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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Marcus Dupayne, the museum’s de facto manager, and his sister Caroline, joint principal of the exclusive Swathling’s School, are nervously eyeing psychiatrist Neville, who’s determined to take this opportunity to veto the museum out of existence—until he’s killed in circumstances that recall a fa...

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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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The Guardian

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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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Publishers Weekly

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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

Summary: The book's far from being one of her best novels but the plot is reasonably well done and the ending is satisfyingly surprising.

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Dallas News

(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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They soon find out that the murder seems to have a parallel with one of the homicides that is chronicled in The Murder Room of the museum.

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There is no need to keep a list beside your chair, as I do from time to time, or go searching back through the book to see who a person is.

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As the story opens, the future of the Dupayne museum is uncertain, its trustees locked in a battle of wills over whether the museum should be shuttered and its assets dispersed.

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November 1 was the date of the first murder at the Dupayne Museum.

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In fact, a second killing is also discovered with a body in a trunk kept in the Murder Room, leaving the implication that a copycat killer is on the loose.

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