a craftswoman, and obviously spends a great deal of time on loving detail, beautifully written, but not necessary to advancing the plot. This elevates her books above the typical quick-read detective stories which crowd the best seller lists. One habit I could do without, though: It gets a little boring to read about the same events twice or even three times, as viewed by different characters. This device can be great when the author uses it to show how different individuals' perceptions of the same events differ, but if their view is the same, why bother?
So, I found the book a little slow, but since I was on a ten hour plane ride, I didn't mind surrendering to Ms. James' pacing and style.

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