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Author: P. D. James Narrator: Penelope Dellaporta Publisher: Random House Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Cordelia Gray Mysteries Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9781415961421
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P. D. James is “the reigning mistress of murder.” –Time 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. An Unsuitable Job for a Woman introduces 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). Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 3/27/2011

    " Almost anything by PD James is worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ice | 3/8/2011

    " Although I prefer the original Dagleish stories, I still thought this spin off was worth reading. Perhaps, unlike some close to home, it takes me longer to know who's done it, almost to the end of the book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie | 2/28/2011

    " This just didn't come together well for me. I'll give the next one in the series a shot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie | 2/6/2011

    " This book had a ridiculously long ending, but otherwise the story was OK. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 1/20/2011

    " It was OK in parts, but the writing was ever-so and frightfully...

    It probably wasn't so noticeable back in the 1970s, but now, used as we are to faster-paced books, it seems a very slow and clunky read, enlivened with occasional flashes of violence and fear. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 1/13/2011

    " James' Inspector Dalgliesh shares the stage with a lady PI. It's a real winner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesa | 12/9/2010

    " P. D. James had me guessing for awhile this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalya | 10/23/2010

    " A good enough novel, but I found it lacked a certain "heart", most main players were unlikable and language was dry. Cordelia, the main character, is a cute character though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 10/19/2010

    " A cute mystery. I liked the character Cordelia Gray. She only wrote one more with this character, which I'm sad to say isn't in the Brisbane Library system. The ending was a bit forced, but otherwise it was enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 10/7/2010

    " Not as deliciously British as I had hoped. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MaryKay | 10/6/2010

    " I want to try another book by this author. The book was well written and I enjoyed the narrator of the audio book. I wish the morals of the characters aligned better with my own. "

About the Author

P. D. James (1920–2014), English crime writer, was the author of numerous detective novels, many of which were New York Times bestsellers. She spent thirty years in various departments of the British civil service, including the Police and Criminal Law Departments of the Home Office. She has served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. In 2000 she celebrated her eightieth birthday and published her autobiography, Time to Be in Earnest. The recipient of many prizes and honors, she was named Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991.

About the Narrator

Penelope Dellaporta is a published narrator. Some of her published credits include Agatha Christie’s The Secret Adversary and Edith Wharton’s The House Of Mirth.