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P. D. James
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P. D. James is the author of twenty previous books, many of which feature her detective hero Adam Dalgliesh and have been televised or filmed. She is the recipient of many honors, including the Mystery Writers of American Grand Master Award and the National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Literature, and in 1991 was created Baroness James of Holland Park.

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Father Brown
The Essential Tales
Written by G.K. Chesterton
Edited by P. D. James


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 26, 2005
Price: $12.95

G. K. Chesterton’s Father Brown may seem a pleasantly doddering Roman Catholic priest, but appearances deceive. With keen observation and an unerring sense of man’s frailties–gained during his years listening to confessions–Father Brown succeeds in bringing even the most elusive criminals to justice.

This definitive collection of fifteen stories, selected by... Read more >

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A Certain Justice
An Adam Dalgliesh Novel
Written by P. D. James


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: November 4, 2003
Price: $15.00

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A Certain Justice
An Adam Dalgliesh Novel
Written by P. D. James


Format: eBook, 464 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: November 30, 2011
Price: $11.99

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The Children of Men

Written by P. D. James


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 16, 2006
Price: $15.95

Told with P. D. James’s trademark suspense, insightful characterization, and riveting storytelling, The Children of Men is a story of a world with no children and no future.

The human race has become infertile, and the last generation to be born is now adult. Civilization itself is crumbling as suicide and... Read more >
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The Children of Men

Written by P. D. James


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 20, 2010
Price: $11.99

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Death Comes to Pemberley

Written by P. D. James


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 1, 2013
Price: $15.00

In their six years of marriage, Elizabeth and Darcy have forged a peaceful, happy life for their family at Pemberley, Darcy’s impressive estate. Her father is a regular visitor; her sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; the marriage prospects for Darcy’s sister, Georgiana, are favorable. And preparations for their... Read more >

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Death Comes to Pemberley (Movie Tie-in Edition)

Written by P. D. James


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $15.00

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In their six years of marriage, Elizabeth and Darcy have forged a peaceful, happy life for their family at Pemberley, Darcy’s impressive estate. Her father is a regular visitor; her sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; the marriage prospects for Darcy’s sister, Georgiana, are favorable... Read more >

Death Comes to Pemberley

Written by P. D. James


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 6, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Death Comes to Pemberley

Written by P. D. James


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Random House Large Print
On Sale: December 6, 2011
Price: $26.00

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Death in Holy Orders
An Adam Dalgliesh Novel
Written by P. D. James


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 9, 2007
Price: $15.00

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Death in Holy Orders

Written by P. D. James


Format: eBook
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 25, 2001
Price: $9.99

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Devices and Desires

Written by P. D. James


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $15.95

After the publication of his latest book of poetry, Commander Adam Dalgliesh has escaped from the hubbub of London to the remote Norfolk headland called Larksoken and the converted windmill he has inherited from his aunt. But he cannot so easily escape from murder. A psychopathic serial killer has been terrorizing... Read more >
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Devices and Desires

Written by P. D. James


Format: eBook, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 2011
Price: $11.99

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The Lighthouse

Written by P. D. James


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $15.95

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The Lighthouse

Written by P. D. James


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 1, 2005
Price: $11.99

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The Murder Room
A Novel
Written by P. D. James


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $15.95

Murders present meet murders past in P.D. James’s latest harrowing, thought-provoking thriller.

Commander Adam Dalgliesh is already acquainted with the Dupayne—a museum dedicated to the interwar years, with a room celebrating the most notorious murders of that time—when he is called to investigate the killing of one of the family trustees... Read more >
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The Murder Room

Written by P. D. James


Format: eBook, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 18, 2003
Price: $11.99

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Original Sin

Written by P. D. James


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 14, 2009
Price: $15.95

Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team are confronted with a puzzle of impenetrable complexity. A murder has taken place in the offices of the Peverell Press, a venerable London publishing house located in a dramatic mock-Venetian palace on the Thames. The victim is Gerard Etienne, the brilliant but ruthless new managing... Read more >
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Original Sin

Written by P. D. James


Format: eBook, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 23, 2012
Price: $11.99

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The Private Patient

Written by P. D. James


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 3, 2009
Price: $16.00

Cheverell Manor is a beautiful old house in Dorset, which its owner, the famous plastic surgeon George Chandler-Powell, uses as a private clinic. When the investigative journalist, Rhoda Gradwyn, arrives to have a disfiguring facial scar removed, she has every expectation of a successful operation and a peaceful week recuperating. But... Read more >
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The Private Patient

Written by P. D. James


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 18, 2008
Price: $11.99

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Talking About Detective Fiction

Written by P. D. James


Format: eBook, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 1, 2009
Price: $11.99

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Talking About Detective Fiction

Written by P. D. James


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $14.00

P. D. James, the undisputed queen of mystery, gives us an intriguing, inspiring and idiosyncratic look at the genre she has spent her life perfecting.

Examining mystery from top to bottom, beginning with such classics as Charles Dickens's Bleak House and Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White, and then looking at... Read more >
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A Taste for Death

Written by P. D. James


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $15.95

When the quiet Little Vestry of St. Matthew's Church becomes the blood-soaked scene of a double murder, Scotland Yard Commander Adam Dalgliesh faces an intriguing conundrum: How did an upper-crust Minister come to lie, slit throat to slit throat, next to a neighborhood derelict of the lowest order? Challenged with the... Read more >
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A Taste for Death

Written by P. D. James


Format: eBook, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 8, 2010
Price: $11.99

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