First Paragraph: Cover Her Face by P.D. James

firstparagraphEvery Tuesday Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea shares the first paragraph of a book currently being read. Feel free to join the fun.

I’m an old fan of P.D. James and I picked up her first novel to read it again. Let me share the opening paragraph of Cover Her Face.


Chapter One

Exactly three months before the killing at Martingale Mrs, Maxie gave a dinner party. Years later, when the trial was a half-forgotten scandal and the headlines were yellowing on the newspaper lining of cupboard drawers, Eleanor Maxie looked back on that spring evening as the opening scene of tragedy. Memory, selective and perverse, invested what had been a perfectly ordinary dinner party with an aura of foreboding and unease. It became, in retrospect, a ritual gathering under one roof of victims and suspects, a stated preliminary to murder. In fact not all the suspects had been present. Felix Hearne, for one, was not at Martingale that week-end. Yet, in her memory, he too sat at Mrs. Maxie’s table, watching with amused, sardonic eyes the opening antics of the players.

What do you think?

Would you keep reading?

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4 Responses to First Paragraph: Cover Her Face by P.D. James

  1. I haven’t read one of PD James’ books for a long while but they were a huge favourite of mine – I could easily curl up with this one again.

  2. Kay says:

    You know, I’m not sure I’ve ever read a P.D. James book. I’ve certainly known about them and may have watched a TV adaptation perhaps. Like the sound of this one.

  3. P.D. James is one of those authors I’d like to read–as soon as time permits.

  4. Vicki says:

    I haven’t read a P.D. James book, but after reading this post I checked her out and it seems her books are rated high. Maybe I need to see which book I’d like to start with.

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