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Commander Adam Dalgliesh, P. D. James' formidable and fascinating detective, returns to find himself enmeshed in a terrifying story of passion and mystery, and in love.

The Dupayne, a small private museum in London devoted to the interwar years 1919-1939, is in turmoil. As its trustees argue over whether it should be closed, one of them is brutally and mysteriously murdered. Yet even as Commander Dalgliesh and his team proceed with their investigation, a second corpse is discovered. Someone in the Dupayne is prepared to kill and kill again. Still more sinister, the murders appear to echo the notorious crimes of the past featured in one of the museum's galleries: the Murder Room.

The case is fraught with danger and complications from the outset, but for Dalgliesh the complications are unexpectedly profound. His new relationship with Emma Lavenham (introduced in the last Dalgliesh novel, Death in Holy Orders) is at a critical stage. Now, as he moves closer and closer to a solution to the puzzle, he finds himself driven further and further from commitment to the woman he loves.

The Murder Room is a story dark with the passions that lie at the heart of crime, a masterful work of mystery and psychological intricacy. It proves yet again that P.D. James fully deserves her place among the best of modern novelists.

©2003 P.D. James (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Random House Audio, A Division Of Random House, Inc.

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"The Murder Room is James' most suspenseful, atmospheric novel in years and has no shortage of surprise twists." (The New York Times Book Review)

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  • Jim
  • Burnaby, BC, Canada
  • 11-23-03

Classic P.D. James

Cerebral! Not idle listening.

Classic James, don?t listen in the car. I missed a clue (or two) and will now, happily have to allocate some time to re listen and see where it popped up. Her characters, scenes, storyline are richly detailed and layered; her command of the language is amazing a true artist.

Charles Keating the narrator?s performance is natural and believable. Some of the audio books I have heard the performer gets in the way of the story, not the case here.

You owe it to yourself to set aside the almost fifteen hours to listen. Concentration required.

50 of 51 people found this review helpful

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P.D. James - Word Artistry

No one can make words sound more comfortable than P.D. James. She does it once again in this especially wonderful murder mystery, introducing us to new characters as well as once again familiarizing us with the old pro - Adam Dalgliesh.

What makes this listen so enjoyable is the extraordinary competence of Charles Keating. As a reader, he is everything one would want, playing male and female characters with aplomb and expertise. He's incredibly wonderul with James' prose.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Eden
  • Sacramento, CA, USA
  • 12-07-03

Murder Room

Classic P.D. James. The book is not for the hurried. The characters are full blood and flesh and fully developed, not mere charicatures. The story line was believable and the language was even tempered. I enjoyed the pace but some may call it slow. I would recommend it if as a rule you enjoy 20th century English classics such as S.W.Maugham or Christie.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Pam
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 06-19-04

Doesn't get better than this.

The writing is beautiful. The narration is perfect. I guess if you need your mysteries at a quicker pace...well, you wouldn't have bought P.D. James in the first place. It doesn't matter anyway. The book flies by. I only wish they had more of James to on "byte" or whatever. I "rewind" sometimes just to hear the writing. I mean, a girl does need her murders - and James provides, and happily - but getting there is such a pleasure.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Jannice
  • Sugar Land, TX, USA
  • 12-18-03

Very Satisfying

Another excellent entry in the Adam Dalgleish series, which actually adds increased depth to the Chief Inspector's personality. The story is inhabited by flesh and blood characters (brought to life by Charles Keating's elegant reading), and the plot is believable and well developed. I especially enjoyed the ending - the part after the murders are solved - because of the human side it shows of Adam Dalgleish. Bravo to Ms. James - please write us some more.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Rod
  • Riverside, CA, United States
  • 07-27-04

Another Excellent Book

I really enjoyed this title. P. D. James creates such excellent word pictures in setting scenes. Charles Keating does another excellent job. I hope Audible adds more James titles. I know there are more available in audio format.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A wonderful reading

P D James has become a little formulaic over the years, but what a wonderful formula. Dalgleish is a classic character, and in this book he shows just a little more of his personality. The book itself would only warrant a 3 or a 4, but combined with Charles Keating's wonderfully evocative voice and diction, it gets my 5. This is a book to live in for a while, London and the characters come alive, and you are with them. Keating is the voice of Dalgleish for me and many others from now on.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • Vista, CA, USA
  • 12-31-03

More, more.......

I have been an Audible listener for several years and have never left a review. I enjoyed Death in Holy Orders and couldn't wait for more. The Murder Room continues in the same fine tradition in telling a classic English detective story. Commander Adam Dalgliesh's personal struggles are revealed, while he remains the consummate profession. If you want to smell the flowers, the dust, and the blood...If you want to feel the anger, fear, and joy of James's characters, I highly recommend this book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • Pine Grove, CO, USA
  • 03-03-06

Great Mystery!

This is the best mystery I've "read" in some time.
The plot is great not giving one the ability to guess who did what or why. It reveals itself at a good pace and held my interest as well as being an extremely enjoyable read in the company of some great characters.
Hats off to Ms. James' effort!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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First PD James, not my last! Wow!

I can understand the reviews by the folks that did not like this book. It starts out slow, and there are various little stories that take the whole book to connect. But, the descriptions are wonderful, the narration is excellent, and I found myself completely engrossed. It is not so much a police procedural as a psychological portrait of the cops and the suspects. I found it a true joy; but perhaps it is not for those who prefer a more direct writing style.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful