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The Skull Beneath the Skin - P.D. James
The Skull Beneath the Skin
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P.D. James is “the greatest living mystery writer.”–PeoplePrivate detective Cordelia Gray is invited to the sunlit island of Courcy to protect the vainly beautiful actress Clarissa Lisle from veiled threats on her life. Within the rose red walls of a fairy-tale castle, she finds the stage is set... show more
P.D. James is “the greatest living mystery writer.”–PeoplePrivate detective Cordelia Gray is invited to the sunlit island of Courcy to protect the vainly beautiful actress Clarissa Lisle from veiled threats on her life. Within the rose red walls of a fairy-tale castle, she finds the stage is set for death.“Richly intricate and literate,” James’s second Cordelia Gray mystery “shows James at the height of her storytelling powers” —San Francisco Chronicle From the Compact Disc edition.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780743222051 (0743222059)
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
Series: Cordelia Gray (#2)
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Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
4.0 The Skull Beneath The Skin
bookshelves: mystery-thriller, summer-2011, re-read, radio-4x, published-1982, play-dramatisation Read from August 26, 2008 to August 23, 2011, read count: 2 Re-visit:-------------AUGUST 2008: Ah-ha I've never knowingly dived into any of James's works before and this looks like a good way in.How...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
4.0
Re-visit:-------------AUGUST 2008: Ah-ha I've never knowingly dived into any of James's works before and this looks like a good way in.How 'scottish play'-esque - marvellously macabre
target acquired
target acquired rated it
3.0
the novel appears to be PD James looking back at agatha christie by taking the basics of the classic murder mystery (an enclosed and gothic setting, a finite number of suspects, stylized characters)...and then updating it with all of the intricate details, narrative complexity, and emotionally nuanc...
Lost in the Stacks
Lost in the Stacks rated it
2.0
This is probably my least favortie PD James so far, and dissapointing, since An Unsuitable Job for a Woman was so good. Grogan is no Chief Inspector Adam Dalgliesh, and Cordelia. . . well, I feel like she should have matured a bit since her last murder case. Here she seems younger, with less of an e...
Ms. Margie
Ms. Margie rated it
A bit of a far cry from her later books. The structure is there, but she makes some major leaps without bringing the reader along. Having read mostly her later books, this makes a nice contrast to see how she's grown as a writer.
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