Most widely held works by Penelope Dellaporta
The secret adversary by Agatha Christie ( Recording )
13 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 366 libraries worldwide
Set in 1919, young couple Tommy Beresford and Tuppence Cowley form a partnership, hiring themselves out as "young adventurers". Their first case, however, is more of an adventure than they expect - working to find secret documents that, if they were known to the general public, would fuel a communist revolution in Britain. They know that Jane Finn had the documents when she disappeared five years ago. What they don't know is that a killer is targeting a sinister older woman because she knows all about Jane. Soon Tommy and Tuppence are in grave danger.
The mysterious affair at Styles by Agatha Christie ( Recording )
10 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 298 libraries worldwide
There has been a murder at Styles Court. Detective Poirot comes out of retirement to solve who would want the rich heiress Inglethorp dead, and would have the impudence to poison her. The jagged plot turns keep Poirot - and the reader - guessing as suspicion shifts from one peculiar character to the next. In Agatha Christie's first published work, the reader meets Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, destined to become the central detective of her mystery novels.
Cover her face by P. D James ( Recording )
9 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in English and held by 246 libraries worldwide
A beautiful, scheming young girl comes to Mrs. Maxie's house to help look after her invalid husband. When a murder upsets the peaceful country household, Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh is called in from Scotland Yard.
Shroud for a nightingale by P. D James ( Recording )
6 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and held by 241 libraries worldwide
Commander Dalgliesh investigates a murder at a hospital nursing school, uncovering its secret world of sex and ambition.
A mind to murder by P. D James ( Recording )
6 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and held by 239 libraries worldwide
Adam Dalgluish was called to the elegant Steen Psychiatric Clinic to investigate why the body of Enid Bolan was found with a chisel through her heart.
A taste for death by P. D James ( Recording )
7 editions published between 1994 and 2009 in English and held by 219 libraries worldwide
Commander Dalgliesh searches for the killer of two men - a baronet and an alcoholic - who turn up with their throats slit.
The black tower by P. D James ( Recording )
6 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and held by 218 libraries worldwide
Just recovered from a grave illness, Commander Adam Dalgliesh is called to the bedside of an elderly priest. When Dalgliesh arrives, Father Baddeley is dead. Is it merely his own brush with mortality that causes Dalgliesh to sense the shadow of death about to fall once more?
A certain justice by P. D James ( Recording )
6 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in English and held by 217 libraries worldwide
A British woman lawyer is murdered soon after successfully defending her client who was on trial for murder. As he opens an investigation, Commander Dalgliesh of New Scotland Yard learns the man recently became engaged to the lawyer's daughter. Is there a connection?
Innocent blood by P. D James ( Recording )
7 editions published between 1992 and 2009 in English and held by 197 libraries worldwide
Philippa Palfrey, adopted as a child, applies for a copy of her birth certificate when she becomes eighteen. Her fantasy about being the illegitimate daughter of an aristocratic father ends when she learns the shocking truth about her parents.
Devices and desires by P. D James ( Recording )
6 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in English and held by 196 libraries worldwide
Commander Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard has just published a new book of poems and has taken a brief respite from publicity on the remote Larksoken headland on the Norfolk coast in a converted windmill left to him by his aunt. But he cannot so easily escape murder. A psychotic strangler of young women is at large in Norfolk, and getting nearer to Larksoken with every killing. And when Dalgliesh discovers the murdered body of the Acting Administrative Officer on the beach, he finds himself caught up in the passions and dangerous secrets of the headland community and in one of the most baffling murder cases of his career.
An unsuitable job for a woman by P. D James ( Recording )
6 editions published between 1986 and 2009 in English and held by 188 libraries worldwide
Left alone by her partner's suicide, Cordelia Gray struggles to manage the private detective agency they once shared.
Unnatural causes by P. D James ( Recording )
7 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in English and held by 187 libraries worldwide
The peaceful village of Monksmere had been Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh's retreat from the daily routine of Scotland Yard. Now a man has been murdered and the village reveals its concealed lies and hatreds.
The secret garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett ( Recording )
3 editions published between 1983 and 2010 in English and held by 183 libraries worldwide
Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.
Death of an expert witness by P. D James ( Recording )
6 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and held by 171 libraries worldwide
An evil-empered forensic scientist is put to death, putting many of his colleagues out of misery. Dr. Lorrimer appeared to be the picture of a bloodless, coldly efficient scientist. Only when his brutally slain body is discovered and his secret past dissected does the image begin to change. Once again, Chief Inspector Adam Dalgliesh learns that there is more to human beings than meets the eye, and more to solving a murder than the obvious clues.
The skull beneath the skin by P. D James ( Recording )
6 editions published between 1994 and 2009 in English and held by 154 libraries worldwide
Hired as a bodyguard to faded actress Clarissa Lisle, the recent recipient of numerous death threats, Cordelia Gray accompanies the actress to an island castle, whose owner collects funeral paraphernalia.
Original sin by P. D James ( Recording )
3 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and held by 152 libraries worldwide
When Gerard Etienne turns up dead at the English publishing firm he has just taken over, there is no shortage of suspects. The ruthless new chairman of Peverell Press had a host of enemies : rejected authors, disenchanted colleagues and a discarded lover. Detective Adam Dalgliesh and company untangle this mess, replete with complex dynamics and hiding a killer who won't hesitate to strike again.
A room of one's own by Virginia Woolf ( Recording )
3 editions published between 1979 and 2005 in English and held by 122 libraries worldwide
In addressing the question of women and fiction, the author explores the lack of equal opportunity for women. She describes a tour of Oxbridge, a mythical English university, and the obstacles to education a woman encounters there. She concludes that "a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction."
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë ( Recording )
4 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 110 libraries worldwide
The self-assured Jane Eyre becomes governess at Edward Rochester's mansion, where she and the master fall in love.
September by Rosamunde Pilcher ( Recording )
2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 110 libraries worldwide
Violet watches as her son's marriage disintegrates as he fights with his wife about sending their young son to boarding school, and Pandora Blair, an old flame, returns. Bestseller 1990.
The shell seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher ( Recording )
6 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 107 libraries worldwide
Penelope Keeling seeks to discover the secret of happiness for her friends, her family and herself.
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