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Death in Holy Orders [Hardcover]

P. D. James
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5 Mar 2001
With Death in Holy Orders, P. D. James makes a triumphant return to the genre for which she is best known - the classic English detective story. The story is set in an Anglican theological college on a desolate stretch of the East Anglian coast. When the body of one of the students is found on the shore, his wealthy father demands that Scotland Yard should reexamine the verdict of accidental death. Dalgliesh has visited St Anselm's in his boyhood and, as he is due for a holiday, agrees to pay a visit. As the weekend brings another murder, Dalgliesh soon finds himself embroiled in one of the most horrific and puzzling cases of his career...Death in Holy Orders is vintage P. D. James with sensitive evocation of place, a complex and credible mystery, respect for forensic detail and the tension a plot that never flags.


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; 1st edition (5 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571207529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571207527
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,693 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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Despite challenges from Ruth Rendell and (more recently) Minette Walters, PD James' position as Britain's Queen of Crime remains largely unassailed. Although a certain reaction has set in to her reputation (and there are those who claim her poetry-loving copper Dalgleish doesn't correspond to any of his counterparts in the real world), her detractors can scarcely deny her astonishing literary gifts. More than any other writer, she has elevated the detective story into the realms of literature, with the psychology of the characters treated in the most complex and authoritative fashion. Her plots, too, are full of intriguing detail and studded with brilliantly observed character studies. Who cares if Dalgleish belongs more in the pages of a book than poking around a graffiti-scrawled council estate? As a policeman, he is considerably more plausible than Doyle's Holmes, and that's never stopped us loving the Baker Street sleuth. Death in Holy Orders represents something of a challenge from James to her critics, taking on all the contentious elements and rigorously re-invigorating them. She had admitted that she was finding it increasingly difficult to find new plots for Dalgleish, and the locale here (a theological college on a lonely stretch of the East Anglian coast) turns out to be an inspired choice: we're presented with the enclosed setting so beloved of golden age detective writers, and James is able to incorporate her theological interests seamlessly into the plot--but never in any doctrinaire way; the non-believer is never uncomfortable. The body of a student at the college is found on the shore, suffocated by a fall of sand. Dalgleish is called upon to re-examine the verdict of accidental death (which the student's father would not accept). Having visited the College of St Anselm in his boyhood, he finds the investigation has a strong nostalgic aspect for him. But that is soon overtaken by the realisation that he has encountered the most horrific case of his career, and another visitor to the College dies a horrible death. As an exploration of evil--and as a piece of highly distinctive crime writing--this is James at her non-pareil best. Dalgleish, too, is rendered with new dimensions of psychological complexity.

--Barry Forshaw

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"'P.D. James is one of the national treasures of British fiction...Each new book gives pleasure.' Malcolm Bradbury, Mail on Sunday"

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars James gets into the true spirit! 31 Dec 2003
By Billy J. Hobbs VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Whether she’s the reigning “Queen of Crime” or not (and she probably doesn’t care!),P.D. James is unbeatable with the police procedural. And her latest, “Death in Holy Orders” is, once again, James par excellence. What scope, what depth, what sheer writing talent when it comes to a gripping, mesmerizing, no-holds-barred whodunit! James brushes aside her critics and continues writing in the way she knows best, unassuming and
literate, psychological and breath-taking!
And her main man, Adam Dalgleish is back, along with his trusted assistants, Kate Miskin and Piers Tarrant, as the superintendent enters ecclesiastical waters in this episode. A theological student has been found dead on the East Anglian shore, a tragedy ruled “accidental.” However, pressed by the student’s father, Dalgleish re-examines the ruling and James is off to the races in typical (read that “exciting”) style.
Known as the “dark poet of Scotland Yard,” Dalgleish finds himself, once again, in familiar territory, as he recalls having visited the College of St. Anselm in his youth; however, momentary nostalgia aside, he finds more than he could possibly have anticipated. Of course, there is soon another death and Dalgleish’s own “little gray cells” begin working overtime! Indeed, this may be the more horrifying case he’s encountered, as James explores evil as she’s never done before.
Once again, James takes some time to present Dalgleish, the man, as well. Each of the books in his series provides more and more insight into this incredibly complex policeman. Dalgleish fans will welcome this, of course. “Death in Holy Orders” is yet another of those books that find themselves almost impossible to put down. James and Dalgleish--what a combination, what a read!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertainment and suspense! 27 Mar 2001
Format:Hardcover
This is one of the most entertaining books I have read in ages. Not being an avid reader of the genre I picked it up expecting to be mildly lulled into sleep but found myself losing sleep as I was unable to put it down at night! P D James skill is to keep the reader part of the investigating team of this suspicious series of deaths. The first death in the book is the last to be resolved and keeps the reader held until the very end. Those with a knowledge of Anglican theological colleges (especially of an Anglo Catholic bent)will I am sure recognise both priests and ordinands they have met there!
Buy it and enjoy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Billy J. Hobbs VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Whether she's the reigning "Queen of Crime" or not (and she probably doesn't care!), P.D. James is unbeatable with the police procedural. And her latest, "Death in Holy Orders" is, once again, James par excellence. What scope, what depth, what sheer writing talent when it comes to a gripping, mesmerizing, no-holds-barred whodunit! James brushes aside her critics and continues writing in the way she knows best, unassuming and literate, psychological and breath-taking! And her main man, Adam Dalgleish is back, along with his trusted assistants, Kate Miskin and Piers Tarrant, as the superintendent enters ecclesiastical waters in this episode. A theological student has been found dead on the East Anglian shore, a tragedy ruled "accidental." However, pressed by the student's father, Dalgleish re-examines the ruling and James is off to the races in typical (read that "exciting") style. Known as the "dark poet of Scotland Yard," Dalgleish finds himself, once again, in familiar territory, as he recalls having visited the College of St. Anselm in his youth; however, momentary nostalgia aside, he finds more than he could possibly have anticipated. Of course, there is soon another death and Dalgleish's own "little gray cells" begin working overtime! Indeed, this may be the most horrifying case he's encountered, as James explores evil as she's never done before. Once again, James takes some time to present Dalgleish, the man, as well. Each of the books in his series provides more and more insight into this incredibly complex policeman. Dalgleish fans will welcome this, of course. "Death in Holy Orders" is yet another of those books that find themselves almost impossible to put down. James and Dalgleish--what a combination, what a read!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You're the top! 10 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
With this her 17th book, P.D. James once again executes an admirable balancing act by combining, in her definition of a classic detective story, "a credible mystery with believable characters and a setting which both complements and integrates the action." The setting is East Anglia, one used by James in a number of her novels. It is here on the gloomy, windswept Suffolk coast, within yards of the North Sea, that we find St. Anselm's, a small theological college with only four resident priests and a student body which never exceeds twenty. St. Anselm's is described as High Church, probably Prayer Book Catholic, strong on theology, elitist, opposed to practically everything that's happened in Anglicanism in the past 50 years . . . and the food and wine are good. It is the action's locus, of which the reader is well aware long before Detective Inspector Kate Miskin observes, "So, it's going to be one of those self-contained cases with all the suspects under one roof . . ."
In "Death in Holy Orders," James gives us an apparent suicide (Ronald Treeves, ordinand), a certified natural death (Margaret Munroe, employee), and a brutal murder (Archdeacon Crampton, guest and trustee). Commander Adam Dalgliesh, who is brought to St. Anselm's at the request of Ronald Treeves's influential father, is convinced that the three deaths are connected. The Treeves and Munroe deaths occur before his arrival, but the murder of the unpopular Archdeacon takes place during Dalgliesh's stay at the college. Upon viewing the body, he becomes angered and vows to lift the burden of his past failure ("A Certain Justice") by making an arrest in the present murder. Soon after, yet another death (murder or accident?) broadens the challenge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery mist and sea
Love the build up and one can almost smell the ocean and see the rolling mists in this novel. beautifully written
Published 7 days ago by Blodwyn
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent story - very enjoyable with great characters but there ...
excellent story - very enjoyable with great characters but there were a couple of badly researched religious elements which disappointed me - the physicality of the resurrection... Read more
Published 15 days ago by jean Patricia merriman
5.0 out of 5 stars One of P D James' best
Excellent research into church politics and theological education. Much less formulaic than some of James' novels this has a neat plot with good characterisation.
Published 5 months ago by S. F. Bond
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read
its the previous book to the murder room and, although both are ''stand alone books''. they link well together. well written and books to read and re read. also have the d.v. Read more
Published 12 months ago by jilldawson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
Atmospheric from the first page, James is an outstanding writer not just a good storyteller. The pace builds quickly and the depth of characterisation is excellent.
Published 13 months ago by N.B.Woodhall
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear and engaging
It is clearly written and sufficiently puzzling to capture the attention. The chapter lengths enable me to read for periods of time that suit me.
Published 13 months ago by Nthom
4.0 out of 5 stars A clerical firecracker...
Which almost took off but disappointingly fizzled out..Enter stage left Roy Marsden, the perfect Adam Dalgleish, to save the day.
Published 13 months ago by peter cave
5.0 out of 5 stars A good holiday read.
Lots of theological detail, with mystery of "who done it" carried right through to end. Commander Dalgleish weaves his painstaking way through all the smoke screens thrown... Read more
Published 14 months ago by G. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Two great detectivestories
Having read the books, the DVDs re-tell in pictures what the wonderful words of P D James describe. Both mysteries are well presented and, of course, the ending iswhat most people... Read more
Published 17 months ago by eric kelk
4.0 out of 5 stars Up my street
This story is based south of Lowestoft and by reading the book I think it is set at Covehithe. The entrance to the College is Thorpness. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mr. Colin A. Jacobs
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