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DOWNLOAD ⚸ The Lighthouse ⚡ Combe Island off the Cornish coast offers respite to over stressed high authorities who require privacy and security But demanding author Nathan Oliver is found strangled and hanging from the renovated lighthouse Investigator Adam Dagliesh, his inspector Kate Miskin, and sergeant Francis Benton are all pre occupied with their personal and love lives The first victim was thoroughly disliked by visitors and residents for valid reasons, but the second, a recovered alcoholic priest, was admired by the skeleton staff Suspects include Oliver s daughter Miranda, editor Dennis, animal researcher Dr Yelland, recently orphaned Dan, aged Emily, boatman Jago, sickly Dr Speidel, physician Dr Stavely and his unfaithful wife Jo, administrator Maycroft, housekeeper Mrs Plunkett, cook Mrs Burbridge, rebellious teen Millie Past murders are uncovered and SARS threatens the island Commander Dalgliesh, Insp Miskin and Sgt Benton Smith have a tricky case of murder on a remote island off the coast of Cornwall Nathan Oliver was a well known author and had been found strangled and hanging over the edge of a lighthouse There is a catalogue of complex relationship among the quests and permanent residents and a number of apparently connected leads from events in the past.The expected delightful description does help to disguise the somewhat thin plot The perpetrator seemed qu Commander Dalgliesh, Insp Miskin and Sgt Benton Smith have a tricky case of murder on a remote island off the coast of Cornwall Nathan Oliver was a well known author and had been found strangled and hanging over the edge of a lighthouse There is a catalogue of complex relationship among the quests and permanent residents and a number of apparently connected leads from events in the past.The expected delightful description does help to disguise the somewhat thin plot The perpetrator seemed quit obvious but in the end the actual deduction was rather abrupt The perpetrator rather played into the teams hands Nevertheless a good read The Lighthouse is the 13th mystery novel by P.D James to feature her detective Adam Dalgliesh The penultimate one in the series, it was published in 2005.This particular novel brings to mind much earlier ones featuring Dalgleish, such asThe Black Towerfrom 1975, where the action takes place on a Dorset hilltop, or the even earlier 1971 novel,Shroud for a Nightingale , set in a student nursing school P.D James usually chooses fascinating locations for her novels One such location is La The Lighthouse is the 13th mystery novel by P.D James to feature her detective Adam Dalgliesh The penultimate one in the series, it was published in 2005.This particular novel brings to mind much earlier ones featuring Dalgleish, such asThe Black Towerfrom 1975, where the action takes place on a Dorset hilltop, or the even earlier 1971 novel,Shroud for a Nightingale , set in a student nursing school P.D James usually chooses fascinating locations for her novels One such location is Larksoken, the setting for her novelDevices and DesiresSet in a nuclear power station on an isolated Norfolk headland on the East Anglian coast, this novel typically lends itself to exploring wider, perhaps darker, issues Sometimes the settings are identifiable, although in The Lighthouse the island described is very much like Lundy Island All such novels hinge on a favourite device of the author s a murder which takes place in a closed, almost inaccessible community In this case, the community is located on an island 12 miles off the north coast of Cornwall Here, stressed high level executives were sometimes admitted for recuperation and seclusion No ordinary holiday destination,Combe Islandhad at one time been a pirates lair, then a privately owned estate, and had now been taken over and was governed by a charitable trust Those who visited this high security retreat, often did so in strict secrecy At the start of the book, what appeared to be a murder had taken place on the island, and Adam Dalgleish is being briefed about it The famous novelist Nathan Oliver was the victim, and although he had been discovered hanging from Combe island s historic lighthouse, in a position suggestive of another s involvement, it is not absolutely certain that it is not suicide Nathan Oliver had been a very brusque and unpleasant man, unpopular with long term residents and staff alike However, because he had been born on the island, the conditions of the trust stipulated that he was allowed to visit whenever he liked After this brief introduction to the scene, we follow the three police officers who are to be involved P.D James carefully allows ample space in three separate chapters to detail the personal situations in the lives of each There is Commander Dalgleish, plus his two assisting officers, Kate Miskin and newcomer Francis Benton Smith There is also a romantic back story at the start, with Bentons s predecessor Piers Tarrant The officers arrive at the island by helicopter, along with a pathologist, Dr Edith Glenister, who is very highly regarded an expert in her field When she confirms it is murder, the detectives begin to try to sort out the threads of what has happened Nathan Oliver had been accompanied on his visit to Combe Island by both his daughter Miranda and his copy editor, Dennis Tremlett Each of these individuals has their own complicated history and is also hiding a secret The manager of the trust, and therefore the coordinator of this little community, is Rupert Maycroft We quickly discover that he is under pressure from two sides, both of whom wish to live in the best cottage The cottage is currently inhabited by the sole remaining member of the family who had owned the island for many years, but Nathan Oliver had been pushing to replace the current occupant himself Each of the guests have reason to feel dislike or even outright enmity for Nathan Oliver The manager s secretary Adrian Boyde, for instance, used to be an Anglican priest He seems to be under a cloud, and the readers and the police suspect that he is a recovering alcoholic As the novel progresses, we learnabout Nathan Oliver s malevolent influence Another guest who has reason to fear and dislike Nathan Oliver is a scientist, Dr Mark Yelland, who believes that an evil character in Oliver s latest novel is a thinly veiled description of him He feels this to be a gross distortion of the truth Not only that, but he fears it is likely to inflame the Animal Rights activists, who had already been very critical of him publicly, and he now has real concerns for his reputation He had confronted Nathan Oliver in full view of all the community, shortly before Oliver s death.The permanent residents of Combe Island too have had their own arguments with Nathan Oliver Jago Tamlyn, the boatman, is a taciturn individual, but clearly has had past dealings with him Daniel Padgett is a handyman who came to the island with his mother who also worked there He plans to leave the island as she has recently died However, he incurs Oliver s wrath, after a simple mistake Just as with the other characters the other guests feel nonplussed at Oliver s extreme reaction of anger.Nathan Oliver s behaviour both in the past andrecently tends to disgust everybody, with one sole exception There is a young staff member, Millie Tranter, who seems to have liked him This in itself seems odd to the others, especially the housekeeper, who suspects ulterior motives on Oliver s part However, all are equally adamant that they did not kill Nathan Oliver, or know anything about it One other character arrives late on the scene, having been exploring the island on his own and therefore being difficult to track down The eminent Dr Raimund Speidel is visiting from Germany However, it becomes clear during Dalgleish s interview that he is very ill, and is soon under strict medical attention.Everything is nicely set up for an intriguing mystery, and sure enough the second half includes a secondary murder, and from then on escalates into a gripping drama A long forgotten mystery from history, a tale of betrayal and deep resentment, reveals the reasons for what happened To pile on the suspense, one of the officers falls gravely ill, in itself a life threatening risk in such a remote location This character is unable to complete the work, although they are working out the puzzle in their mind Another excels in a situation they have not experienced before There is an extremely tense and exciting edge of the seat scene towards the end, cleverly written by this experienced author And we have a happy ending of an unexpected type.P.D James excels at this type of mystery novel, which never incorporates any humorous elements Unlike novels by some other authors in the genre, there is never any flippancy in her stories Murder is always a serious business She is adept at carefully balancing the back story of her characters, and the action, so that the reader never becomes frustrated at the lack of plot She involves her readers, fleshing out her picture of the detectives we know and love, moving them forward in their lives from previous novels But she also manages to explore depths in her new characters, going into meticulous detail about each character s past These are never cardboard cutouts, or puppets carefully arranged to move the plot forward P.D James makes her readers interested in the lives of those individuals specific to the current novel too.In this way she could be said to write crossover novels, which could be considered to be mainstream Yet she never forgets that what she is writing is a whodunnit Unlike the current trend for lengthy novels in which the murder is almost incidental, her novels have a sound crime focus The structure P.D James employs is satisfying and pleasing She employs a formal pattern, first thoroughly introducing the detectives The suspects then come forward in turn, as both the reader and the detectives carefully analyse all the clues and motives to the murder P.D James has said that this rigid form, typical of a traditional golden age detective novel, sets the writer s imagination free, in a similar way to the 14 lines and strict rhyming sequence of a sonnet It has to be said that there are other similarities to golden age mysteries Adam Dalgleish is very much in the gentleman detective mould, his penchant for writing poetry and intellectual proclivities being reminiscent of Dorothy L Sayers cerebral Lord Peter Wimsey It is interesting too, that both novelists confessed to being in love with their creations But the language P.D James uses is never dated.Sadly P.D James died in 2014 She had started her career in the forensics and criminal justice departments of Great Britain s Home Office, and applied her specialist knowledge to her crime novels Although the 1980 s was the decade when her books were memorably best sellers, it is good to know that she was still able to create such a devious mystery at the grand age of 85 I was a great fan of P.D James long ago when she was the latest thing and she seemed farerudite than her rivals But gradually I lost interest as her writing becameturgid, pompous, and needlessly detailed My wife recommended that I try this one, but James put me off from the first sentence Could this be self parody Commander Adam Dalgliesh was not unused to being urgently summoned to non scheduled meetings with unspecified people at inconvenient times, but usually with one purpo I was a great fan of P.D James long ago when she was the latest thing and she seemed farerudite than her rivals But gradually I lost interest as her writing becameturgid, pompous, and needlessly detailed My wife recommended that I try this one, but James put me off from the first sentence Could this be self parody Commander Adam Dalgliesh was not unused to being urgently summoned to non scheduled meetings with unspecified people at inconvenient times, but usually with one purpose in common he could be confident that somewhere there lay a dead body awaiting his attention Brevity and clarity were apparently not the goals here Most of the action takes place on a small island off the southwest coast of England, an island that James describes in detail three times in the first 100 pages But when I tried to draw a map, she did not provide one I ran into multiple inconsistencies The murder victim is found hanging from a lighthouse, the outside of which James describes twice as having concave walls I have trouble picturing this Perhaps she means that the lighthouse is slimmer half way up than at the bottom or top The victim is suspended by a rope around the neck, a rope twice described as being tied with a bowline When the body is lowered to the ground, the rope is removed again described twice by loosening the loop around the neck But a bowline is a knot specifically used because it doesn t slip It was at this point, 138 pages in, that I gave up The perfect type of murder mystery in a secluded location with a limited number of suspects, another in the Adam Dalgliesh series that slowly builds the tension that concludes with a strong final section.As famous novelist Nathan Oliver is found hung on the secluded Combe Island of the coast of Cornwall, it seems like a clear case of suicide.But the famous writer had no reason to commit suicide and on closer inspection it appears that foul play as at hand.It s down to Dalgliesh and he s team to The perfect type of murder mystery in a secluded location with a limited number of suspects, another in the Adam Dalgliesh series that slowly builds the tension that concludes with a strong final section.As famous novelist Nathan Oliver is found hung on the secluded Combe Island of the coast of Cornwall, it seems like a clear case of suicide.But the famous writer had no reason to commit suicide and on closer inspection it appears that foul play as at hand.It s down to Dalgliesh and he s team to investigate the death.A highly enjoyable mystery that gets better and better as the team delves further into the investigation James has created both interesting side characters and a perfect atmospheric setting