Thursday, November 27, 2014

P.D. James Dead at 94

"What the detective story is about is not murder but the restoration of order."  P.D. James

Author P.D. James, best known for her Adam Dalgliesh novels died this morning at her home in Oxford.  Phyllis Dorothy James, who carried the title Baroness James of Holland Park, was born in Oxford on August 3, 1920.  She sat in the House of Lords as a member of the Conservative Party.

The author's career began relatively late in her life and she did not prove to be an especially prolific writer, producing only 14 Dalgliesh novels from 1962 to 2008.  She also wrote two Cordella Gray novels, three standalone novels, and three books of nonfiction.  Her last novel was Death Comes to Pemberley which was published in 2011 - and she is credited with writing the screen adaptation for the same in 2013.  Reportedly, the author had a novel in progress at the time of her death.

Two daughters, Claire and Jane, five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren survive Ms. James.


  1. I just learned about her death the other day. I was surprised and a bit sad. She had such a good long and productive life. I got to hear her read once, she was about 80 then and what a fun woman.

    1. I was never lucky enough to meet the lady, but I'm a big admirer of her Dalgliesh series, that's for sure.