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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 Keating Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries Release Date: August 2003 ISBN: 9781415901007
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • James writes of the whydunit rather than the whodunit and her grasp and appreciation for the boundless perplexities of human behavior deeply enriches her books. Philadelphia Inquirer
  • The eminence grise of British detective fiction, James delivers another ruminative puzzler, generous in character, graceful in prose. The Village Voice
  • James' strength as a writer lies in her ability to craft characters with depth. She doesn't just supply names and ages but gives readers a sense of her characters' desires and motives (and not just murderous ones). Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • The Murder Room is James’s most suspenseful, atmospheric novel in years and has no shortage of surprise twists. The New York Times Book Review
  • Another elegant tale of murder, mystery, human misery and the wonder of loveÉ. James explores the lowest of depravity . . . with the most elegant prose. USA Today
  • Riveting . . . exquisite, absorbing. . . . The Murder Room possesses everything we desire, no, long for, from James. The Miami Herald
  • Elegantly constructed, beautifully written . . . [The Murder Room] is cause for rejoicing. . . . [It] is that much-sought-after but rare combination of reading that both transports the reader to another world and engages the imagination. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • “Difficult--and delightful--as it is to believe, P. D. James keeps getting better. . . . The Murder Room might be the best mystery novel of 2003. . . . This is a book to savor . . . with writing so felicitous the reader doesn't want it to end. Indianapolis Star
  • Riveting. . . . The Murder Room possesses everything we desire from James. . . . [Her] lovely, clear prose travels at a stately pace, never cluttered by random violence or unnecessary characters, taking us where we need to be with assurance, intelligence and grace. No word or action is wasted; everyone and everything matters. The Chicago Tribune
  • Ms. James skill is impressively displayed. The New York Times
  • P.D. James is surely one of the best living writers of English. [The Murder Room]’s typical James–wonderful English settings, fine writing, psychological depth. Rocky Mountain News
  • Any ranking of today’s best crime writers would surely put Britain’s P.D. James at or near the top. This subtly told, character-driven novel, which emphasizes people over plot, provides, as usual, a richly-rewarding reading experience. The San Diego Union-Tribune
  • Immensely satisfying, with James introducing her large cast and its secrets with consummate skill. The Washington Post
  • Carefully crafted . . . [with] richly portrayed characters. . . . P. D. James can still spin an intricate web of psychological suspense that demands the reader's attention and involvement. . . . James tells this tale in lucid language, with a wry eye on people and their faults. San Antonio Express-News
  • Elegant . . . smooth storytelling. . . . The culprit remains convincingly elusive until the end. Houston Chronicle
  • A perfectly cozy read for a cold, foggy night when you feel like curling up with a cup of tea. Entertainment Weekly
  • Sophisticated literary entertainment. . . . Masterful detailing of people and place. . . . Acute psychological portraits. . . . [A] carefully crafted tale. The Orlando Sentinel
  • Literate prose, sprinkled with enough deliciously British details to satisfy even the most diehard Anglophile. . . . [James is] an enormously appealing novelist. The Boston Globe
  • Expertly plotted and elegantly written, the novel will stand with the best of her always-fine work. And as usual with a James novel, the characters are drawn with care and sympathy. The Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • James whips up a thought-provoking, finely crafted literary murder mystery. . . . The Murder Room is a riveting and well-constructed read. San Jose Mercury News
  • Elegant language and deft, intricate characterizations. Pittsburg Tribune-Review

Listener Opinions

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

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 1/29/2014

    " Top notch. I have to concentrate a bit more when I read a P.D. James, but it's worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 1/23/2014

    " Loved this book ... Very exciting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 1/22/2014

    " Another P. D. James classic with Adam Dalgliesh. The inspector's name for the series came from the author's English teacher! There's an interesting article about P. D. James in the New York Times. A sample of her tart tongue in referring to Agatha Christie: "Perhaps her greatest strength was that she never overstepped the limits of her talent." "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susie | 1/22/2014

    " Slow start. Many chapters to describe and situate characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 1/20/2014

    " The 'Sunday Times (London)' describes Ms. James work better than I can. "P.D. James is recognized not only as Britain's most successful living writer of crime fiction, but its most literate exponent." I rarely agree with reviews printed on the back covers of books but in this case I do. Reading 'The Murder Room' is like reading well crafted prose which also happens to be an excellent mystery. I have never read any type of book with better developed characters. I'm looking at the list of her books on the inside cover and I have enjoyed reading each and every one. For you feminists out there 'An Unsuitable Job For A Woman' would be a great one to start with. Even if you read no other read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 1/20/2014

    " What I love most about this book is the way in which James uses the perspectives of all characters to narrate the story. The result is a murder case in which the reader has a more global perspective than any mystery I can remember of the interpersonal environment that led to a murder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/2/2014

    " I don't know why I am only discovering P.D. James now - I'm sure my mother suggested these books a long time ago! In any case, this was an excellent mystery - thoroughly British and well-paced. I look forward to listening to more of her work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsti | 12/27/2013

    " A totally absorbing mystery, as usual. It was especially interesting to learn about crime and culture in Britain during the interwar years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonvieve | 12/25/2013

    " Guilty pleasure. Watched the BBC rendition after, not bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Haley | 12/21/2013

    " Interesting. The story unfolds slowly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 11/25/2013

    " Slow start- but definitely an interesting book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Graham | 10/28/2013

    " She never disappoints, and keeps you guessing until the very end. As usual I had the wrong person. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 9/24/2013

    " This book started really slowly, but I was glad that I stuck through to the end and gave it a chance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mr. Rodgers | 5/15/2013

    " The book is very long, but well written. I like the Adam Dagliesh character. I have liked other books in the series more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sonya | 4/23/2013

    " Not into this at all "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 2/23/2013

    " I always like PD James, and her sleuth Dalgleish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerri | 8/22/2012

    " If you like PD James mysteries, you will like this one, but not love it. The story was good, but not great. The resolution of the case was exciting, but not really explained. James did not elaborate enough on the thought processes that led the detectives to figure out the identity of the criminal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marj | 2/25/2012

    " I love PD James mysteries. Good old English stuff. Must admit to a crush on Adam Dalglish. A cop and a poet in one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shincrackerfarm | 1/21/2012

    " What's really great is that you can see these James stories on TV in the "Mystery" series, and read the books and enjoy them both very much! Great story-telling, great suspense, great fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Espen | 12/28/2011

    " Murder in a museum - not quite the quality of the other Adam Dalgliesh novels - a bit too routinized. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nichole | 12/11/2011

    " Pretty decent read. Written by a Brit and set in Britain there's some fun language puzzles for me (an American). For once, I didn't figure out whodunit... definitely rare in most mysteries! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 10/1/2011

    " I love P.D. James - complex and sometimes hard to get into, but the way she pulls everything together is fantastic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard Etzel | 5/26/2011

    " Entertaining and a typical PD James mystery with Adam Dalgliesh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy Poole | 5/6/2011

    " Nice book. A little slow to start and a little frustrating towards the end, but i enjoyed it iverall. More about Dalglish than the murder- "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 5/4/2011

    " It ended rather abruptly after taking forever to get to the actual reveal, but it was well written and enjoyable along the way, so that's ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marj | 4/20/2011

    " I love PD James mysteries. Good old English stuff. Must admit to a crush on Adam Dalglish. A cop and a poet in one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 3/16/2011

    " Entertaining and a typical PD James mystery with Adam Dalgliesh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lavezzij | 2/25/2011

    " James is one of the best writers of the British mystery, bar none. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 2/24/2011

    " liked it but i always have trouble stumbling through this writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CC | 2/16/2011

    " Clearly one of her better efforts and completely modern day themes of the powerful controlling the weak. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 2/11/2011

    " As always a great read, a satisfying mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kanika | 2/4/2011

    " The book initially started on a boring tone with a long introduction of every character in the plot. But as the stage was set up, it turned out to be one thriller. Quite an interesting and nail-biting climax. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marge | 1/6/2011

    " This is a book of the classic English murder mystery - a bit contrived and not necessarily suspenseful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daryl | 11/15/2010

    " Great book with a real mystery. "

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About the Author

P. D. James (1920–2014), English crime writer, was the author of numerous detective novels, many of which were New York Times bestsellers. She spent thirty years in various departments of the British civil service, including the Police and Criminal Law Departments of the Home Office. She has served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. In 2000 she celebrated her eightieth birthday and published her autobiography, Time to Be in Earnest. The recipient of many prizes and honors, she was named Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991.