For School: The Skull Beneath the Skin - P.D. James
Initial impression: Good God is this book boring, James is a stern looking woman and writes a "crime novel" as if she were Emily Post. The only crime being the savage cozy-fication of the idea of a private detective - atmosphere, dialogue, actions and plotting create at least an entertaining crime novel, not the stately design of the furniture, the gardens and manners that reveal nothing except "look at me I'm a fairly aloof upper-class twat with some mildly questionable behaviour,how scandalous!" Yes, it's a cozy but the novel itself can be reduced to 50 pages by removing all the hyper-unnecessary details. I might also add that the idea of a crime novel by Emily Post would be hilarious if Chris Onstad did it.