Saturday, 6 October 2007

The Skull Beneath the Skin - P D James

Like all P D James novels this is well-written and a compelling read but I found it less-than plausible in many places. The follow-up novel to An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, features private investigator Cordelia Gray eking out a bare existence finding lost pets when she is hired to protect an actress who has been receiving poison-pen letters. The actress is brutally murdered while staying on an island where it appears nearly everyone has a motive for her death.

P D James has a wonderful way with plots and detection and there are many satisfying twists and turns. However, I found it impossible to warm to Cordelia Gray, a detective who surprisingly shades many of the suspects she barely knows when questioned by the investigating police.

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