The Murder Room

The Murder Room

eBook - 2003 | 1st American ed.
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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, withnbsp;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 museumnbsp;against the wishes ofnbsp;the fellow trustees and the Dupayne's devoted staff.nbsp; Everyone, it seems, has something to gain from the crime.nbsp; 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.
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 2003.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9781400042647
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: 1 online resource (415 p.)


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Jan 30, 2019

I'm struggling through this book. I've had to renew it once already and I'm only halfway through. It makes me long for Agatha Christie who wrote twisty, evocative mysteries that read fast. Sadly, I think Ms. James uses her thesaurus way too much. It goes way beyond the expected Briticisms: "traduce" and a word related to casuistry I can't even look up?? Pleeeease!

Dec 12, 2018

Very disappointing.

Jun 04, 2016

James' usual strong characterizations overcome an overly-complex and drawn out plot prior to the first murder. In her best work, the murder usually happens quickly, then Dalgleish and his team can go to work. The reader does learn important new things about the team, and about Dalgleish, in this outing. There were a large number of plausible suspects, adding to the complexity, and I was surprised by who the culprit was. As I do not like being able to guess "whodunit," this pleased me. I always enjoy her work, but this one was a tad slow.

Dec 11, 2015

This is not one of her strongest books. In over 600 pages she portrays some people working at a museum: their jobs are well enough described, the murders are chilling, as befits James, but it is just too long and too lacking in interesting detail to grip me much.


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