An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by P.D. James

P.D. James is best known for her Chief-Inspector (later Commander) Adam Dalgliesh series.

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An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by P.D. James


Features

  • Paperback: 256 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.55 x 7.98 x 5.25
  • Publisher: Scribner Paperback Fiction; (April 3, 2001)
  • ISBN: 0743219554


    Reader Reviews
    4 of 6 people found the following review helpful: An introduction to P.I. Cordelia Gray, January 5, 2003 Reviewer: Fred Camfield from Vicksburg, MS USA This is a reprint of a novel copyrighted in 1977. It predates Sue Grafton's novels about P.I. Kinsey Millhone, and introduces London P.I. Cordelia Gray, a young woman with a family background even more unusual than Kinsey's. Having grown up in foster homes and a Catholic boarding school, at the age of 16 she began traveling through Europe with her father's band of left-wing revolutionaries. Finally settling in London, a job with a temp agency took her to the office of P.I. Bernie Pryde. She is now 22, and had become an associate of Pryde, inheriting the business on his death. This is Cordelia's first independent case. She has been hired to investigate the apparent suicide of a prominent scientist's only son. The case takes some unexpected twists and turns, and she finds herself in danger before the case winds down to a conclusion. At the end, she meets Chief Inspector Dalgliesh, the main character of other novels by the author. The monetary amounts mentioned (i.e., five pounds a day plus expenses) may seem strange to U.S. readers, even taking into account the 1972 time frame, but one must keep in mind that things were cheaper than they are today and that pay standards in the U.K. have always been less than in the U.S. - one reason for immigration (the old World War II complaint about U.S. servicemen was "overpaid, oversexed, and over here") The sequel to this novel is "The Skull Beneath the Skin." Sue Grafton's fans should enjoy these novels.

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