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Summary

An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery.

From P.D. James, one of the masters of British crime fiction, comes the seventh Adam Dalgliesh novel, set against the bleak fens of East Anglia.

Death of An Expert Witness is a classic work of detective fiction packed with forensic detail, intrigue and suspense.

When a young girl is found murdered in a field, the scientific examination of the exhibits is just a routine job for the staff of Hoggatt's forensic science laboratory. But nothing could have prepared them for the brutal death of one of their own.

When the senior biologist is found dead in his laboratory Commander Dalgliesh is called to the bleak fens of East Anglia, where the murderer is lying in wait to strike again. With a wealth of potential suspects and cautious forensic scientists quick to pass on the blame, Dalgliesh becomes embroiled in the complicated passions that lie hidden beneath the calm surface of the laboratory.

From PD James, the bestselling author of Death Comes To Pemberley, Children of Men, and Death in Holy Orders, comes an atmospheric and thrilling work of detective fiction set in a forensic laboratory on the bleak fens of East Anglia.

This novel was adapted into an ITV television series in 1983 and starred Roy Marsden, Geoffrey Palmer, and Ray Brooks.

©1977 P.D. James (P)2014 Faber Audio

Critic reviews

"The greatest contemporary writer of classic crime." (Peter Kemp, Sunday Times)
"P. D. James is one of the national treasures of British fiction... Each new book gives pleasure not just for macabre crimes or ingenious solutions but its density of experience." (Malcolm Bradbury, Mail on Sunday)

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enthralling and beautifully written. English through and through. fast paced and complete. Most satisfying read

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Again P D Janes has excelled. Never a disappointment. Narration terrific Daniel is so clever with voices.

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Another intriguing story

I'm working my way through the author's Adam Dalgleish novels having listened to them them years ago on audio tapes that are long-gone. Thanks to my ageing brain I've forgotten the details of the stories and who did the murders. Like Ruth Rendell, PD James' books are not just detective novels instead much of the pleasure is in the evocation of the location in which the crimes take place and developing the lives and interactions of the characters. I found this book a bit more confusing than some of the others are there are a lot of character to keep track of if one is not concentrating fully. AS usual, excellently narrated by Daniel Weyman

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This book and narrator are so boring to listen to

Would you try another book written by P. D. James or narrated by Daniel Weyman?

No

Would you ever listen to anything by P. D. James again?

Yes

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Terrible

Any additional comments?

I tried to return this after a few chapters but audible said I had to contact them to do this