The Murder Room (Adam Dalgliesh #12) by P.D. James

The Murder Room (Adam Dalgliesh #12)

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

Details The Murder Room (Adam Dalgliesh #12)

TitleThe Murder Room (Adam Dalgliesh #12)
Release DateNov 9th, 2004
GenreMystery, Fiction, Crime, Detective

Reviews The Murder Room (Adam Dalgliesh #12)

  • Carol ꧁꧂
    An undercurrent in PD James Adam Dalgleish novels is that most people are lonely, living their life in neat, compartmentalised boxes & only occasionally coming out to interact with their fellow man. This was a wonderful mystery about murders at a fictitious London museum, The DuPayne. A lot of clever twists & turns (including a red herring that had me convinced I had guessed the murderer!)Maybe a little too much about the minutiae in the (mostly ...
  • Robin
    I struggled to finish this book. It wasn't just that it was not to my taste (and I read a lot of crime novels). It certainly is not, as it says on the tin, 'Classic, guaranteed to delight all crime addicts.'We're introduced to commander Dalgliesh in chap 1-2. There then follows 8 or 9 chapters devoted to the background of all the potential culprits – straightforward info-dumping on a mighty scale. The narrative ground to a halt while we get bac...
  • Hannah
    Formulaic, but still entertaining as all get out.Dalgliesh and Co. are called upon to figure out who's using some famous murders from the 1920's and 30's as templates for a series of murders in and around a small niche museum near Hampstead Heath.As is usual with a whodunnit from James, there is no shortage of acerbic, depressive and agnostic/atheistic suspects to choose from. Nor is there any doubt that each of these suspects (and for that matte...
  • Sarah Ryburn
    Love James's detective fiction which is more literary than some of the "literary fiction" I find on book store shelves today. Her prose has that reliability that I crave in a novel. Similar to Dickens, really, I can just sit back, read, enjoy, and trust that at no point will she affront me with bad sentence structure, awkward dialogue-jargon attempting to sound "realistic," or even the occasional punctuation malfunction. Flawless. And completely ...
  • Lainie
    Good lord, this was excruciating. I picked a murder mystery by a well loved author to chase my previous read, which had been the opposite of a page turner. What a disappointment. I realize this is only one of many PD James novels, but it gave me no incentive to try the others. Super slow build, an author who tells you instead of showing you, with interminable descriptions of interiors, faces, gardens, and clothing, none of which are anywhere near...
  • Chris
    This is the second P. D. James book that I read and the book that turned me into a fan. While it is true that James spends a large amount of time setting up her characters, I like that. I enjoy it because when a death occurs, it feels like a death and not a plot point. Too often in murder mysteries the death is forgotten. The victim is simply an agent to get the plot moving. James' never forgets, or lets the reader forget, that someone who had a ...
  • Emilia Barnes
    I think that, though it isn't absolutely necessary, it would have helped were I more familiar with Dalgliesh and some of the other characters, for this one. The lack of proper context made some aspects of the novel (which I would have otherwise enjoyed) slightly difficult to follow/sympathise with. Other than that, P.D. James has her style of writing - it's a beautiful style, she's a very good writer, but it's detailed to the point of pedantism, ...
  • Laura
    Commander Adam Dalgliesh is already acquainted with the Dupayne Museum in Hampstead, and with its sinister murder room celebrating notorious crimes committed in the interwar years, when he is called to investigate the killing of one of the trustees. He soon discovers that the victim was seeking to close the museum against the wishes of both staff and fellow trustees. 4* An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (Cordelia Gray, #1)4* The Skull Beneath The Ski...
  • Larry Bassett
    You have to be patient for the murders to come onThis is my first PD James and it is very English. It did seem like we had to go through all the characters slowly until the first murder. I guess this is part of the series and the lead detective has a history of prior stories. I do not know if it would've been more enjoyable if I would have been dollar jumble of that prior history. The investigative unit is a special one dealing with sensitive inf...
  • Linda
    I think I'm too much of a snob for good old mystery novels, but nope, I become intrigued and immerse myself in them. After reading The Murder Room for a literature discussion group I found myself checking out five other mysteries by P.D. James. Whodunits are fun!10-07-2013. I'm glad it's been seven years since I read Murder Room. I don't feel quite so embarrassed to say that I didn't remember anything about it until the scene of the first murder ...
  • Amanda
    I really liked this at the beginning, the character development especially, but once the murder investigation kicked off I lost some interest. I think Dalgliesh was so seldom in this book I didn't know who he was as a person. I wasn't impressed with some of the techniques James used to unfold the mystery. I wasn't a fan of this but I didn't hate it either.
  • Jerry B
    Pleasing but "slowish" 16th novel from great British writer...PD James, "a", if not "the", grand dame of English mystery literature, has given us yet another in the Scotland Yard Commander Adam Dalgliesh series. Fundamentally police procedurals, James' novels typically employ very solid character work and evocative scene setting to channel our thoughts and imagery along many more lines than just the "whodunit" plot at hand. Making some allowances...
  • Tony
    James, P.D. THE MURDER ROOM. (2003). *****. Again we meet up with Commander Adam Dalgliesh as he solves the mysterious deaths of two different victims at a museum. The museum is the Dupayne, a museum dedicated to the years between the wars, with rooms celebrating different aspects of their history. There is an art gallery, a library, and – most importantly – a room devoted to the most notorious murders of that time. This room, obviously, was ...
  • L.M. Krier
    It's a mark of the high quality of P D James' writing that I was prepared to wait until p130 (of the French translation in hardback) for the first body. Although this is a twenty-first century murder mystery, there is such a wonderfully old world quality about the writing, it could almost be a Christie.That's due in no part to the strong characterisation of lead policeman Commander Adam Dalgliesh, the impeccably polite and restrained policeman-po...
  • Clare
    Listened to in audio format.The Murder Room is the fourth book I have listened to in the Commander Dalgleish (AD) series. When I first started listening to these books I thought the descriptions of places and people were too long and tedious.Now I am on my fourth book in the series and I have totally changed my mind. This series is so much more than a police procedural, the language is beautiful and the characters so very English.There is always ...
  • Jennifer Locke
    If you're looking for a murder-y type crime book, you can do no better than PD James. This was my second PD James read; I now proclaim myself a fan. The Murder Room is crime fiction that I would put beside any piece of literary fiction out on bookshelves. The writing is complex and nuanced; characters are fully and beautifully realized, and James portrays them all with the utmost sensitivity and respect. The London setting made the book a wonderf...
  • Nancy
    This book took me some time to get into as James is heavy on description and detail and I just wanted her to get on with the story. She won me over though somewhere around two-thirds of the way through. I began to appreciate what at the beginning I found annoying. She definitely has her own style of writing and I can see why she has such a large fan base. My husband likes all of her books that feature Inspector Adam Dalgleisch, the Scotland Yard ...
  • Khris Sellin
    Fun police procedural, marred only by the author’s insistence on describing every room everyone walks into in excruciating detail. I think she wants to make sure, if any of her books are made into TV movies (have they been? I don’t know), the set designer will know exactly what kind of throw cushions to buy. Also, it was kind of a Scooby Doo ending, and I’m still not sure I totally understand the murderer’s motive.
  • AngryGreyCat
    I am almost finished with P.D. James’ Adam Dagleish series and The Murder Room is book #12 in that series. The murder involves a family owned museum dedicated to the period between the wars. The family has its conflicts, as all families do, but when one of them ends up dead, Dagleish and his team are left to unravel the clues. Was he killed due to museum business, something else with the family, his own personal life, enemies in his career? As ...
  • Amy
    I liked it enough. Different than the mysteries I'm used to reading. Read more to me like a regular fiction novel with mystery elements than a "mystery". She does a lot with the psychological states of her characters, which I like. My main issue with it is the plot, which is so crucial to a great mystery. The how of the murder, the slow unfolding of clues, the why the murderer did the murder should be the strongest & most exciting parts of the st...
  • Lisa Findley
    Okay that's several PD James I've tried now, and none of them has really done anything for me. Especially the reveals -- the killer here seems to have an obvious motivation, and another one that they profess is the real reason, which, if true, is totally unfair of James as we couldn't have possibly known about it.
  • tonia peckover
    I always feel a little sad finishing a PD James because I know there aren't very many left to read. Also, James' attention to domestic detail always makes me want to clean my house thoroughly. Just in case Adam Dalgliesh needs to come search through my things and assess my character.
  • Dana Clinton
    Yesterday I composed most of a good review for The Murder Room (P.D. James), then lost it when I tried to insert a French accent!! My computer doesn't indicate whether I have the number lock on or not, and that little problem can lead to deleted work, zut alors! So let's try again! I have read other mysteries in this series and really love the way P.D. James writes. Her books are well constructed and written with flair as well as creating believa...
  • Jon Stephens
    The Murder Room is my first trip with P. D. James, and my first foray into the good ole fashion “Whodunnit” genre of books since I was a kid, and we were trying to find out who made off with the cookies, or which teacher is actually an alien. It was enjoyable, and covered all the core components.P.D. James has a delightful command of prose. Her language is sophisticated, but easy to read. Descriptions of setting are vivid. She also does a fan...
  • Bill Rogers
    The Dupayne Museum only has exhibits about the years between the World Wars. To the annoyance of the more serious members of the staff, the most popular exhibit by far is the Murder Room. As the name suggests, the Murder Room contains photographs and relics of famous murders and murderers of the era. For example, there is an exhibit about Alfred Rouse. Rouse, so it is claimed, wanted to fake his own death. So he picked up an anonymous hitchhiker ...
  • Lori
    My third read of favourite PD James' Adam Dalgliesh novels in recognition of her recent death. Having read The Murder Room some time before, I was excited to reread it this time. As with all of James' books it was an entertaining read but also noteworthy for the writing skill of the author. For a "murder mystery author" James can effectively evoke a mood or emotion with her writing unmatched by many others. James spends a fair bit of time introdu...
  • Kyrie
    I liked this book for the characters - at least the good ones. The not so good ones seemed a bit two- dimensional, or maybe they were truly private? The idea of a small museum, devoted to the period between WWI and WWII in England was an interesting one. How much patronage would a place like that get today? The room focused on the murders was probably a big draw. I don't know if I wasn't paying enough attention, but I didn't figure out the murder...
  • Virginia
    Oh I shouldn't give this a four star but I do admire P.D. James so much. She is writing with the same extraordinary skill and high literary standard as ever and she is over eighty. Her books have the unmistakable British patina and her references are cultured as well as up to date. I donm't know how she does it. So her mysteries are a bit formulaic. What mysteries aren't? She has created a couple of the most memorable detectives in the history of...
  • Michelle
    2.75 stars. I was encouraged by the TOC, "the people and places," "first victim," "second victim," "third victim"... oooh, three victims! Let's get going! Half the book before the first murder (and the last victim is sort of a freebie). I like a drawn-out prose-y style, but every chapter introducing a new character seemed to first begin with an architectural preamble of the sorts of people who had lived in the character's neighborhood 50 years ag...