Adam Dalgleish Books

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Adam Dalgleish is the main character in a series of mystery novels written by British bestselling author P.D. James. Dalgleish works in at New Scotland Yard in London where he starts off as a Detective Chief Inspector and subsequently rises through the ranks as the series progresses. The character made its debut in 1962 when the first novel in the series Cover Her Face was published and since then over dozen books have been issued.

Order of Adam Dalgliesh Series

#ReadTitlePublishedDetails
1Cover Her Face1962Description / Buy
2A Mind to Murder1963Description / Buy
3Unnatural Causes1967Description / Buy
4Shroud for a Nightingale1971Description / Buy
5The Black Tower1975Description / Buy
6Death of an Expert Witness1977Description / Buy
7A Taste for Death1986Description / Buy
8Devices and Desires1989Description / Buy
9Original Sin1994Description / Buy
10A Certain Justice1997Description / Buy
11Death in Holy Orders2001Description / Buy
12The Murder Room2003Description / Buy
13The Lighthouse2005Description / Buy
14The Private Patient2008Description / Buy
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ADAM DALGLEISH AWARDS

James has won and also been nominated for various awards, for instance, The Mistletoe Murder was featured in 2016 Publishers Weekly starred review. Shroud for a Nightingale was nominated for 1972 Edgar Allan Poe Award. In 1987 A Taste for Death won the Macavity Award for the best Mystery Novel. An Unsuitable Job for a Woman was nominated for 1974 Edgar Allan Poe Award.

BEST ADAM DALGLEISH BOOKS

These are three best novels in Adam Dalgleish series written by P.D. James, Cover Her Face, Shroud for Nightingale and A Taste for Death.

Cover Her Face: This is the first novel in Adam Dalgleish series by P.D. James. In this first installment, we meet Sally Jupp, a headstrong and charming young housemaid who is put rudely in her place. She has been strangled to death in her bed just behind a bolted door. Adam Dalgliesh, a Scotland Yard detective, is assigned to find the person who murdered the beautiful girl, and he must find her killer among an endless list of suspects and most of whom had good reasons to wish her ill.

Enter Detective Chief Inspector Adam Dalgliesh who has a host of possible suspects and motives as well. The first novel is a brilliant read which is extremely well plotted; you will like how the author presents Sally Jupp. She is portrayed as a young and sympathetic woman who nobody seemed to like; you will also love the fact that the author has added some twists and turns that will keep you hooked from the first page to the last.

Shroud for a Nightingale: The fourth book in Adam Dalgleish series. The story begins with Miss Muriel Beale departing for the day of John Carpendar Hospital Inspection. However, her first impression, when she arises at Nightingale House, is that it is unfit for a nurse training school. When the inspection kicks off with a demo by the student’s nurses, a murder occurs and a few moments later a student nurse is killed. According to the death patterns and their nature, it is apparently clear that a killer is on the loose and he or she needs to be stopped and to prevent more murders from happening, Adam Dalgliesh is called to investigate.

The fourth series installment is an assured mystery with loads of great characters ranging from Mr. Stephen Courtney Brigs an arrogant surgeon to Mary Taylor and the Nurses and the Sisters who work and live in Nightingale House. There’s little privacy in Nightingale House, and soon the detective discovers of the petty squabbles, the affairs, and the secrets that surround the hospital. As he investigates into the past of the residents of Nightingale House, he unravels the truth, a truth that could see many people die if he doesn’t act fast.

A Taste for Death: In the seventh series installment in Adam Dalgleish, after St. Matthew’s Church becomes a blood soaked after two people are murdered, the Scotland Yard Commander Dalgliesh is called to investigate the case. However, this case proves somehow complicated, and the question that arises are more than the answers possible.

Challenged by an investigation of a case that seems to have endless motives, the Scotland Yard detective investigates the complex and villainous web spun around a violet-eyed widow who is pregnant and a half burnt diary while piecing together the possible clues and gathering the answers to what led to the double homicides.

OTHER BOOK SERIES YOU MAY LIKE

If you like Adam Dalgleish series by P.D. James, you will also find these other two novel series worthy reads. “Brian McDone Mysteries” by Ryan Casey which feature Brian McDone a cop based in Preston Police Department.

An “Anthony Carrick Mystery” by Jason Blacker is also an ideal match for you. This hardboiled detective fiction series features a protagonist named Anthony Carrick who makes use of his humor and guts to solve murders and also deal with other dirty details of people lives.

What Is The Next Book in The Adam Dalgliesh Series?

There doesn't seem to be an upcoming book in The Adam Dalgliesh Series. The newest book is The Private Patient and was released on January, 1st 2008.

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