An Unsuitable Job for a Woman

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 17, 2001 - Fiction - 256 pages
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman introduces bestselling mystery author 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).

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.

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User Review  - danhammang - LibraryThing

This was a 1973 Edgar nominee but, no worries. Even at that point James was a successful, much decorated author. This clever, satisfying tale features Cordelia Grey but James' beloved Dagleish hovers ... Read full review

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User Review  - caanderson - LibraryThing

It’s smart and moves along at a good pace. Love the MC, Cordelia Gray. Being written in another country always gives me a different perspective on how books are written. I’ll be looking for more of Miss Gray books. Read full review

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Widely acknowledged as "the greatest contemporary writer of classic crime" (The London Sunday Times) and "the greatest living mystery writer" (People), P. D. James is the author of fifteen mystery novels, including a second Cordelia Gray novel, The Skull Beneath the Skin, and the autobiography Time to Be in Earnest. P. D. James has been awarded major prizes for her crime writing in Great Britain, America, Italy, and Scandinavia, and in 1999 she received the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award for long-term achievement.