P.D. James
A Certain Justice

Starring: Philip Franks and Geraldine James
BBC Audio
RRP: 12.99
ISBN 0 563 51061 7
Available 06 June 2005

Venetia Aldridge QC is a distinguished criminal lawyer. When she secures the acquittal of a young man, Gary Ashe, from the charge of murdering his aunt, a series of bizarre events is set in train, starting with her own murder...

In A Certain Justice Adam Dalgliesh, the poet and Scotland Yard commander, takes charge of the case. As he investigates, he finds that Aldridge had many enemies in both her professional and private life.

Her married lover wanted to leave her; her daughter hated her; and her fellow barristers were determined that she should not be the next Head of Chambers. Even the office cleaner had a grudge against her.

But step by step the suspects are narrowed down, and the cunning plot that lies behind Venetia's death is brought to light.

This BBC production brings P.D. James's compelling story to life in a style of its own - much more than a talking book could ever hope to achieve. The acting is worthy of a Radio 4 production - which is just as well, as it was broadcast on this station at the end of May of this year (2005).

Whether you are a P.D. James fan, or someone who likes quality audio dramas, this production will appeal.

There is also an interesting 30-minute Front Row Special interview with P.D. James, who talks to Mark Lawson about her writing career and the inspiration for her work.

A compelling piece of audio drama.

Ray Thompson

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