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Murder Room (Adam Dalgliesh)

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Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 05 February 2004
When Commander Dalgliesh is persuaded to visit the Dupayne, a private museum on the edge of Hampstead Heath, he has no idea that he will return a week later under very different circumstances. One of the family trustees has been horribly murdered and Dalgliesh is called in to investigate.

About the Author

P. D. James was born in Oxford in 1920 and educated at Cambridge High School for Girls. From 1949 to 1968 she worked in the National Health Service and subsequently in the Home Office, first in the Police Department and later in the Criminal Policy Department. All that experience has been used in her novels. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Society of Arts and has served as a Governor of the BBC, a member of the Arts Council, where she was Chairman of the Literary Advisory Panel, on the Board of the British Council, and as a magistrate in Middlesex and London. She is an Honorary Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. She has won awards for crime writing in Britain, America, Italy and Scandinavia, including the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award and the National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Literature (US). She has received honorary degrees from seven British universities, was awarded an OBE in 1983, and was created a life peer in 1991. In 1997 she was elected President of the Society of Authors. She lives in London and Oxford and has two daughters, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Reviews

"The Murder Room is James's most suspenseful, atmospheric novel in years and has no shortage of surprise twists." -"The New York Times Book Review" "Another elegant tale of murder, mystery, human misery and the wonder of loveE. James explores the lowest of depravity . . . with the most elegant prose." --"USA Today" "Riveting . . . exquisite, absorbing. . . . The Murder Room possesses everything we desire, no, long for, from James." --"The Miami Herald" "Elegantly constructed, beautifully written . . . [The Murder Room] is cause for rejoicing. . . . [It]" "is that much-sought-after but rare combination of reading that both transports the reader to another world and engages the imagination." --"St. Louis Post-Dispatch ""Difficult--and delightful--as it is to believe, P. D. James keeps getting better. . . . The Murder Room might be the best mystery novel of 2003. . . . This is a book to savor . . . with writing so felicitous the reader doesn't want it to end." --"Indianapolis Star" "Riveting. . . . "The Murder Room "possesses everything we desire from James. . . . [Her] lovely, clear prose travels at a stately pace, never cluttered by random violence or unnecessary characters, taking us where we need to be with assurance, intelligence and grace. No word or action is wasted; everyone and everything matters." --"The Chicago Tribune""Ms. James skill is impressively displayed." --"The New York Times" "P.D. James is surely one of the best living writers of English. [The Murder Room]'s typical James-wonderful English settings, fine writing, psychological depth." --"Rocky Mountain News" "Any ranking of today's best crime writers would surely put Britain's P.D.James at or near the top. This subtly told, character-driven novel, which emphasizes people over plot, provides, as usual, a richly-rewarding reading experience." --"The San Diego Union-Tribune" "Immensely satisfying, with James introducing her large cast and its secrets with consummate skill." --"The Washington Post""Carefully crafted . . . [with] richly portrayed characters. . . . P. D. James can still spin an intricate web of psychological suspense that demands the reader's attention and involvement. . . . James tells this tale in lucid language, with a wry eye on people and their faults." --"San Antonio Express-News" "Elegant . . . smooth storytelling. . . . The culprit remains convincingly elusive until the end." --"Houston Chronicle""A perfectly cozy read for a cold, foggy night when you feel like curling up with a cup of tea." --"Entertainment Weekly" "Sophisticated literary entertainment. . . . Masterful detailing of people and place. . . . Acute psychological portraits. . . . [A] carefully crafted tale." --"The Orlando Sentinel""Literate prose, sprinkled with enough deliciously British details to satisfy even the most diehard Anglophile. . . . [James is] an enormously appealing novelist." --"The Boston Globe" "Expertly plotted and elegantly written, the novel will stand with the best of her always-fine work. And as usual with a James novel, the characters are drawn with care and sympathy." --"The Richmond Times-Dispatch" "James whips up a thought-provoking, finely crafted literary murder mystery. . . . The Murder Room" "is a riveting and well-constructed read." --"San Jose Mercury News" "Elegant language and deft, intricatecharacterizations." --"Pittsburg Tribune-Review" "James writes of the whydunit rather than the whodunit and her grasp and appreciation for the boundless perplexities of human behavior deeply enriches her books." --"Philadelphia Inquirer" "The eminence grise of British detective fiction, James delivers another ruminative puzzler, generous in character, graceful in prose." --"The Village Voice" "James' strength as a writer lies in her ability to craft characters with depth. She doesn't just supply names and ages but gives readers a sense of her characters' desires and motives (and not just murderous ones)." --"Fort Worth Star-Telegram"

EAN: 9780571218233
ISBN: 0571218237
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.3 centimetres (0.50 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

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