'Death In Holy Orders' is set in an Anglican theological college on a desolate stretch of the East Anglian coast, a locality which PD James has made particularly her own.
When the body of one of the students is found on the shore smothered by a fall of sand, his wealthy father demands Scotland Yard should re-examine the verdict of accidental death.
Commander Dalgliesh has visited St Anselm's in his boyhood and, as he is due for a holiday, agrees to pay a visit, expecting no more than a nostalgic return to old haunts and a straightforward examination of the evidence given at the inquest. Instead he finds himself embroiled in one of the most horrific and puzzling cases of his career.
Other visitors come to the college on the weekend of his arrival, not all of them with benign intent. One of them will never leave it alive.
'Death In Holy Orders' is a masterly exploration which distinguishes PD James as a novelist: the sensitive evocation of place, a complex and credible mystery, respect for forensic detail, and the tension of a plot that never flags.
- Publication Date:
- 11 / 09 / 2002
- 152 x 234 x 30mm