The Murder Room

The Murder Room

Book - 2003
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Remember Emma Lavenham from Death in Holy Orders? Yes, Commander Adam Dalgliesh is still in love with her. But murder at the Dupayne Museum, which is threatened with closure, puts a damper on the relationship. It is especially chilling that the crime scenes are made to resemble paintings in the museum's infamous "Murder Room." With a six-city author tour.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf ; c2003
ISBN: 9781400041411
Branch Call Number: F JAM
Characteristics: 415 p. ; 24 cm


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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.

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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