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Cover Her Face by P.D. James
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Feb 27, 2008

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bookshelves: 2008, mysteries

I like keeping a crime novel handy sometimes when I’m reading a nonfiction book. I tend to find fiction a bit more relaxing, and would prefer not to read a book like The Omnivore’s Dilemma (the other book I’m reading) before bed. This was James’ debut novel, and it reads quite assuredly for being such. A well constructed, if unsurprising, mystery. I don’t mean that the identity of the killer was unsurprising; I mean that, in general, the book stuck well within the confines of its genre. One thing I found notable – and quite liked – was the beginning of the novel. I enjoyed that James introduced us to her characters – and started the action – before the murder. She spent a fifth of her book setting us up – that was something of a surprise to me, and worked well. I’m sure I’ll read more P.D. James – but I’m in no hurry.
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