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Frustrated with his career, Commander Dalgliesh is invited to Toynton Grange, a home for the disabled, by his old teacher, Father Baddeley, who is resident there. But unbeknown to Dalgliesh... See full summary »

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Commander Dalgleish of Scotland Yard investigates the apparent murder of a well-known author who is found floating in a dinghy with his hands chopped off. The man, Maurice Seton, had ... See full summary »

Director: John Davies
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A Certain Justice (TV Series 1998)
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Original Sin (TV Mini-Series 1997)
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Peverell Press, respected London publishing house with two hundred years of tradition, is taken over by new management. Gerard Etienne, new yuppie CEO, wants to implement radical changes. ... See full summary »

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The Murder Room (TV Mini-Series 2004)
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Adam Dalgliesh looks into the connection between the grisly exhibits at the Dupayne family museum and the murder of adopted son Neville.

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Death in Holy Orders (TV Mini-Series 2003)
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Detective Adam Dalgliesh looks into the death of a young ordinand who died under mysterious circumstances.

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A Mind to Murder (TV Movie 1995)
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Series cast summary:
Roy Marsden ...
 Adam Dalgliesh (5 episodes, 1984)
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 Stephen Courtney-Briggs, surgeon (5 episodes, 1984)
Sheila Allen ...
 Matron Mary Taylor (5 episodes, 1984)
Liz Fraser ...
 Sister Mavis Gearing (5 episodes, 1984)
Thelma Whiteley ...
 Sister Ethel Brumfett (5 episodes, 1984)
Andree Evans ...
 Sister Hilda Rolfe (5 episodes, 1984)
John Vine ...
 DS John Massingham (5 episodes, 1984)
Rosalyn Elvin ...
 Madeleine Goodall (5 episodes, 1984)
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 Christine Dakers (5 episodes, 1984)
Judi Maynard ...
 Julia Pardoe (5 episodes, 1984)
Sarah Thomas ...
 Maureen Burt (5 episodes, 1984)
Marcia Tucker ...
 Shirley Dalston (5 episodes, 1984)
John Pennington ...
 Len Morris (4 episodes, 1984)
Nicholas Coppin ...
 Sergeant McPherson (4 episodes, 1984)
Annette Robertson ...
 Morag Smith (4 episodes, 1984)
Graham Faulkner ...
 Staff Nurse (4 episodes, 1984)
Margaret Whiting ...
 Delia Dettinger (3 episodes, 1984)
Eleanor David ...
 Jo Fallon (3 episodes, 1984)
Forbes Collins ...
 Chief Superintendent Bailey (3 episodes, 1984)
Robin Kermode ...
 Arnold Dowson (3 episodes, 1984)
Lennard Pearce ...
 Mr. Coles (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Staff Nurse (3 episodes, 1984)
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When a student nurse with a penchant for petty blackmail is lethally poisoned during a routine procedure, Commander Dalgliesh and Inspector Massingham have to discover which, of the many guilty secrets held by the staff and students at Nightingale House, was a strong enough motive for murder.

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an absorbing mystery; large and varied cast
21 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A very interesting, varied and believable cast including numerous student nurses, their teachers and a hospital surgeon. Wonderful acting performances by the younger actresses and by the actress playing Mary Taylor. Interesting, sometimes difficult interactions between Dalgliesh and Massingham when one or both are experiencing stress, beautifully acted by both men.

The scene with Dalgliesh and the aging widow was not erotic at all but more painful and pathetic; only Dalgliesh's wish for information kept him in the room with this drunken person whose behavior was puzzling if not downright unbelievable. The Australian woman who found it erotic must be very young; it was actually an ugly scene.

A fascinating mystery, otherwise.


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