The Murder Room

The Murder Room

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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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2004, c2003.
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed.
ISBN: 9781400076093
1400076099
Call Number: JAMES
Characteristics: 415 p. ; 21 cm.
Subjects: Mystery fiction.
London (England) -- Fiction.
Museums -- Fiction.
Police -- England -- London -- Fiction.
Dalgliesh, Adam (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.

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DorisWaggoner
Jun 04, 2016

James' usual strong characterizations overcome an overly-complex and drawn out plot prior to the first murder. In her best work, the murder usually happens quickly, then Dalgleish and his team can go to work. The reader does learn important new things about the team, and about Dalgleish, in this outing. There were a large number of plausible suspects, adding to the complexity, and I was surprised by who the culprit was. As I do not like being able to guess "whodunit," this pleased me. I always enjoy her work, but this one was a tad slow.

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eusebius
Dec 11, 2015

This is not one of her strongest books. In over 600 pages she portrays some people working at a museum: their jobs are well enough described, the murders are chilling, as befits James, but it is just too long and too lacking in interesting detail to grip me much.

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