The Lighthouse: An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy Used
CDN$ 0.01
+ CDN$ 6.49 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Ships from the USA. Please allow 14-21 business days for delivery. Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear, and the pages have only minimal creases. Free State Books. Never settle for less.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Lighthouse: An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery Mass Market Paperback – Nov 28 2006


See all 21 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Mass Market Paperback
"Please retry"
CDN$ 52.75 CDN$ 0.01

Amazon.ca: Spring 2015 Books Preview



Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Books (Nov. 28 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0770430007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0770430009
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 3.2 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 68 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #510,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

From Publishers Weekly

British master James's 13th Adam Dalgliesh mystery, like its two predecessors, The Murder Room (2003) and Death in Holy Orders (2001), focuses at first on a hostile character who threatens to shatter a longstanding way of life. Acclaimed novelist Nathan Oliver incurs the wrath of his fellow residents on Combe Island, a private property off the Cornish coast used as an exclusive retreat by movers and shakers in many fields. When Oliver is murdered, Scotland Yard dispatches Dalgliesh and two of his team to Combe, where the commander checks alibis and motives in his trademark understated manner. Because the detective's new romantic attachment is more of a backstory than in The Murder Room, it intrudes less on the murder inquiry. The solution, which hinges on the existence of an unknown child, is less than fully satisfactory and also borrows elements from some of James's recent plots. Devotees more interested in her hero's personal growth than his deductive technique will find much to enjoy.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist

*Starred Review* At 85, the remarkable P. D. James has written one of her most moving novels. As she has done throughout her career, she sticks closely to formula in the shape of her mystery story but injects her characters with a range of emotions and subtlety of motive that lifts the proceedings well beyond the level of a puzzle and its solution. In the past, she has often isolated her group of victims and suspects by homing in on a particular profession, but this time she uses an even more classic mystery device: an isolated location. Combe Island, off the Cornish coast of England, was once a pirates' enclave but is now used as a retreat for powerful people who need time to recharge their batteries, making it all the more shocking when one of the guests is found murdered. Commander Adam Dalgleish is called to the politically sensitive scene to investigate. The action plays out pretty much as it has in 19 previous James' novels: Dalgleish and his team--Inspector Kate Miskin and Sergeant Francis Benton-Smith--interview the finite group of suspects, making deductions along the way until the commander puts all the pieces together. But it's what happens between the lines that gives James' stories their punch: the tension between Miskin and the ambitious sergeant; the added frisson that comes from Dalgleish finally having a personal life but being unable to move forward with his lover, Emma; and, of course, the personal lives of the various suspects, all of whom James treats with unmatched depth and care. Each new Dalgleish novel should be treated as a gift by mystery fans everywhere. Bill Ott
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most helpful customer reviews

By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 15 2006
Format: Paperback
Like many readers, I found The Murder Room to be a disappointing book. Had the inimitable P.D. James lost it?

That concern is happily banished by reading the latest Adam Dalgliesh novel, The Lighthouse.

On an isolated island in the Channel, retainers and a few guests enjoy tranquility and seclusion. A mysterious death occurs, and A.D. is called in to check things out. It seems that "higher persons" are about to retreat to Combe Island, and the unpleasantness needs to be sorted out before that can happen.

A.D. is jolted out his is plans to spend a rare weekend with Emma Lavenham, the woman he has proposed to. Detective Inspector Kate Miskin finds herself faced with the prospect of having a new relationship interrupted. Sergeant Francis Benton-Smith is nervous about working under DI Miskin.

Next, we zoom to the island to meet the staff, permanent residents and visitors. They are an eclectic lot as such lands' end locations tend to attract. Miss Emily Holcombe is the last member of the family that deeded the island for its unique purpose. One visitor has come to take refuge from weighty family and public pressures. Another visitor has a hidden agenda. Some of the staff are like flotsam and jetsam, having washed up on Combe's shore when the mainland no longer seemed right for them. Two would like to escape as quickly as possible. At the center of these diverse persons is a world-famous novelist, Nathan Oliver, who was born on the island. Oliver is unable to experience emotions himself and prefers to stage crises so he can observe how those who do have strong emotions behave and speak. With Oliver are his daughter, who keeps house for him, and his own editor, who's on hand to help finish a new novel.

Against this backdrop, the death occurs. A.D.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
By P. Carleton on March 20 2006
Format: Hardcover
THE LIGHTHOUSE is a great book. I'm rather choosy about mysteries. Anything experimental or slangy --- especially authors who strive too visibly to write "more" than a mystery --- turns me off; James is a favorite because she is a master at taking the classic formulas to a higher level and burnishing them until they glow. Not only is "The Lighthouse" an exciting whodunit, it also is a deeply psychological novel in which the reader gains insight into the personalities of Dalgleish, Kate, and Benton. The central theme of the novel is the intersection of the past and the present, and the impossibility of anyone ever being completely free of his history. This rich and beautifully developed story shows that P. D. James, at eight-five, could give a few lessons to her younger counterparts in the field of mystery writing. Normally one for something a tad more "literary", say, like McCrae's KATZENJAMMER, I found THE LIGHTHOUSE to be a hoot! Entertaining beyond all belief!
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 30 2005
Format: Hardcover
I could not put this book down, an absolutely engaging read. Full of twists turns and surprises. The suspense and thrills were nonstop. If you're looking for a good book then look no further, this is the one. I also suggest recommend David Demello's The Killing Game, another excellent suspense.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Format: Paperback
oh my goodness. this book was not what i imagined from ms james. it was like swimming in soup. run-on sentences that left you breathless and the characters were stodgy, and dull. all in all an exhaustive, tiresome read that left me unwilling to see it through to the end.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.


Feedback