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Publisher's Summary

Private detective Cordelia Gray is invited to the sunlit island of Courcy to protect the vainly beautiful actress Clarissa Lisle from veiled threats on her life. Within the rose red walls of a fairy-tale castle, she finds the stage is set for death.
©2001 P.D. James (P)2009 Random House

Critic Reviews

"Richly intricate and literate,"James's second Cordelia Gray mystery "shows James at the height of her storytelling powers." ( San Francisco Chronicle)

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The 2nd & last Cordelia Gray Mystery!

It's a crime that there are no more books in this series!! Excellent and interesting stories.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Taught mystery - great narration

Would you consider the audio edition of The Skull Beneath the Skin to be better than the print version?

Yes because the performance by P. De La Porta was outstanding

Who was your favorite character and why?

Who wouldn't love Cordelia Gray!

What does Penelope Dellaporta bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Astute characterizations

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Classic English mystery!

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great book with a bad ending

I thoroughly enjoyed it, right up to the ending which I found very unsatisfying and disappointing.

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Some nice tidbits of British history.

Once again Miss Grey funds all the answers, yet doesn't get the glory of success in public.