Read by Davina Porter.
A Cordelia Gray mystery - Book #1, 1972
Cordelia Gray, is a contemporary detective, liberated and independent. An attractive young
woman in her early twenties, she has inherited a detective agency from her partner Bernie
Pryde, and she intends to keep it running, make it profitable, and create a career for herself.
Polite and at ease in elegant circumstances, Cordelia is also willing to take chances and do
all the dirty work--and carry a gun. On her first case following the death of Bernie Pryde,
Cordelia is hired by famed environmentalist Sir Ronald Callender of Garforth House, to find out
why his son Mark has hanged himself. Sir Ronald has had little interest in or affection for his
son during his lifetime but now seems determined to understand the reasons for his son's shocking
suicide. Cordelia soon learns that just prior to his death, Mark dropped out of college and found
work as a gardener, severing relations with his father from whom he declared he would accept no
money or support. Further investigation leads Cordelia to believe that Mark was murdered.
Written in 1972 and winner of the Best Novel Award by the Mystery Writers of America in 1973, this
clever mystery by P. D. James features a female detective who is no Miss Marple. The author only
ever wrote two novels in this series.
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