An Unsuitable Job for a Woman? Celebrating of the writing of P D James
P. D. James 3 August 1920 - 27 November 2014
In over 50 years of crime-writing, P. D. James produced some of the most successful murder mystery novels ever written. Here we pick out three of her most popular books: her first Cordelia Gray novel An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, her debut Cover Her Face which introduced the poet-detective Adam Dalgliesh and her departure into science fiction, The Children of Men which became a successful movie starring Julianne Moore and Clive Owen.
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman
Meet Cordelia Gray: twenty-two, tough, intelligent and now sole inheritor of the Pryde Detective Agency. Her first assignment finds her hired by Sir Ronald Callender to investigate the death of his son Mark, a young Cambridge student found hanged in mysterious circumstances. Cordelia is required to delve into the hidden secrets of the Callender family and soon realizes it is not a case of suicide, and that the truth is entirely more sinister. P. D. James's first Cordelia Gray novel is a brilliant work of crime fiction packed with secrets and suspense and has been adapted for television twice.
Sally Jupp came from the village home for unmarried mothers and seemed ideal to help Mrs Maxie run the Martingale manor house and look after her invalid husband. But the real Sally was very different from the docile, repentant character she seemed to be. When Sally is murdered in violent circumstances, Detective Chief Inspector Adam Dalgliesh becomes embroiled in the complicated passions beneath the calm surface of English village life. P. D. James's first novel introduces the brooding poet-detective who was to help crown the author the new 'Queen of Crime'.
The year is 2021. For 25 years no child has been born. Nor will there be any more children, for infertility has spread like the plague and the human race is facing extinction. Amidst the riots and the horrors a group of dissenters face the choices that may change the future of humankind.