P. D. James
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P. D. James

P. D. James is the author of twenty previous books, most of which have been filmed and broadcast on television in the United States and other countries. She spent thirty years in various departments of the British Civil Service, including the Police and Criminal Law Departments of Great Britain's Home Office. She has served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. In 2000 she celebrated her eightieth birthday and published her autobiography, Time to Be in Earnest. The recipient of many prizes and honors, she was created Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991 and was inducted into the International Crime Writing Hall of Fame in 2008. She lives in London and Oxford.

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    • Cover Her Face

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Penelope Dellaporta
    • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 433
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 363
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 358

    Headstrong and beautiful, the young housemaid Sally Jupp is put rudely in her place, strangled in her bed behind a bolted door....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A Bit slow

    • By J. Roderick on 05-24-12

    Regular price: $31.93

    • A Certain Justice

    • An Adam Dalgliesh Novel
    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Penelope Dellaporta
    • Length: 18 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 213
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 188

    It begins, dramatically enough, with a trial for murder. The distinguished criminal lawyer Venetia Aldridge is defending Garry Ashe on charges of having brutally killed his aunt....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love those British Detectives

    • By Angelyn S. Furst on 01-27-16

    Regular price: $33.60

    • A Mind to Murder

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Penelope Dellaporta
    • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 301
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 237
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 234

    When the administrative head of the Steen Psychiatric Clinic is found dead with a chisel in her heart, Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard is called in to investigate....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Mind to Read More of James

    • By Holly Helscher on 01-20-09

    Regular price: $31.93

    • A Taste for Death

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Penelope Dellaporta
    • Length: 22 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 234
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 163
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160

    When the quiet Little Vestry of St. Matthew's Church becomes the blood-soaked scene of a double murder, Scotland Yard Commander Adam Dalgliesh faces an intriguing conundrum....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Classic PD James

    • By Jody R. Nathan on 02-24-10

    Regular price: $47.93

    • The Children of Men

    • By: P.D. James
    • Narrated by: David Case
    • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 238
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 214
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 218

    The Children of Men begins in England in 2021, in a world where all human males have become sterile and no child will be born again....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Needs another narrator

    • By Marie on 09-19-13

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Death in Holy Orders

    • By: P.D. James
    • Narrated by: Charles Keating
    • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 789
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 362
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 367

    The setting itself is elemental P.D. James: the bleak coast of East Anglia, where atop a sweep of low cliffs stands the small theological college of St. Anselm's. On the shore not far away, smothered...

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Death in Holy Orders - good PBS

    • By Jannice on 09-18-03

    Regular price: $35.93

    • An Unsuitable Job for a Woman

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Penelope Dellaporta
    • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 192
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 144

    Handsome Mark Callender did not die the way a young gentleman should. He was found hanged, a lipstick stain on his mouth and a nude girl's picture nearby....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • quite suitable

    • By Holly Helscher on 01-20-09

    Regular price: $27.93

    • Devices and Desires

    • An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery, Book 8
    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Penelope Dellaporta
    • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 164
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 147

    Devices and Desires is a thrilling and insightfully crafted novel of fallible people caught in a net of secrets, ambitions, and schemes on a lonely stretch of Norfolk coastline....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A well wrought mystery

    • By Gretchen SLP on 08-26-15

    Regular price: $38.50

    • The Murder Room

    • An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery
    • By: P.D. James
    • Narrated by: Charles Keating
    • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 618
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 247
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 244

    Commander Adam Dalgliesh, P. D. James' formidable and fascinating detective, returns to find himself enmeshed in a terrifying story of passion and mystery, and in love...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Classic P.D. James

    • By Jim on 11-23-03

    Regular price: $34.60

    • The Lighthouse

    • An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery
    • By: P.D. James
    • Narrated by: Charles Keating
    • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 682
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 308
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 311

    Combe Island off the Cornish coast has a bloodstained history of piracy and cruelty but now, privately owned, it offers respite to over-stressed men and women in positions of high authority....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding!

    • By jb on 11-23-05

    Regular price: $35.93

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