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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,710 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. D. James Narrator: Charles Keatin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries Release Date:
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Commander Adam Dalgliesh, P. D. James’ formidable and fascinating detective, returns to find himself enmeshed in a terrifying story of passion and mystery, and in love.

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.

The Murder Room is a story dark with the passions that lie at the heart of crime, a masterful work of mystery and psychological intricacy. It proves yet again that P.D. James fully deserves her place among the best of modern novelists.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Erica | 2/12/2014

    " a solid read. great for mornings on the elliptical. sure, perhaps not the most challenging of books, but as mysteries go, i enjoyed it, and who can resist a murder set in modern day england? plus the writing's pretty decent for what some could consider a beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rebecca | 2/4/2014

    " Thought it was good. Didn't realize there was a club of 'super sleuths'. Seeing how they figured out and decided on what the person was like or what the victim looked like was fascinating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Richard | 2/1/2014

    " So, this is the fourth book by P.D. James that I've read in the past month or two, and I feel about it exactly as I felt about the first three; engaging and intelligent writing style, well-drawn characters, compulsively readable, and a crappy ending. Why are her endings so blah? They're so anti-climactic. I end up feeling like, "Oh. I see. So that was who did it. And that was why. Humph, well, okay." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 2bnallegory | 1/29/2014

    " This was a good story, but somewhat slow and I did not care for the last death. "

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