P.D. James

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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 was used in her novels. She was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Society of Arts and 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 was an Honorary Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.

She 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 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, stepping down from the post in August 2013.

Books by P.D. James

Death of an Expert Witness

Published: February 2020

Set on the bleak fens of East Anglia, Death of an Expert Witness is the seventh novel in the Adam Dalgliesh series and a thrilling work of detective fiction from P.D. James, the bestselling author of Death Comes To Pemberley and Children of Men.

An Unsuitable Job for a Woman

Published: February 2020

Set in Cambridge, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman is the first of P.D. James's novels to feature Cordelia Gray, a compulsive thriller and a chilling study of the complex motives behind cold-hearted murder.

The Skull Beneath the Skin

Published: February 2020

In The Skull Beneath the Skin, the second Cordelia Gray mystery from P.D. James, Cordelia is hired to protect a beautiful but neurotic actress and soon becomes embroiled in a case as dangerous to her life as it is mysterious.

Shroud for a Nightingale

Published: December 2019

Set in the medical world of hospitals and nursing schools in London, the fourth Adam Dalgliesh mystery Shroud for a Nightingale is a thrilling work of detective fiction from P.D. James, the bestselling author of Death Comes to Pemberley and Children of Men.

The Black Tower

Published: December 2019

Set on the Dorset coast, The Black Tower by P.D. James is the fifth Adam Dalgliesh mystery and a thrilling work of crime fiction from the bestselling author of Death in Holy Orders, Children of Men and Death Comes to Pemberley.

Cover Her Face

Published: August 2019

P.D. James's debut novel, the first Adam Dalgliesh mystery is a thrilling work of crime fiction set in the English countryside, from the bestselling author of Death Comes to Pemberley and Children of Men.

A Mind to Murder

Published: August 2019

Set in London, A Mind to Murder is the second novel in the Adam Dalgliesh series and a thrilling work of crime fiction from P.D. James, the award-winning author of Death Comes To Pemberley and Children of Men.

Unnatural Causes

Published: August 2019

Set on the remote Suffolk coast, the third Adam Dalgliesh mystery Unnatural Causes is a thrilling work of crime fiction from P.D. James, the bestselling author of Death Comes To Pemberley.

A Taste for Death

Published: May 2019

Set in London, A Taste for Death is the seventh Adam Dalgliesh mystery from P.D. James, a compulsive thriller and a chilling study of the complex motives behind cold-hearted murder.

Original Sin

Published: May 2019

Set on the banks of the River Thames in the literary world,P.D. James's Original Sin is the ninth Adam Dalgliesh mystery and a brilliant work of crime fiction from the bestselling author of Death Comes to Pemberley.

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