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Six word+ title

Did anyone else spend quite some time looking through books counting the number of words the titles had on their fingers for this square? I hadn't appreciated quite how hard it was going to be to find a book that fitted. (I know I could have used any of the Harry Potter books which I almost certainly intend to reread (again) this year, but I decided not to *g*)

An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by P. D. James


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.

This is another older book as it was first published in 1972. P.D. James is one of my favourite authors, one whose books I regularly re-read. That said I hadn't read this book for quite a number of years, as whilst I do enjoy the two Cordelia Gray books, I prefer her Adam Dalgliesh books. However, the title fitted the requisite 'minimum of six words' perfectly so I thought it was time I reread it.

I was really glad I did reread it as I enjoyed it as much as I had done the last time I read it. Like a few of the other books I've read, it wouldn't work in today's world and I doubt it could be written today. However, it worked perfectly well for the period in which it was set and didn't feel 'odd' today.

Cordelia is an excellent character and isn't just 'a pretty face' and whilst she is tough, she isn't OTT tough. She's a very well written, well rounded character. Cleverly P. D. James links the books with her Dalgliesh books, as Bernie Pryde, who was Cordelia's boss before he took her onto the detecting side had worked under Dalgliesh in the Met and still employ his methods and imparts his wisdom to Cordelia who finds herself carrying it on. Dalgliesh is mentioned a reasonable amount, but you're never left feeling he was being shoe-horned into the book and mentioned just for the sake of mentioning him; when he was mentioned it was always fitting. In fact he does make an appearance at the end of the book.

It's a good story and is told at a nice, well balanced pace and the plot is believable and the characters are well drawn and for the most part likeable and I cared what happened to them; they were also believable. Cordelia in particular is very human, in a way that some book characters aren't.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and shall be rereading the second book in the 'series' (can you call two books 'a series'?) at some point in the not too distant future. It probably won't be for the Book Bingo challenge, but once that's over and done with I shall reread The Skull Beneath the Skin. It's another book that if you are happy with books written and set in the 70s and don't expect them to relate to how things are meant to be today, I would recommend highly.

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gilda_elise From: gilda_elise Date: 16th March 2019 14:11 (UTC) (Link)
Luckily for me, lots of nonfiction books have taken to using extremely long titles for their books with something of an explanation after a colon. You were lucky to find a fiction book with such a long title. The book sounds interesting,but,alas, I’ m not into mysteries. *g*
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 16th March 2019 14:51 (UTC) (Link)
That is true of non-fiction books. I'm not hugely into non-fiction, hence my search for fiction and my counting on fingers *g*

It is indeed a good book, but I remember you saying on a previous post you aren't really into mysteries.
liadtbunny From: liadtbunny Date: 16th March 2019 15:30 (UTC) (Link)
I had that problem with long titles too. Luckily I already had a book on my TBR pile with 6 words. It was a non-fiction book though. Hurrah for history; it got me a book for book with a number in the title too. I think the 70s is too recent for me;p
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 17th March 2019 10:45 (UTC) (Link)
It is quite a challenge. Gilda's like you, she too has gone with a non-fiction book.

I rather thought the 70s might be a tad too recent for you.
caffyolay From: caffyolay Date: 16th March 2019 17:07 (UTC) (Link)
Did anyone else spend quite some time looking through books counting the number of words the titles had on their fingers for this square?

Not sure why this made me laugh, but it did. :-D The things we do for our challenges. I did the same with my 'What's in a Name' one but in my case looking for books that had in the title the words 'of' and 'and'. The pickings were sparse! I ended up with The Bishop of Hell & Other Stories but am a mite concerned that there is no actual 'and' just a '&'. The things we worry about... ;-D

I shall add this Cordelia Grey book to my ever growing list of books to look out for. I've read all of the AD books (admittedly it was due to a violent crush on Roy Marsden at the time *coughs*) but not the two CD ones. Nice review m'dear. :-)
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 17th March 2019 10:48 (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad I made you laugh *Beams* Oh, yes, I can picture you doing that looking for books with those words. You'd think when first seeing them how easy it would be, but that isn't necessarily the case. I can see why you are a tad concerned, but I should have though the '&' would be permitted.

Hee. I do like increasing your TBR pile *Beams* Ah, yes, we both love RM as AD. I'm afraid as much as I like MS he really isn't, for me, AD.
hagsrus From: hagsrus Date: 16th March 2019 18:47 (UTC) (Link)

Spoiler warning

Been ages since I read this, but is it the one where an amazing number of things were done to a corpse in a very short time?
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 17th March 2019 10:50 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Spoiler warning

Things are done to the corpse, yes. But I'm not sure I'd call them an amazing amount. But one person's idea of 'a lot' is always the same as another's. He's dressed, undressed & redressed & his face is cleaned.

Sadly I can't remember The Skull Beneath the Skin well enough to know if that one involves a lot of things being done to the corpse.
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