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Two young nurses have been fatally poisoned, and James’s hero discovers that the entire hospital seethes with sinister doings, dark secrets, and clues literally hidden within the suspects. 4 hours 20 min. on 1 DVD.
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Murder strikes a teaching hospital in this satisfying puzzle from one of Britain's best mystery writers. Nightingale House, home to a top nursing program, is also the home of students, teachers, a nest of secrets, and racks and racks of easily accessible poisons. When prim Nurse Pierce is offed right in the middle of a classroom demonstration, tensions explode, troubles multiply, and Scotland Yard's poetically inclined Commander Adam Dalgliesh must untangle the mess. P.D. James's mystery novels are notable as much for their emotional depth as for their knotty solutions, and this thoughtful production reflects that, taking its time in building to the macabre fun. The acting is uniformly good, but Roy Marsden makes a truly remarkable Dalgliesh, quietly capturing his intelligence, sadness, and faint touch of cruelty. Shroud for a Nightingale's three episodes take about four hours, so brew a good strong pot of tea (be sure to check the milk for poison) and settle in for the evening. --Ali DavisFrom the Back Cover:
Worried by the sinister political implications of his current murder case, Scotland Yard's Adam Dalgliesh is off to a teaching hospital for nurses to interview a prime suspect, critically ill arms dealer Martin Dettinger. The hospital, he discovers, is a hotbed of blackmail teeming with mysterious motives. At the somber adjoining training wing and nurses' residence, the risk of death seems greater than in any ward. Two young nurses are suddenly poisoned to death--one of them right before Dalgliesh's eyes. Not originally assigned to these cases and against orders from superiors, Dalgliesh takes them on. With trademark cool, the shrewd, incisive detective is soon navigating a labyrinth of intrigues, jealousies, and some very dark secrets. Someone is trying to bury the past and is ready, willing, and able to kill again to keep it from being resurrected. 251 minutes.
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