The Murder Room
- Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date:
- 07 January 2010
- Crime, Thrillers and Mystery
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I decided to read all of the Adam Daigliesh mysteries in one fell swoop and am glad I did. First, they are classic British mysteries all well-deserving of the respect P.D. James has earned for them and all are a good read. However, what is interesting is to watch the author develop her style from the early ones to the later ones. And, in fact, A Shroud for a Nightingale and The Black Tower (the fourth and fifth in the series) is where she crosses the divide. The later books have much more character development -- both for the players and the detectives -- make Dalgleish more rounded and are generally much more than a good mystery yarn -- they're fine novels that happen to be mysteries. The first three books (Cover Her Face, A Mind to Murder, Unnatural Causes) are just that much more simplistic. But read any or all -- she's a great writer and they are definitely worth the time.
P.D. James has written another wonderful "Adam Dalgliesh Mystery" and we readers are the lucky ones, one more time. Ms. James seems to get better with age, and I was unable to stop reading this book until the end. A family is being torn apart by a decision of what to do with their late father's pride and joy, a museum of the dead. As Adam Dalgliesh does his best to solve the crimes being commited in the style of the Murder Room, Ms. James keeps us on our toes with her finely crafted prose, playful wit and keen eye for detail. Never pass up a chance to read a book written by Ms. James, but especially this latest, and as I find, her best.
The Dupayne Museum is situated right outside London and houses a collection of artifacts about the years in between WWI and WWII. It also contains The Murder Room, filled with evidence of the most famous murders of the era.The Dupayne children, all in their 40's-50's, have never loved each other or the father who founded the museum. When the lease on the property comes due, Neville announces that he has no intention of signing to keep the museum open and that he would rather see it close and be done with it. Guess who's the first to die?
Outstanding mystery by the indefagitable James. This one has quite a bit of suspense at the end. It makes you want to read every book in the series. This is my third and I plan to read them all.
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