Phyllis Dorothy James (1920-2014) known as P. D. James received recognition as an English crime novelist. James wrote a series of detective books and reached significant popularity. Born in Oxford, she received an education in Ludlow and Cambridge High School for Girls. Her career started at a tax office and later assistant stage manager. This role she accepted as part of a theatre group. Her first novel received the name Cover Her Face and became published in 1962. James received a life peer recognition as Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991.
She formed part of the House of Lords as a Conservative and also joined the Prayer Book Society as an Anglican. She published Talking About Detective Fiction in 2009. Her works included anthologies, periodicals and non-fiction publications. James published the Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries between 1962 to 2008 and the Cordelia Gray Mysteries between 1972 to 1982. She published stand-alone novels, for example, Innocent Blood (1980), The Children of Men (1992) and Death Comes to Pemberley (2011).
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