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 that immediately placed her among the masters of suspense.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful: Pretty dry reading, June 29, 2003 Reviewer: Karen Potts from Lake Jackson, TX USA P.D. James has a very good reputation as a mystery writer so I was anxious to read some of her books. This is the first one I tried and I found it very dry reading indeed! The story takes place in the home of a wealthy couple in England who have hired a young unmarried mother named Sally Jupp to come and work in their household. She and the son in the household come to announce to everyone that they are engaged to be married. When the announcement is made, there are unhappy family members and a jealous woman who had hoped to marry the man herself. Inspector Dalgliesh arrives and finds even more people who have a motive to murder Sally. He interviews each person and it seems that each one is hiding something. Of course, at the end, the truth is revealed and there are several people who have a small piece to the puzzle of who the murderer is. The mystery is well-constructed, but the writing style makes it difficult to stay interested and to follow the story line. None of the characters are developed enough to either like or dislike them.