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Publisher's Summary

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' electric debut novel, an ingeniously plotted mystery that immediately placed her among the masters of suspense.
©1992 P. D. James (P)2008 Books on Tape

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OK but...

What did you like best about Cover Her Face? What did you like least?

I *think* I liked this book but can't be sure because the narration was too distracting. Characters were shrill, whiny, almost hysterical in places where they should have been stoic. Dalgleish was performed as if he were there to soothe us to sleep.

How could the performance have been better?

Different narrator.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

I will try other P.D. James books, but not narrated by Penelope Dellaporta. I think I'll stick to old fashioned reading for the next one.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A Bit slow

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I understand that this is the debut of Inspector Dalgleish. The plot was a bit slow, and the narrator even more so. I found listening at 1 1/2 speed to be about right. the audio sounded like it had been recorded over a phone, and there was a slight ground loop hum in the background. Overall, I wish I had read this book rather than listened to it. I should have listened more closely to sample. Even so, I plan on reading or listening to more P D James.

Would you recommend Cover Her Face to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend the book, not the recording.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Penelope Dellaporta?

Katherine Kellgren or Donada Peters

Do you think Cover Her Face needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I believe it has several.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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the narrator in

the last chapter skips some of the paragraphes and you should stop the narrating and read it

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathy
  • Auberry, CA, United States
  • 02-24-13

Better Dalgleish stories....but classic PD James

What made the experience of listening to Cover Her Face the most enjoyable?

I am a PD James fan, and have always enjoyed the descriptive dialogue, which for some lends to a slow read. This is not an action story, it really is more a study of a variety of personalities.

Would you recommend Cover Her Face to your friends? Why or why not?

yes, but only for those that enjoy what words can do.

What about Penelope Dellaporta’s performance did you like?

I felt she let the characters be who the author envisioned them to be. I felt the author was reading the story.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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A Start

Better than PBS Mystery by far. The detail and subtly as the stuff I live for.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Beautiful writing, average mystery

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The writing is wonderful. Succinct, vivid descriptions; witty, erudite dialogue. The mystery, alas, left much to be desired. The motives of some of the characters just didn't ring true to me. So, as far as recommending goes, if they want to read a good mystery, then no. If you just love the sounds of well written sentences, then yes.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I felt we needed more hints about who the murderer was dropped throughout the book.

Any additional comments?

This was, I believe, P.D. James' first book. There's enough promise here that it's no surprise it wasn't her only book. Still, she could've been better. And I'm sure she was.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good enough to make me read more

I had a few issues with this book, but it was good enough that I do want to read more of the series (and the author).

My main issue was the inconsistent portrait of the victim. She was bad, no she was misunderstood, no she was actually pretty bad, no she was..?? Some of the twists seemed slightly contrived.

The book was also just a bit on the slow side (which didn't bother me too much as I am a fan of the "Golden Age" mysteries and this seemed very much in that vein). The narrator was also a bit slow, but speeding up the read took care of that.

The characters were fairly engaging and the mystery good enough that I didn't figure it out until very shortly before the reveal.

This sounds more negative than I intend, I think. It does remind me of the Golden Age mysteries and it did keep me engaged. I do plan on reading more from James.

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Riveting

A riveting mystery; well read with an ending that will definitely come as a surprise.

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Audio Quality Is Garbage

But you get used to it and it's not so bad. The story is interesting enough so don't give up on it because the audio is garbage. I promise you'll forget once you're engrossed in the book.

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No Action

Would you try another book from P. D. James and/or Penelope Dellaporta?

probably not

What do you think your next listen will be?

I'm looking for the next book

What about Penelope Dellaporta’s performance did you like?

She was Supberb!!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration, there was little or no movement in the plot.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful