Another impressive outing for Commander Dalgleish

The Lighthouse, by PD James, Faber, €14.

29th October, 2005

The Lighthouse, by PD James, Faber, €14.

At 85, you can't help wondering if Baroness James of Holland Park wouldn't prefer to turn her hand for a change to, say, an 18th-century bodice-ripper or a book about the joys of ginger cake.

Anything, really, rather than another novel about madness, mayhem and those who find themselves prematurely in a state of rigor mortis. But, as she acknowledged recently with a sigh: “People just long to have...

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