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Cover her face by P. D. James

Cover her face (original 1962; edition 1974)

by P. D. James

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Title:Cover her face
Authors:P. D. James
Info:London : Sphere, 1974.
Collections:Your library
Tags:Donna828, fiction, mystery, England

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Cover Her Face by P. D. James (1962)

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P.D. James
Cover Her Face

A not-so-innocent victim is murdered at the time when you hate him/her the most. A nucleus of suspects hem and haw exhaling fumes of guilt, while an intriguingly intelligent and potentially dashing police inspector sifts through just the right amount of evidence. The summation is arranged and dramatically delivered with excruciating suspense et voila, the murderer/ess is exposed. Sounds like every good mystery? The difference lies in the details. James, in her first book, provides wonderful interiors and a procession of realistically flawed characters, none of which could ever commit a murder, or could they?
Recommended January 2006
  dawsong | Jun 12, 2015 |
This was an old fashioned mystery. Kind of like Columbo. Didn't really guess who the murderer was. Found her writing to be good but not really my style. ( )
  bwhitner | Apr 4, 2015 |
very enjoyably written (quite british) and kept me guessing all the way. i like her writing style and would not hesitate to read her again.

"She wore horn-rimmed spectacles so large and heavy that they seemed an obvious aid to caricature." ( )
  elisa.saphier | Mar 6, 2015 |
St. Bart's 2015 #4 - My first P. D. James, and hers as well! Slower paced mystery about the murder of a saucy little unwed mother brought in to help out at Martingale as a maid. The Maxie family is as dysfunctional as one would expect in an English manor house slightly past its prime. Enter Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard to calmly and methodically sort out the tangle of 'whodunnit'. I very much enjoyed the steady influx of facts that further confused things and the number of possibilities grew and grew, certainly driving my interest. Thrilling?? No. Gripping?? No. I cannot really put my finger on it, but I really enjoyed it! And there are many more to follow.... ( )
  jeffome | Jan 15, 2015 |
Warning: This review contains spoilers.


The debut of Adam Dalgliesh is a case involving the murder of a housemaid, Sally Jupp, who is found strangled one morning in her bedroom. Everyone residing in the house, a manor called Martingale, is immediately a suspect. By process of elimination, Dalgliesh must identify the killer.

I confess that this book was a bit too plodding and methodical for my tastes. This could be partly because the book is James's first and she is still trying to find her voice, or because Dalgliesh himself is a methodical man. At any rate, I found myself just nodding along a lot of the time and then reaching the solution without having paid attention to any of the clues. (I am also not sure whether the identity of the secret husband could have been figured out by the reader, or whether that would even be necessary for the reader to figure out.)

I'm still going to read more in the series. Things probably get better from here. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Dec 26, 2014 |
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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's electric debut novel, an ingeniously plotted mystery that immediately placed her among the masters of suspense.

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"When headstrong and beautiful housemaid Sally Jupp is found strangled in her bed behind a bolted door, Detective Chief-Inspector Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard must unmask her killer from a houseful of suspects--most of whom had very good reason to wish her ill. Each new clue he uncovers leads to a dramatic twist in this ingeniously plotted mystery"--Cover, p. 4.… (more)

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