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The Murder Room is a 2003 detective novel and the 12th in the Adam Dalgliesh series by P D James It takes place in London, particularly the Dupayne Museum on the edge of Hampstead Heath in the London Borough of Camden


  • 1 Plot
  • 2 Reception
  • 3 Adaptations
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


The Dupayne Museum is an eclectic collection of English memorabilia from the period between World War I and World War II The murder room of the title refers to a room displaying relics of murders that occurred during this period The Dupayne Museum is the property of three siblings, who are in the midst of a family row over whether or not to renew the lease on the building that houses the museum When Neville Dupayne is killed in a manner mirroring one of the murders displayed in the Murder Room, Commander Dalgliesh is called in to investigate

Emma Lavenham, a character from Death in Holy Orders, becomes important in this novel as a romance develops between her and Commander Dalgliesh The novel ends with a love letter from Dalgliesh to Lavenham, in which he asks her to marry him She accepts his proposal


In a 2003 book review for The New York Times, Patricia T O'Connor called the book "strikingly similar to James's previous mystery, Death in Holy Orders But this time something new has been added Dalgliesh has a serious love interest", and wrote "This is a very busy mystery, full of traffic jams and ringing cellphones— still manages to preserve the element of old-fashioned, hair-raising suspense" Kirkus Reviews wrote: "Despite a plot less ineluctable than her best Death in Holy Orders, 2001, etc, James creates another teeming world in which murder is only the symptom of a more pervasive mortality"


The BBC adapted the book for a two-part, three-hour TV production released in 2004, starring Martin Shaw as Dalgliesh and Janie Dee as Lavenham The production was released on DVD in the US in October 2005


  1. ^ O'Connor, Patricia T December 7, 2003 "Grisly Pictures From an Institution" New York Times New York Retrieved February 27, 2017 
  2. ^ "The Murder Room" Kirkus Reviews 18 November 2003 

External links

  • The Murder Room on IMDb

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