P.D. James is best known for her Adam Dalgliesh mysteries. She wrote two mysteries starring Cordelia Gray and then abandoned the character. It is unfortunate for in many ways she is a much more interesting character then Dalgliesh.
Cordelia finds resistance to her job from the start. Mark had suddenly quit Cambridge and had taken a job as a gardener. No one from the University wants to talk to her. All of his friends want her to drop the case feeling that her prying would do no good and only hurt the dead man’s reputation further. Cordelia stays at the cottage that Mark had spent his last week at and was found dead in. She soon finds that her own life is in danger.
I found this to be a well-written book and I certainly did not expect the ending. James brings in Dalgliesh in at the end as if she wasn’t certain that the character of Cordelia Gray could stand on her own. She should have trusted the character more.
This book as in her first Cordelia Gray book has a twist at the end that I didn’t see coming. James allows Cordelia to shine on her own in this book and I think it makes it a much stronger book then the first.
I would recommend both books. I don’t know why James didn’t continue with the character of Cordelia Gray. In many ways with her flaws Cordelia is a much more human character than Dalgliesh.
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