The Murder Room

The Murder Room

DVD - 2004
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Publisher: [England] : BBC Video, [2004]
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780790794037
Branch Call Number: MUR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (180 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: P.D. James the murder room


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May 28, 2017

I liked many of the PD James adaptations with Roy Marsden as Chief Superintendent Dalgliesh, though they are an uneven bunch. This is the second adaptation with Martin Shaw now as Dalgliesh, the first being Death in Holy Orders. It really fits the mold of a "cozy" murder mystery, with the pool of suspects being limited to only those that are connected to the tiny Dupayne Museum. Unlike all the people who claim they can tell who the murderer is early on, I never can. Probably because the motive, when revealed, is flimsy and not worth murdering someone over. Denouements are always best kept brief, as if you think about them, even in really good mysteries, it makes you say "what the ....." That is the case here, but it doesn't prevent maximum enjoyment while all the red herrings are in play.

I especially enjoyed that the setting is on a Friday that is also Guy Fawkes Night. I love Fridays and I love Guy Fawkes Night, so this is perfectly suited to me. I'm also a big fan of Michael Maloney who plays one of the Dupayne heirs here. He could read the phone book, as they say, and it would sound like poetry.

The music is a standout and I heard similar notes in Downton Abbey. Sure enough, same composer, John Lunn. Check this out. It is only three hours and never lags. Great, good fun.

Jul 21, 2015

Says there are Close Captions, but I looked and looked and found none!

Feb 18, 2014

Quite good, with lots of plot twists that kept you guessing to the identity of the murderer.

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