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Cover Her Face (Fingerprint Books) [Hardcover]

P. D. James
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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Dec 1976 Fingerprint Books
Sally Jupp came from the village home for unmarried mothers and seemed ideal to help Mrs Maxie run a house and look after her invalid husband. But the real Sally was very different from the docile, repentant character she seemed to be. When a murder occurs, Chief Inspector Dalgliesh arrives.


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd; New edition edition (Dec 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241893631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241893630
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 13.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 827,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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P. D. James was born in Oxford in 1920 and educated at Cambridge High School for Girls. From 1949 to 1968 she worked in the National Health Service and subsequently in the Home Office, first in the Police Department and later in the Criminal Policy Department. All that experience has been used in her novels.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Society of the Arts and has served as a Governor of the BBC, a member of the Arts Council, where she was Chairman of its Literary Advisory Panel, on the Board of the British Council and as a magistrate in Middlesex and London.

She has won awards for crime writing in Britain, America, Italy and Scandinavia, including the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award. She has received honorary degrees from seven British universities, was awarded an OBE in 1983 and was created a life peer in 1991. In 1997 she was elected President of the Society of Authors.

She lives in London and Oxford and has two daughters, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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'The greatest contemporary writer of classic crime.' Peter Kemp, Sunday Times 'P. D. James is one of the national treasures of British fiction... Each new book gives pleasure not just for macabre crimes or ingenious solutions but its density of experience.' Malcolm Bradbury, Mail on Sunday 'Unlike so many crime writers, James still has the power to move, fascinate and astonish.' Independent 'James... manages to invest even a simple mystery novel with a depth and intelligence that few in her trade can match.' The Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Beautiful new paperback Faber Firsts edition to commemorate Faber's 80th Anniversary --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars P.D. James' Debut Novel 15 Nov 2003
Format:Paperback
Sally Jupp is unexpectedly attractive--and an unwed mother in an era when such still carries considerable stigma. After a sterling record at a home for "fallen women," she finds work as a maid for the aristocratic but somewhat impoverished Maxie family, and once installed shows another aspect of her personality: a perverse pleasure in creating unpleasantness for virtually every one who crosses her path. The Maxie family is largely impervious to her machinations... but when Sally goes so far as to tantalize a proposal of marriage from the Maxie son, her game of troubling the water turns lethal, and Scotland Yard's Inspector Dalgliesh is on the job.
This 1962 effort was P.D. James' first novel, and at the time it drew enough praise to immediately place among the foremost mystery writers of the day. And indeed there is much to be said for it: the story is well-constructed, the characters well drawn, and the crime is appropriately mysterious; on the whole it is a fast and fun read. But not all P.D. James fans will be impressed. Although there is more than a hint of the distinctive style and convolutions James will bring to her later work, it borrows a great deal in construction from Agatha Christie and not a little from Dorothy Sayers in terms of literary style, and Inspector Dalgliesh is not as well developed here as he will eventually become.
On the whole, I recommend the novel--but I recommend it to established fans of P.D. James, who will be interested to see her working in the "classic English murder mystery" style and enjoy comparing this debut work to the author's later and more impressive work. First timers would do better to select one of the many novels that find James at the peak of her form--with DEATH OF AN EXPERT WITNESS or A TASTE FOR DEATH particularly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to complain about here... 16 Jan 2014
By S. Lindgren VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
P.D. James's first crime novel, unabridged, with a straight reading by Roy Marsden. It wasn't likely to be a failure was it? And it isn't. If you don't know the story, I won't give any spoilers, because it's excellent. Not the most convoluted of her work (these things are relative -read that as 'quite a complex story in the great scheme of things'), it drips atmosphere with well-judged characters, and is also downright unpleasant in places. Roy Marsden should need little introduction, though today isn't as well known as he perhaps deserves. An actor's actor. He's highly respected, for very good reason. He also has some history with this particular novel, since he was lead in its 1985 TV adaptation. Here, he's on top form. Simple, to the point, beautifully judged and paced. All in all, well worth acquiring.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tension at Table 9 Feb 2006
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
The distinguished Adam Dalgliesh stories begin with Cover Her Face. Few will find this their favorite book in the series. I decided to read Cover Her Face again to provide perspective on P.D. James's latest, The Lighthouse. From that retrospective look, I came away even more impressed with The Lighthouse.
But I do recommend that you read Cover Her Face. Although it isn't going to be a favorite of yours, it will be good reading.
The book's main weakness is that the detailed development of the place and characters doesn't quite have rich enough material to work with.
The plot itself has some marvelous twists and turns that build around the character of a most unusual murder victim, Sally Jupp, a marginally acceptable servant in a wealthy home. The other interesting aspect of the story relates to several interesting variations on the locked room mystery subgenre.
In later stories in the series, Baroness James let her imagination run freer . . . with superb results.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tension at Table 9 Feb 2006
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
The distinguished Adam Dalgliesh stories begin with Cover Her Face. Few will find this their favorite book in the series. I decided to read Cover Her Face again to provide perspective on P.D. James's latest, The Lighthouse. From that retrospective look, I came away even more impressed with The Lighthouse.
But I do recommend that you read Cover Her Face. Although it isn't going to be a favorite of yours, it will be good reading.
The book's main weakness is that the detailed development of the place and characters doesn't quite have rich enough material to work with.
The plot itself has some marvelous twists and turns that build around the character of a most unusual murder victim, Sally Jupp, a marginally acceptable servant in a wealthy home. The other interesting aspect of the story relates to several interesting variations on the locked room mystery subgenre.
In later stories in the series, Baroness James let her imagination run freer . . . with superb results.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 6 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book, the story line was intriguing and kept me interested until the end of the book
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2.0 out of 5 stars Rambling 16 Jan 2014
By J. Lyne VINE VOICE
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I am reviewing the audiobook version and found it to be the least satisfying of the many PD James books I have listened to or read.

The story rambles and seems to jump around a lot. Combine this with a very soothing voice reading the story and try as I might I could not prevent the story from becoming background noise. Occasionally the sound levels would jump and there is the odd crack or pop from the poor production - my first Audiogo book to do this. The narrator fails to inject any sort of character or interest into the reading.

I am sure that somewhere here is a good story, but for me I have tried three times now to listen to it but given up before the conclusion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cover her face
Enjoyable, but glad this was not the first P D James I had bought. Roy Marsden as Alan Dalgleish - wonderful, but Roy Marsden as a narrator not so good, he read too quickly. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. E. C. Lovesey
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it!
Others have left less than flattering reviews as they feel this is and old fashioned detective story. Many of us prefer them and so I enjoyed this excellent audio book.
Published 3 months ago by fivestarfrankie
4.0 out of 5 stars Not her best novel but an excellent reading
Debut novels are always a bit of a risk no matter how well established the author is. There is no doubt that later novels in the series are superior but its still fascinating to go... Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. P. Mankin
3.0 out of 5 stars still reading this
yes this is a good story and I enjoy PD James a lot. Waiting for the denouement with bated breath.
Published 3 months ago by xxxyyzz
5.0 out of 5 stars Dalgliesh Debut
This is the P.D. James debut novel and is very well read by Roy Marsden. The production quality is excellent, giving good clear sound, and consistently high volume. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brian
3.0 out of 5 stars A Slow Start
A murder at an English country house see's the local gentry running for cover and desperately trying to ensure that their private lives are not exposed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Some flaws in presentation
P D James's debut novel, first published over fifty years ago, captures a now vanished world of homes for single mothers, a distinguished family that has fallen into hard times,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mondoro
4.0 out of 5 stars Mine eyes dazzle; she died young
"A houseful of people all disliking each other is bound to be explosive." Thus speaks the sardonic Felix Hearn on the eve of a fateful house party. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bob Sherunkle
2.0 out of 5 stars Cover your Ears
This item represents my first introduction into the world of P.D. James works. I won't delve into the story too much but it's broadly similar to a Christie murder mystery set in an... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sanjay
4.0 out of 5 stars REALLY GOOD MURDER MYSTERY
This is the first PD James I have encountered, and I have
to say I absolutely enjoyed it and the bonus being it is
the debut novel so there are more to enjoy. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. C. Swarfield
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