An Unsuitable Job for A Woman

An Unsuitable Job for A Woman

Large Print - 1977
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Simon and Schuster
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).

Publisher: New York : Scribner, c1977.
ISBN: 9780743224925
Characteristics: 317 p. (large print) ; 25 cm.


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Nov 21, 2017

I don't read many mysteries and this was an enjoyable change of pace for me. A good book for someone who pays attention to detail and likes to formulate their own conclusions from it. A classic "Who dunnit?" mystery.

Jun 18, 2017

Quite enjoyed this, a worthwhile read

multcolib_susannel May 13, 2017

'Can it be that hard to run a detective agency?' Cordelia finds out when her first case involves an apparent suicide.

Feb 27, 2011

Very much enjoyed this, and the character Cordelia Gray. On wait list for another one with her, The Skull Beneath the Skin

Sep 03, 2010

After Corcdelia Gray's senior partner commits suicide rather than face a slow painful death by cancer, she inherits the struggling Pryde's Detective Agency.

In her first solo case, she is hired by Sir Ronald Callender, a prominent scientist and businessman, who hires her to find out why his son abruptly dropped out of Cambridge and hanged himnself just a few weeks later.

As she investigates, she begins to suspect that that Mark Callender may have been murdered. As she follows a labrynthine trail of clues, she uncovers secret after secret. Exposing one or more of these secrets could quite possibly threaten someone, including Mark's possible murderer, and might, in turn, endanger Cordelia.

I liked this a lot. It was a real page-turner, and was brilliantly written. I was slightly disappointed by the ending, though.


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