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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Seal Books (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571218229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571218226
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 14.7 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,059,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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PD James' well worth re-reading all her Dagleish and company books. Still an awesome series of mysteries. I hope she lives and writes forever!
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By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 9 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I must admit the first 200 pages were long and boring but as soon as the plot kicked in it was very hard for me to put the book down. The intrigue was captivating and at the end I can honestly say I enjoyed the novel.
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By A Customer on Aug. 5 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My best friend brought me this book to read while I was sick in bed. I thought, "Yeah, right. Like I'm going to read that!" But I started in and couldn't put it down! What a great story, with twists and turns and characters that you WANT to follow around. This book is great--please try it when you're well! would also recommend McCrae's THE BARK OF THE DOGWOOD for something that will REALLY knock your socks off!
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Format: Hardcover
This is another classic P. D. James mystery novel. At an age where many writers would be happy to lay down their pen (or switch off their computers) she still comes up with enthralling stories, vivid characters and plots full of surprises. Her acute observation of the human mind, foibles and reactions has sharpened with time.
The story is set in an eccentric little museum in London and the Murder Room houses exhibits relating to murders committed during the 1920's and 1930's. The focus is on a trunk that once contained the body of a murdered girl. The family who owns the museum is divided over whether to close it or continue to operate it, but some of the activities in the museum are more - shall we say "unusual" - than others and many people would be negatively affected if it closed.
Introducing characters in a mystery novel is difficult to do well, but James does it better than anyone. The reader is never left trying to remember if Neville was the doctor or the curator. She also introduces us to the peripheral characters who are affected by the crime, fleshing each one out rapidly, but leaving a clearer impression than most writers make with their main characters.
This is a mature writer, still at the peak of her power to draw readers into strong stories and to make them care about characters who may be a little off-beat, but never the usual caricatures of the English. There is a richness of texture in this book. The investigators, chiefly Adam Dalgleish and Kate Miskin have gained some maturity and a measure of understanding of themselves as well as their suspects.
I can recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a classic English mystery.
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