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Publisher Description

The Dupayne, a small private museum in London devoted to the interwar years 1919 - 1939, is in turmoil. As its trustees argue over whether it should be closed, one of them is brutally and mysteriously murdered. Yet even as Commander Dalgliesh and his team proceed with their investigation, a second corpse is discovered. Someone in the Dupayne is prepared to kill and kill again. Still more sinister, the murders appear to echo the notorious crimes of the past featured in one of the museum’s galleries: the Murder Room.

The case is fraught with danger and complications from the outset, but for Dalgliesh the complications are unexpectedly profound. His new relationship with Emma Lavenham -- introduced in the last Dalgliesh novel, Death in Holy Orders -- is at a critical stage. Now, as he moves closer and closer to a solution to the puzzle, he finds himself driven further and further from commitment to the woman he loves.

Mysteries & Thrillers
Charles Keating
hr min
August 14
Random House Audio

Customer Reviews

T-Wan ,

Interesting Rea

This was my first experience with P.D. James and I found it very enjoyable. This book was about the Dupayne Museum, a small, private institution devoted to England's history between the world wars and it's future that lies in the hands on one of it's three trustees. One of the rooms in the museum is called the "Murder Room", which has displays from some notorious historical murder. People being murdered in ways similar to the exhibits and it's up to Adam Dalgleish to find out who and why.

This book also caught my interest with some of the murders in the "Murder Room" so I learned a couple of things while looking up the murders they mentioned. I look forward to reading/hearing more from P.D. James.

drtamsin ,

Good Read

Adam Dalgliesh is back, but spending much of his time at the Dupayne Museum investigating what some suspects call "copy cat" murders. Dalgliesh, however, is not convinced, insisting that all the evidence must be collected before a suspect is officially named. This practice is understood by his team, but is at times frustrating to them. Tally, the housekeeper at the museum, becomes an important witness in these murders and her honesty and integrity are threaded throughout the book, serving as a nice balance to the same character traits in Dalgliesh. Dalgliesh's blossoming personal relationship with Emma, begun in a previous book, serves as a backdrop but does not at all detract from the plot or the mystery. We also learn a little of Kate's background and some of the biases it creates in an investigation. There are some interesting twists that are unexpected, but perhaps forced in order to cause the listener to follow paths that lead to nowhere. There is a friend of Dalgliesh's that appears twice in the novel and serves as a vehicle to find the second body, but then is dropped from the story in such a way as to leave the listener wondering what happened to him. This could be a loose thread to be picked up in another book, or simply considered unimportant after he moved the plot along. However, PD James sticks to her overall philosophy that the listener/reader must have the same information as the detective so that he or she has an equal opportunity to solve the mystery at the end. Those clues start with the prologue and are scattered throughout the book. There is a lot of description and character development which are standard techniques of PD James, making the book both a novel and a mystery. However, if you are a listener that requires constant action and continual character dialogue, you may be disappointed because the pace could prove to be too slow. The book is well read, holds the listener's interest, and has a satisfactory ending which is neither premature nor unduly delayed. Overall, this book is well worth the money.

bookcase ,

The Murder Room

P. D. James at her very best. Extremely well read.

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