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

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

by P. D. James
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An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (Cordelia Gray Series #1) by P. D. James

Handsome Cambridge dropout Mark Callender died hanging by the neck with a faint trace of lipstick on his mouth. When the official verdict is suicide, his wealthy father hires fledgling private investigator Cordelia Gray to find out what led him to self-destruction. What she discovers instead is a twisting trail of secrets and sins, and the strong scent of murder.

An Unsuitable Job for a Woman introduces P. D. James's courageous but vulnerable young detective, Cordelia Gray, in a "top-rated puzzle of peril that holds you all the way" (The New York Times).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780770429713
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Publication date: 09/06/2005
Series: Cordelia Gray Series , #1
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 4.23(w) x 6.87(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

P.D. James is the author of 14 previous books, many of which have been adapted for television. She is the recipient of many honours, including the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Grand Master Award. She lives in London, England.


London, England

Date of Birth:

August 3, 1920

Place of Birth:

Oxford, England


Attended the Cambridge High School for Girls from 1931 to 1937 and later took evening classes in hospital administration

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An Unsuitable Job for a Woman: Cordelia Gray Series, Book 1 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
NinaJon More than 1 year ago
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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Detective in his team she also tried one sci fi and as a last hurray did a jane austin mystery since she is 90 doubt if there are any more to come unless like christie she had written and held back a novel or two it was said that the last patient was the last of the main series eg he gets married. this is not the book i would choose to start reading the author because it is not her usual character but nice for us fans
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Great plot. By the way B&N, your Pen Name feature doesn't work properly today.
robbie65 More than 1 year ago
Love anything PD James writes. She is right up there with Agatha Christie. Her characters are full and complete. The mystery is always a great "who dun it" Read anything she writes, if you are a mystery reader you will never be disappointed.
pinksstoneJG More than 1 year ago
PD Jmes was recommended. I read Elizabeth George,Grafton. This was enjoyable.
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Was a new character for those who hadnt read the h c then they can read the second one