An Unsuitable Job For A Woman (Cordelia Gray #1)
This is the first Cordelia Gray mystery which introduces us to the young sleuth, now the sole proprietor of the Pryde Detective Agency, and hard at work on her first independent case. Sir Ronald Callender's son Mark is found hanged in mysterious circumstances, and he hires Cordelia to shed some light on his son's apparent suicide. But as Cordelia pieces together the facts...more
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I’d like this book to be categorized as a good literary fiction with human drama,not just a detective.
This well-written,and austerely beautiful novel has no gadget,isn’t action-packed or sexy,but here one young female detective, who lost her mentor recently,walks the scenes,talks to people and gets
to the heart of things.I guess this simplicity will let you feel empathy for the charcters. I sometimes wonder how deceptive the word“simp ...more
My first shock of this review is checking Wiki to see where this novel comes in P.D. James's oeuvre and discovering that P.D. stands for Phyllis Dorothy. Let me just take a moment.
Now where was I? Right. The second shock was discovering I wasn't all that impressed. I thought I liked P.D James. Have I changed or is this the Death Comes to Pemberley effect?
Anyway, I find that this was James's fifth novel. And indeed the writing is that of a sea ...more
The crime novel should keep me engaged. Or else it ceases to interest me. I love to become part of the plot especially as the companion to the principal detective. It should challenge my intelligence as I tend to find out the culprit myself from the evidenc ...more
Cordelia is a young, innocent detective called in by a ...more
This follows a young woman, Cordelia Gray, who is asked to investigate the suicide of a young man who was a student at Cambridge. She is asked to try to find out why he killed himself by the father.
(view spoiler)[ as it turns out the father has killed the son in the first place - so would he really hire someone to look into the death? This seems utterly unbelievable to me. Appare ...more
A wonderful mystery that grabs you from the first page. James' descriptions of characters make them immediately three-dimensional, and you are pulled along with Cordelia Gray as her invisible Watson. I found Cordelia to be a very real character and although the book was published in 1972, it's still mostly timeless. The idea that everyone seems to think detective work is unsuitable for a woman shouldn't ring as true today, but it does. And every young woman (and perhaps man) finds ...more
So Cordelia is half in the things I liked and half in the things I disliked. I liked that she is persistent, clever in her own way, empathic and ultimately good ...more
I'm sure this must be somehow influential or i ...more
...intelligent but not clever
(view spoiler)[But why would Sir Ronald Callender hire Cordelia in the first place if he was the very murderer she was looking for? (hide spoiler)]
The book takes place in Cambridge, and is Cordelia Gray's first case after the death of her boss, who leaves his detective agency to her. She is hired by his wealthy father to find information about the improbable death of a young man and gets herself into trouble doing so. Adam Dalgleish makes a brief appearance.
I think t ...more
It was enjoyable and a quick read with a [somewhat] satisfying ending. The ending, a quick and easy one, was all too prevalent 40 years ago!! However, everything was tied up neatly with questions answered.
This was the fir ...more
Considered a classic, and written by the then Queen of Crime Fiction, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, seemed a natural fit for me. I like detective stories, especially when the lead detective is a woman. I read and love Robb's Eve Dallas series, and, odd relationship drama aside, I enjoyed Blaedel's The Forgotten Girls. Why not read one of the authors and characters that made those two series' possible?
After her partner commits suici ...more
Cordelia snags her first solo case which is to investigate the death of Mark Callender in Cambridge. Mark's ...more
A PI has the benefit of not having ...more
My impression is that a very satisfying ...more
Con una prota de lo más desgraciada que acaba de "tener su primera oportunidad" tras la muerte de su compañero de toda la vida (porque no quería acabar muriendo de cáncer, sino por su mano), Cordelia, pobre, con la herencia que Bernie (su socio) le ha dejado al morirse, ...more
This book is one of the least domestic crime books I've ever read. The heroine l ...more
P. D. (Phyllis Dorothy) James was 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 served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BB ...more