The Skull Beneath the Skin

A Cordelia Gray Mystery
Author: P.D. James
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 143914429X
Category: Fiction
Page: 448
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Invited to protect an actress within the rose red walls of a fairy-tale castle, Detective Cordelia Gray finds the stage is set for death. Actress Clarissa Lisle has always been famous for her ravishing beauty—and her unscrupulous manipulations. Now on the death-shrouded island of Courcy, her schemes win her a starring role in a nightmare in which she can trust no one—not her deceived husband; her dangerously insecure stepson; her ominously genial host; her dependent, desperate cousin; or her cruelly amusing ex-lover. Soon Detective Cordelia gray finds that nothing is as it seems on Courcy—especially after the curtain goes down. Here she must delve into ancient secrets and guilt-stained pasts—and risk her life to stop a brilliantly cunning murderer who has set the stage for her death.

The Skull Beneath the Skin


Author: P. D. James
Publisher: Seal Books
ISBN: 077042970X
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Fading star Clarissa Lisle plans a spectacular comeback in a private performance of Webster’s bloodcurdling tragedyThe Duchess of Malfi, to be staged in an island castle owned by the eccentric collector Ambrose Gorringe. When she begins to receive poison-pen letters — bearing death threats couched in Shakespearean quotations — her husband hires young private detective Cordelia Gray to ensure her safety. But before the curtain rises, one of the party will fall victim to a murderous blow, and as the suspense builds, it becomes clear to Cordelia that everyone confined within the walls of the castle seems to have an excellent motive for sending Clarissa Lisle “down, down to hell.”

The Skull Beneath the Skin


Author: P.D. James
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743219562
Category: Fiction
Page: 448
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Hired as a bodyguard to faded actress Clarissa Lisle, the recent recipient of numerous death threats, Cordelia Gray accompanies the actress to an island castle, whose owner collects funeral paraphernalia.

Skull Beneath the Skin

The Achievement of John Webster
Author: Charles R. Forker
Publisher: SIU Press
ISBN: 9780809312795
Category: Drama
Page: 612
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Webster was much possessed by death And saw the skull beneath the skin; And breastless creatures under ground Leaned backward with a lipless grin. These lines from T. S. Eliot's ?Whispers of Immortality” provide Charles R. Forker with the title for the most sub­stantial and detailed examination of John Webster to date; they also identify a ma­jor theme?the love-death nexus in Re­naissance drama and its special relevance to Webster. Forker summarizes what is known about Webster's life and analyzes in de­tail not only the major plays but also the lesser ones. He examines The White De­vil, The Duchess of Malfi, and The Devil's Law-Case in context with the minor and collaborative works, tracing themes, stylistic features, and ideas through the entire Webster canon. One reviewer of the manuscript notes that ?Forker is surely unrivalled as an authority on matters Websterian. His book treats Webster with an unhurried fullness and richness rarely accorded even to Shakespeare.” Another calls the book ?Splendid. Readable and engaging.”

An Unsuitable Job for a Woman


Author: P.D. James
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451697767
Category: Fiction
Page: 256
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An Unsuitable Job for a Woman introduces bestselling mystery author 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). 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.

Sweet Days of Discipline


Author: Fleur Jaeggy
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 9780811212359
Category: Fiction
Page: 101
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The story of a fourteen-year-old girl living in a bording school in postwar Switzerland.

P. D. James's Cordelia Gray Mysteries

An Unsuitable Job for a Woman and The Skull Beneath the Skin
Author: P.D. James
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501117564
Category: Fiction
Page: 704
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Private investigator Cordelia Gray inherits the Pryde Detective Agency in London and solves mysteries after her boss’s suicide in this compelling ebook collection that includes An Unsuitable Job for a Woman and The Skull Beneath the Skin.

The Duchess of Malfi


Author: John Webster
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
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Page: 152
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"The Duchess of Malfi" was published in 1623, but the date of writing may have been as early as 1611. It is based on a story in Painter's "Palace of Pleasure," translated from the Italian novelist, Bandello; and it is entirely possible that it has a foundation in fact. In any case, it portrays with a terrible vividness one side of the court life of the Italian Renaissance; and its picture of the fierce quest of pleasure, the recklessness of crime, and the worldliness of the great princes of the Church finds only too ready corroboration in the annals of the time ...

Trilogy of Death

Three Complete Novels
Author: P. D. James
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
ISBN: N.A
Category: Fiction
Page: 961
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Commander Adam Dalgliesh investigates a murder in a forensic science lab, Philippa Palfrey, an eighteen-year-old adoptee, learns that her natural mother was a murderess, and Cordelia Gray tries to solve the murder of houseparty guest

The Lighthouse


Author: P. D. James
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307264336
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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A secure and secluded retreat for the rich and powerful becomes the setting for an unsettling series of murders. Combe Island off the Cornish coast is a restful haven for the elite. But when one of its distinguished visitors is found hanging from the island’s famous lighthouse in what appears to have been a murder, the peace is shattered. Commander Adam Dalgliesh is called in to handle the sensitive case, but at a difficult time for him and his depleted team. He is uncertain about his future with his girlfriend Emma Lavenham; his principle detective Kate Miskin is going through an emotional crisis; and the ambitious Sergeant Francis Benton-Smith is not happy about having a female boss. After a second brutal killing, the whole investigation is jeopardized, and Dalgliesh is faced with a danger even more insidious than murder.

Original Sin


Author: P. D. James
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307822524
Category: Fiction
Page: 432
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Adam Dalgliesh takes on a baffling murder in the rarefied world of London book publishing in this masterful mystery from one of our finest novelists. Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team are confronted with a puzzle of impenetrable complexity. A murder has taken place in the offices of the Peverell Press, a venerable London publishing house located in a dramatic mock-Venetian palace on the Thames. The victim is Gerard Etienne, the brilliant but ruthless new managing director, who had vowed to restore the firm's fortunes. Etienne was clearly a man with enemies—a discarded mistress, a rejected and humiliated author, and rebellious colleagues, one of who apparently killed herself a short time earlier. Yet Etienne's death, which occurred under bizarre circumstances, is for Dalgliesh only the beginning of the mystery, as he desperately pursues the search for a killer prepared to strike and strike again.

Angel Time

A Novel
Author: Anne Rice
Publisher: Anchor Books
ISBN: 0307745392
Category: Fiction
Page: 319
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Contract killer Toby O'Dare accepts a seraph's offer to leave his violent existence in order to save lives, and finds himself transported to thirteenth-century England and challenged to defend falsely accused Jewish citizens.

Cover Her Face

An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery
Author: P.D. James
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451697775
Category: Fiction
Page: 256
View: 347
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The first in the series of scintillating mysteries to feature cunning Scotland Yard detective, Adam Dalgliesh from P.D. James, the bestselling author hailed by People magazine as “the greatest living mystery writer.” Sally Jupp was a sly and sensuous young woman who used her body and her brains to make her way up the social ladder. Now she lies across her bed with dark bruises from a strangler’s fingers forever marring her lily-white throat. Someone has decided that the wages of sin should be death...and it is up to Chief Inspector Adam Dalgliesh to find who that someone is. Cover Her Face is P.D. James’ delightful debut novel, an ingeniously plotted mystery that immediately placed her among the masters of suspense.

Black Money


Author: Ross Macdonald
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
ISBN: 0307759563
Category: Fiction
Page: 256
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When Lew Archer is hired to get the goods on the suspiciously suave Frenchman who's run off with his client's girlfriend, it looks like a simple case of alienated affections. Things look different when the mysterious foreigner turns out to be connected to a seven-year-old suicide and a mountain of gambling debts. Black Money is Ross Macdonald at his finest, baring the skull beneath the untanned skin of Southern California's high society.

The Wounds of the Dead


Author: Vikram Paralkar
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9352774388
Category: Fiction
Page: 224
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A surgeon working in a dilapidated clinic in the hinterland is visited in the dead of night by a family - a man, his pregnant wife and their eight-year-old son. Victims of a senseless attack, they reveal to the surgeon wounds that they could not possibly have survived. In a narrative that blends medicine and metaphysics, the surgeon is then issued a preposterous task: to mend the wounds of the dead before sunrise so that the family can return to life. But this is not the only challenge laid before him, and it is only as the night unfolds and morning dawns that the surgeon realizes just how intricately his future is tied to that of the dead. Weaving surgical detail with philosophy and absurdism, The Wounds of the Dead is a novel that's at once grittily realistic and magically unreal, and which will remain with you long after you have read the final page.