Friday, July 22, 2016
An Unsuitable Job for A Woman by PD James
Handsome Cambridge dropout Mark Callender died hanging by the neck with a faint trace of lipstick on his mouth. When the official verdict is suicide, his wealthy father hires fledgling private investigator Cordelia Gray to find out what led him to self-destruction. What she discovers instead is a twisting trail of secrets and sins, and the strong scent of murder.
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman introduces P. D. James's courageous but vulnerable young detective, Cordelia Gray, in a "top-rated puzzle of peril that holds you all the way" (The New York Time).
Cordelia Gray inherited a private investigator agency when her mentor passed on. Slightly inexperienced, she tried her best to take on a job in investigating the death of Mark Callender. There are some who felt that she's not fit for the job...which I think hence the title, An Unsuitable Job for A Woman.
All in all it was a pretty decent read. This is the second title by PD James that I read. I still have a couple of her titles at home. The pace of the book is rather mellow. It focus on lives in the country in a very English manner. Everything is rather prim and proper.
PD James's Inspector Dalgliesh made an appearance and yes, I think there's a work chemistry between Cordelia and Dalgliesh. Perhaps he will be her new mentor in books to come?
Overally I enjoy this book at a time when I don't want to be thrilled too much and also at a time when I have enough of lite chic.