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Shroud for a Nightingale [Paperback]

P.D. James
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June 29 2010 World of Crime
An Adam Dalgliesh mystery by an award-winning, internationally acclaimed novelist.

Two student nurses lie dead, the great hospital nursing school of Nightingale House is shadowed with terror, and a secret medical world of sex, shame, and scandal is about to be exposed. It is the job of Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard to probe even deeper into the macabre mystery and unmask a killer who operates as skillfully as a surgeon -- before the epidemic of evil gets completely out of hand.


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“The reigning mistress of murder…Her vivid, compelling whodunits over almost a quarter of a century have made P. D. James one of the world’s leading crime writers and a worthy successor to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie.” -- Time

“Marvellously transcends the mystery genre…Few other mystery novelists can claim such complexity of characterization and density of setting, where every detail seems perfectly realized.” -- Toronto Star

“P. D. James is a remarkable writer.” -- Ruth Rendell

“P. D. James is simply a wonderful writer.” -- The New York Times


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“The reigning mistress of murder…Her vivid, compelling whodunits over almost a quarter of a century have made P. D. James one of the world’s leading crime writers and a worthy successor to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie.” -- Time

“Marvellously transcends the mystery genre…Few other mystery novelists can claim such complexity of characterization and density of setting, where every detail seems perfectly realized.” -- Toronto Star

“P. D. James is a remarkable writer.” -- Ruth Rendell

“P. D. James is simply a wonderful writer.” -- The New York Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
A Murder occurs during a nurses training demonstration. From that moment, you will be committed to the story. This story is a wonderful classic British who-dun-it. But it is so much more than that. Like all P.D. James novels, you'll find yourself caught up by the characters as layer by layer their good and bad intentions are revealed. The author never designs her novels with cardboard characters. Each player is complex, usually with faults, but so human and fallible, they are never one dimensional villians. This book stands out among all of her novels for two reasons. One is the atmosphere she creates, the claustrophic tense nurses training house, surrrounded by storms, driving rain, and falling tress. This all contributes to the high tension maintained throughout. The second reason is the mystery's solution. One of her most shocking and intense endings This is an outstanding book. If youre lucky...read it while snowed in with the phone lines down, and refuse to let the world outside interrupt theis intense and wonderful reading experience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Multi-Layered and Complex Feb. 16 2012
By Debra Purdy Kong TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Detective Chief-Inspector Adam Dalgleish is investigating the suspicious deaths of two nursing students at Nightingale House. Given the time and circumstance of both poisonings, it appears that a fellow student or one of the nursing instructors had something to do with it, or did they?

As usual, P.D. James weaves subtle clues into complex relationships that take time to reveal, but with this book, I didn't mind. Although I found the narrative too plodding in Cover Her Face, it works much better in Shroud for a Nightingale. It could be that the characters's relationships had more depth and intrigue than in the earlier book. Certainly, the pall James slowly casts over Nightingale House makes the setting more intriguing. Also, there is better control over point of view in this book. I didn't learn much more about Dalgleish, but as James fans know, it's the deliciously slow revelations that make her plots and characters so appealing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars mannered and horrific June 11 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The first death in this novel will get your attention; it is original and truly frightening. In what I consider her best early book, PD James places the reader in a medical setting; where she, a hospital administrator, was most comfortable at the time. When Adam Dalgliesh arrives on the scene he find terrified nurses and an evil that goes back decades. Wonderfully written; best with... ah no, on second thought don't drink anything until after you have read the first few chapters. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love the descriptions of this book May 23 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
and the characters that unravel in this book. I'm a true fan of James and trying to read all her books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great mystery writer. June 29 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
PD James' well worth re-reading all her Dagleish and company books. Still an awesome series of mysteries. I hope she lives and writes forever!
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