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The Lighthouse: An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery | [P.D. James]

The Lighthouse: An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 best seller 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.

©2005 P.D. James; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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"Each new Dalgleish novel should be treated as a gift by mystery fans everywhere." (Booklist)

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    Heidi 05-16-15
    Heidi 05-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "reliably interesting"

    I an a long time fan of PD James. Book was good, performance was excellent and story was enjoyable. You will have to read it

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    Amazon Customer 11-19-14
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    "Overly Psychological"
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    I looked forward to this book, but ended up finding it tedious. The author gave much more time and attention to the psychological interiors of several of the characters than I found interesting.

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    Todd 10-08-12
    Todd 10-08-12
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    "PD James is at the top of her game"

    Fans of PD James will not be disappointed by The Lighthouse. Her characters continue to develop in maturity as they age. As always, she is masterful at weaving a fabric of clues and significant information into her narrative in such a way that the final revealing of the murderer's identity never seems obvious or inevitable. Personally, I rarely if ever can figure out "who done it" until the point in the book where Ms. James chooses finally to reveal it. The narrator Charles Keating manages to make the voices of the various characters sound both convincing and different enough so that you know who you're hearing speak from their 'voice' alone. The plot is unique and inventive, yet plausible.

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    Raylene Pickerington, OH, United States 03-18-12
    Raylene Pickerington, OH, United States 03-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Starts slow but keep reading."

    Many P.D. James books begin with a long intro of characters - so long that you begin to think the story will never really start. But then the crime occurs and the mystery begins. James develops Dalgleish as a complex character who is both assured in his detecting abilities but hesitant about his personal life. James also does a great job with her English settings, so that you feel you are there with the characters. I have enjoyed reading this series.

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    Tisbury Seattle, WA, United States 08-12-10
    Tisbury Seattle, WA, United States 08-12-10 Member Since 2009
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    "a bit slow at times"

    a good mystery but a bit slow at times.The end was quite good though if you can make it throught the somewhat slow beginning. This was my first PD James novel so maybe I am not used to the writing style.

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    Amazon Customer 01-28-09
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    "Wonderful "read""

    Classic AD. Wonderful, descriptive dialogue, characcters. Not for someone who is looking for non-stop actins, something to savor.

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    Brian Addison, TX, USA 11-15-06
    Brian Addison, TX, USA 11-15-06
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    "Excellent"

    P.D. James has now become my favorite authoress. Although, some titles have left me feeling dissappointed at the end, this is not one of them. This book is a true mystery with a empasis on the human aspects of Adam and his team. I think her writing gets better with time and hope the next mystery comes soon and is as well thought-out. I love her descriptions of locations and characters.

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    Lorie Puyallup, WA, USA 03-13-06
    Lorie Puyallup, WA, USA 03-13-06
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    "Horrible"

    Don't waste your time or money. There is so much detail that there is no room for a plot or development of characters.

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    Ellen Oakland, CA, USA 02-22-06
    Ellen Oakland, CA, USA 02-22-06
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    I have always enjoyed the novels of PD James, and this is no exception. An interesting plot, evocative setting, and great writing as always. The excellent narration really does the book justice.

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    Cynthia K New York State, USA 02-01-06
    Cynthia K New York State, USA 02-01-06
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    "Entertaining but not riveting"

    If you are a fan of the genre, this is certainly a "must listen." The descriptions are lovely, the characters are rather engaging, and Adam Dalgliesh is always appealing. However, this plot feels like a bridge between previous books and future ones, rather than having merit in itself. The final outcome is predictable, the clues point you toward the murderer about 1/2 way through the book, not long before Dalgliesh has a similar revelation. There are creative plot twists (including the lighthouse), and James is an amazing writer. The narrator is fine, not fantastic but he doesn't detract from the story. Worth a listen.

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