Adam Dalgliesh looks into the connection between the grisly exhibits at the Dupayne family museum and the murder of adopted son Neville.

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Complete series cast summary:
 Adam Dalgliesh 2 episodes, 2005
Janie Dee ...
 Emma Lavenham 2 episodes, 2005
 Caroline Dupayne 2 episodes, 2005
 Muriel Godby 2 episodes, 2005
 Marie Strickland 2 episodes, 2005
 Neville Dupayne 2 episodes, 2005
 Marcus Dupayne 2 episodes, 2005
 James Calder-Hale 2 episodes, 2005
Anita Carey ...
 Tally Clutton 2 episodes, 2005
 DI Kate Miskin 2 episodes, 2005
 DI Piers Tarrant 2 episodes, 2005
Sid Mitchell ...
 Ryan Archer 2 episodes, 2005
 Angela Faraday 2 episodes, 2005
Kate Alderton ...
 Sara Dupayne 2 episodes, 2005
 Lord Martlesham 2 episodes, 2005
Thomas Wheatley ...
Harry Burton ...
 Bruno Denholm 2 episodes, 2005
 Celia Mellock 2 episodes, 2005
Richard Cubison ...
 Nobby Clarke 2 episodes, 2005
 Dalgliesh's P.A. 2 episodes, 2005
Greg Wakeham ...
 Ryan's Flatmate 2 episodes, 2005


The lease on the Dupayne Museum is almost up and under the terms of their father's will, all three of the Dupayne children must agree to continue or the museum is to close. Neville Dupayne is dead set against continuing the museum when the money could be used for a much better purpose. One of the museum's key attractions is the Murder Room, displaying information on a series of notorious murders from between the two World Wars. When Neville dies in a way reminiscent of one of the murders on display in the Murder Room, Commander Adam Dalgleish is asked to investigate. There are any number of suspects: his siblings, several museum employees who will lose their job, his secretary with whom he once had an affair and his daughter who felt he was an absentee father. A second murder reveals some of the activities of the upper classes and the solution lies in a long-ago wrong that someone is seeking to right. Written by garykmcd

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11 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Old P D James keeps the books coming and in no time they are on TV. This is a gripping story and is as good as her others.

It's all about a privately run museum, which has a room about murders of the past. People start getting bumped off in ways which resemble some of the earlier crimes.

It's well acted, but I found it hard to accept Martin Shaw in the lead role as Dalgleish. He seemed physically wrong for it -- too much of an ox for the poet Dalgleish. His two assistants also appeared to be lightweight and rather too young to be inspectors. They had to do mundane work that I would have thought would be done by lower ranks.

The subplot about Dalgleish's attempt to woo a girlfriend is a bit of a distraction and not well integrated into the rest of the story.

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