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An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (Cordelia Gray Series #1)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2004

    Excellent stuff as usual

    The prose is racy and the language, though replete with dictionary inspired words does not impede the speed with which one reads the novel. The story is about a girl-detective who solves the mystery of a suicide committed by a young man. James¿ usage of words is what is very inspiring rather than the somewhat morbid and unbelievable end. Should be read not only for the mystery but also for the vivid description of surroundings brought forth with lucid rapidity and astounding image inducing clarity. While reading Agatha one tries to reach the end quickly here you can savor upon the prose at leisure and chew upon the mystery as each page, each passage is interesting. That¿s what is riveting about the book. I think it will also make a nice film ¿ the Hallmark movie type that is!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

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    This is the first PD James┬┐ novel I've read and therefore I'm un

    This is the first PD James’ novel I've read and therefore I'm unable to compare it to her other books. Although written in the 70s, tech apart, it didn't come across as dated. In some ways it reminded me of the first of the Millennium Trilogy. Both novels feature a family member who, dissatisfied with a police investigation, instruct someone outside the police to reopen the case, only to open a can of worms instead with all that entails.
    The narrative structure was very easy to follow and I knew where and with whom I was the majority of the time. Being constantly privy to Cordelia Grey's innermost thoughts, gave the story immediacy. The frequent mention (and eventual appearance) of Adam Dalgleish served as a nice steppingstone between the protagonist of this novel, and the author’s most famous literary creation.
    Was this the best PD James to start with? I don't know, but I think it a shame only two novels feature Cordelia Grey. Maybe Mrs James should bring her back to life, but now a sixty-something private detective, still plying her trade?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2014

    Great plot. By the way B&N, your Pen Name feature doesn't wo

    Great plot. By the way B&N, your Pen Name feature doesn't work properly today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    Suggest blurb give a hint that this

    Was a new character for those who hadnt read the h c then they can read the second one

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  • Posted March 4, 2012

    A good read. Wish the other in the series was on ebook.

    PD Jmes was recommended. I read Elizabeth George,Grafton. This was enjoyable.

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