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    • P. D. James BBC Radio Drama Collection

    • Seven Full-Cast Dramatisations
    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Greta Scacchi, Hugh Grant, full cast, and others
    • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 125
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 111

    Seven BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations of P. D. James' acclaimed mysteries, plus P. D. James in Her Own Words. This collection includes: Cover Her Face, A Taste for Death, Devices and Desires, A Certain Justice, The Private Patient, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman and The Skull Beneath the Skin.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Desert Island drama

    • By Zaubermond on 02-13-18

    Regular price: $34.10

    • 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. Coolly brilliant policeman Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard must find her killer among a houseful of suspects, most of whom had very good reason to wish her ill. Cover Her Face is P. D. James' electric debut novel, an ingeniously plotted mystery that immediately placed her among the masters of suspense.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A Bit slow

    • By J. Roderick on 05-24-12

    Regular price: $31.93

    • 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

    Atop a sweep of low cliffs stands the small theological college of St. Anselm's. Not far away, smothered beneath a fall of sand, lies the body of one of the school's young ordinands. When Commander Adam Dalgliesh is called to investigate the death, the college is torn apart by another death, a sacrilegious and horrifying murder.

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

    • By Jannice on 09-18-03

    Regular price: $35.93

    • 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. For Aldridge the trial is mainly a test of her courtroom skills, one more opportunity to succeed - and she does. But now murder is in the air. The next victim will be Aldridge herself, stabbed to death at her desk in her Chambers in the Middle Temple, a bloodstained wig on her head. Enter Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team, whose struggle to investigate and understand the shocking events cannot halt the spiral into more horrors, more murders....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love those British Detectives

    • By Angelyn S. Furst on 01-27-16

    Regular price: $33.60

    • 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. The final generation has turned 25, and civilization is giving way to strange faiths and cruelties, mass suicides and despair. Theodore Faron, Oxford historian and cousin to the omnipotent Warden of England, a dictator of great subtlety, has resigned himself to apathy. Then he meets Julian, a bright, attractive woman, who wants Theo to join her circle of unlikely revolutionaries, a move that may shatter his shell of passivity.…

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Needs another narrator

    • By Marie on 09-19-13

    Regular price: $28.00

    • 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 who require privacy and guaranteed security. But the peace of Combe is violated when one of the distinguished visitors is bizarrely murdered.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding!

    • By jb on 11-23-05

    Regular price: $35.93

    • 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: How did an upper-crust Minister come to lie, slit throat to slit throat, next to a neighborhood derelict of the lowest order? Challenged with the investigation of a crime that appears to have endless motives, Dalgliesh explores the sinister web spun around a half-burnt diary and a violet-eyed widow who is pregnant and full of malice.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Classic PD James

    • By Jody R. Nathan on 02-24-10

    Regular price: $47.93

    • Death Comes to Pemberley

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
    • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 1,223
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,039
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 1,058

    It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Lots of fun for Austen lovers!

    • By Lesley A. Slavin on 12-20-11

    Regular price: $31.50

    • 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

    The Dupayne, a small private museum in London, is in turmoil. As its trustees argue over whether it should be closed, one of them is brutally and mysteriously murdered. Yet even as Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team proceed with their investigation, a second corpse is discovered. Someone in the Dupayne is prepared to kill and kill again. Still more sinister, the murders appear to echo the notorious crimes of the past featured in one of the museum's galleries: the Murder Room.

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

    • By Jim on 11-23-03

    Regular price: $34.60

    • The Private Patient

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
    • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 456
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 238
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 236

    Cheverell Manor is a lovely old house in deepest Dorset, now a private clinic belonging to the famous plastic surgeon George Chandler-Powell. When investigative journalist Rhoda Gradwyn arrived there one late autumn afternoon, scheduled to have a disfiguring and long-standing facial scar removed, she had every expectation of a successful operation and a pleasant week recuperating. Two days later she was dead, the victim of murder.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Problem with narrator.

    • By R & J Sentman on 12-12-08

    Regular price: $39.93

    • Original Sin

    • Adam Dalgliesh, Book 9
    • By: P.D. James
    • Narrated by: Penelope Dellaporta
    • Length: 20 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 135
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129

    Adam Dalgliesh takes on a baffling murder in the rarefied world of London book publishing in this masterful mystery from one of our finest novelists. Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team are confronted with a puzzle of impenetrable complexity. A murder has taken place in the offices of the Peverell Press, a venerable London publishing house located in a dramatic mock-Venetian palace on the Thames. The victim is Gerard Etienne, the brilliant but ruthless new managing director, who had vowed to restore the firm's fortunes.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • as always PD James is good

    • By Kristine on 12-11-14

    Regular price: $33.60

    • 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 165
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 147

    Commander Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard has just published a new book of poems and has taken a brief respite from publicity on the remote Larksoken headland on the Norfolk coast. A psychotic strangler of young women is at large in Norfolk, and getting nearer to Larksoken with every killing. And when Dalgliesh discovers the murdered body of the Acting Administrative Officer on the beach, he finds himself caught up in one of the most baffling murder cases of his career.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A well wrought mystery

    • By Gretchen SLP on 08-26-15

    Regular price: $38.50

    • Shroud for a Nightingale

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Penelope Dellaporta
    • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 242
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185

    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 of Scotland Yard to unmask a killer who has decided to prescribe murder as the cure for all ills.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Early P.D. James is the best P.D. James

    • By red-herring12 on 08-07-18

    Regular price: $35.93

    • 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

    Award-winning author P.D. James' second mystery in her best-selling series featuring Scotland Yard investigator Adam Dalgliesh is now available as an audiobook! 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. Dalgliesh must analyze the deep-seated anxieties and thwarted desires of patients and staff alike to determine which of their unresolved conflicts resulted in murder. Widely acknowledged as "the greatest contemporary writer of classic crime" ( The London Sunday Times), P. D. James received the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award for long-term achievement in 1999.

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

    • By Holly Helscher on 01-20-09

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Sleep No More

    • Six Murderous Tales
    • By: P. D. James, Peter Kemp - foreword
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77

    It's not always a question of "whodunit?" Sometimes there's more mystery in the why or how. And although we usually know the unhealthy fates of both victim and perpetrator, what of those clever few who plan and carry out the perfect crime? The ones who aren't brought down even though they're found out? And what about those who do the finding out who witness a murder or who identify the murderer but keep the information to themselves? These are some of the mysteries that we follow through those six stories.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfectly crafted short stories

    • By RueRue on 02-02-18

    Regular price: $17.50

    • 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. The official verdict was suicide, but his aristocratic father suspects murder.

    He hires Cordelia Gray, a fledgling detective, to investigate. And as she follows a trail of guilty secrets and shameful sins, she concludes that the nicest people do the nastiest things!

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • quite suitable

    • By Holly Helscher on 01-20-09

    Regular price: $27.93

    • Unnatural Causes

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Penelope Dellaporta
    • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 203
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 161
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 156

    Maurice Seton was a famous mystery writer - but no murder from his imagination could equal the ghastliness of his own death. When his grotesquely mutilated corpse is found in a drifting dinghy, ripples of horror spread among his bizarre neighbors: the cruel and cynical drama critic, the celebrated recluse, and the rakish young heir. It is up to Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh and his extraordinary aunt to discover the shocking truth about Seton's past - before the plot takes another murderous turn.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • great read.

    • By Marguerite on 03-05-15

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Innocent Blood

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Penelope Dellaporta
    • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 87
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 56

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Classic British Mystery

    • By Karen Vincent on 12-23-14

    Regular price: $35.93

    • The Greatest Mysteries of All Time, Volume 6

    • By: Wilkie Collins, C. P. Donnell Jr., John Collier, and others
    • Narrated by: David Warner, Christopher Cazenove, Orson Welles, and others
    • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8

    The Greatest Mysteries of All Time, Volume 6 is an exciting addition to this series, featuring the most acclaimed writers, past and present. This unique collection of master writers, including Wilkie Collins, Aldous Huxley, and Edith Wharton, edited by multi-award winning mystery connoisseur Otto Penzler, is a delightful mixture of mystery and suspense.

    Regular price: $17.50

    • The Mistletoe Murder

    • And Other Stories
    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Jenny Agutter, Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 145
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 145

    Four previously uncollected stories from one of the great mystery writers of our time - swift, cunning murder mysteries (two of which feature the young Adam Dalgliesh) that together, to borrow the author's own word, add up to a delightful "entertainment".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I worship at the alter of p d james

    • By Sherrie Lindley on 08-09-17

    Regular price: $17.50

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