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P D James

UK flag (1920 - 2014)

P. D. James is the author of twenty previous books, most of which have been filmed and broadcast on television in the United States and other countries. She spent thirty years in various departments of the British Civil Service, including the Police and Criminal Law Departments of Great Britain's Home Office. She has served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. In 2000 she celebrated her eightieth birthday and published her autobiography, Time to Be in Earnest. The recipient of many prizes and honors, she was created Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991 and was inducted into the International Crime Writing Hall of Fame in 2008. She lives in London and Oxford.
Anthologies edited
Sightlines (2001) (with Harriet Harvey Wood)
Non fiction
Anthologies containing stories by P D James
Short stories
Murder, 1986 (1970)
The Mistletoe Murder (1998)

Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (1987) : A Taste for Death
Macavity Awards Best Novel winner (1987) : A Taste for Death
BCA Crime Thriller of the Year Best Novel nominee (2006) : The Lighthouse

P D James recommends
Mrs, Presumed Dead (1988)
(Mrs Pargeter, book 2)
Simon Brett
"A new Simon Brett is an event..."
The Hand of Strange Children (1993)
Robert Richardson
"Mr. Richardson knows how to create suspense and an atmosphere of incipient evil."
What Men Say (1994)
(Loretta Lawson Mystery)
Joan Smith
"A fiesty and original heroine."
An Imperfect Spy (1995)
(Kate Fansler, book 10)
Amanda Cross
"Eminently readable and satisfying... A new Kate Fansler novel is always welcomed by those who appreciate Amanda Cross's elegant and intelligebt heroine."
The Sherlock Effect (1997)
Raymond Kay Lyon
"The most ingenious part of your paperback is, of course, the central idea of a character named after Sherlock Holmes who decides to set up a detective agency on much the same lines as-the original genius, and even in a similar room. I think that this inspiration offers interesting possibilities."
Funeral Music (1998)
(Sara Selkirk, book 1)
Morag Joss
"It is always a pleasure to welcome a new and exciting talent to British crime writing, and Morag Joss's distinguished debut demonstrates an interesting setting, characters, both sympathetic and villainous, who are portrayed with wit and perception, good writing and a plot which combines tension with credibility. I look forward to her next with happy confidence."
Some Day Tomorrow (2000)
Nicolas Freeling
"An author as much concerned with the impulses and motives of the human heart as with the details of detection."
The Blood Doctor (2002)
Barbara Vine
"Barbara Vine has transcended her genre by her remarkable imaginative power to explore and illuminate the dark corners of the human psyche."
Rumpole and the Primrose Path (2002)
John Mortimer
"Rumpole, like Jeeves and Sherlock Holmes, is immortal."
A Small Case for Inspector Ghote? (2009)
(Inspector Ghote, book 26)
H R F Keating
"Mr Keating has created in Inspector Ghote an enchanting and engaging character."
Two For Sorrow (2010)
(Josephine Tey, book 3)
Nicola Upson
"A new and assured talent."
The Betrayal of Trust (2011)
(Simon Serrailler, book 6)
Susan Hill
"A new crime novel by Susan Hill is an event eagerly awaited by all afficionados."
The No 2 Feline Detective Agency (2014)
(No. 2 Feline Detective Agency, book 1)
Mandy Morton
"Original and intriguing... a world without people which cat lovers will enter and enjoy."

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