The Murder Room

The Murder Room

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The Dupayne, a small private museum on the edge of London's Hampstead Heath devoted to the interwar years 1919-39, is in turmoil. The trustees--the three children of the museum founder, old Max Dupayne--are bitterly at odds over whether it should be closed. Then one of them is brutally murdered, and what seemed to be no more than a family dispute erupts into horror. For even as Commander Adam Dalgiesh and his team investigate the first killing, a second corpse is discovered. Clearly, someone at the Dupayne is prepared to kill, and kill again. The case is fraught with danger and complexity from the outset, not least because of the range of possible suspects--and victims. And still more sinister, the murders appear to echo the notorious crimes of th epast featured in one of the museum's most popular galleries, the Murder Room. For Dalgiesh, P.D. James's formidable detective, the search for the murderer poses an unexpected complication. After years of bachelorhood, he has embarked on a promising new relationship with Emma Lavenham--first introduced in Death in Holy Orders--which is at a critical stage. Yet his struggle to solve the Dupayne murders faces him with a frustrating dilemma: each new development distances him further from commitment to the woman he loves.
Publisher: Toronto : Vintage Canada, 2011
Copyright Date: ©2003
ISBN: 9780307400604
Branch Call Number: JAMES
Characteristics: 487 pages

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DorisWaggoner
Jun 04, 2016

James' usual strong characterizations overcome an overly-complex and drawn out plot prior to the first murder. In her best work, the murder usually happens quickly, then Dalgleish and his team can go to work. The reader does learn important new things about the team, and about Dalgleish, in this outing. There were a large number of plausible suspects, adding to the complexity, and I was surprised by who the culprit was. As I do not like being able to guess "whodunit," this pleased me. I always enjoy her work, but this one was a tad slow.

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eusebius
Dec 11, 2015

This is not one of her strongest books. In over 600 pages she portrays some people working at a museum: their jobs are well enough described, the murders are chilling, as befits James, but it is just too long and too lacking in interesting detail to grip me much.

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