Cover Her Face (Adam Dalgliesh #1)
Headstrong and beautiful, the young housemaid Sally Jupp is put rudely in her place, strangled in her bed behind a bolted door. Coolly brilliant policeman Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard must find her killer among a houseful of suspects, most of whom had very good reason to wish her ill.
Cover Her Face is P. D. James's electric debut novel, an ingeniously plotted mystery...more
These are the first lines written in 1962 by the monarch of mystery, 92 year old P.D. James. They predict introspection from her characters, depth of story lines, literary language, and mu...more
Death of a maid, who is rather more than just a servant, in a lovely old manor house that’s seen better days, with an odd family who ought not to have let her get under their skin. Smooth and involved plotting, lots of secrets, in...more
They don't make first books like this any more.
Here is one of my favorite quotes from the very beginning of the book. It is a flashback which sets the stage for telling the story, and it is also an example of James' ability to perfectly describe complicated relationships using very few words:
At the time, of course, the party was both or...more
Sally Jupp was a sly and sensuous young woman who used her body and her brains to make her way up the social ladder. Now she lies across her bed with dark bruises from a strangler’s fingers forever marring her lily-white throat.
Someone has decided that the wages of sin should be death...And it is up to Chief Inspector Adam Dalgliesh to find out who that someone is.Review
“The finest English crime novelist of her generation.” -- The Globe and Mail
“The reigning mistress of murder...Her vivid, c
The first book in the series, Cover Her Face, is mildly disappointing. (After I finished it, I read online that this was James' least favorite book.) It's a t...more
Once the mystery-solving began it reminded me a lot of the movie Murder on the Orient Express. It was a "who-dunnit" kind of book and it was a great read. Adam Dalgliesh, no matter how hard his last nam...more
I've been curious about P.D James for a while now, so I bypassed my bulging 'Golden-Era' crime novel shelves and tried this second generation lady mystery author. On the whole, I wasn't disappointed.
James writes well, engages the reader with the characters, and has some very strong opinions on the state of society as she saw it, which she was definitely not afraid to air. Some of the topics to get a tongue lashing from her included the morality of youth, unmarried...more
When housekeeper, Sally Jupp, is murdered at the Maxie family’s manor house, the family is naturally under suspicion. But as Detective Chief-Inspector Adam Dalgleish investigates, it appears that others might have had a motive for killing the secretive and manipulative Sally.
It’s been ages since I read a P.D. James novel, so I wanted to find out if I liked her books as much as I did twenty years ago. I picked up Cover Her Face from my long-neglected TBR pile, and by the end of the short book, I...more
"God, he was glad to get away from a place where the living were perpetually sacrificed to keep the half-dead alive," (207). Not exactly the sentiments I'd like my DOCTOR to have!! Pretty cold-hearted characters in this novel, either one of them could have killed her....
I missed the killer, in this one, sticking to my guns, since that usually had been my gift of picking the killer, but being thrown off by the Red Herrings or simply forgetting the air-tight evidence or clues that authors give.
A classic English mystery in the style of Agatha Christie (although Dame Agatha will always be the reigning queen of this type of genre in my humble opinion) with the murder of a manipulative maid taking place at an upper class English family estate. Chief Inspector Dalgliesh quickly narrows the cast of suspects down to the occupants of the Maxi household which I liked, since this part could have dragged on for a long time, as there was village festival hosted at the Maxi home the day before the...more
Not much character development in these early books, which means they are much shorter than her more recent ones.
This book t...more
I'm going to get through at least a couple of the Dalgliesh mysteries this month, and Cover Her Face was the first,...more
It held my interest. We learned that Dalgleish’s sergeant respected Dalgliesh and his ability to be a closer.
I don’t think I liked any of the people in this house where the maid was murdered. Dr. Maxie came across as pretty selfish. He acted pretty much like the lord of the mano...more
P. D. James is the author of twenty 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 Department of Great Britain's Home Office. She has served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. In 2000 she...more