The Mistletoe Murder by P. D. James audiobook

The Mistletoe Murder: And Other Stories

By P. D. James
Read by Jenny Agutter  and Daniel Weyman

Random House Audio 9780451494146

The Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries

2.93 Hours Unabridged
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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." The newly appointed Sgt. Dalgliesh is drawn into a case that is "pure Agatha Christie." . . . A "pedantic, respectable, censorious" clerk's secret taste for pornography is only the first reason he finds for not coming forward as a witness to a murder . . . A best-selling crime novelist describes the crime she herself was involved in fifty years earlier . . . Dalgliesh's godfather implores him to reinvestigate a notorious murder that might ease the godfather's mind about an inheritance, but which will reveal a truth that even the supremely upstanding Adam Dalgliesh will keep to himself. Each of these stories is as playful as it is ingeniously plotted, the author's sly humor as evident as her hallmark narrative elegance and shrewd understanding of some of the most complex--not to say the most damning--aspects of human nature. A treat for P. D. James's legions of fans and anyone who enjoys the pleasures of a masterfully wrought whodunit.

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Summary

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."

The newly appointed Sgt. Dalgliesh is drawn into a case that is "pure Agatha Christie." . . . A "pedantic, respectable, censorious" clerk's secret taste for pornography is only the first reason he finds for not coming forward as a witness to a murder . . . A best-selling crime novelist describes the crime she herself was involved in fifty years earlier . . . Dalgliesh's godfather implores him to reinvestigate a notorious murder that might ease the godfather's mind about an inheritance, but which will reveal a truth that even the supremely upstanding Adam Dalgliesh will keep to himself. Each of these stories is as playful as it is ingeniously plotted, the author's sly humor as evident as her hallmark narrative elegance and shrewd understanding of some of the most complex--not to say the most damning--aspects of human nature. A treat for P. D. James's legions of fans and anyone who enjoys the pleasures of a masterfully wrought whodunit.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

There are very few thriller writers who can compete with P.D. James at her best The Spectator
[The] genre’s most talented practitioner ever. The New York Times
The greatest contemporary writer of classic crime. Sunday Times
The Queen of Crime. Los Angeles Times  
P.D. James is simply a wonderful writer. The New York Times Book Review
“This collection show[s] that James was just as adept at the short form as she was at novel length; they efficiently introduce characters and create atmosphere, while posing fair challenges to readers eager to match wits with her.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
P. D. James is the undisputed grande dame of the modern mystery. The Boston Globe
“Four previously uncollected holiday-themed short stories from the late James evoke mystery’s Golden Age without quite being cozy…These short tales feature James’ clever plotting and witty narration with gratifying conclusions.” Library Journal
“The listener is drawn into each story through the expert telling of two narrators, Jenny Agutter and Daniel Weyman, who evoke the formal setting of England in wartime through their in crisp British accents. They create an atmosphere of radio theater as they juggle multiple crime scenes, characters, and investigations. Weyman switches believably between male and female characters, which is a testament to his experience. Listeners will be left guessing the identity of the killers up to the last minute.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: P. D. James

Author Bio: P. D. James

P. D. James (1920–2014), English crime writer, was the author of numerous detective novels, many of which were New York Times bestsellers. She spent thirty years in various departments of the British civil service, including the Police and Criminal Law Departments of the Home Office. She has served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. In 2000 she celebrated her eightieth birthday and published her autobiography, Time to Be in Earnest. The recipient of many prizes and honors, she was named Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 2.93
Audience: Adult
Language: English