The Murder Room by P. D. James
(Inspector Adam Dalgliesh)

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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, 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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About P. D. James

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P. D. James is the author of twenty previous books, most of which have been filmed for television and broadcast in the United States and other countries. She spent thirty years in various departments of the British Civil Service, including the Police and Criminal Policy departments of Great Britain's Home Office, and has served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. The recipient of many honors and prizes, she was created Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991 and was inducted into the International Crime Writing Hall of Fame in 2008. She divides her time between London and Oxford.
 
Published November 18, 2003 by Vintage. 432 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Crime, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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A beleaguered private museum on the edge of Hampstead Heath provides James's latest lethal biosphere.

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If ever there were someone who deserved killing, it's Oliver, a frequent visitor who was born on the island and is now determined to exercise what he considers his birthright - to live there permanently in the cottage of his choice.

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Oliver's daughter (motive: Oliver's treating her like a servant and refusing to let her marry) is cited for "matronly stateliness," "slightly marsupial cheeks" and "no signs of recent weeping."

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But James's eye for architecture and nature is rare in most genres of the novel now, and this skill for physical description - along with her psychological acuity - ensures that a book about killings among the exhibits is never entirely a museum piece.

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I wanted to be in a recognisable world.' But it's a pleasure to note that with her glorious sixteenth novel, The Murder Room, she has allowed herself to write about a world perhaps recognisable to her and others like her, but scarcely familiar to the rest of us.

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After many pages of background on the museum's employees, volunteers and others who would be affected by the trustee's unpopular decision, Neville meets his end in a manner paralleling a notorious historical murder exhibited in the museum's "Murder Room."

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Book Reporter

Many of my books are --- well, they're to do with death --- but they're also to do with love, different aspects of human love."

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The Bookbag

I came to "The Murder Room" fresh from reading one of Ian Rankin's Rebus novels with all its gritty realism and the contrast could not have been starker.

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(James Dunn collaborated on an earlier book about the case, Trail of Blood, with writer Wanda Evans.) Following the trail in the Lubbock case, although the trail is disjointed in Capuzzo's telling, constitutes one of the most compelling story lines in The Murder Room.

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