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.
"Each new Dalgleish novel should be treated as a gift by mystery fans everywhere." (Booklist)
While this novel by PD James did not stand out to me as something very different from the rest of her novels, I nevertheless really enjoyed listening to it. Ms, James's vocabulary and knowledge about history, geography, etc. is always compelling. She writes concisely and so very well.
Charles Keating was a marvelous narrator. If you like British narrators reading mysteries, this one is for you!
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.
Classic AD. Wonderful, descriptive dialogue, characcters. Not for someone who is looking for non-stop actins, something to savor.
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.
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.
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.
With it's closed setting on the fictional island of Coombe and psychological insights into Dalgleish, Miskin and the suspects this is classic P.D. James territory. I enjoyed this even more than the previous 'Murder Room'. The narration is solid and clear.
The Corwall coast is the classic and beautiful setting for P. D. James' new novel. Her protaganist, Adam Dagliesh is more human and fallible in this story than in some of his previous appearances. The investigation is shared two younger detectives who give depth to the novel. An enjoyable listen, well read.
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