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4.0 out of 5 stars P.D. James' Debut Novel
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cover Her Face: PD James, Unabridged reading by Roy Marsden - A good start for the modern Queen of Crime
Published in 1962, this is PD James' debut novel, and the first to feature her most famous creation Adam Dalgleish.

The book is set in an almost Christie like atmosphere of a country house in a small community. The first part of the book sets up a series of tensions leading to the death of Sally Jupp, a single mother who works as a maid at the big house. Enter...
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5.0 out of 5 stars E Book, 9 Jan 2012
This review is from: Cover Her Face (Kindle Edition)
Great present, ordered it, it arrived in the time stated, exactly as described and the recipient was happy.

Overall a great purchase.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Really bad editing, lots of typos, 7 Jan 2012
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J. Munroe "judeclare" (England) - See all my reviews
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This is a great murder mystery but the typos really spoilt it for me. I think that it needs to be taken off Kindle and re-done with a proper proof read. This has obviously been lazily and hastily edited and it is unworthy of such a good writer as P D James.
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3.0 out of 5 stars P D JAMES Cover her face, 2 Jan 2012
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I enjoyed the story.. but mistakes drove me crazy "mat" replaced that... "Happy" replaced nappy.. too many errors to report. whoever proof read this should find a new occupation
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5.0 out of 5 stars crime at its best, 28 Dec 2011
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This is a new thing for me..Christmas present...so in I go and this is as good as it gets. A fab price and a good read too. All that you can expect from a P.D.James novel, you will not be disappointed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 6 Sep 2014
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Good read
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Slow Start, 26 Dec 2013
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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.
A seemingly scheming employee of the household has met a grisly end in her locked bedroom but despite the many twists and turns it's not difficult to work out who was responsible.
This is not important though as it's the characterisation and slow build up that will either capture you or bore you rigid.
This takes an absolute age to get going and Dalgleish doesn't appear for quite some time.

Once he's on the scene things pick up but the insistence on describing every single tiny detail several times really does become wearing.
The ending is good but is stretched out, just like the rest of the tale. This could quite easily have been a short story had the filler been cut out.

There is also a real problem with Mr.Marsden's reading. It is as dry as toast and he adds little colour or variety to either has expression or pace.
This becomes a real problem when reading speech as little attempt is made to add accents so that when Dalgleish & his sidekick have a conversation it becomes almost impossible to work out who is actually speaking.

This would perhaps have benefitted from being edited for audiobook and some expression being asked for in the narration.
As it stands the running time of nearly 7 hours seems to stretch on endlessly and without much variety.
Just not very enjoyable I'm afraid.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A very dry reading, 10 Dec 2013
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The Audiogo audiobook of Cover Her Face (the first of the Adam Dalgleish novels), read by Roy Marsden, is a surprisingly difficult listen. Marsden's voice seems oddly lifeless, and he doesn't pace well - the story is read too quickly and without much expression. All of which is a bit disappointing, because P.D. James is a very good writer, concerned with character and with what people are thinking and how they see the world, and if her stories end in the classic Agatha Christie "everyone foregathers in the drawing room while the inspector drags out the reveal for as long as he can" manner, well, she still does it very well indeed. And there are lots of suspects, and alibis, and red herrings and everything you'd want from a whodunnit.

But it would appear that just because you play Adam Dalgleish in the TV adaptation it doesn't mean you're a good choice to narrate the novel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A mediocre performance, 17 Nov 2013
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T. Russell "mug panda" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This book introduced us to Dalgliesh - but his introduction is delayed. In most of the later books we are on the case with him practically from the beginning and learn the facts through him. Here, there is a long preamble before he appears in which the background is established - and it's actually rather dull. The dullness is reflected in the reading which is not only dull but careless - there are errors which the producer (perhaps semi-comatose) didn't notice. Things improved somewhat after Dalgliesh's appearance, and the final disc is excellent and foreshadows the brilliant writing of later novels. The plot is rather reminiscent of Christie and Sayers, with the murder taking place in a country house with accompanying dinner parties and a garden fete, and so a little uninspired. If you are unfamiliar with James, start with a later book and you'll enjoy yourself more.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing; not as good as later stories, 31 Oct 2013
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N. Gratton "Writer & Photographer" (Exeter) - See all my reviews
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I've read some later P D James books, including the excellent Devices and Desires, but 'Cover Her Face' was James' debut crime novel from way back in 1962 and does not show the mature writing style and strength of her later works.

I couldn't connect with any of the characters, who seemed small minded and unlikeable. This, along with some heavy over-writing (using longer words and 'impressive' descriptions that keep the reader at a distance) prevented me getting into this book. The detective Dalgleish in particular is criminally underdeveloped in this first treatment of him.

I'd only recommend this to P.D. James enthusiasts, and only for the sake of completeness. The story, while well read, is unsatisfying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The first P D James novel read by the original Adam Dalgliesh actor, 29 Oct 2013
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Cover Her Face was the first P D James novel to feature Adam Dalgliesh so it seems only fitting for the original actor who played the charactor in the tv series to read the audio book. That person is Roy Marsden who makes an excellent reader. The story itself is good and sees Dalgliesh investigating the murder of single mother Sally Jupp. Cover Her Face has a very Agatha Christie/Midsomer Murders setting ie a typical English village. The plot is typical P D James with interesting charactors and a good well thought out plot. The audio book runs for around 6 hours 45 minutes, and is presented on 6 cds.
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