The Lighthouse (Adam Dalgliesh Series #13)

The Lighthouse (Adam Dalgliesh Series #13)

by P. D. James
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The Lighthouse (Adam Dalgliesh Series #13) by P. D. James

A subtle and powerful work of contemporary fiction.

Combe Island off the Cornish coast has a bloodstained history of piracy and cruelty but now, privately owned, it offers respite to over-stressed men and women in positions of high authority who require privacy and guaranteed security. But the peace of Combe is violated when one of the distinguished visitors is bizarrely murdered.

Commander Adam Dalgliesh is called in to solve the mystery quickly and discreetly, but at a difficult time for him and his depleted team. Dalgliesh is uncertain about his future with Emma Lavenham, the woman he loves; Detective Inspector Kate Miskin has her own emotional problems…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780676977790
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Publication date: 10/28/2005
Series: Adam Dalgliesh Series , #13
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.51(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

P. D. James is the author of 18 books, most of which have been filmed for television. Before her retirement in 1979, she served in the forensics and criminal justice departments of Great Britain’s Home Office, and she has been a magistrate and a governor of the BBC. The recipient of many prizes and honours, she was created Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991. In 2000 she celebrated her 80th birthday and published her autobiography, Time to Be in Earnest.

Hometown:

London, England

Date of Birth:

August 3, 1920

Place of Birth:

Oxford, England

Education:

Attended the Cambridge High School for Girls from 1931 to 1937 and later took evening classes in hospital administration

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The Lighthouse (Adam Dalgliesh Series #13) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
BibliophileNJ More than 1 year ago
This book was immediately decadent and richly engrossing. My first P.D. James, but most definitely not my last. She masterfully weaves a web of suspense so intricate that you hardly realize you are clenching your jaw. I don't know what kept the pages turning more; the multi-faceted characters, so intimately and realistically crafted that you find yourself deeply invested in the resolution of their thoughts and feelings; or the well paced plot that keeps you suspecting everyone of the capability of a horrific crime. A poetic and beautifully told story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Much better than 'Death in Holy Orders,' which was so disappointing that I did not bother with 'The Murder Room,' 'The Lighthouse' is a fine atmospheric tale from Baroness James, whose obsessive love affair with her character (similar, as I have stated in the past, to Elizabeth Sayers' for Lord Peter Wimsley) is far more muted this time around. I was actually surprised at how similar this novel seemed to Colin Dexter's final two Inspector Morse novels, dealing with Morse's health travails. [In fact, this plot thread made the revelation of the murderer seem facile and rushed.] Nevertheless, there are enough red herrings here to satisfy, and, again, a very satisfying effort. While the heady days of 'Devices and Desires' and 'Original Sin' might be behind us, I might just fancy another go at an Adam Dalgliesh mystery if James can maintain this newfound quality she reached in 'The Lighthouse.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
P.D. James unfolds her story of a double murder in one of her favorite settings: a remote cliffside community on a rocky coast. The evocative atmosphere adds to the reader's enjoyment of the tale, along with sympathetic characters and carefully-hidden clues. Mystery fans looking for a quick, fun read in the style of M.C. Beaton or Sue Grafton will not find it here. The author develops her story gradually with attention to setting, characters, and a complex plot. A great lady has written another great mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful charaters keep you wondering who did it.
pkv More than 1 year ago
The author did not keep tidbits from you to make it impossible to solve the mystery. I would love to see more of Ms. James' work available in ebooks, great author.
lilySW More than 1 year ago
Enjoy all of her Adam Dalgliesh books-all the characters are well defined & you see in depth glimpses into their lives. Book is informative on many levels but the plot is what I enjoy the most.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my second PD James novel. I had already read Devices and Desires. I liked that so much I dove into The Lighthouse. The murder on a secluded island means that there are a limited number of suspects. The character development is amongst the best I have ever read. Once you get past the English phrases, it is fascinating to learn more about each character and why almost all of them are capable of the murder. I listened to it on an audiobook (unabridged) and it was worth the 14 discs. I am going to have my book club read this. I couldn't stop until I was finished.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The writing is fine but the story is misclassified as a mystery. It would be more appropriate under Interior Design, Architecture of Island cottages or even Culinary Arts. It was a tough read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Here¿s an interesting variation on the ¿locked room¿ plot. Rather than an actual room, James employs an isolated island with a limited number of suspects and a variety of motives. Combe Island is a secure location for the powerful to seek respite. When a famed writer is found hanged in the island¿s lighthouse, authorities aren¿t certain whether it was suicide or murder. Hoping to avoid unwanted publicity, government sidesteps the local constabulary and sends in Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team to discretely sort out the situation. Ever responsive to duty, Dalgliesh accepts the assignment even though it means another disruption in his ongoing courtship of Emma Lavenham. Coping with her own emotional problems, Detective Inspector Kate Miskin is handed another as she must now supervise the ambitious and ambivalent Sergeant Francis Benton-Smith. The team has barely begun sorting out the clues which determine the first was murder when they are confronted with a second brutal slaying. James complicates the situation further by throwing in a contagious disease that puts Dalgliesh in jeopardy and throws more responsibility on Kate. Despite his health problems, it is still AD who comes up with the solution. As is usual in her novels, action is slowed down to allow ample opportunity for us to get to know the characters and the location. For some all the description and back story may be a distraction. For those of us who grew up on Dickens, Stevenson, Poe, Dostoevsky, Conrad and other greats of the past it¿s a welcome change from the thin cinematic writing that is so prevalent in this television age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maybe I'm a dummy but I couldn't read this book. Too many long words to connect. Couldn't get into a flow. I gave up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent, as I knew it would be. A meticulously chartered murder mystery, and a character study if the people involved. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of P. D. James' books and I recommend her highly.
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