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The Skull Beneath the Skin | [P.D. James]

The Skull Beneath the Skin

An intriguing assignment, Cordelia Gray thought, and not a particularly arduous one. The poison pen messages to Clarissa Lyle were to be stopped, or at least deflected, until after the performance of The Duchess of Malfi at Ambrose Gorringe's private theatre on Courcy Island. It soon becomes apparent, however, that Clarissa Lyle's enemy is on the island with her, and Cordelia finds herself trapped in an atmosphere of fear and violence, a violence that is to culminate in brutal murder.
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An intriguing assignment, Cordelia Gray thought, and not a particularly arduous one. The poison pen messages to Clarissa Lyle were to be stopped, or at least deflected, until after the performance of The Duchess of Malfi at Ambrose Gorringe's private theatre on Courcy Island. It soon becomes apparent, however, that Clarissa Lyle's enemy is on the island with her, and Cordelia finds herself trapped in an atmosphere of fear and violence, a violence that is to culminate in brutal murder.

©1982 P.D. James; (P)1988 BBC Audiobooks Limited

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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 07-09-10
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 07-09-10

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    "very satisfying mystery"

    If you've read other James mysteries, you know to expect a gripping atmopheric tale, well told, slowly unwinding. I regret to learn that she wrote only two mysteries featuring Grey as a central character. Although the young detective makes a couple of really stupid moves, James makes her still credible and I would like to listen as Cordelia developed her skills in later novels.

    I hestitated to download this because I like James' more recent mysteries as one type of listen, and her early ones because they come across more as period pieces -- I wasn't sure about a novel circa 80s, but it followed the lines of a classic mystery - and given its rarified setting highlighting Brit class differences, it could have been set earlier in the 20th century. The slightly "older" sound of the recording added to the period feel. Some listeners may find the latter a fault in the listen.

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    "The Skull Beneath The Skin, book 2"

    This was an enjoyable listen.

    The murder was set on an island & the resolution worked. This was not, I felt, as strong as other plots by P D James.

    I enjoyed Jane Asher's reading.

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