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An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery.

Set in the medical world of hospitals and nursing schools in London, the fourth Adam Dalgliesh Mystery is a thrilling work of detective fiction from the bestselling author of Death Comes to Pemberley and The Children of Men.

The young women of Nightingale House are there to learn to nurse and comfort the suffering. But when one of the students plays patient in a demonstration of nursing skills, she is horribly, brutally killed. Another student dies equally mysteriously and it is up to Adam Dalgliesh to unmask a killer who has decided to prescribe murder as the cure for all ills.

©2014 Faber Audio; 2014 P.D. James

Critic reviews

"Plenty of scrupulously laid false trails, credible detectives and a totally unexpected ending." ( Sunday Telegraph)
"James manages to invest even a simple mystery with a depth and intelligence that few in her trade can match." ( The Times)

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A gripping murder mystery

Shroud for a Nightingale is one of P D James’s Best and well rounded murder thrillers - faultless story telling, superb narration as ever. Thoroughly recommended for lovers of the genre.... there is no second guessing any of this. Spectacular!

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Formulaic Characters, Inexplicable Story Arcs

Couldn't help but be disappointed by this.

The initial chapter, in which the bones of the mystery are laid out, was passable, but as detectives and suspects were introduced their characters all seemed formulaic, predictable, and stereotypical of the genre, which was unsatisfying and stale.

The protagonist prefers solitude and objectivity in his investigations: quelle surprise. His deputy has a vice for beautiful women: surely not? A prime suspect withholds pertinent information despite being innocent: pourquoi?

The twist of the novel also lacked sufficient groundwork in the former part of the narrative, making it feel very rabbit out of a hat. In trying to leave the reader stunned, James forgets that you need to bring the audience in on the joke before issuing a punchline.

The narration, though adequate, couldn't muster enough energy to bring this lacklustre story to life.

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Still gripping

Despite being set in pre decimal Britain this novel has worn well. I liked the range of characters and the author's cool and complete command of language.

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Disappointed

Large chunks of the book missing which is a shame, but still a beautiful story

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Magnificent

P D James is the queen of crime fiction. Her books are intricately plotted and the writing sensitive and elegant, never underestimating the intelligence of the reader. Adam Dagleish is a beautifully crafted character, not always likeable but so complex and fascinating. And hurrah for Daniel Weyman who brings this all to life with his wonderfully modulated and expressive voice.

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Highly Recommendef

Wonderfully written and artfully read. For all detective fiction fans.

Characters are flawed and believable beings, not merely two-dimensional tools.

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This has not stood the test of time

it's obvious that PD James hadn't yet found her rythmn with this slow and rather tedious tale about a bunch of girly nurses. Even Adam Dalgleish isn't very likeable and the murderer is pretty obvious.

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Slow going!

I keep trying to read a P D James book but they just don’t keep me interested enough to finish one!

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Enjoyable

Thoughabaly enjoyable to the detective readers. Great narrative by Daniel Weyman, made the book come alive

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Brilliantly read and intricate plot

Only slightly dated with its stereotypes of nurses and surgeon but great story and beautifully read