Shroud for a Nightingale
The young women of Nightingale House are there to learn to nurse and comfort the suffering. But when one of the students plays patient in a demonstration of nursing skills, she is horribly, brutally killed. Another student dies equally mysteriously, and it is up to Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard... show more
The young women of Nightingale House are there to learn to nurse and comfort the suffering. But when one of the students plays patient in a demonstration of nursing skills, she is horribly, brutally killed. Another student dies equally mysteriously, and it is up to Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard to unmask a killer who has decided to prescribe murder as the cure for all ills. The New York Times called Shroud for a Nightingale "mystery at its best."
Publish date: September 11th 2001
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
Series: Adam Dalgliesh (#4)
I believe it was Red Skelton who said that to be a writer you have to be a close observer of human nature, but not so close that you start to hate everyone. P.D. James seems to frequently drift across the line into hating everybody. The men in James' world tend to be pompous, self-absorbed, preening...
2 starsYou were such a little boring piece of a novel that I couldn't find the strength to finish you. #sorrynotsorryI'll see you in hell, weird-looking, dough-faced and weary-eyed nurses who are completely unable to say a single interesting thing.Thank you so much for making me lose my precious tim...
I just returned from our book discussion group at our local public library where the book under discussion was Shroud for a Nightingale by P.D. James. Granted, this is a general reading group so not everyone there is a hard-core mystery fanatic like me but I was surprised to find that I was the only...
It's been a while since I read a PD James book. I forgot how satisfying a mystery they are. Sex & secrets abound in an incestuous small nursing school. There was a lot of talk about there being no secrets or privacy in a small dormitory like setting. And certainly everyone has secrets, both smal...
More like 3.5 stars rounded out to 4. Slow paced but well worth it in the end. The plot is a little byzantine and I dislike the way James uses the trope of her lead character explaining his theory to his staff but not the reader. James goes even further in this novel with the sergeant acting under o...