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An Unsuitable Job for a Woman Audiobook

An Unsuitable Job for a Woman

Handsome Mark Callender did not die the way a young gentleman should. He was found hanged, a lipstick stain on his mouth and a nude girl's picture nearby. The official verdict was suicide, but his aristocratic father suspects murder.

He hires Cordelia Gray, a fledgling detective, to investigate. And as she follows a trail of guilty secrets and shameful sins, she concludes that the nicest people do the nastiest things!

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Handsome Mark Callender did not die the way a young gentleman should. He was found hanged, a lipstick stain on his mouth and a nude girl's picture nearby. The official verdict was suicide, but his aristocratic father suspects murder.

He hires Cordelia Gray, a fledgling detective, to investigate. And as she follows a trail of guilty secrets and shameful sins, she concludes that the nicest people do the nastiest things!

©2001 P.D. James; (P)2008 Books on Tape

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    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 01-20-09
    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 01-20-09 Member Since 2012

    Holly

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    "quite suitable"

    Having been left a struggling detective agency, 22-year old Cordelia Gray sets out on her first case to discover why Mark Callander killed himself. Along the way not only does she discover the reasons behind his death, but she comes up against some very curious circumstances which put her in danger. Toward the end Cordelia makes some decisions which put her directly in the path of Adam Dalgliesh, who makes a cameo appearance in the book. Overall, P.D. James does quite a suitable job in this book which now can be considered a period piece. But its age can't disguise the twists and turns that have made the author famous. Penelope Dellaporta reads the book with panache and a clear, crisp tone, keeping the English voices distinct. This is a definite plus in a book of this style. Don't let the age of the book keep you away. It's worth it.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Marie WASHINGTON, DC, United States 11-03-15
    Marie WASHINGTON, DC, United States 11-03-15 Member Since 2010

    Professional librarian type, amateur historian.

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    "Engaging storytelling and a mystery"

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. I even liked the characters, who seemed very real.
    This was my first PD James mystery, as I listed to another of her books, "Children of Men," and wanted a bit more. The detective Cordelia seemed very real, and not some super sleuth or bored aristocrat slumming it or wonder woman. You or I could be her, provided that we're practical unsentimental workaholics.
    My only irritation was I couldn't seem to tell what year it was until later into the story. I couldn't imagine this taking place in the now, with some antiquated things in the book, so I thought it was post WW2. Well it was a little later than that and I had to readjust the image I had in that "theater of the mind" when I had to go late 60s.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Will Miami, FL, United States 05-27-13
    Will Miami, FL, United States 05-27-13
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    What did you love best about An Unsuitable Job for a Woman?

    aving read the Adam Dagliesh Detective novels I find that I have enjoyed Cordelia Gray as much if not more than Dagliesh. PD James once told an interviewer that if she had started writing Detective Novels today her detective would be a woman. It's too bad there are only two Cordelia Gray stories.


    What about Penelope Dellaporta’s performance did you like?

    Ms. Dellaporta is now the voice of PD James for me, and I would prefer all of her audiobooks performed by Ms. Dellaporta


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    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    It was a pleasure to have listened to this audible book. Very good story and an excellent reader. Thoroughly enjoyable in every way!

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    macross9321 06-28-15
    macross9321 06-28-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Novel."

    This was an Awesome novel -It was well read. Full of suspense, excitement & drama. Get it

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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