The Murder Room

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The Murder Room
1st edition
Author P. D. James
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Adam Dalgliesh #12
Genre Crime, Mystery
Publisher Faber & Faber
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
ISBN 0-571-21821-0
OCLC 52143680
Preceded by Death in Holy Orders
Followed by The Lighthouse

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.

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 these years. 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.

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 U.S. in October 2005.[1]