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An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (Cordelia Gray Mysteries) [Large Print] [Hardcover]

P. D. James
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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April 2001 Cordelia Gray Mysteries
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").

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner Book Company; Largeprint edition (April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743224922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743224925
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.2 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,170,125 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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"People" [P.D. James is] the greatest living mystery writer. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Stunning paperback repackages celebrating the world's pre-eminent crime writer and over forty years of detective fiction. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dalgliesh Echoes beyond His Reach 20 Oct 2007
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Baroness James deserves great credit for coming up with this most unusual and interesting novel. Her detective, private investigator Cordelia Grey, is a landmark in the history of female detective fiction. The clever way that Ms. James connects this unlikely operative to the mighty Adam Dalgliesh adds great insight into both characters. The story itself is full of the unexpected . . . while maintaining touch with the ordinary. The combination is enough to keep you misdirected and fascinated until the very end.

I recently decided to reread the book to see if it still ranks up there as one of my favorite detective novels . . . and came away even more impressed than ever.

Cordelia Gray is a young woman learning her investigatory trade when her partner, Bernie Pryde, cuts his life short. Bernie has set up matters to give her as good a chance as possible to prosper in sole detection, including leaving her an unregistered gun. But will she have any clients?

It's a relief when a prospective client shows up looking for Bernie and takes Cordelia back for an interview with the famous father of Mark Callender, who recently killed himself. What father wouldn't want to know why? Cordelia in short order finds herself off on a five pounds a day assignment.

As she tracks backwards through the last days of Mark Callender, Cordelia finds that she likes him and wants to do right by his memory. Using the lessons that Bernie taught her, that he, in turn, learned from Dalgliesh, Cordelia soon has her suspicions about the suicide. Before long, she's being threatened as well.

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Bring a big imagination, grab a very comfy chair, turn on a good reading light and settle down for a treat!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
Cordelia Gray invites the reader's compulsive interest as she takes on her first case against the background of Cambridge (UK) eccentricities. Irony abounds, conversations feel right and the plot has plenty of twists. Will make you want to dash out and buy the rest of her appearances. Unlike many PD James novels, this is perfect 'weight-wise' for carrying around to read while you travel.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and a welcome change 17 Aug 2004
Format:Hardcover
After P D James previous excellent Adam Dalglish detective stories this first novel using the main character as a female detective Cordelia Grey, it made a welcome change. Well worth a read and definitely a page turner.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book club choice 19 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Although this book arrived promptly and in good order I didn't enjoy it as a read.
It was too simplistic and the last chapter rather silly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service and value 5 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Book in good order and was promptly despatched, I would certainly use this service again thank- you very much for an enjoyable read.
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