By Ellen Shapiro Beth Perry JONATHAN DURBIN and MICHELLE GREEN
Updated November 24, 2008 12:00 PM
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by P.D. James

REVIEWED BY ELLEN SHAPIRO

MYSTERY

Murder in a country manor, suspects summoned to the library, endless cups of tea—P.D. James is still the doyenne of English whodunits. Set in a plastic surgery clinic, her 14th Adam Dalgliesh mystery centers on a journalist strangled after surgery, leaving taciturn detective Dalgliesh with a houseful of suspects and motives aplenty. Secrets and feuds are serviceably revealed, but James’ psychological acuity and rich atmospherics remain unmatched.