Ein reizender Job für eine Frau

Ein reizender Job f r eine Frau 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 investig

  • Title: Ein reizender Job für eine Frau
  • Author: P.D. James Wolfdietrich Müller
  • ISBN: 9783499265846
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 UnsuiHandsome 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.

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    1. This book, which was first published in 1972, reads like it was written in 1947, if not earlier. It's very much in the tradition of English mysteries that were set in country houses in the years between the two world wars, and there's nothing in the book to suggest the time period in which it is supposed to actually take place. There are a number of young men and women in the book, but they don't sound remotely like the young people who were living in England in the '60s and '70s; rather they so [...]

    2. In this case,let me say “judge a book by its memorable title.”I’d like this book to be categorized as a good literary fiction with human drama,not just a detective. This well-written,and austerely beautiful novel has no gadget,isn’t action-packed or sexy,but here one young female detective, who lost her mentor recently,walks the scenes,talks to people and getsto the heart of things.I guess this simplicity will let you feel empathy for the charcters. I sometimes wonder how deceptive the w [...]

    3. Where I got the book: my local library.My first shock of this review is checking Wiki to see where this novel comes in P.D. James's oeuvre and discovering that P.D. stands for Phyllis Dorothy. Let me just take a moment.*clears throat*Now where was I? Right. The second shock was discovering I wasn't all that impressed. I thought I liked P.D James. Have I changed or is this the Death Comes to Pemberley effect?Anyway, I find that this was James's fifth novel. And indeed the writing is that of a sea [...]

    4. "It's unwise to become to too personally involved with a human being. When that human being is dead, it can be dangerous as well as unwise."This is a reread for me, and I can't think why I didn't write a review before. I adored this book in 2012, as it was probably the first literary mystery I'd read of its kind, barring Elizabeth George. I always meant to get around to the second and last book in the short series, but never did. What entranced me were all the literary references, the Cambridge [...]

    5. This was a fun, quick and suspenseful mystery set in Cambridge, England. Novice private detective, Cordelia Gray, is a very likeable character. Left to figure the business out on her own after her partner takes his own life, Cordelia is hired by the successful scientist, Ronald Callender, to determine why his son Mark committed suicide. But did Mark really commit suicide? This is what Cordelia questions and seeks to divine for herself. Plenty of twists and questionable suspects made this a page- [...]

    6. I was disappointed by this. It did one of my least favorite mystery things: having the bad guy die in some accidental or self-inflicted manner so that the detective character will have less mess to deal with. And that happened three times in this book. THREE TIMES. Worse, as much as I really really wanted to like Cordelia Gray—James' female detective who's out to prove that solving crimes IS a suitable job for the ladies—I just couldn't get a sense of her. James gives her an appropriately we [...]

    7. Once a while, I like to read a crime/mystery novel. That does not mean that I hate reading crime novels. In fact, it is otherwise. The crime novels draw me into the book to such a level that I do not do anything else till I complete the novel.The crime novel should keep me engaged. Or else it ceases to interest me. I love to become part of the plot especially as the companion to the principal detective. It should challenge my intelligence as I tend to find out the culprit myself from the evidenc [...]

    8. Here we are, it's P.D. James's fifth novel, and one would hope to see writerly progress being made. More substantial plots, more fully fleshed characters. I want James to expand beyond the stale, misanthropic souls who people her books (Dalgliesh excepted). I feel a little iconoclastic saying this, because James is one of the more revered mystery writers. "even minor P.D. James characters are fully realized, given a pedigree, a school background and an attitude toward life," says the New York Ti [...]

    9. Cordelia Gray finds herself the sole proprietor of the Private Investigation business she shared with her now deceased partner. Her first case is to investigate the suicide of a young man from a wealthy family who dropped out of college to become a gardener. There's no doubt it was suicideor is there? Cordelia moves into the gardener's cottage and talks to his college friends to uncover the truth, often facing folks who really believe hers is an unsuitable job for a woman. This is P. D. James' f [...]

    10. No spoilers.A wonderful mystery that grabs you from the first page. James' descriptions of characters make them immediately three-dimensional, and you are pulled along with Cordelia Gray as her invisible Watson. I found Cordelia to be a very real character and although the book was published in 1972, it's still mostly timeless. The idea that everyone seems to think detective work is unsuitable for a woman shouldn't ring as true today, but it does. And every young woman (and perhaps man) finds th [...]

    11. I first read this novel 30 years ago and had forgotten just how good it was. After reading "Death at Pemberley" and being so bitterly disappointed, I was a little worried when my book club selected this for this month's read. I was worried that it wouldn't be as good as I remembered. Thankfully, it was even better than the first time through. I will go back now and read the second Cordelia Gray and wonder why there arent't any more.Cordelia is a young, innocent detective called in by a rich man [...]

    12. Reading this book was a pleasure. However it did expose my lack of acute concentration, if not my imagining. There was one place in the book where I could do with some exactitude, that is the detective in the well part. Unlike many cozy, and English mystery books, there are quite some prurient quips lying about. Many of the physical traits of the supporting cast are confidently described. P.D. James is some writer. This book is one of the least domestic crime books I've ever read. The heroine li [...]

    13. Cordelia Gray, age 22, shows up to work one morning to find her boss, Bernie Pryde, dead by suicide; he has chosen this over suffering through cancer. While she’s handling this sorrow and the details, she is hired to find out why Cambridge dropout Mark Callendar has killed himself. The man who hires her is his father, and it doesn’t take Cordelia long to realize that murder is the far more likely cause of Mark’s death.The search Cordelia undertakes reveals surprises, twists, elements of da [...]

    14. This is not P D James at her best. There are so many great detective books by this author but this is not one of them.This follows a young woman, Cordelia Gray, who is asked to investigate the suicide of a young man who was a student at Cambridge. She is asked to try to find out why he killed himself by the father.(view spoiler)[ as it turns out the father has killed the son in the first place - so would he really hire someone to look into the death? This seems utterly unbelievable to me. Appare [...]

    15. I'm torn about whether to give this 3 or 4 stars. I'll give it 4 now, and we'll see how that goes. Maybe I'll read more by her and then reassess it against her larger oeuvre. Anyway, I really liked this a lot. I used to read mysteries like crazy in high school, but somehow I never read P. D. James. Pity. Her work has all of that typical coziness of the British mystery, but because the main character is a private eye, it doesn't strain credibility like Miss Marple or something, constantly stumbli [...]

    16. Cordelia Gray, age 22, shows up to work one morning to find her boss, Bernie Pryde, dead by suicide; he has chosen this over suffering through cancer. While she’s handling this sorrow and the details, she is hired to find out why Cambridge dropout Mark Callendar has killed himself. The man who hires her is his father, and it doesn’t take Cordelia long to realize that murder is the far more likely cause of Mark’s death.The search Cordelia undertakes reveals surprises, twists, elements of da [...]

    17. This first book in a series featuring DI Dalgliesh, but mainly from the wings. He only plays a cameo role, but he is mentioned many times. It is really the story of a young woman in the 70s who is having to make it in the world on her own. Despite her social isolation, she is caring and is willing to use her intelligence as well as her looks to further her cause. The book is full of the culture of the day; when young women were raised to do the washing up, make tea, and not challenge men. But, i [...]

    18. PD James is the finest mystery writer today I think. Her vocabulary is not only challenging, but spot-on. When she uses a word, it belongs where it lands. She is marvelously well read, and laces her narrative with beautiful quotations from classic authors. Her mysteries are always intriguing, and I've never figured one out before the end. I started with one of the last Adam Dalgliesh novels and worked my way backward to the beginning. Recently I realized that she wrote two novels about a female [...]

    19. Another good read with twists and turns in the plot. I enjoyed the fact that the protagonist was a young woman who was detecting for the first time on her own. Again, the writing was wonderful with great use of vocabulary and an interesting storyline. I will continue to read this author. It is refreshing to see that even after the age of 40 an author can produce a fascinating series of books. This lady just recently passed at the age of 94 but leaves a great legacy of novels.

    20. P.D. James is one of those authors who I have wanted to read for a while now - most notably Death Comes to Pemberley, so when Sophie lent me An Unsuitable Job for a Woman I was more than happy to read this book. Unfortunately I didn't find it particularly good.I'm not entirely sure why that is either, Cordelia came across as a well-rounded character, the world she was in seemed pretty realistic. The writing was good, well formated, conversations between people weren't overly stilted unless it wa [...]

    21. I've always found James' work moderately clever, but overrated. There's a nasty distant, critical view of human nature that leaves me with a manky taste in my mouth. I mean to say - Jeeves - I can understand having a low opinion of your fellow creatures, but OTOH, who of us is without sin and you gotta love the little bastards anyway. Love 'em into insensibility. How are any of us getting any better otherwise? If we go down into the grave, each one of us, still slavering and frothing and hungeri [...]

    22. I was game to get started with Phyllis Dorothy James, when she passed away. It is difficult to describe “An Unsuitable Job For A Woman”. Suicide is a grisly introduction but many segments were slow. Interviews with informants played out languidly, instead of cutting to revealing parts. Many private musings were worth keeping because this is how we acquaint Cordelia Gray. Her unusual upbringing, having a somewhat crooked Father whilst educated at a convent school, informs her handling of life [...]

    23. I'm of two minds about this book. There are parts I liked and others I disliked quite a bit. Which would explain why it took me so long to finish. This is a reread but I had no memories of reading it although I know I have read it during my binge of P.D. James way back when A Taste for Death came out in French somewhere in the mid 1980s.So Cordelia is half in the things I liked and half in the things I disliked. I liked that she is persistent, clever in her own way, empathic and ultimately good [...]

    24. Read for my Crime Fiction class. This one certainly wasn't talked up at all by the lecturer, which didn't help, but her comment that "Gray" is a very appropriate name for this female detective is unfortunately true. The whole book was drab and gray for me: the writing was never exciting, the tension never had me curious to read on, the characters rarely compelled me -- the only character I found interesting was the murdered boy, who I felt sorry for.I'm sure this must be somehow influential or i [...]

    25. I really enjoyed this book. The main character Cordelia Gray is intelligent, brave, and resourceful without seeming over the top superpowerish. The mystery was well plotted and the clues were very subtlely placed. I am sad to discover that there are only two of these Cordelia Gray books but I will definitely read the second one as I liked this one so much. The scene in which Corelia meets Dagliesh is superb, it highlights the difference in their character and yet the mutual respect for their ski [...]

    26. Never tell an unnecessary lie; the truth has great authority. The cleverest murders have been caught, not because they told the one essential lie, but because they continued to lie about unimportant detail when the truth could have done them no harmelligent but not clever(view spoiler)[But why would Sir Ronald Callender hire Cordelia in the first place if he was the very murderer she was looking for? (hide spoiler)]

    27. This was the book that changed my mind on P.D. James. Cordelia's youthful optimism is a really good foil to the pervasive sadness of other P.D. James novels. I was again surprised at home vividly I remembered some parts of it. I don't know if I was reading so much as reconstructing a memory of it, but it was really enjoyable.

    28. I particularly loved the nineteen seventies setting in this book and seeing how much things have changed, in particular for a woman, for whom this job would no longer be considered unsuitable. Cordelia is really ahead of her time. I also love the Cambridge and countryside settings. I think you need a nice setting in a murder story to make it bearable.

    29. Saw more Dorothy L. Sayers in this than in any of the previous James books. Was looking for a mystery and saw this had Cambridge as a setting. My daughter leaves for there this week. Wanted to give her something fun to read for the journey. She's going on a course and has lots of mandatory reading.

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