P.D. James: The Essential Collection [15 Discs] [DVD]

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A Mind to Murder
A Mind to Murder follows a poetry loving yet uber-masculine homicide officer as he solves one baffling case after another. The film stars Roy Mardsen as the English ace detective Commander Dalgliesh. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

Death of an Expert Witness
Roy Marsden stars as Commander Adam Dalgliesh in this made-for-television adaptation of the novel by P.D. James. Edwin Lorrimer (Geoffrey Palmer) is a noted forensic scientist who is often called upon to testify in court proceedings as an expert witness, and when he dies as a result of foul play, Dalgliesh is called in to investigate. Lorrimer was killed inside the building where he worked, and given the tight security of his offices, initial police research assumes that someone who worked alongside Lorrimer is the most likely culprit. However, the longer Dalgliesh looks into the murder, the more he's convinced the answer lies elsewhere. Originally aired as a three-part miniseries, Death of an Expert Witness also features John Vine, Barry Foster, and Brenda Blethyn. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Original Sin
P.D. James: Original Sin is another murder mystery featuring Scotland Yard investigator Adam Dalgliesh. A respected author summons Dalgliesh to Peverell Publishing in order to investigate a disturbing series of threatening letters that have been sent to various people who work there. When deaths start occurring among this circle of people, Dalgliesh must figure out which of them know the truth. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

The Black Tower
Not even a vacation can stop Commander Adam Dalgliesh from ferreting out criminals in this made-for-TV mystery based on the novel by P.D. James. While recuperating after an injury, Dalgliesh (Roy Marsden) decides to take some time off and visit scenic Toynton Grange. But crime knows no holiday, and after three murders and two bizarre suicides rock the quiet village, Dalgliesh puts himself to work, and soon discovers a dark web of blackmail, death, and a secret trapped in a darkened tower near a cliff. The Black Tower also stars Pauline Collins and Art Malik. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cover Her Face
Roy Marsden returns as ace detective Commander Adam Dalgliesh in this made-for-TV mystery based on the novel by P.D. James. It comes as no great surprise when a notorious drug dealer is found murdered, but more than a few eyebrows are raised when his body is discovered in an exclusive London book club. Dalgliesh is brought in to investigate, and discovers the only witness is a servant who many already believe is guilty of the crime. Cover Her Face also features Rupert Frazer and Mel Martin. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Shroud for a Nightingale
Based on the P.D. James novels, the miniseries Shroud for a Nightingale follows the investigations of Commander Adam Dalgliesh (Roy Marsden). Also starring John Vine and Joss Ackland. This box set from Wellspring Media offers three videos. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

A Taste for Death
Based on the P.D. James novels, this mystery miniseries follows the investigations of Commander Adam Dalgliesh (Roy Marsden). Also starring Penny Downie and Wendy Hiller. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

Unnatural Causes
When a mutilated corpse is discovered floating at sea in an abandoned dinghy, Scotland Yard commander Adam Dalgliesh (Roy Marsden) is certain that the cause of death is not natural in this elaborate whodunit that was originally seen on the acclaimed PBS series Mystery! As the murder case continues to take an ominous downward spiral, Commander Dalgliesh soon discovers that the case has a strange tie to a multi-million-dollar currency scam. With no shortage of suspects and no end to their rock-solid alibis, the difficult case soon begins to affect Commander Dalgliesh's personal life, and it's not long before he finds himself stalked by a mysterious assailant with murderous intent. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Devices and Desires
Roy Marsden stars as Commander Adam Dalgliesh in this miniseries adapted from the best-selling mystery novel by P.D. James. Dalgliesh is taking a well-deserved vacation in a coastal resort community when he discovers a small crime wave has taken over the village, with murder, blackmail, and suicide all tied into shadowy events at a faltering nuclear power plant. The six-episode P.D. James: Devices & Desires also stars Susannah York, James Faulkner, and Gemma Jones. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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