- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (7 Jan. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141044497
- ISBN-13: 978-0141044491
- Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 3.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 603,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Murder Room (Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries) Paperback – 7 Jan 2010
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"The Murder Room scintillates from the start
gleams with inventive sparkle." -- Scotland on Sunday
"P D Jamess new offering is another masterpiece of detailed characters and beautifully-drawn plots." -- Oxford Mail -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
Set in the world of museums and galleries in London, The Murder Room is the twelfth Adam Dalgliesh mystery and a brilliant work of detective fiction from P.D. James, the bestselling author of Death Comes to Pemberley and Children of Men. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.See all Product Description
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This is one of PD James' most enjoyable books, because the characterisation is so good. Time (and pages!) are taken to set the scene and introduce the characters. It is time well spent as the characters are easily distinguishable, believable and sympathetically written. The plot is that of a typical British who dunnit. It is easy to read, but what sets this book apart from the standard crime novel is the quality of the writing, which was superb. A book not to be missed by anyone enjoying good British crime fiction.
Commander Adam Dalgliesh finds himself unexpectedly invited to visit an oddball museum, the Dupayne, which specializes in England between the two world wars. The founder has provided rare first editions of top novelists and representative paintings by the better artists of the time. Maintained as a private institution by the founder's children, the museum's most popular feature is the Murder Room, where the most infamous murders of the period are displayed. There's tension in the family though, as one of the children wants to have the museum closed.
Soon thereafter, Dalgliesh has to call off a date with delicious Emma Lavenham, whom he met in Death in Holy Orders, to begin investigating a suspicious death at the Dupayne. MI5 wants to protect one of its own from being discovered so sensitivity is needed. Everyone on the team is quickly struck the resemblance of the crime to one that is featured in the Murder Room. What's the connection? Is there a copy cat at work here?
The book's greatest strength is its powerful description of the Dupayne and those who serve it. You will feel like you have been to the museum and met the people there. The book has an extended beginning that gives you more than the usual detail about the most important characters. I felt like I had been invited to tea with them, and had a chance to settle into the story at a very leisurely pace. Of the major characters, both Ms. Tally Clutton, the housekeeper, and Dr. Neville Dupayne, son of the museum's founder, were quite memorable and convincing.Read more ›
The story is set in an eccentric little museum in London and the Murder Room houses exhibits relating to murders committed during the 1920's and 1930's. The focus is on a trunk that once contained the body of a murdered girl. The family who owns the museum is divided over whether to close it or continue to operate it, but some of the activities in the museum are more - shall we say "unusual" - than others and many people would be negatively affected if it closed.
Introducing characters in a mystery novel is difficult to do well, but James does it better than anyone. The reader is never left trying to remember if Neville was the doctor or the curator. She also introduces us to the peripheral characters who are affected by the crime, fleshing each one out rapidly, but leaving a clearer impression than most writers make with their main characters.
This is a mature writer, still at the peak of her power to draw readers into strong stories and to make them care about characters who may be a little off-beat, but never the usual caricatures of the English. There is a richness of texture in this book. The investigators, chiefly Adam Dalgleish and Kate Miskin have gained some maturity and a measure of understanding of themselves as well as their suspects.
I can recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a classic English mystery.
Dr Neville Dupayne, one of the three trustees of the museum, it being passed on to him and his brother and sister upon the death of their father, is found dead in a burning car near the museum, in a scenario exactly mirroring one of the cases featured in the bizarre Murder Room. And there is no lack of people with a motive, for the Dupayne is coming up for renewal of it's lease which, under the conditions of their late father's will, must be signed by all three trustees or become void, and Neville is the only one who refuses to sign. Yet there are several people whose futures have a strong stake in the future and continued running of the museum...
Then, mere days later, another body is found, once again killed in an identical manner to one of the cases from the Murder Room...
Perhaps not quite James's strongest novel, this is still a very good book, and will undoubtedly follow on the immense success of her last, Death in Holy Orders. As a novel, it is traditional in its form, but with James that means nothing, certainly not that you are in for anything like a "cosy" mystery.Read more ›
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Having just finished reading "The Murder Room", I can now compare this book with those that came just before and just after this one - and my rating for "The Murder... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Antonio Robert
Ingenious puzzle with an enthralling climax. One of the best in this superior series, with an even more agonizing finale than most.Published 1 month ago by JDW 42
Not as enjoyable as I expected. Rather ponderous. Usually enjoy P D James.Published 1 month ago by SYLVIA FANTOM
I have to keep reminding myself that this book was first published in 2003 and not 1933. Apart from the odd mention of computers and mobile phones you could be forgiven for... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
not what you expect, you think " I know". wonderful we are still listing third time.Published 5 months ago by mr s fletcher