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3.44558139534884 out of 53.44558139534884 out of 53.44558139534884 out of 53.44558139534884 out of 53.44558139534884 out of 5 3.45 (43 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. D. James Narrator: Penelope Dellaporta Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries Release Date: November 2008 ISBN: 9781415959398
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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.

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  • 0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 Kelly | 2/13/2017

    " I love PD James books - have read 'em all and loved 'em all. I wanted to listen to all of them but won't after listening to this first one. The reader's lilting, annoying voice and read turn a great mystery into a banal snoozefest. She makes little or no attempt to act, speaks in the same silly tone and accent for all the characters and deminishes the material one hundred percent. Unfortunately she is the reader for all James' books on audio store.com so I will have to look elsewhere for the rest. So disappointing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 2/7/2017

    " It's a wonderful book by master of crime fiction P D James (my favourite mystery writer) so worth a listen at any rate (the book itself gets the two star rating- although if it were just the book I would give it a five out of five). The audiobook made the material boring. All the characters and descriptions are read with the same voice so there is no texture to the read, no acting, and no character (all of which PD James delivers in spades in all her books). The reader's lilting voice can be a bit irritating too. I had wanted to listen to the whole James collection but since they all appear to be from the same reader and production I do not think I will. I'll have to splurge on some BBC/better versions instead. So far not impressed with this site! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Book Concierge | 2/5/2014

    " I had read this before, but didn't realize till half-way through. It's well-written, a first-rate "locked room" murder myster, but "veddy British." I like her work and will read more of her mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shonna Froebel | 2/5/2014

    " Somehow, even though this book came out decades ago, I never read it until now. I've read other books by James, and enjoyed them. So when I saw this on the library shelves, I knew I'd better grab it. Here Dagliesh is called in to the murder of a young woman, Sally Jupp. Jupp was working as a maid in the house where she was killed. She had been recommended by the local home for unmarried mothers. She had a small child and was well-educated, but her attitude was now always one of submission. She like to challenge other people's feelings toward her. Her death appears to be by strangulation, but her cocoa had also been tampered with. As Dagliesh digs through all Jupp's personal entanglements, he finds the truth of her situation and how her actions led to her demise. A great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margie | 2/2/2014

    " Fun to read about Adam Dalgleish in his first appearance, just a few years after the end of WWII. Over the 50 years he's been appearing in these books, he's only aged about 10 years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky Nugent | 1/26/2014

    " For genre studies "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 1/26/2014

    " Fairly enjoyable to read, but too easy to guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Geffen | 1/21/2014

    " What an introduction to this detective and to this writer! Wonderful stuff and hard to read in bed, because it is not sleep inducing. But great way to think about solving a murder and take that into your dreams. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leo | 1/14/2014

    " The author know how to keep you guessing all the way to the end when you discover who did the killing. Inspector Dalgliesh has the wits of a good detective always asking the right questions making the other person feel compelled to tell the truth. Great reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 1/14/2014

    " The first Dahlgliesh written in 1962. A maid has been strangled and the people of the manor are the suspects. Goes on a bit with some of the family members trying to solve the mystery, but a nice twist at the end as Dahlgliesh finds the murderer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy H | 12/11/2013

    " Cozy British mystery - easy read. Fun and now I want to read more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 9/30/2013

    " I waited 40 years to read PD James. I wont make the same mistake again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 E.H. Walter | 9/3/2013

    " Dreadfully dated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katy | 8/12/2013

    " Tight, well-written, rounded characters. I could see them in my mind's eye as I was reading. Everyone was guilty until the very end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camzcam | 6/3/2013

    " P.D. James' first mystery...a classic "whodunit" with a Sherlock Holmes feel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wwchung | 5/5/2013

    " not the best adam dagl... novel, but still pretty good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 2/12/2013

    " The first Dagleish novel had a wonderful setting and well-crafted characters and class clashes. Dagleish is not as central as I might have wanted him and the mystery is a tad bit convoluted, but it still was a delight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/14/2012

    " Entertaining and quite brief. It reminded me a little of Poirot - how he would gather all the suspects together and solve the mystery in a discussion. I quite enjoyed the collection of actors who read the parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 12/5/2012

    " I like James and it was interesting to be re-introduced to Dalgleish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chanel | 8/28/2012

    " I was very disappointed with this book. Unlike Agatha Christie P.D. James was unable to deliver. Just a cheap mystery that started out intriguing however ended up being weak and a complete flop. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 7/15/2012

    " This is my first P. D. James. It does almost have an Agatha Christie feel about it. I'm not crazy about it, but I liked it enough to be ready to read more when I come across them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TheRealMelbelle | 5/21/2012

    " I usually read a few really good detective mysteries in the summer and was late getting around to it this year! This is a good one by one of the masters, P.D. James. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel C. | 3/15/2012

    " A tidy English manor house mystery in the style of Agatha Christie. Interestingly, the limited third POV is from the perspective of the suspects and not the detective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 11/30/2011

    " The quality of the writing was impressive, particularly for a mystery novel, and the plot was very intricate. I just wish that we got more insight into the detective's mind and personality. It was all very subtle, very British. I will definitely be reading more P.D. James. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue T | 5/24/2011

    " Pretty good start to what becomes a very good series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 5/23/2011

    " One of my favorite authors. I finally am now reading her first Adam D. mystery. So far, I can see why she became such a bestseller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 4/29/2011

    " Cozy British mystery - easy read. Fun and now I want to read more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jens | 3/12/2011

    " Not as good as her later work, but I still loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy P | 2/28/2011

    " A nice, straightforward murder mystery, a good start in my mission to read all the James novels in order. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/8/2011

    " Finished last night. I found the writing to be very good. The plot left me questioning until the very end, but wasn't so far off that it didn't make sense. Good all around murder mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 2/7/2011

    " Why do I always forget how much I like PD James? I'm adding everything I haven't yet read to my To Read shelf. "

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

    " I waited 40 years to read PD James. I wont make the same mistake again. "

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

    " I've read all P D James books. This first Inspector Dalgliesh is still one of my favorites. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gail | 1/11/2011

    " I think I am done with PD James. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 12/23/2010

    " Actually, I read the Indonesian translation of this, for language practice. It was quite motivating, because I wanted to find out whodunnit, and I learned a lot of new vocabulary! "

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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.