Shroud for a Nightingale

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Shroud for a Nightingale
First edition
Author P. D. James
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Adam Dalgliesh #4
Genre Crime novel
Publisher Faber and Faber
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 296
ISBN 0-571-09719-7
Preceded by Unnatural Causes
Followed by The Black Tower

Shroud for a Nightingale is a 1971 detective novel written by PD James in her Adam Dalgliesh series. Chief Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard is called in to investigate the death of two student nurses at the hospital nursing school of Nightingale House. The novel was adapted as a television miniseries by Anglia Television in 1984, with Roy Marsden as Dalgliesh and Joss Ackland as the surgeon, Stephen Courtney-Briggs.

Plot Summary[edit]

Student nurses Heather Pearce and Josephine Fallon have died of mysterious circumstances in the hospital nursing school of Nightingale House. As Scotland Yard’s Chief Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh uncovers sexual secrets and blackmail within the closed community of the hospital, he finds himself in mortal danger.

Television Version[edit]

A television version was produced for Britain's ITV network in 1984. It starred Roy Marsden as Adam Dalgliesh and Sheila Allen as Mary Taylor.


This production marks the only time that Only Fools and Horses mainstays: Lennard Pearce and Buster Merryfield worked together.

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