Read Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James, awhile back, and while it was well written, personally didn’t care too much for the story line. In general, I’m not a huge fan of mysteries, but I thought I should read another one of P.D. James’ books to be fair, and I’m glad I did. Summer reading for me is usually a little bit on the lighter side, and I recently took a few books the majority of them mysteries from a friend who inherited them from a former co-worker. They are all to be registered with Bookcrossing.com and eventually released to other members or through Little Free Libraries or other free book shelves. This was a fast read, and it was fun to read about London and Cambridge in the 1970’s–mini cooper included.
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman was published in 1972, and the lead character Cordelia Gray, has lost her mentor Bernie, and taken over his detective agency when she travels to Cambridge to see about a prospective case. Actually Jane Austen is mentioned or referenced twice. First up in conversation between the main character Cordelia and her employer’s secretary Miss Leaming —
“When we were traveling here together you were reading Hardy. Do you enjoy him?”
“Very much. But I enjoy Jane Austen more.”
“Then you must try to find an opportunity of visiting the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. They have a letter written by Jane Austen. I think you’d find it interesting.”
And later a reference to Pride and Prejudice —
“He wasn’t particularly forthcoming but he did assure me that the boy had left voluntarily and to use his own words, his conduct while in college had been almost boringly irreproachable. I need not fear that the shades of Summertrees would be polluted.”
P.D. James a great mystery writer and Janeite.