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)
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.
Not a good book in any medium. Incredibly boring. Even when you find out who did it, you really don't care. No character is of any interest, and the English accent of the reader adds nothing but a stuffy atmosphere to an already flat-line story. This is the only audible book I ever disliked, but it is worth a write up to help others avoid it.
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