Skull beneath the Skin, the (Cordelia Gray Mystery) Paperback – 17 Apr 2001
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About the Author
P.D. James is the author of twenty previous books, most of which have been filmed and broadcast on television in the United States and other countries. She spent thirty years in various departments of the British Civil Service, including the Police and Criminal Law Departments of Great Britain's Home Office. She has served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. In 2000 she celebrated her eightieth birthday and published her autobiography, Time to Be in Earnest. The recipient of many prizes and honors, she was created Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991 and was inducted into the International Crime Writing Hall of Fame in 2008. She lives in London and Oxford.
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8 September 2016
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P D James is much more comfortable with her female private detective, Cordelia Gray, than she ever is with stiff old Adam Dalgliesh. It seems she wrote only two Cordelia Gray mysteries, about 10 years apart. A pity. I thoroughly recommend them. This one bowls along at a terrific pace, and James is well at home describing the machinations of a group of theatre luvvies and the owner of a pile off the coast of Dorset. Though whether a small helping of cheesy matter would really have given rise to such a chain-reaction of monstrous acts, is very much open to debate. Another of James's plots being not entirely believable. But it held me, fascinated, until the end.
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This was all a bit too hoity-toity for me. PD James is constantly making high-brow references to Shakespeare, Webster, TS Eliot, Chaucer etc and after a while it comes off as just...Read more