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The Murder Room (Adam Dalgliesh Series #12)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2003

    strong British investigative tale

    The Dupayne Museum in Hampstead Heath, England provides a deep look at the country¿s culture during the two decades that separated the two world wars. However, the lease on the property is almost expired and renewal requires unanimous approval of the three trustees, the adult children of founder Max Dupayne. The museum¿s manager Marcus Dupayne and his sister Caroline (a school principal) endorse the renewal, but the third sibling psychiatrist Neville wants to shut down the museum. <P>However, Neville¿s nay saying comes to a quick end when someone kills him using the MO of a famous homicide depicted in the Dupayne Museum. His two siblings are not the only suspects because several people have the motive of keeping the Dupayne Museum open. A widower, Police Commander Adam Dalgliesh would prefer to investigate his growing fondness for Professor Emma Lavenham, but knows he and his Special Investigation Squad must conduct an official inquiry. <P>The latest Dalgliesh police procedural is a strong British investigative tale that readers of the series and fans of the sub-genre will take pleasure in due to a strong cast of suspects. The story line moves forward as the Commander and his team make inquiries into a host of potential culprits each with viable means, motives, and opportunities so that the audience never quite knows who the killer is until the climax. The romance subplot never takes off and consequently is not a distracter from the lead protagonist working the case and fans don¿t get to see him move forward in his personal life. P.D. James shows once again why she is one of grandmasters of the mystery novel. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2009

    Excellent writing style, multifaceted, almost literary

    This is a book you can take time with, you really get to know the characters, and the language is lovely.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2008

    Engaging

    Well written, developed characters and satisfying finale. The interesting thing here is the plot. The museum, like a Ripley's B/it or not, devoted to true crime...sounds like a place I want to visit! I didn't guess the murderer, but all the clues were there. P.D. James at her most excellent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2004

    Highly recommended

    I love Adam Dalgliesh, possibly because he is a poet, a solitary, erudite figure whose insights make him an emotionally formidable and mythic character. P. D. James's novels move beyond the genre of murder mystery. In fact, the murders are usually beside the point. Her novels are literate, and beautifully crafted. In The Murder Room, the precipitating murder is especially gruesome and the suspects are numerous. They have distinct (dare I say, colorful) personalities, and they all have something to hide. This is a fine addition to the Dalgliesh series. It is lush with sublime descriptions of architecture, and landscape. The interludes about Adam and Emma slow the story down, and their relationship is not as interesting as all the other encounters in the book. Still, the Murder Room is a fantastic read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2003

    A good read, but nothing new to tell

    Don't get me wrong, it's not that I didn't enjoy The Murder Room. It's just that a lot of the plot I could 'sense.' For instance, it was no surprise that relationship problems were 'on the horizon' for Mr. Dalgliesh and Emma. To me, this book lacked a lot of the suspense and plot twists that Death in Holy Orders had. The twists and turns are normally why I look forward to reading P.D. James, too, plus why I was so looking forward to this book's release. And why I am somewhat disappointed.

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