Adam Dalgliesh

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Cover Her Face Summary

An Adam Dalgliesh mystery. Cover Her Face is P. D. James' debut novel, the first Adam Dalgliesh mystery, and a thrilling work of crime fiction set in the English countryside, from the best-selling author of Death Comes to Pemberley and Children of Men.

From P. D. James, one of the masters of British crime fiction, comes the debut novel that introduced Scotland Yard detective Adam Dalgliesh. Set against the English countryside, Cover Her Face is a classic murder mystery filled with James' trademark plot twists, intrigue, and suspense.

Though the Martingale manor house has hosted the annual St Cedd's Church fête for generations, this year feels different. On top of organizing stalls and presiding over luncheon, the bishop, and the tea tent, Mrs Eleanor Maxie now also has to contend with the news of her son's sudden engagement to the new parlour maid, the sly and sensuous single mother Sally Jupp.

Sally has quite a reputation as a ruthless social climber, and no one at Martingale seems too happy about the engagement. But the Maxie family barely has time to contend with her wily ways - on the following morning the whole village is shocked by the discovery of Sally Jupp's body.

Investigating the violent death at the manor house, Detective Chief Inspector Adam Dalgliesh becomes embroiled in the complicated passions beneath the calm surface of English village life.

In Cover Her Face, award-winning P. D. James meticulously plots a complex story of family secrets and suspicion. The book was later adapted into a TV miniseries starring Roy Marsden as the inspector protagonist.

Meet the dark and brooding Dalgliesh - a gentleman, a poet, and a gifted detective - and listen to the novel that launched P. D. James' career as the world's preeminent crime writer.

P. D. James (1920-2014) was a bestselling and internationally acclaimed crime writer. She was the creator of Adam Dalgliesh and Cordelia Gray, and their long and successful series of mysteries. Her works include Cover Her Face (1962), An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (1972), Innocent Blood (1980), Children of Men (1992), and the Jane Austen-inspired Death Comes to Pemberley (2011). James was born in Oxford in 1920. She won awards for crime writing in Britain, America, Italy and Scandinavia, including the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award. She received honorary degrees from seven British universities, was awarded an OBE in 1983 and created a life peer in 1991. In 1997 she was elected President of the Society of Authors, and stood down from this role in 2013.

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  • Book 1

    • Cover Her Face

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 179
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 164
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 163

    An Adam Dalgliesh mystery. Cover Her Face is P. D. James' debut novel, the first Adam Dalgliesh mystery, and a thrilling work of crime fiction set in the English countryside, from the best-selling author of Death Comes to Pemberley and Children of Men. From P. D. James, one of the masters of British crime fiction, comes the debut novel that introduced Scotland Yard detective Adam Dalgliesh.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyed thoroughly!

    • By Amy on 16-09-17

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 2

    • A Mind to Murder

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90

    An Adam Dalgliesh mystery. Set in London, A Mind to Murder is the second novel in the Adam Dalgliesh series and a thrilling work of crime fiction from P.D . James, the award-winning author of Death Comes to Pemberley and The Children of Men. A piercing scream, shattering the evening calm, brings Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh hurrying from his literary party to the nearby Steen Psychiatric Clinic, where he discovers the body of a woman sprawled on the basement floor, a chisel thrust through her heart.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent story brought alive

    • By Linda on 04-12-15

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  • Book 3

    • Unnatural Causes

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65

    An Adam Dalgliesh mystery. Set on the remote Suffolk coast, the third Adam Dalgliesh mystery, Unnatural Causes is a thrilling work of crime fiction from P. D. James, the best-selling author of Death Comes to Pemberley. Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh had been looking forward to a quiet holiday at his aunt's cottage on Monksmere Head, one of the furthest-flung spots on the remote Suffolk coast.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another gripping yarn from PD James

    • By Jean the Bean on 05-10-15

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  • Book 4

    • Shroud for a Nightingale

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 21
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    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.

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  • Book 5

    • The Black Tower

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 73

    An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery Commander Adam Dalgliesh is recuperating from a life-threatening illness when he receives a call for advice from an elderly friend who works as a chaplain in a home for the disabled on the Dorset coast. Dalgliesh arrives to discover that Father Baddeley has recently and mysteriously died, as has one of the patients at Toynton Grange. Evidently the home is not quite the caring community it purports to be. Dalgliesh is determined to discover the truth of his friend's death.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Familiar Tale

    • By Linda on 14-07-15

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  • Book 6

    • Death of an Expert Witness

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • satisfying

    • By sally on 22-08-16

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  • Book 7

    • A Taste for Death

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 367
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 335
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 336

    Set in London, the seventh Adam Dalgliesh mystery from the best-selling author of Death Comes To Pemberley is a compulsive thriller and a chilling study of the complex motives behind cold-hearted murder.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best narrator ever

    • By Louise on 06-01-17

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  • Book 8

    • Devices and Desires

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87

    Devices and Desires by P.D. James is the eighth Adam Dalgliesh mystery. When Commander Adam Dalgliesh visits Larksoken, a remote headland community on the Norfolk coast in the shadow of a nuclear power station, he expects to be engaged only in the sad business of tying up his aunt's estate. But the peace of Larksoken is illusory.

    A serial killer known as the Whistler is terrorising the neighbourhood...

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By Flint on 25-10-17

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  • Book 9

    • Original Sin

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 352
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 316
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 313

    An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery. Set on the banks of the River Thames in the literary world, P. D. James' Original Sin is the ninth Adam Dalgliesh mystery and a brilliant work of crime fiction from the best-selling author of Death Comes to Pemberley. The Peverell Press, a 200-year-old publishing firm housed in a dramatic mock-Venetian palace on the Thames, is certainly ripe for change.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • P D James at her best.

    • By Maryb on 20-03-16

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  • Book 10

    • A Certain Justice

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81

    An Adam Dalgliesh mystery. In A Certain Justice, the tenth Adam Dalgliesh mystery from P.D . James, the commander is drawn into the treacherous legal world of London when a distinguished criminal lawyer is brutally murdered. Venetia Aldridge QC is a distinguished barrister. When she agrees to defend Garry Ashe, accused of the brutal murder of his aunt, it is one more opportunity to triumph in her career as a criminal lawyer. But just four weeks later, Miss Aldridge is found dead.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Certain Genius for writing thrillers.

    • By LHENWaJaBF on 05-05-18

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  • Book 11

    • Death in Holy Orders

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77

    An Adam Dalgliesh mystery. Set in her beloved East Anglia, Death in Holy Orders is the 14th novel in P. D. James' Adam Dalgliesh series and a thrilling work of crime fiction filled with intrigue and suspense. Death in Holy Orders is set in an Anglican theological college on a desolate stretch of the East Anglian coast, a location which she has made particularly her own.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Clever, gripping, very well read

    • By Jeremy on 27-04-16

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  • Book 12

    • The Murder Room

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 184
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 164
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162

    Commander Adam Dalgliesh is already acquainted with the Dupayne Museum in Hampstead, and with its sinister murder room celebrating notorious crimes committed in the interwar years, when he is called to investigate the killing of one of the trustees. He soon discovers that the victim was seeking to close the museum against the wishes of both staff and fellow trustees. Everyone, it seems, has something to gain from the crime.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Easy listen

    • By SGdeCT on 18-01-16

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  • Book 13

    • The Lighthouse

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 214
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185

    Combe Island off the Cornish coast has a bloodstained history of piracy and cruelty, but now, privately owned, it offers respite to overstressed men and women in positions of high authority who require privacy and guaranteed security. But the peace of Combe is violated when one of the distinguished visitors is bizarrely murdered. Adam Dalgliesh is called in to solve the mystery quickly and discreetly but at a difficult time for him and his depleted team.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Into the Shining Air

    • By Norma Miles on 26-01-16

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  • Book 14

    • The Private Patient

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78

    The fourteenth Adam Dalgliesh Mystery. When the notorious investigative journalist, Rhoda Gradwyn, booked into Mr Chandler-Powell's private clinic in Dorset for the removal of a disfiguring and long-standing facial scar, she had every prospect of a successful operation by a distinguished surgeon, a week's peaceful convalescence in one of Dorset's most beautiful manor houses, and the beginning of a new life. She was never to leave Cheverell Manor alive.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An Unexpected Outcome

    • By JPR Beader on 10-04-16

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