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The Lighthouse Audiobook

The Lighthouse: An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery

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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.

What the Critics Say

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

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    Paul Edison, NJ, USA 01-15-06
    Paul Edison, NJ, USA 01-15-06
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    "I've read a lot better"

    This book felt like it dragged on, but every now and then something would happen and I would keep it going. I almost gave up on it a few times, and I wouldn't have missed much. Keating is a good narrator but not a good reader. I often found myself confused and wondering which character was talking, since all of the voices sounded exactly the same. Also, after wading through meaningless details about things like what a particular room looked like, the main character (as another review pointed out) figures the entire thing out all at once.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    susan 01-21-17
    susan 01-21-17
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    "its a gripper but voice too posh"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lighthouse to be better than the print version?

    no, i enjoyed the book very much, and also the audible- but keating oten doesnt get it right, i like the irony and innuendo he expresssd but when reading i am given more credit for understanding undertones the posh voice very british but old-fashioned, plums in the mouth but p.d writes a bit that way so keating ok choice
    it is clear and good speed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lighthouse?

    the atmosphere of in the cottages, lighthouse, sounds of sea and weather very visual, successful


    Which character – as performed by Charles Keating – was your favorite?

    not dalgleish, his seconds good.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    it has a cosy and oldfashioned feel, not extreme


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    Amazon Customer 01-15-16
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    "Fast paced and keeps you guessing till the end."

    Great example of an old fashioned mystery, with characters who are not what they appear, twists, turns and surprises. Short and sweet. Had to keep reading till the very end, despite the late hour.

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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 03-18-12
    Raylene 03-18-12
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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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