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A Certain Justice
Adam Dalgiesh and his team are called in to investigate the suspicious death of barrister Venetia Aldridge in her office. There are a great many suspects. Nearly all the staff who work in the same chambers had a motive from the head of Chambers down to the cleaners. Then there are her daughter and ex-husband, plus a long list of possible disgruntled clients. Gary Ashe is a client Venetia Aldridge successfully defended a month earlier for the murder of...
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman
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Death Come to Pemberley
Death Comes to Pemberley presents a murder mystery set in the grounds of a fictional Regency estate from the works of Jane Austen. It takes place six years after the end of Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth Darcy, now a wife and mother of two, spends her days attending to household affairs, entertaining guests and visiting relatives, and planning social occasions such as the annual autumn ball held at Pemberley. But with both family tiffs and her work to...
Death In Holy Orders
The body of a student from a nearby theological college is found on a remote coast in Britain. Although the local authorities rule the death an accident, the boy's father, a wealthy and powerful man, is not satisfied. Going straight to the top, he persuades Scotland Yard to get involved. Commander Adam Dalgliesh, who is set to go on a vacation in the area, offers to investigate the death further. That same weekend, aside from dealing with the horror o...

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Death of an Expert Witness
Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his associate Detective Investigator the Honourable John Massingham come to the Hoggatt's Labratory to investigate the murder of Dr. Lorrimer, who was found dead one morning in the lab he works in, with his skull smashed in. The suspects of this murder are all limited to the lab, but they are all intelligent beings. So who is lying? For what purpose? We follow Commander Dalgliesh through a perceptive process composed of c...
Original Sin
"Original Sin" is more than a metaphorical reference to the Bible. Author P.D. James is at her compelling best in this Adam Dalgleish thriller. Henry Peverell,the surviving partner and chairman of an established and respected publishing house has recently died and now the son of his late partner, Gerard Etienne, has taken over. And he has some major changes he plans to institute, much to the alarm to the other share holders of the company. He is so ...
Shroud for a Nightingale
As in all her other novels, James begins Shroud for a Nightingale by sketching out the setting – a district training school for nurses. Beneath is the mental setting – a walled-in, all-female atmosphere where sexual escapades and passions, however shrouded they may be, prevail. There is subservience of nurses to doctors, students to their teachers, of women to men. The first murder is that of a student nurse during a demonstration. Even ...
The Black Tower
Commander Dalgliesh experiences a life-and-death experience in the beginning, and therefore wishes to foresake his long-lasted career. But he begins an investigation that a long separated old friend, Father Baddley, had requested before the old man mysteriously died, followed by three other mysterious deaths. With the peculiarity of the deaths in this novel - deaths curiously natural at convenient times, the atmosphere of incompleteness builds on unti...
The Children of Men
This is a story about a plague of infertility, revolutionaries against a corrupt government, and what happens when a woman finally becomes pregnant. Theo Faron is a Victorian scholar at Oxford and cousin to the Warden of England; he is approached by a group of revolutionaries because of this connection. The Warden, Xan, is part of a governmental response to a plague of infertility, which includes overprotecting the Omegas (the last generation born), ...
The Lighthouse
Adam Dalgliesh is Assistant Commissioner at Scotland Yard and when he gets an urgent call from his Commissioner, he knows there is a death somewhere! In fact, this death is at a private island off the Cornish coast where important people come to 'de-stress'. The dead body is that of Nathan Oliver, a famous author who regularly visits the island with his daughter, Miranda, and his copy editor, Dennis Tremlett. Oliver was found hanging from a beam on the ...

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The Murder Room
Dr. Neville Dupayne is found dead in his car and arson occurs at The Dupayne Muesum of which he and his brother and sister are trustees. Commander Dalgliesh is called in to investigate. The plot centers around the Murder Room which is a room in the Dupayne Museum dedicated to villans and their acts of murder during the Inter-War Years which has pictures and displays of who and how they did their crimes. Possible reasons for Neville's murder come abo...


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