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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,365 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. D. James Narrator: Charles Keating Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9780739323342
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A subtle and powerful work of contemporary fiction.

Combe Island off the Cornish coast has a bloodstained history of piracy and cruelty but now, privately owned, it offers respite to over-stressed men and women in positions of high authority who require privacy and guaranteed security. But the peace of Combe is violated when one of the distinguished visitors is bizarrely murdered.

Commander Adam Dalgliesh is called in to solve the mystery quickly and discreetly, but at a difficult time for him and his depleted team. Dalgliesh is uncertain about his future with Emma Lavenham, the woman he loves; Detective Inspector Kate Miskin has her own emotional problems; and the ambitious Sergeant Francis Benton-Smith is worried about working under Kate. Hardly has the team begun to unravel the complicated motives of the suspects than there is a second brutal killing, and the whole investigation is jeopardized when Dalgliesh is faced with a danger more insidious and as potentially fatal as murder.

This eagerly awaited successor to the international bestseller The Murder Room displays all the qualities that lovers of P. D. James’s novels the world over have come to expect: sensitive characterization, an exciting and superbly structured plot and vivid evocation of place.

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Quotes & Awards

  • James’s novels are an escape like no other. . . . Masterful writing. The Vancouver Sun
  • She writes like an angel. Every character is closely drawn. Her atmosphere is unerringly, chillingly convincing. And she manages all this without for a moment slowing down the drive and tension of an exciting mystery. The Times (UK)
  • With her trademark blend of subtle characterization, vivid sense of place and deceptively simple plot, James pulls off another triumph. A beautifully written page-turner from the queen of the genre. Toronto Sun
  • An elegant and perceptive writer – rich drifts of prose pile up on the page, descriptive passages are Dickensian in length, ornament and power. . . James’s many fans will relish The Lighthouse, for all its poise and narrative familiarity. The Globe and Mail
  • James’s gifts animate and transform the armature into something exceptional. Her disciplined conventions, her observation of social and class niceties, renew the traditional Franco-British drama of domestic crime. She is a very superior writer of detection. Times Literary Supplement
  • James has proven that she deserves her reputation as our leading ‘literary’ crime writer. The Lighthouse confirms that she is also the most enjoyable. Daily Express
  • A first-rate writer without any qualifying genre tag. Newsweek
  • [James] ought never to be confused with such practitioners of the murder-in-the-vicarage genre as Agatha Christie. She is subtler, more sophisticated, much more adept at creating character and her social conservatism gives her a much darker view of human nature. Martin Levin, The Globe and Mail
  • [James] suffuses The Murder Room with an intelligence and a perceptivity of human nature that seems casually placed. But that’s part of her genius. A grand design is there, but not readily apparent. Dalgliesh is one of the smartest, gentlest and most restrained cops to ever adorn a page. Moreover, every character, even minor characters, come across as fully realized.
    Winnipeg Free Press

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alan | 2/20/2014

    " This is the second P.D. James that I have tried to read. As in the first there was too much irrelevant character description for me and I soon gave up. For others this may be okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon Higashi | 2/20/2014

    " P. D. James is old school. She tells this mystery of murder on a celebrity island with a well-honed skill of the English language and an understated sense of the macabre. So many in this genre are written visually, like describing a movie, but James work is meant to be read and is easy on the ear. I haven't read all yet, but I have yet to be dissappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/18/2014

    " This was one of the best ones of PD James so far...didn't give too much away at the begining and kept me guessing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Guest-Scott | 2/6/2014

    " Although this book was a considerably better read than many other new mystery offerings, it does not rank among my favorite PD James novels--if you are looking for a really great James read, I recommend Original Sin or Devices and Desires. Overall, it was a good read; however, the plot line becomes too predictable early on, and many of the cast of characters seem flat and underdeveloped. I love the "can't put it down" reading frenzy I enter in the last third of mystery reads; I didn't have any trouble putting this one down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 2/4/2014

    " Good book. The plot and setting reminded me of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Broyles | 1/30/2014

    " This is my first P.D. James, and it kept me intrigued/involved from beginning to end. Interesting how the author doesn't do detailed descriptions of the characters early in the book, but tells us their physical description when the spotlight first shines on them and we need to put a physical presence with the testimony. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lwalling | 1/25/2014

    " Loved it. However, it must have taken a feverish mind to make the leap to the killer and the motive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 1/23/2014

    " On a remote island off the coast of Southwest England, used as a getaway by the influential, the famous novelist Nathan Oliver is found one morning murdered -- hanged from the topmost railing of the island's fastidiously restored lighthouse. Since there were fewer than a dozen people on the island at the time, and since it's unlikely anyone could have come ashore secretly, the task of solving the murder would seem a simple one for Alan Dalglish and his crew. Yet lots of old coals have to be raked over, and a great deal of James's cumbersome prose negotiated, before the fairly unsurprising solution is revealed. There's plenty of clumsy dialogue, too, of the "You know all this already but I'm going to tell it to you anyway" variety. Aside from a rock-climbing sequence that's genuinely suspenseful, events just sort of . . . lumber on. Even so, the book's moderately enjoyable; just a shame that all the time I was reading it I was thinking it could have been done far better at half the length. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryfm | 1/17/2014

    " I enjoyed this Adam Dalgliesh mystery, but what truly sold me was the setting It takes place on a fictional private island off of Cornwall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 1/2/2014

    " A classic murder mystery - limited number of suspects in a remote location. P.D. James delivers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Silvia | 12/12/2013

    " As usual PD James delivers a well-thought-out plot, believable and passionate characters!! A great read indeed! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianne | 11/30/2013

    " Great book! Good suspense, interesting characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Horace Mann Family Reading Challenge | 11/28/2013

    " A very engaging mystery with finely drawn characters. The writer created a palpable sense of horror, fear and grief in reaction to a violent death. S.A. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 salinthebay | 10/26/2013

    " still my favorite female mystery writer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Chambers | 9/21/2013

    " I always enjoy the Adam Dalgleish stories, this one was a little slow in places but I did enjoy it overall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ria | 8/29/2013

    " P.D.James is a talented writer. Some of her stories are so so. But then others are great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 8/24/2013

    " My vacation read (escape read) for York Harbor Inn. It's my second or third book by P.D. James. Fun read. I imagine the new actor playing Adam Dalgliesh mystery. Emma and Adam are still together - maybe next step marriage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alix | 12/1/2012

    " Lots of surprises in this book. Wasn't as in love with this book as The Private Patient but still a very good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maureen | 8/15/2012

    " This murder mystery never grabbed me. I continued to read it only to have the murderer identified by information that was never part of the story until the very end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Anderson | 4/19/2012

    " It seems odd, but as murder mysteries go, I'd have to call this one kind of cute, predictable but still a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bobbye | 12/22/2011

    " Listened to it on CD while driving. Too much detail for a mystery, but I enjoy her writing style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean Baptiste de Goncourt | 12/18/2011

    " I'm right that I acknowledge Phyllis as my favorite crime writer and one of Britain's best living writers today! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Musser | 12/12/2011

    " Liked it a lot--a little repetitive but classic P.D. James. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 11/18/2011

    " Bleh. I thought maybe I was missing something by not reading mystery-crime-fiction. Turns out I wasn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 9/20/2011

    " I'd never read PD James before, so I can't compare it to others of her's. But I enjoyed this engaging style, even if the setting & circumstances seemed somewhat far-fetched at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tam | 4/28/2011

    " You can always rely on Dalgleish "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 4/24/2011

    " Good murder mystery, got the murderer right! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianne | 4/16/2011

    " Great book! Good suspense, interesting characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolynne | 4/14/2011

    " An Adam Dalgliesh mystery with an appealing setting on an isolated island. As with all of James's books, the mystery is only part of the story. In this book Dalgliesh is struggling with a romantic relationship as well as the murder of an irascible but important writer on the island. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 4/7/2011

    " I'm getting close to the end of this series, and it's breaking my heart to think I won't have Adam Dalgliesh anymore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/6/2011

    " P. D. James continues her excellent work in this mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 3/29/2011

    " I loved this book. Her use of language is a delight. I was intrigued by the plot. Thinking back there were clues that I could have picked up while reading. I highly recommend this book. I intend to read more of P.D. James, the book was a treat. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barrett | 2/16/2011

    " -slow moving plot
    -characters that although well developed, you don't sympathize with
    -the manner in which the mystery was solved was quite unsatisfactory
    -very well written
    -well developed conclusion "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 2/10/2011

    " These are formula novels by the wonderful P D James. I love this detective. The dialogue is perfect and the places are well described. It is easy to escape into these books. Get some and enjoy. I never feel like I learned anything but I had a great time.

    Brian Oldham "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/24/2011

    " Detective Inspector Adam Dalgliesh, the main character in many of James' mysteries, solves a case primarily with the help of two younger co-workers since he is infected with SARS on an island off the coast of Cornwall, England. Suspenseful. "

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