[Reading] ➾ Cover Her Face By P.D. James – Saudionline.co.uk

Cover Her Face chapter 1 Cover Her Face, meaning Cover Her Face, genre Cover Her Face, book cover Cover Her Face, flies Cover Her Face, Cover Her Face b828b2f700c97 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


10 thoughts on “Cover Her Face

  1. says:

    Back to basics I switched from modern cozies and crime fiction to a supposed blast from the past I remembered a few PD James novels I read in college as part of my mystery fiction independent studies and decided to start the series As expected, very reminiscent of Agatha Christie but with a little modern appeal I enjoyed the characters and premise for a traditional whodunit I also like the wrap up of all the main characters in the end, as well as that at least one of them is seen again in future novels no spoilers here.If you re a traditional mystery buff, or have an avid whodunit interest, you may be able to figure the culprit on your own, but rest assured, it s not as simple as X did it the candlestick in the library Remember the movie Clue


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    After my brain injury, PD James became a marker for me in my reading progress Pre injury I read every one of her books and enjoyed them tremendously for their good writing and good stories After my injury though, with my reading ability fried, I couldn t read any of her books Too many characters to follow, plots that meandered beyond my ability to follow, writing at a grade level higher than what I d sunk down to It was rather disappointing to see her new books come out over the years and know I wouldn t read them.And then I was enrolled in a research drug trial in March I felt my cognitive abilities shift, and I suddenly realised I was reading I dared to try a PD James I followed my rehab therapists advice read a book I d already read, tis easier And so I went all the way back to James s first Dalgliesh book.It felt quite familiar.I d begun reading PD James in my teens, an age when I still reread books sometime in my twenties I stopped rereading them because as soon as I d read the first paragraph, the entire book would flood back into my memory And so I d probably reread Cover Her Face a few times years ago Also, the story is reminiscent of a couple of Agatha Christie mysteries which I continued to reread after my brain injury , making the plot familiar in several ways Even so, I did have some trouble keeping track of the characters, and I only solved the mystery near the end, which is better than my usual not solving the mystery at all track record since the injury But the writing was demonstrably superior to many of the books I ve been reading It was rather satisfying to sink my teeth into a book fully of layers and complexities due to the author s good command of the language.I enjoyed it immensely.


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    If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Triteness and Boringness Cover Her Face by P D James The cultured cop I thought they were peculiar to detective novels In Cover Her Face by P D JamesSometimes people just like to talk about the books they re reading Not boast Just talk I realise such plebeian behaviour may not be acceptable in the rarefied circles some people move in, but for the rest of us mere mortals it happens quite a lot Given that reading is becoming less and less common, one would think you d be happy people are reading at all, without feeling the need to bitch about the fact that they happened to have enjoyed something so much they might want to read it again Unless you think reading should just be restricted to the real intelligentsia, among whom some people obviously count themselves So, unless those people have evidence that re reading causes cancer or blows up the WC, why not back off and let the rest of us do what we like Or better, why not direct that scathing anger at something that really matters Oh, I m re reading Cover Her Face Yes, there are people who like to brag about re reading the Shakespeare plays, but most of us are just trying to be accurate If you say, I m reading such and such, people assume you mean reading for the first time.


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    I have not read the first Adam Dalgleish novel for some time, so it was a pleasure to return to P D James and her very first book In some ways this is a very typical mystery The Maxie family live in the big house, in somewhat genteel poverty, with the only full time staff member the loyal Martha As well as the housework and cooking, Mr Maxie is bedridden, so Mrs Maxie employs Sally Jupp, an unmarried mother as a house parlourmaid She is convinced by Miss Liddell, the Warden of St Mary s Refuge for Girls, that Sally will be a hard worker, but the arrival of sly, devious and attractive Sally causes chaos within the house On the night of the Church Fete, held at Martingale, home of the Maxie s, the young woman is killed.Enter Detective Chief Inspector Adam Dalgliesh to investigate We have a whole host of suspects and motives and the novel is, as you would expect, extremely well plotted I found the way Sally Jupp was presented as both a sympathetic victim, and yet essentially a young woman that nobody seemed to like, cleverly done and there were plenty of twists and turns This reads very much as a stand alone novel, although, as we know, Dalgleish was to become a much loved and long running character It was a joy to embark on this series again and I look forward to reading on.


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    It s been a long time since I read a book by this author, but I think I remember having liked them Maybe the other books were better or maybe I have just outgrown my interest in mysteries, at least the British variety with tea cups, jam jars, jumble sales and small gossipy villages Whatever the reason, I was really unimpressed by this book Most of the suspects were introduced in tedious detail in the first chapter, but the murder did not occur until about the 25% point of the book At that time Detective Adam Dalgliesh arrived on the scene, but he did very little detecting thereafter He was barely in the book other than to conduct long interviews with the suspects and then, in the ultimate clich , gather them all together in one room to declare the crime solved The solution involved secret relatives and missing limbs I had not guessed the criminal, so that s something in it s favor I didn t really dislike this book, I ve just moved on.


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    I read this book to fill the International Woman of Mystery square of my 2019 Halloween Bingo Card.This is my first foray into P.D James mystery writing and I was pleasantly impressed I can certainly see a relationship to the works of Agatha Christie but I guess it is virtually impossible to write in this genre without paying homage to both her and Arthur Conan Doyle s Sherlock Holmes What James does so well is to make me feel like I truly know the people that she is writing about They aren t just cardboard cut outs, they are fully realized people with their own motivations and prejudices They are part of their community, well known and involved.What she also captures so well, in my opinion, is the way that society was changing in the late 1950 s and early 1960 s Class was becoming less meaningful and less respected Sexual s were already shifting and loosening Charity from upper class people was less valued and resented In Dalgleish himself, I see the roots of another favourite detective, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, written by Louise Penny They are both quiet, introspective, intellectual men who have good taste and good sense I didn t get to know Adam Dalgliesh as well as I would like to in this first book, but I will certainly go on to the next book to see if I can remedy that situation.


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    This book was another result of me aimlessly browsing the available audiobook downloads from my library, and since I had read one PD James mystery The Skull Beneath the Skin and enjoyed it, I decided to give this a shot This is actually James debut mystery, so I m willing to forgive the clunky aspects of the book in light of that The story follows your basic murder mystery formula, where we have a wealthy family in an English country manor, and muuuuuurder It s a perfectly serviceable mystery, although not particularly memorable There are some very, very obvious moments like when one of the characters is saying that she s sure her husband has an alibi for the night of the murder because she checked the clock when he came in, and it s clear immediately that he adjusted the time and I honestly can t remember a lot of the finer details of the story Everything gets wrapped up neatly, and the detective s solution doesn t have any obvious holes in it, so overall, solid three stars no , no less.


  8. says:

    DudAll that case build up for naught


  9. says:

    Where I got the book Audiobook on Audible.I thought it was about time I listened to the entire Adam Dalgleish series I ve read some of them but certainly none of the early ones In this 1962 story you can see the tradition that goes back to the Golden Age of the detective story in the 1930s All the clich s are there the stately home, the nerve ridden war hero, the lower classes kowtowing to the upper, the vicar a sort of go between in terms of social status Except that it wasn t, of course James updated her stately home mystery to portray a society shaken by another War and by the social upheaval that followed it The staff at Martingale is reduced to a sort of housekeeper, Martha, with no butler in sight to do the dirty deed Martha is aided by a housemaid, Sally Jupp, an unmarried mother who seems to take lightly what would once have been a cause of shame The lower classes are decidedly uppity, with their carefully tended council houses and a distinct touch of attitude toward their betters The money is all gone, the master of the house is dying, and standards are always just a step away from slipping disastrously down the cliff face And yet the Maxies struggle on, holding the village f te in their grounds, giving dinner parties and doing good wherever they can such as taking in Sally and her child, whose father is unknown.Manipulative Sally announces that she s marrying into the Maxie family, but is found dead the next morning and the chief constable calls in the Yard, in the form of Dalgleish We learn little about the detective, who comes across as rather two dimensional, prone to saying yes, we know all about that, when a new clue is revealed and if the police knew all about it, why wasn t the reader informed, I d like to know Dalgleish is admired by his sergeant and clearly thought a Sexy Beast by the family s attractive widow, but I never really got a clear impression of what made him such a striking figure I guess it took James a while to build him into the Sensitive Loner Dectective that sent readers hearts a fluttering.Two factors in particular made this story seem very dated to me One was the omniscient narrator, popping happily into the suspects heads without warning and in a very erratic fashion, as if the writer occasionally became tired of doing the storytelling and handed the job over to someone else for five minutes The other, alas, was the voice of audiobook narrator Penelope Dellaporta, which was standard BBC refined actress I ve become so unused to hearing this voice that its plumminess tends to get on my nerves Further, when I was listening to the audiobook without earbuds, there were odd popping noises as if people were playing ping pong in the background It didn t happen when I put my earbuds in very strange.And, oh my goodness, every upper class character in the story was a resounding snob Except, perhaps, the vicar, and vicars are, socially speaking, neither fish nor fowl The descriptions of the lower orders houses were spectacularly condescending was James playing to the sensibilities of her supposed readership, or was this how she actually thought It seems almost impossible that English society was that hidebound just fiftysomething years ago.The story wasn t bad, apart from the tendency the characters had to explain their actions very carefully in chronological order, helpful if you re the sort of mystery fan who loves the timetable aspect of investigation but not very realistic There were some nice twists, and the whole thing culminated, very satisfactorily, with the great detective gathering all the suspects together in one room and methodically explaining what happened, with further twists in the tale being provided by timely interruptions All very mechanical, really, but interesting you can see the straight line going back to Dorothy L Sayers and forward to the writer P.D James would become in her later life Development of the Mystery Story 101.This methodical method of building up a story was a bit on the slow side, of course But it s a true portrait, I think, of a world that was being swept away even as P.D James was writing I m looking forward to seeing her move into the 70s although, of course, if I remember anything of the Dalgleish stories I read, she tended to adopt the closed community scenario where people were sort of stranded in time.


  10. says:

    I was working in London the summer of the year this book was first published but only now have I got round to reading it for the Kindle English Mystery Group Although P D James shared with her friend Ruth Rendell the honour of making the detective story into a serious literary genre, Cover Her Face seems now to belong to the world of Agatha Christie than to ours, where crime fiction is the form of the novel that best engages serious moral and spiritual issues Of course it was James and Rendell who accomplished it I need to read Innocent Blood again to experience the difference I ll write a review for the spoiler thread for the group to discuss plot details, but in summary would say that here it s an intricately constucted rather a Heath Robinson device too many unrelated threads have to coincide at the point of the murder and characters emerge from the backstory to account for all the clues In hindsight the whole thing fell apart for me The treatment of the victim s status as a single mum will remind all of us that we are extemely fortunate to be living now, not five decades ago.


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