The Murder Room|P. D. James
The Murder Room : An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER - Murders present meet murders past in this harrowing, thought-provoking thriller - Part of the bestselling mystery series that inspired Dalgliesh on Acorn TV

Commander Adam Dalgliesh is already acquainted with the Dupayne--a museum dedicated to the interwar years, with a room celebrating the most notorious murders of that time--when he is called to investigate the killing of one of the family trustees. He soon discovers that the victim was seeking to close the museum against the wishes of the fellow trustees and the Dupayne's devoted staff. Everyone, it seems, has something to gain from the crime. When it becomes clear that the murderer has been inspired by the real-life crimes from the murder room--and is preparing to kill again--Dalgliesh knows that to solve this case he has to get into the mind of a ruthless killer.


  • ISBN-13: 9781400076093
  • ISBN-10: 1400076099
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Publish Date: November 2004
  • Dimensions: 8.06 x 5.24 x 0.93 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.71 pounds
  • Page Count: 432

The Murder Room

Commander Adam Dalgliesh, James' beloved investigator, returns in this riveting follow-up to her previous book, Death in Holy Orders (2001). A small, private institution in London devoted to the years between the First and Second World Wars, the mysterious Dupayne Museum contains a particularly disturbing exhibit called the Murder Room, which commemorates the most sinister slayings of that historical period. Called upon to investigate the murder of one of the museum's trustees, Dalgliesh learns that the victim was attempting to close the museum contrary to the desires of its staff and the rest of the trustees. The plot thickens as the murderer prepares to strike again, using the true crimes from the Murder Room as inspiration. Where matters of the heart are concerned, Dalgliesh's budding romance with Emma Lavenham, the beautiful young Cambridge professor whom James introduced in Death in Holy Orders , continues to grow. With fully realized characters and a masterfully developed plot, The Murder Room—the author's 16th novel—was a national bestseller in hardcover. Intricate and suspenseful, it's James at her finest. A reading group guide is available in print and online at