Book Reviews of An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (Cordelia Gray, Bk 1)

An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (Cordelia Gray, Bk 1)
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman - Cordelia Gray, Bk 1
Author: P. D. James
ISBN-13: 9780445002975
ISBN-10: 0445002972
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 287
Rating:
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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3.3 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Fawcett Popular Library
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
At first, I didn't think I would get too attached to the heroine, a young woman struggling to establish herself as lone P.I., but she was a very empathetic character by the middle of the book. The writing style is not at all florid, it could almost be called concise, but she does such a great job at picking what details she does elaborate, and describing psycological turmoil.
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Helpful Score: 2
Not a Commander Dalgleish, but still a fascinating mystery. NOT a cozy-but not too graphic.
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Helpful Score: 2
PD James writes Very British Mysteries as dense, layered and gorgeous as an English garden. Not easy to start, but then very hard to put down.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a great book by the best mystery writer around, in my humble opinion. Great character development and plot.
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Helpful Score: 2
the queen of crime P.D. james.. a good read
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Helpful Score: 1
This is a fast-moving, entertaining mystery in the tradition of P. D. James.
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Helpful Score: 1
Great fun!
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Helpful Score: 1
At first, I thought this wasn't one of P.D. James' best. There seemed to be something lacking in the plot. But then the last chapter wrapped it all up quite well, and I was satisfied. EXCEPT....

Once the case was wrapped up, with evil exposed and all the loose ends tied, there was still ANOTHER whole chapter. And it was this chapter which made the book another shining example of P.D. James' marvelous talent as a mystery writer.
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Today's world is a funny place to look back at how the world was in this book.
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This was the first P D James I ever read, when I was a teenager. It was a great introduction, and I was always sad there weren't more novels with thi sleuth.
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I enjoyed the retro voyage in this vintage PDJames with fun old fashioned sleuthing.
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Features a female detective, but not like the ones in the current genre. P.D. James excels as usual.
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Wonder if Sue Grafton read this before starting her Alphabet series - the hero Cordelia Gray reminds me of Grafton's Kinsey Milhone in some ways, a young but tough woman, no gimmicks but a gun! But very British. The mystery is well constructed and ties itself up like a snake eating its tail. James' other detective Adam Dalgliesh is a minor character (he is actually a very strong presence in the book, I think James seems to be in love with him, to the point of losing objectivity!)
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A dramatised (BBC) version of the P.D. James early work intoducing Cordelia Gray.
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This is a book that I both liked and disliked, often (and I don't quite know how) both at the same time. Partly this is a straightforward mystery, with young Cordelia Gray investigating a suspicious death. Her sleuthing in and around Cambridge provides a nicely written slice of English life, and a pretty good story.

Another part of the plot centers on Cordelia herself, as she deals with her first solo investigation after the sudden death of her business partner/mentor. This writing is less successful. Cordelia is tough and smart; she is also conflicted, mercurial, sometimes so introspective and angst-ridden that she loses sight of the case. Neither she nor the too-contrived ending of the story were believable.
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AGATHA CHRISTIE'S CROWN PRINCESS, P.D. JAMES
Fledgling detective Cornelia Gray investigates . The official verdict is suicide, but aristocratic father suspects MURDER!
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It leads you down the wondering path and then surprises you with an appropriate ending to the crime.
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Great mystery!
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young man found hanged with lipstick on his mouth and a picture of a nude woman beside him. officially suicide but father suspected murder.Hired a fledgling PI to look into it and after a very twisted path of truths abd half truths comes to a unsuspected conclusion/ I enjoy it very much.
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One of PDJ's earlier works.
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A mystery.
Although the reviews are favorable, I did not find the book that engaging. Perhaps it is the genre... It was all mystery no action and I didn't feel the suspense but I here that many people like this author. Good luck.
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Intersting.
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I thought I had read all of hers. This one was a Cordelia Gray mystery. I thought it excellent and found it hard to put down.
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Very interesting as P.D. James always is.
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Delightful puzzler. I hadn't read P.D. James before, and I'll be looking for more now.
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From back of book:

Handsome Mark Callender did not die the way a well-brought-up young gentleman should. He was found hanging by his neck, a lipstick stain on his mouth and a picture of a nude girl nearby. The official verdict was suicide, but his aristocratic father suspected murder, and hired a fledgling detective Cordelia Gray to investigate. As this determined young lady followed a twisting trail of guilty secrets and shameful sins, she soon reached the conclusion that the nicest people do the nastiest things -- in a case that proved at every shocking turn to be....."An Unsuitable Job for a Woman."
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Suspenseful mystery. Very enjoyable.
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Handsome Mark Callender did not die the way a well brought up young gentleman should. He was found hanging by his neck, a lipstick stain on his mouth and a picture of a nude girl nearby. The official verdict was suicide, but his artistocratic father suspected murder, and hired fledgling detective Cordelia Gray to investigate. As this determined young lady followed a twisting trail of guilgy secrets and shameful sins, she soon reached the conclusion that the nicest people do the nastiest things.
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From back of book:

Handsome Mark Callender did not die the way a well-brought-up young gentleman should. He is found hanging by his neck, a lipstick stain on his mouth and a picture of a nude girl nearby. The official verdict is suicide, but his aristocratic father suspects murder, and he hires fledgling detective Cordelia Gray to investigate. As this determined young lady follows a twisting trail of guilty secrets and shameful sins, she soon reaches the conclusion that the nicest people can do the nastiest things--in a case that proves at every shocking turn to be An Unsuitable Job For a Woman.