Death in Holy Orders

Death in Holy Orders

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  • Hardback | 544 pages
  • 166.9 x 231.9 x 28.2mm | 788g
  • AudioGO Limited
  • Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
  • Bath, United Kingdom
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type edition
  • 0754015750
  • 9780754015758

Review Text

Two suspicious deaths at an isolated theological college on the Suffolk coast set up a visit for Commander Adam Dalgliesh, who spent lonely school holidays there as a boy. His visit coincides with that of an upopular Archdeacon and when he dies, there is little doubt this is murder. All the traditional elements of the classic English 'country house' murder story are here in abundance: the closed circle of suspects, the inspector from Scotland Yard conveniently on the spot, the college cut off from help during a violent storm. And many of these references are slipped in knowingly with a tongue-in-cheek nod to the conventions of the genre, though this is done with obvious affection. Yet the underlying theme of the book is that of faith, in all its forms, and the theological retreat setting lends itself to a host of religious imagery, from Dalgliesh's baptism in the North Sea as he tackles the murderer, to the symbolic puff of white smoke at the end. It was widely rumoured that Dalgliesh would be married off in this book. He isn't, but he does meet a woman who would seem to fit the profile of prime suspect in the marriage stakes. Dalgliesh fans waiting for a happy ending will just have to have faith. Review by MIKE RIPLEY Editor's note: Mike Ripley's Lights, Camera, Angel! was published in April. (Kirkus UK)show more