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Adopted as a child into a privileged family, Philippa Palfrey fantasizes that she is the daughter of an aristocrat and a parlor maid. The terrifying truth about her parents and a long-ago murder is only the first in a series of shocking betrayals. Philippa quickly learns that those who delve into the secrets of the past must be on guard when long-buried horrors begin to stir.
©2001 P.D. James; (P)2009 Random House

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A Classic British Mystery

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I have read many of James' Adam Dalgliesh mysteries, but this one does not include him and somehow along the line I missed reading it. Full of twists and turns, it kept me guessing until the end. Phillipa Palfrey is an adopted child who is determined to find her roots, but gets more than she bargains for in a myriad of ways. It's a classic.

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Not Her Best

Would you try another book from P. D. James and/or Penelope Dellaporta?

I love P.D. James! I would try another book by her. However this book was implausible at times. In the end I really didn't enjoy it that much.

Would you recommend Innocent Blood to your friends? Why or why not?

NO, I would not recommend it to my friends. It was too long and not plausible.

Which scene was your favorite?

The father and daughter interaction when it came time to leave.

Was Innocent Blood worth the listening time?

No

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  • Donna
  • Sherwood, AR, United States
  • 04-29-12

One of P.D. James Best - I've now read them all!

If you could sum up Innocent Blood in three words, what would they be?

revenge, identity, hope

What was one of the most memorable moments of Innocent Blood?

when Philippa discovers her true history

What about Penelope Dellaporta’s performance did you like?

She is superb! Dellaporta to me is the quintessential P. D. book narrator. I've gotten<br/>others by mistake and it spoiled my enjoyment of an otherwise great story. Her interpretation of characters is never boring or monotone for she makes them come alive.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

What a desire for revenge can do to the human spirit.

Any additional comments?

I will probably re-read this one in time; it is that good!

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  • Elein
  • Oakland, CA, United States
  • 07-10-15

PD James

Love PD James. Sound was inconsistent on recording. The story was either her best work nor her worst.

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Hail Mrs. James!! She never lets her readers down.

As expected I was left with a sense of completeness. No unanswered questions, every dark shadow oh humanness she stumbles upon she eventually casts a beam of revealing light. Wow, I thought I found one of her stories that I actually may not enjoy but I must say she keeps me coming back for more. P D James has earned the title of greatest mystery, suspense, fiction and romance novelist all wrapped into one. I give you four stars all around simply because I hope you will continue to outdo the last book of yours I read. Five stars will leave me with no need to search for your next book. Keep them coming,I will buy them.
Allison from Lansdowne, Pa

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Narrator's voice very annoying

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I didn't get far in this because Penelope Dellaporta's voice is quite grating. Also, it makes little sense to have a female narrator for an Adam Dalgliesh mystery.

Has Innocent Blood turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes. I won't listen to this narrator again.

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Mesmerizing

Innocent Blood offers realistic characters in unusual circumstances.P.D. James outstanding writing drew me in and kept me fascinated. This is one of those books that stays with one a long time. I would have given 5 Stars but for the incest at the end. It served no purpose and infuriated me. Especially since it was treated like it was OK for that self centered man to take advantage of his adopted daughter when she was most vulnerable.

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