Venetia is also in the running for a promotion. She is brilliant, but a woman. In addition, there are others after that top job too. That's all you're getting from me.
It is rare for me to give P.D. James less than 4 stars. Her writing is brilliant, the plotting superb, characters so real, you want to slap them, and pacing just right. A bonus feature for this book is that these are issues worth caring about and fighting for. I loved this book, and couldn't wait to get back to it.
An excellent crime novel, full of gems and well written too.
You may also enjoy Shroud for a Nightingale by P.D. James or A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George.