D. James is a household name with mystery aficionados worldwide. Wildly popular in her home country of England, where most of her novels have been adapted for TV or cinema, James has garnered quite a following stateside as well with her series featuring Scotland Yard inspector Adam Dalgliesh. Dalgliesh is an urbane, well-spoken, veddy British police officer, equally at home in the academic arena and the London underworld. He is an accomplished poet, he drives a Jaguar, and he investigates the murders that befuddle his lesser compatriots. The Murder Room, Dalgliesh's latest adventure, finds him involved in a series of homicides in a London museum dedicated to the years between the two world wars. Dalgliesh must uncover the tenuous connections between the disparate victims: a prominent psychiatrist, a fast living London social butterfly and a museum caretaker. And he must do it before there is any further loss of life. Crisply written and deliberately plotted, The Murder Room is a compelling achievement in crime fiction by a writer at the top of her form.
Bruce Tierney is a Nashville-based writer who was weaned on the Hardy Boys.