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BOOK REVIEW: THE LIGHTHOUSE
Combe Island is off the Cornish coast of England. The island is very secluded and has a history of piracy. Combe Island, which is privately owned, is also a place the people in the upper class of society often go to visit to get away from the everyday doldrums with visitor safety stressed as one of its virtues.
However, all of this changes when one of the visitors to the island is found hanging from Combe's famous lighthouse. The victim is writer Nathan Oliver who went around the island claiming that a murder was going to occur in the near future. Well, sure enough, a murder did occur! Nathan was not well liked and had several enemies including Emily Holcombe the last survivor of the Holcombe family. Oliver was trying to take over her cottage.
This case was one that would require exceptional skill and discretion from an investigative team. This called for Adam Dalgliesh who was known for these qualities. As the case was put before Adam, it was stated "murder would be the most embarrassing for us, suicide hardly less so in the circumstances and an accidental death we could probably live with."
This was not a good time for Adam Dalgliesh. He was concerned about his future with Emma Lavenham, the woman he loves and Detective Inspector Kate Miskin is also having some problems of her own.
The investigate team is soon faced with an unexpected challenge. What is it?
Is the team able to solve this case?
With every new novel by this author the fans are in for a treat. P.D. James is a master at writing the mystery book. This is a complex story but reads very smoothly. The author does an excellent job of characterization and you will especially see this come through in the character of Nathan Oliver. The plot is exciting and the suspense remains throughout the book. Be sure to add this one to your reading list. It is highly recommended.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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