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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (7 Dec 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140129537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140129533
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.8 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,665,577 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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"People" P. D. James is "the greatest living mystery writer." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Set in the medical world of hospitals and nursing schools in London, the fourth Adam Dalgliesh mystery Shroud for a Nightingale is a thrilling work of detective fiction from P.D. James, the bestselling author of Death Comes to Pemberley and Children of Men. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Dec 2002
Format: Paperback
An excellant and compelling read. The author seems to be able to write an incredibly complex novel - and keep the reader hanging on until the end. Working in a hospital myself, it is obvious that the story was very well researched and brings back the old memories of Schools of Nursing! As the plot thickens, I think that even the most seasoned of crime readers would not be able to solve this one alone!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ed Foye on 1 Aug 2008
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The Adam Dagliesh novels could be divided into two periods- an earlier one and more recent one. The earlier novels are shorter, have a wonderful period quality and are, one the whole, darker and colder. The more recent ones are a lot more interested in Adam Daglieshs love life and show the detective in a far more humane and happy light. One could wonder if this change in the great detective reflects the quiet consolations of later life and family for the author- certainly the newer novels are all dedicated to her loved ones.

With that in mind- its very easy to put this novel into the darker and colder earlier period. The novel opens on a dark wet midwinter's morning when a nursing school inspector prepares to leave the dubious comforts of her little flat to visit a training school in the country. We are quickly introduced to an antiquated style of hospital with the matron, sisters and primadonna consultants that are (alas?)no more. Certainly, there is no mention of managers, targets or mrsa; and one gets the impression that the floors of the hospital are clean enough to eat your dinner off. The nurse training appears remarkably practical and devoid of the over emphasis on protocol and science that has ruined the NHS. The nurse training inspector watches the students insert a nasogastric tube into one of their colleagues as part of a demonstration. Unfortunately someone substituted the milk that was meant to be given to the volunteer with detergent. The young student dies in some considerable pain. The investigation that follows carefully dissects the apparent order of the hospital and instead portrays a sad cold lonely world with deeply damaged healers that live in an uncomfortable proximity together- the ultimate institution.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 April 2013
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Originally published in 1971, this is the fourth Adam Dalgleish novel from the pen of P.D. James. Two trainee nurses are killed in quick succession at a country training hospital, one in front of all her class mates. Dalgleish of the Yard is called in to solve the murders. A simple set up, but James' writing and plotting makes this an absolute joy. The story is multilayered, with a plethora of well drawn characters who may or may not have done it. We follow Dalgleish and Sergeant Masterson as they peel back the layers of obfuscation to get to the root of the mystery. James throws in a few red herrings, and by the end of the bok I had been convinced at one time or another that every single main character had done it. There was a point I was even starting to suspect Dalgleish!

James writes in an erudite fashion and with an obvious love of language. There were a couple of times I had to get a dictionary as her vocabulary is far greater than mine! She draws characters and situations vividly, and in a few of the big set pieces I was hanging on the edge of my chair. Her characters, and the way she describes their thoughts and motivations, are beautifully put across. Dalgleish in particular is a great creation, and it is interesting to see him through both his own eyes and those of people around him. It's a well written mystery which I was sorry to come to the end of.

Michael Jayston's reading is simply masterly. I have to confess to having been a fan of his since I saw him playing the Valeyard in Dr Who more years ago than I care to admit to. His voice is deep and full of colour, with a richness that makes this reading so easy on the ears.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 Nov 2009
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A fervent supporter of PD James I enjoyed this story from start to finish. I was a little put off by the period detail- it was of course written and set in the late 70s, however, this should not put you off and it is a cracking read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Manda Moo VINE VOICE on 16 May 2013
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I was looking forward to listening to this as my introduction to P.D. James but found the story flat and full of dull, lifeless characters. So much so that I found myself day dreaming and not following the story several times. I always find that audio books have to be much more engaging that a book to hold my attention, so maybe this would be the case with Shroud for a Nightingale, I'm not sure, it just didn't grab me. I won't be listening to any other P.D. James audio books any time soon. Sorry to her fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 May 2013
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I admit to preferring later Adam Dagliesh stories rather than the earlier ones, I find his early character doesn't age well, he's still a skilled detective but is more uncaring in his approach and very blunt. Well, this was written in 1971 and if Life on Mars has taught us anything it's that detectives in the seventies were a very different breed (joke!)
As with many of PD James's novels, she goes into a lot of detail and depth on all characters and settings which while reading is lovely, however when listening, as in the audiobook I'm reviewing, then occasionally the detail goes on a little bit too long and I found myself switching off ever so slightly
It is read by Michael Jayston and if I'm honest I could listen to him read the Yellow Pages. He is reading quite a few of PD James's books and each one is honoured because of this
The plot is good, but as I said earlier I prefer the later ones (for a more recent hospital based Dagleish story look towards the a Private Patient) this is a 42 yr old novel and sadly at times, it feels like it!
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