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The Murder Room

de P. D. James

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Sèrie: Adam Dalgliesh (12)

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The Dupayne, a small private museum on the edge of London's Hampstead Heath devoted to the interwar years 1919-39, is in turmoil. The trustees--the three children of the museum founder, old Max Dupayne--are bitterly at odds over whether it should be closed. Then one of them is brutally murdered, and what seemed to be no more than a family dispute erupts into horror. For even as Commander Adam Dalgiesh and his team investigate the first killing, a second corpse is discovered. Clearly, someone at the Dupayne is prepared to kill, and kill again. The case is fraught with danger and complexity from the outset, not least because of the range of possible suspects--and victims. And still more sinister, the murders appear to echo the notorious crimes of th epast featured in one of the museum's most popular galleries, the Murder Room. For Dalgiesh, P.D. James's formidable detective, the search for the murderer poses an unexpected complication. After years of bachelorhood, he has embarked on a promising new relationship with Emma Lavenham--first introduced in Death in Holy Orders--which is at a critical stage. Yet his struggle to solve the Dupayne murders faces him with a frustrating dilemma: each new development distances him further from commitment to the woman he loves. The Murder Room is a story dark with the passions that lie at the heart of crime, a masterful work of psychological intricacy.… (més)
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This book took a long time to get to the first murder and didn’t really pick up steam until the second murder. Elements of the resolution felt a bit sensationalized or gratuitous, and there were a couple of coincidences that I didn’t quite buy (especially because one of them seemed to come completely out of left field). ( )
  rabbitprincess | Jul 9, 2023 |
This is another book that I suspect I bought and ready very soon after its publication, which I see was twenty years ago. I was, after all, a great fan of P D James, and viewed her then as representing the more literary end of the crime fiction spectrum.

Her prose is certainly very well crafted, but revisiting this book two decades later I found it heavier going than I had recalled. While James’s prose remains as lucid as ever, I was also far more sensitive to the air of petulance that underpinned so much of what she wrote. There is also a hardness, almost veering towards intolerance, about a lot of the attitudes underpinning the book.

As always, her characters are slightly removed from reality, and in fact reminded me of some of the casts encountered in Iris Murdoch’s novels. As it happens. My mother know both of them, although my recollection is that she never, or at least seldom, met the two of them together: that would certainly have been an interesting gathering, and I would have liked to see how the two novelists interacted.

Commander Adam Dalgleish was one of those giants of fiction who never seemed to age. He was still going strong in this novel, written in 2003, more than forty years after his debut in Cover Her Face in which he had already ascended to Detective Chief Inspector so must have been significantly more than ten years into his police career. Does that matter? Well obviously almost certainly not. Although it does mark James out as belonging to an older school of crime fiction that expected its readers to suspend disbelief. One of the appealing aspects of some of Adam Dalgleish’s more recent counterparts, such as Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch in Michael Connelly’s novels, or Sir Ian Rankin’s thrawn John Rebus, has been the way in which they have aged in real time, having to combat the challenges that ageing throws at them.

Yet enough cavilling. The characters might be slightly odd, and the setting (a museum on Hampstead Heath focusing on the years between the two World Wars) rather bizarre, but the plot itself is sound. Although he may have been preserved in literary aspic, Dalgleish remains an empathetic character, and he seems more readily believable than many of the other characters. Inspector Kate Miskin is also a finely drawn and highly plausible character.

I enjoyed returning to this novel, and may well revisit some more of P D James’s work soon. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Jul 5, 2023 |
I do like P.D James's Dalgliesh novels, I truly do, but over 600 pages is a lot of re-reading. In the interest of having some room in the house not entirely stuffed with books, this one must go. Definitely a worthwhile read, I love Dalgliesh and his team, Kate especially is a joy. The writing evokes a sense of place which makes me wish I had more than a superficial acquaintance with London and its less tourist-frequented neighbourhoods. ( )
  muumi | Jan 26, 2023 |
El mayor atractivo del Dupayne, un pequeno museo privado londinense dedicado a los anos de entreguerras (1919-1939), es una inquietante Sala del Crimen donde se estudian los casos mas sonados de la epoca. Su interes es indudable, pero Neville, el menor de los hermanos Dupayne, considera que la institucion debe cerrar sus puertas. La incertidumbre sobre la continuidad del museo genera una insoportable tension, que se quebrara cuando se descubra el cuerpo calcinado de Neville. Se trata de un asesinato, un suicidio, un accidente? Por que esta muerte recuerda tanto a uno de los sucesos recogidos en la Sala del Crimen? Dalgliesh emprende la ardua tarea de estudiar un caso que, a medida que se complica con nuevas muertes relacionadas con los hechos ilustrados en la Sala del Crimen, amenaza con destruir la vida privada de este celebre y ahora enamorado poeta y detective de Scotland Yard. P. D. James utiliza una vez mas los parametros de la novela negra para construir una historia plagada de detalles y unos personajes cercanos, profundos y humanos.
  Natt90 | Jan 13, 2023 |
The Murder Room is a room in a museum in London. The museum is devoted to the inter-war years 1919 - 1939 and the murders are some infamous murders that happened during that time. We meet the characters invovled in the museum and Commander Dalgliesh for sometime before a murder happens. The novel is absorbing enough and moves on at a reasonable pace to its conclusion. ( )
  CarolKub | Oct 9, 2022 |
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The éminence grise of British detective fiction, James delivers another ruminative puzzler, generous in character, graceful in prose.
 
James writes with such ease and juggles her plots and characters with such control that none of this gets out of hand. . . Alas, James's efforts to inject suspense into Dalgliesh's romantic life are less effective. . .
 
There is no mistaking P. D. James's latest mystery for the work of a younger writer. . . Her characters are confused by euros and annoyed by mobile phones. . . Despite her elegiac frame of mind, Ms. James has not lost her taste for a good throttling.
 
It's a general rule of fiction that authors are happiest creating characters closest to their own age. This is because all fiction is broadly autobiographical. Male novelists in their early 20s create wincingly convincing teenagers but - by their 60s - are sketching adolescents who are merely embarrassing sexual fantasies. As an octogenarian novelist, James is showing similar difficulties of characterisation. . .
afegit per christiguc | editaThe Guardian, Mark Lawson (Jul 5, 2003)
 
I've never really got Dalgleish. His combination of policing skill and artistic sensibility - he's an acclaimed poet - has always struck a false note for me, especially given that he's so emotionally constrained. . . In The Murder Room, even his detective skills are more assumed than demonstrated. Several people, Dalgleish included, comment on his ability to get people to tell him things. Yet in this book, you have no idea why. All he seems to do is enter a room, ask a question and the admissions come thick and fast. . . Once she does begin, though, she doesn't relent until the genuinely chilling climax. Patrician, eccentric, but still a delight.
 

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The Dupayne, a small private museum on the edge of London's Hampstead Heath devoted to the interwar years 1919-39, is in turmoil. The trustees--the three children of the museum founder, old Max Dupayne--are bitterly at odds over whether it should be closed. Then one of them is brutally murdered, and what seemed to be no more than a family dispute erupts into horror. For even as Commander Adam Dalgiesh and his team investigate the first killing, a second corpse is discovered. Clearly, someone at the Dupayne is prepared to kill, and kill again. The case is fraught with danger and complexity from the outset, not least because of the range of possible suspects--and victims. And still more sinister, the murders appear to echo the notorious crimes of th epast featured in one of the museum's most popular galleries, the Murder Room. For Dalgiesh, P.D. James's formidable detective, the search for the murderer poses an unexpected complication. After years of bachelorhood, he has embarked on a promising new relationship with Emma Lavenham--first introduced in Death in Holy Orders--which is at a critical stage. Yet his struggle to solve the Dupayne murders faces him with a frustrating dilemma: each new development distances him further from commitment to the woman he loves. The Murder Room is a story dark with the passions that lie at the heart of crime, a masterful work of psychological intricacy.

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