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The Murder Room

Format:  Paperback,

415 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Nov 2004

ISBN-13: 9781400076093

ISBN-10: 1400076099

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National Bestseller
Murders present meet murders past in P.D. James's latest harrowing, thought-provoking thriller.
Commander Adam Dalgliesh is already acquainted with the Dupayne--a museum dedicated to the interwar years, with a room celebrating the most notorious murders of that time--when he is called to investigate the killing of one of the family trustees. He soon discovers that the victim was seeking to close the museum against the wishes of the fellow trustees and the Dupayne's devoted staff. Everyone, it seems, has something to gain from the crime. When it becomes clear that the murderer has been inspired by the real-life crimes from the murder room--and is preparing to kill again--Dalgliesh knows that to solve this case he has to get into the mind of a ruthless killer.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Nov 2004
ISBN-13: 9781400076093
ISBN-10: 1400076099
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 415
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.7
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.0 x 1.0

About the author

Biography of James, P. D.

P. D. James, pseudonym of Phyllis Dorothy James White, Baroness James of Holland Park, was born on August 3, 1920. She spent 30 years in British Civil Service. She has written approximately 20 books and is best known for the Adam Dalgliesh Mystery series and the Cordelia Gray Mystery series. Three titles in the Adam Dalgliesh Mystery series have received the Silver Dagger award--Shroud for a Nightingale, The Black Tower, and A Taste for Death. In 2000, she published her autobiography, Time to Be in Earnest. She has received the prestigious Diamond Dagger award for lifetime achievement.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2003-10-01)

James's latest mystery revolves around a small private London museum whose trustees are embroiled in a bitter dispute over whether it should be closed. When Neville Dupayne, the trustee in favor of closure, is brutally murdered in a manner reminiscent of one of the notorious historical crimes featured in the museum's Murder Room, Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team are called to investigate. This is soon followed by a second killing.

At the same time, the long-widowed Dalgliesh is struggling to come to terms with his growing feelings for Cambridge professor Emma Lavenham (who first appeared in Death in Holy Orders). Will his love life finally be resolved? In what might be the swan song for the octogenarian Baroness James and her brilliant but aloof poet/detective, The Murder Room features all the usual Jamesian elements: the cool, measured prose, the fully fleshed, morally complex characters, the shocking, eerie crimes, and the detailed plot littered with clever red herrings. For most mystery collections.

- Wilda Williams, "Library Journal"

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2004-06-15)

At long last James's solitary hero, Commander Adam Dalgliesh, has found the woman of his dreams, but murder keeps getting in the way. A man has been burned to death in his car at the Dupayne Museum, which has a "murder room" that contains exhibits dedicated to some of the more bizarre crimes of the early 20th century. The body is that of Dr. Neville Dupayne, one of three siblings who own the museum; his horrific death brings to light a family power struggle that is rooted in the museum's continued operation.

As with most of the author's work, the psychology of the plot is at least as important as the action, and here, the resolution of Adam's dilemma is every bit as exciting as solving the mystery. Reader Charles Keating provides a steady and clear if unexciting narrative. (One caveat: listeners must sometimes strain to tell one person from another.) Recommended for most collections where James's works are popular.

-Barbara Rhodes, Northeast Texas Lib. Syst., Garland

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2003-08-01)

Remember Emma Lavenham from Death in Holy Orders? Yes, Commander Adam Dalgliesh is still in love with her. But murder at the Dupayne Museum, which is threatened with closure, puts a damper on the relationship. It is especially chilling that the crime scenes are made to resemble paintings in the museum's infamous "Murder Room". With a six-city author tour.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Galaxy British Book Awards, 2005 (United Kingdom)

Book description

National Bestseller

Murders present meet murders past in P.D. James’s latest harrowing, thought-provoking thriller.

Commander Adam Dalgliesh is already acquainted with the Dupayne--a museum dedicated to the interwar years, with a room celebrating the most notorious murders of that time--when he is called to investigate the killing of one of the family trustees. He soon discovers that the victim was seeking to close the museum against the wishes of the fellow trustees and the Dupayne's devoted staff. Everyone, it seems, has something to gain from the crime. When it becomes clear that the murderer has been inspired by the real-life crimes from the murder room--and is preparing to kill again--Dalgliesh knows that to solve this case he has to get into the mind of a ruthless killer.

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