James, one where a tightly confined place of uncommon curiosity becomes as much a character in the unfolding drama as the human beings that emerge so fully from her imagination. All of the traditional conventions of the crime novel, moreover, are present, not least among them a circle of suspects who each possess motive, means and opportunity to have committed the crime. Nearly a hundred pages before the author brings Dalgliesh into the story, she introduces us to each of them: the young couple who serve as resident chefs; the general administrator whose family once owned the property; an eccentric gardener accustomed to speaking his mind; a former governess who manages the office; a young surgical assistant about to leave for another position in Africa; his aloof sister who helps in the office and does not suffer fools gladly; a quiet young woman with a guarded past who works as a domestic in the household, and, of course, the doctor himself.
James boldly assembles the staff together in a single room -- the elegant library, no less -- for an introductory meeting with Commander Dalgliesh of the Special Investigation Squad and his able assistants, Det. Inspector Kate Miskin and Det. Francis Benton-Smith. In yet another bow to her chosen genre, there is the matter of a disputed will to consider, a cliche in lesser hands, and then there is the matter of a second victim, a London dilettante who recommended Gradwyn to the physician and turns up dead in an abandoned freezer.
It is no surprise, then, that Dalgliesh, a published poet, is never boring, never predictable, always complex. It gives nothing away to suggest there is a subtle sense of summing up here, the realization of a job well done. There is talk that the elite police unit may be disbanded, and Dalgliesh himself muses that this might be his final investigation. In a manner that suggests the closing scenes of a Shakespearean romantic comedy, there is a merry celebration in the final pages that gathers a few friends and colleagues who figured in earlier Dalgliesh mysteries, including former squad member Piers Tarrant now happily back together with Kate -- all united by joyful music, fine food and hopeful good cheer.
So is this, we are left to wonder, the end of a triumphant run? View 2 comments. Nov 20, Rebecca rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a great mystery. I have been a fan of PD James forever and was sure that with her age, The Ligththouse would be her last Dagliesh novel. I was so happy to see that she had another story in her.
I rated this 4 stars as much because I love James and her wonderful language.
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However, I didn't feel that it was her best book. I sensed that she needed to tie up a bunch of loose ends for her characters. Still, on a scale of 1 to 10, if PD James wrote a book that was not her best, it is still an 9 compared to other I have been a fan of PD James forever and was sure that with her age, The Ligththouse would be her last Dagliesh novel. Still, on a scale of 1 to 10, if PD James wrote a book that was not her best, it is still an 9 compared to other mystery writers. Her books are as much great literature and they are great mysteries.
Odd to start out with 14 in a series and be able to say you enjoyed it. I liked the murder mystery. It was intricately woven, with each of the suspects having a lot of plausible reasons to commit the murder and real convictions about "who done it" held at bay until very near the end. I felt less involved in the Commander and his squad, but that was natural, since this is a relationship that has been building for the reader since book one and book fourteen is obviously well into that relationship Odd to start out with 14 in a series and be able to say you enjoyed it.
I felt less involved in the Commander and his squad, but that was natural, since this is a relationship that has been building for the reader since book one and book fourteen is obviously well into that relationship and I suspect coming to the end.
For a book that was picked at random from a sale table, it was not disappointing at all. I had not read anything by James before, although I was well aware of her work. I will not hesitate to read her again. View all 4 comments. Dec 29, Nat rated it it was amazing. I guess I'm channeling my mother who died last year. She was an English teacher who loved to read P. James' mysteries. When I saw this on the shelf at Borders, I thought of her and bought it. Now I see why she enjoyed reading James' works. She is an excellent writer, rich and visual. Next time I read one of her books I will keep a dictionary at my side.
What a fine way to increase my vocabulary!
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If you enjoy reading well-written prose, give her a try. EXCERPT: On November the 21st, the day of her forty-seventh birthday, and three weeks and two days before she was murdered, Rhoda Gradwyn went to Harley Street to keep a first appointment with her plastic surgeon, and there in a consulting room designed, so it appeared, to inspire confidence and allay apprehension, made the decision which would lead inexorably to her death.
Later that day she was to lunch at the Ivy. The timing of the two appointments was fortuitous. Mr Chandler-Powell had no EXCERPT: On November the 21st, the day of her forty-seventh birthday, and three weeks and two days before she was murdered, Rhoda Gradwyn went to Harley Street to keep a first appointment with her plastic surgeon, and there in a consulting room designed, so it appeared, to inspire confidence and allay apprehension, made the decision which would lead inexorably to her death.
Mr Chandler-Powell had no earlier date to offer and the luncheon later with Robin Boyton, booked for twelve forty-five, had been arranged two months previously; one did not expect to get a table at the Ivy on impulse. She regarded neither appointment as a birthday celebration. This detail of her private life, like much else, was never mentioned.
She doubted whether Robin had discovered her date of birth or would much care if he had.
She knew herself to be a respected, even distinguished journalist, but she hardly expected her name to appear in the Times list of VIP birthdays. She will never leave Cheverell Manor alive. When Adam Dalgliesh and his team are called in to investigate the murder — and a second death occurs — even more complicated problems than the question of innocence or guilt arise. James, 14 in the Adam Dalgleish series. Although this was a BBC Radio adaptation, and a very good one, the story fell flat for me. I enjoyed the final revelations, but not enough to make up for the tedium of getting there.
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This review and others are also published on my blog sandysbookaday. Jan 02, Dorothy rated it liked it Shelves: police-procedurals. When you pick up a P. James mystery, you know that you are in the hands of a professional. Cleanly plotted, meticulously detailed, characters revealed layer by layer, hers are the epitome of the "British mysteries" in the tradition of the great Agatha. It is a tradition that I know and love. It is a police procedural with, as usual, James' touch of humanism. We find that Dalgliesh is about to When you pick up a P.
We find that Dalgliesh is about to marry his beloved. Their romance has had its rocky bits as most romances do, but finally they have decided to join forces officially. Before that can take place though, Adam is confronted with another mystery, the murder of a famous, and apparently rather notorious, investigative journalist, who has a reputation for ruthlessness in her profession.
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