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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada (June 29 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307399982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307399984
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #167,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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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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By Richard Schwindt TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 11 2014
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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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