An Adam Dalgliesh mystery. Cover Her Face is P. D. James' debut novel, the first Adam Dalgliesh mystery, and a thrilling work of crime fiction set in the English countryside, from the best-selling author of Death Comes to Pemberley and Children of Men.
From P. D. James, one of the masters of British crime fiction, comes the debut novel that introduced Scotland Yard detective Adam Dalgliesh. Set against the English countryside, Cover Her Face is a classic murder mystery filled with James' trademark plot twists, intrigue, and suspense.
Though the Martingale manor house has hosted the annual St Cedd's Church fête for generations, this year feels different. On top of organizing stalls and presiding over luncheon, the bishop, and the tea tent, Mrs Eleanor Maxie now also has to contend with the news of her son's sudden engagement to the new parlour maid, the sly and sensuous single mother Sally Jupp.
Sally has quite a reputation as a ruthless social climber, and no one at Martingale seems too happy about the engagement. But the Maxie family barely has time to contend with her wily ways - on the following morning the whole village is shocked by the discovery of Sally Jupp's body.
Investigating the violent death at the manor house, Detective Chief Inspector Adam Dalgliesh becomes embroiled in the complicated passions beneath the calm surface of English village life.
In Cover Her Face, award-winning P. D. James meticulously plots a complex story of family secrets and suspicion. The book was later adapted into a TV miniseries starring Roy Marsden as the inspector protagonist.
Meet the dark and brooding Dalgliesh - a gentleman, a poet, and a gifted detective - and listen to the novel that launched P. D. James' career as the world's preeminent crime writer.
P. D. James (1920-2014) was a bestselling and internationally acclaimed crime writer. She was the creator of Adam Dalgliesh and Cordelia Gray, and their long and successful series of mysteries. Her works include Cover Her Face (1962), An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (1972), Innocent Blood (1980), Children of Men (1992), and the Jane Austen-inspired Death Comes to Pemberley (2011). James was born in Oxford in 1920. She won awards for crime writing in Britain, America, Italy and Scandinavia, including the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award. She received honorary degrees from seven British universities, was awarded an OBE in 1983 and created a life peer in 1991. In 1997 she was elected President of the Society of Authors, and stood down from this role in 2013.
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"A classic story of English rural murder." (The Times)
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A great who-dunnit! By the end I couldn't wait to find out who the guilty party was and how the whole business had come to pass.
"P D James - Excellent as always."
An excellent crime story as we have come to expect from the Queen of crime novels. The twists and turns, the red herrings and the clever storyline narrated brilliantly by Daniel Weyman , with his clever voice changes for either sex made it clearly outline who was who. Want to see if there is a DVD of this story, as it was so captivating.
"A good crime story"
The writing style is exquisite and the narrator Daniel Weyman is very pleasant to listen to. The story is a good crime mystery going back to the post war times, if you are a fan of Agatha Christie, you are bound to like the story, but written in a different style. I found the story a bit sad, as class prejudice and reserved manner is what ultimately caused the early demise of a young woman. The victim was also portrayed as ''not a very nice person'', when in fact this was a young woman who refused to submit to being lowered, mistreated and discriminated against due to old prejudice over the position of women in society.
"Very formulaic whodunnit very well narrated"
Seemed to take an age to get going so a bit more action at the start would be good
As for having everyone in one room at the end to explain things deliberately left out along the way bit of a cliche but I guess I should have expected it
Not really but I think there are better ones
Just about. It wasn't a page turner though and I had no trouble putting it down.
The biggest plus was the narration. This was excellent and probably why I stuck out the first couple of hours
I think the fact that most of the characters even the victim were not likeable is always a problem for me in these type off books. I will probably try another in a few books time but won't be downloading the next straight away.
"Cover her face"
I first read this , in 1988, for an examination, little, did I know that I hadn't really appreciate it.
Listening to it, brought it to life, and this time, I really enjoyed it
These books just get better . Books to change the way you think where is the next one
"Very hard Going"
An OK story but very hard going was glad it was relatively short story narrator was OK.
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