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    DescriptionHired to protect a beautiful but neurotic actress, Cordelia Gray soon becomes embroiled in a case as dangerous to her own life as it is mysterious. Clarissa Lisle hopes to make a spectacular comeback in a production of "The Duchess of Malfi", to be played in Ambrose Gorringe's sinister castle at Courcy Island. Cordelia is there to ensure her safety following the appearance of a number of poison-pen letters. But it soon becomes clear that all are in danger. Trapped within the walls of the Gothic Castle, the treacherous past of the island re-emerges, and everyone seems to have a motive for sending Clarissa 'down, down the hell'.


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    Title
    The Skull Beneath the Skin
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) P. D. James
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 111 mm
    Height: 178 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 221 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780571228539
    ISBN 10: 0571228534
    Classifications

    DC21: 823.914
    BIC subject category V2: FF
    BIC E4L: CRI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.1
    Libri: ENGM1020
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21200
    Libri: ENGL3030
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: FF
    BIC E4L: CRM
    Edition statement
    Export - Airside ed
    Publisher
    FABER & FABER
    Imprint name
    Faber & Faber Crime
    Publication date
    01 January 2006
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    P. D. James was born in Oxford in 1920 and educated at Cambridge High School for Girls. From 1949 to 1968 she worked in the National Health Service and subsequently in the Home Office, first in the Police Department and later in the Criminal Policy Department. All that experience has been used in her novels. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Society of Arts and has served as a Governor of the BBC, a member of the Arts Council, where she was Chairman of the Literary Advisory Panel, on the Board of the British Council, and as a magistrate in Middlesex and London. She is an Honorary Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. She has won awards for crime writing in Britain, America, Italy and Scandinavia, including the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award and the National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Literature (US). She has received honorary degrees from seven British universities, was awarded an OBE in 1983, and was created a life peer in 1991. In 1997 she was elected President of the Society of Authors.She lives in London and Oxford and has two daughters, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
    Review quote
    "A fine novel . . . from its very first pages you feel you are in marvellously sure hands." "--The Times" "Irresistible." --"Winnipeg Free Press" "Original, suspenseful, ingenious. . . . A whacking great whodunit by the reigning Queen of Mystery." --"Calgary Sun" "Her concern with the psychological reality of her characters is complemented by a scrupulous attention to physical detail, an easy ear for dialogue and a concise voice for description. Taken together, these are an unfailing combination." --"The Hamilton Spectator" "The reason it takes me so long to write is because it takes a long time for the characters to reveal themselves to me. My ambition as a writer is to make even the minor characters come alive." --P. D. James "James pulls out all the stops ... an overlay of lust; midnight apparitions; hairbreadth escapes." "--New York Magazine ""A masterly version of the clue-and-alibi game ... five star." --"Th