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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (3 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241956080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241956083
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 418,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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P. D. James was born in Oxford in 1920 and educated at Cambridge High School for Girls. From 1949 to 1968 she worked in the National Health Service and subsequently in the Home Office, first in the Police Department and later in the Criminal Policy Department. All that experience has been used in her novels.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Society of the Arts and has served as a Governor of the BBC, a member of the Arts Council, where she was Chairman of its Literary Advisory Panel, on the Board of the British Council and as a magistrate in Middlesex and London.

She has won awards for crime writing in Britain, America, Italy and Scandinavia, including the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award. She has received honorary degrees from seven British universities, was awarded an OBE in 1983 and was created a life peer in 1991. In 1997 she was elected President of the Society of Authors.

She lives in London and Oxford and has two daughters, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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About the Author

P. D. James was born in Oxford in 1920 and educated at Cambridge High School for Girls. From 1949 to 1968 she worked in the National Health Serviceand subsequently the Home Office, first in the Police Department and later in the Criminal Policy Department. All that experience has been used in her novels.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Arts, and has served as a Governor of the BBC, a member of the Arts Council, where she was Chairman of the Literary Advisory Panel, on the Board of the British Council and as a magistrate in Middlesex and London. She has won awards for crime writing in Britain, America, Italy and Scandinavia, including the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award and the National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Literature (US). She has received honorary degrees from seven British universities, was awarded an OBE in 1983 and was created a life peer in 1991. In 1997 she was elected President of the Society of Authors.

She lives in London and Oxford and has two daughters, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Her novels include Cover Her Face, A Mind to Murder, Unnatural Causes, Shroud for a Nightingale, The Black Tower, Death of an Expert Witness, A Taste for Death, Devices and Desires, Original Sin, A Certain Justice, Death in Holy Orders, The Murder Room, The Lighthouse, The Private Patient, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, The Skull Beneath the Skin, Innocent Blood and The Children of Men, several of which are published by Penguin. She is co-author, with T. A. Critchley, of The Maul and the Pear Tree, and two other works of non-fiction, Talking about Detective Fiction and Time to be In Earnest.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 July 2004
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Death in Holy Orders is a gem, and will delight long-time P.D. James fans as well as those for whom this is an introduction to her work. Well-known for her deep development of characters, this mystery is equally strong in giving you the locale (a small theological college perched on the sand cliffs near the North Sea in East Anglia), history (a twining of religion and family), social mores (actions have consequences), and a nicely detailed plot (four deaths, Church of England politics, and new connections for Adam Dalgliesh). Rarely is a book rich in all of these elements. Be warned. It's hard to put this book down! I finished reading at 1:22 a.m. despite needing to get up early this morning.
Mystery purists will complain that the book reveals the villain too early. Actually, there's a benefit, because it allows the book to take on the dramatic qualitites of a fine novel, as well as a mystery.
I delayed reading this book because the title didn't really grab me. I don't know much about the Church of England, and felt that I would soon be lost. Actually, although I probably didn't grasp all of the details, the religious context did not cause me to lose the thread either. Although set at a theological college, the story deals more broadly with issues throughout society.
The book opens with a fascinating literary device. A college staff member, Margaret Munroe, has found the body of a young student (ordinand) at the college buried under a pile of sand from a collapsed cliff. To ease her distress, she has been asked to write an account of the experience. Her exposition develops her character as well as the background of the book's story. This section serves like one of a pair of bookends to be matched at the end by a letter from the villain explaining the events described in the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Paul Ell HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 May 2011
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I'm not overly found of unabridged audio books unless they really suit the format. I'm afraid PD James' work really doesn't. Unabridged the audio book is something of a marathon with 12 discs and around 14 hours of listening. This reflects, obviously, the rather long book. Short books work better! Moreover, James' style style is not all-action but rather slow burning. That's fine for a novel but in audio format you really do need to listen closely or miss the multi-character plot. I found that I had to listen to the first CD two or three times because, listening while driving, I simply wasn't following closely enough. Having got through all CDs I'm not sure the outcome was entirely worth the effort, and unlike reading James' work, I did find listening an effort.

Things are not entirely negative. The narrator does an excellent job bringing life to the many characters and the narration is clear and well paced. As the audio is unabridged you know that plots have not been truncated by arbitrary editorial choices, and I suspect that James aficionados will appreciate this. I actually think it would be helpful to read the book and then listen to the audio book. Less effort would then be required to keep track of the plot. The audio book was good enough to take me to the novel which I've now read and very much enjoyed. So, when I have a spare 14 hours I'll return to the CDs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 April 2011
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Adam Dalgleish is asked to investigate an apparent accidental death by the victim's father. The setting is a high church theological college on the East Anglian coast. When another death occurs it is clear that there is something going on at the college that needs investigating. This book is, in my opinion, P D James best work and Michael Jayston reads it well.

This complete unabridged recording is of excellent quality and conveys the atmospheric setting in such a way that will send shivers down the spine of listeners. The convoluted relationships between all involved are well drawn and the listener gets the sense of much going on under the surface of everyday events.

This audio book is well worth listening to even if you have read the book as I found it brought out nuances which were not apparent to me when reading the book. PD James's masterful use of the English language is clear from this audio book. Some books do not come over well in audio format but this one does. Enjoyable and spine chilling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AlanMusicMan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Sep 2011
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P.D James' impeccable sense for characters and sense of place are to the fore in this adaptation. The sound designer did a great job: I found the sound scapes of East Anglia and of the inner sanctums of the monastic school utterly believable. Not the usual "sea sounds disc 1, track 12 waves breaking" and "lots of eacho tio indicate a cloister" - all much more sensitive and original than that. Well done, someone uncredited!

Great performances, and well differentiated voices (a factor that can make or break radio drama where visual differentiation is obviously not possible) made this adaptation a pleasure to listen to.

If I have one criticism it is that it seemed to me to be a little too long. I thought it could have been trimmed down quite a lot without losing very much. Highly recommended though.

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By Quakerboy on 9 Mar 2014
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What can be added to what has already been written about P.D. James. She remains in the top tier of British, even International, crime writers. Even at her mature age she can still produce characters and plots of enormous depth and intricacy that hol the readers' attention. Long may she continue to write.
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