By Daneet Steffens
Updated March 17, 2020 at 02:55 AM EDT
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Death in Holy Orders

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  • Book

A rash of sudden deaths breaks out at a remote, cliff-top theological college in England? Sounds like a job for Commander Adam Dalgliesh, policeman and poet, who happens to have some holiday time coming up, and is amenable to using it for a spot of sleuthing. Turns out he’s also succumbing to nostalgia: He spent a few summers as a teen at St. Anselm’s (some of that time with a seductive girl named Sadie), so the college and surrounding area are familiar to him. James’ characters in Death in Holy Orders — priests, students, incestuous lovers, nearly all with dark secrets to hide — are so deliciously sketched out that the fun here is far more in the reading of the novel, and in the pleasure of a new installment of Dalgliesh’s detection from the 80-year-old empress of the British mystery, than in the ultimate denouement of the whodunit.

Death in Holy Orders

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  • Book
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author
  • P.D. James
publisher
  • Knopf

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