P.D. James 1920-2014

The woman once dubbed the “Queen of Crime” has passed away. British mystery and crime novelist Phyllis Dorothy James, best known for her works following the Scotland Yard detective Adam Dalgliesh, has died at the age of 94. The Oxford born P.D. James began her writing career during her late 30’s, having published her first novel, Cover Her Face, in 1962. She initially took up writing to support her family after her husband became incapacitated with a mental illness. Since her debut James has become one of Britain’s most celebrated mystery novelists, winning awards for such works as The Black Tower, The Murder Room, and The Children of Men. James’ final novel, Death Comes to Pemberley, was published in 2011.

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