Review: An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by P.D. James

An Unsuitable Job for a Woman

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 Times).


This was my first P.D. James mystery and … WOW! I was hooked from the first few pages and could not put it down (except when hunger and sleep called)!

Cordelia Gray is intelligent, spunky, and fearless. She takes over the detective agency after her partner commits suicide, and is from the beginning told the job is not a suitable one for a woman. Nevertheless, she accepts and investigates the causes of the apparent suicide of Mark Callender, which places her in danger because of the Callender family secrets she discovers.

This novel is a page turner and Cordelia Gray is incredibly likeable. I enjoyed it very much and recommend it, especially to those who enjoy a good mystery.



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