Death In Holy Orders

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Overview

This mystery centers around an isolated British town in which a death at a theological college, previously ruled as accidental, is reopened for an extended investigation by Scotland Yard. Commander Dalgliesh, a former student at the college, conducts the necessary research at first simply as a matter of protocol, but he soon finds more mysterious and distressing revelations at every turn. Dalgliesh believes that the college and its visitors are in imminent danger, but by the time he is able to warn them, it may ...
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Overview

This mystery centers around an isolated British town in which a death at a theological college, previously ruled as accidental, is reopened for an extended investigation by Scotland Yard. Commander Dalgliesh, a former student at the college, conducts the necessary research at first simply as a matter of protocol, but he soon finds more mysterious and distressing revelations at every turn. Dalgliesh believes that the college and its visitors are in imminent danger, but by the time he is able to warn them, it may be too late.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; P.D. James profile from the BBC's Writers and Places series; Cast/author bios
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Christina Urban
Based on the murder mystery novels by British author P. D. James, Death in Holy Orders stars Martin Shaw as Scotland Yard detective Commander Adam Dalgliesh, who is on the hunt for a killer at a theological college. St. Anselm's is located in a small British seaside town, and when one of the seminary students is found dead under a mound of sand, Dalgliesh is asked to look into it. He expects a straightforward investigation but soon uncovers an even larger mystery as to the nature of the student's death. A BBC production, Death in Holy Orders marks Shaw's first pass at James's master sleuth, Dalgliesh, a character essayed brilliantly for 15 years by Roy Marsden. This production aired in the U.S. on the PBS series Mystery! in October 2004.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2004
  • UPC: 794051201829
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Bbc Warner
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 3:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 14,448

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Martin Shaw Adam Dalgliesh
Janie Dee Emma Lavenham
Jesse Spencer Raphael Arbuthnot
Robert Hardy Father Martin
Alan Howard Father Sebastian Morell
Jeff Rawle Father Peregrine
Technical Credits
Jonny Campbell Director
Margaret Enefer Producer
Julian Nott Score Composer
Robert Jones Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Accidental Death? [4:51]
2. Fighting for Survival [3:22]
3. St. Anselm's Revisited [6:25]
4. Accident Scene [3:36]
5. Archdeacon Crampton [2:55]
6. Mrs. Munroe [8:22]
7. Crampton's Enemies [5:02]
8. Dalgliesh for Dinner [5:49]
9. Secrets [8:28]
10. Incredible Recollection [4:39]
11. Father Martin's Letter [5:13]
12. Suspicions [5:19]
13. Orphans in a Storm [3:36]
14. Stealthy Scholar [5:08]
15. Accusations [5:51]
16. You Killed Her [2:32]
17. Disturbed Night [2:50]
18. End Credits [1:01]
1. This Is a Church [6:57]
2. He Won't Be Missed [3:43]
3. Got an Alibi? [5:49]
4. Doubts [4:26]
5. Dr. Stannard [5:14]
6. Secrets [6:17]
7. Nothing to Fear [7:07]
8. Another Victim [7:04]
9. Unholy Errand [4:49]
10. Ronald's Discovery [4:50]
11. Spilt Blood [6:46]
12. Mark of Cain [5:23]
13. Falling Apart [1:47]
14. Me Again? [6:14]
15. Disturbed Young Man [3:11]
16. Guilty [2:38]
17. End of St. Anselm's [4:14]
18. End Credits [1:01]
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   Special Features
      Writers and Places
      Cast/Author Biographies
         Martin Shaw
         Robert Hardy
         Alan Howard
         Jeff Rawle
         Clive Wood
         Janie Dee
         Hugh Fraser
         Jonathan Coy
         David Calder
         P.D. James
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Death in Holy Orders"

    In P.D James’s latest novel, “Death in Holy Orders”, the reader follows Commander Adam Dalgliesh as he embarks on another thrilling adventure. The novel is set in the east coast of Suffolk at St. Anselm’s theological college, which is where Dalgliesh went to school as a young boy. Upon his arrival at the college, Dalgliesh investigates the death of a student named Ronald Treeves. Ronald’s death was deemed an accident but his father, a very powerful business man, believes there was foul play involved. What arouses even more suspicion is that the woman who found Ronald’s body died less than a week later due to a weak heart. As Dalgliesh furthers his investigation at St. Anselm’s he discovers that the college is being pushed into closure due to bad publicity and lack of funds. If St Anselm’s does close its doors, the numerous priceless artifacts that belong to the college will be given to the priests and higher officials. Dalgliesh believes this a motive for murder when he finds the archdeacon beaten to death inside the chapel. This is a very well written novel but the amount of characters makes it confusing and very hard to follow. Although well developed, the characters were so numerous that the reader gets easily lost. The plot of the book was not what I expected it to be. It never put me on the edge of my seat or left me craving more. It lacked the unexpected twist that is so common in the works of P.D James. Also, the length of the book makes the plot drag. I think making the novel shorter could have really helped readers become more interested. Besides those two things, I really enjoyed this novel. P.D James is a literary genius and one of the best mystery writers ever. I recommend this novel to anyone interested in the Adam Dalgliesh series and enjoys the works of P.D James.

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