The Murder Room

The Murder Room

Book - 2003
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Commander Adam Dalgliesh investigates a series of murders at the Dupayne, a small private museum in London. The case is fraught with danger and complications from the beginning, and to make matters more difficult, Dalgliesh is in love, and the closer he gets to solving the crime, the farther he is driven from committing to the woman he loves.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, c2003
ISBN: 9780676976151
0676976158
9780770429492
0770429491
Characteristics: 371 p

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FloraWest
Oct 10, 2020

I'm all over the map with my opinions of James' books and, though as usual, a bit overwrought and a bit overwritten, I ended up liking this one. I did guess the murderer very early but there were enough plausible red herrings to make me unsure. I have never enjoyed this detective but the plots are sometimes quite good and this is one of these times.

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bookers1
Jan 30, 2019

I'm struggling through this book. I've had to renew it once already and I'm only halfway through. It makes me long for Agatha Christie who wrote twisty, evocative mysteries that read fast. Sadly, I think Ms. James uses her thesaurus way too much. It goes way beyond the expected Briticisms: "traduce" and a word related to casuistry I can't even look up?? Pleeeease!

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dirtbag
Dec 12, 2018

Very disappointing.

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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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