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Welcome to the P.D. James library. Here, you will find links to information, excerpts and more from the her most recent books. Below that, we've included a complete list of all her work.

DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY
Vintage Trade Paperback | January 2013 | 978-0-307-74313-8

P. D. James pays tribute to Jane Austen in this brilliantly entertaining continuation of Pride & Prejudice.


TALKING ABOUT DETECTIVE FICTION
Vintage Trade Paperback | May 2011 | 978-0-307-74313-8

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.


THE PRIVATE PATIENT
Vintage Trade Paperback | November 2009 | 0-307-45528-9

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 the clinic houses an implacable enemy and within hours of the operation Rhoda is murdered.

THE LIGHTHOUSE
Vintage Trade Paperback | October 2006 | 0-307-27573-6

Combe Island off the Cornish coast has a bloodstained history of piracy and cruelty but now, privately owned, it offers respite to over-stressed men and women in positions of high authority who require privacy and guaranteed security. But the peace of Combe is violated when one of the distinguished visitors is bizarrely murdered.

THE CHILDREN OF MEN
Vintage Trade Paperback | May 2006 | 0-307-27543-4

The human race has become infertile and the last generation to be born has grown into adulthood. Despair permeates everyone's lives, but one young woman and her band of revolutionaries may have the key to survival.

A TASTE FOR DEATH
Vintage Trade Paperback | November 2005 | 1-4000-9647-2

In the little vestry of St. Matthew's Church in London, two bodies are found butchered like animals--one a government minister and the other a local derelict. The gruesome double murder soon becomes one of the most complicated of Commander Adam Dalgliesh's career, made even more difficult by his familiarity with one of the victims.

THE MURDER ROOM
Vintage Trade Paperback | November 2004 | 1-4000-7609-9

Commander Adam Dalgliesh, P. D. James's formidable and fascinating detective, returns to find himself enmeshed in a terrifying story of passion and mystery—and in love.

DEVICES AND DESIRES
Vintage Trade Paperback | May 2004 | 1-4000-7624-2

Commander Adam Dalgliesh has just published a book of poems and has taken a brief respite from publicity on the remote Larksoken headland in a windmill left to him by his aunt. But escape is not so easy, and he finds himself caught up in the search for a dangerous killer.

DEATH IN HOLY ORDERS
Knopf | Hardcover | April 2001 | 0-375-41255-7

The setting itself is elemental P. D. James: the bleak coast of East Anglia, where atop a sweep of low cliffs stands the small theological college of St. Anselm's. On the shore not far away, smothered beneath a fall of sand, lies the body of one of the school's young ordinands.

 





TIME TO BE IN EARNEST
Knopf | Autobiography | Hardcover | April 2000 | 0-375-41066-X

In 1997, P. D. James turned seventy-seven. Taking to heart Dr. Johnson's advice that at seventy-seven it is "time to be in earnest," she decided to undertake a personal memoir in the form of a diary. This enchanting and highly original volume is the result.


A CERTAIN JUSTICE
Knopf | Hardcover | November 1997 | 0-375-40109-1

In P.D. James's first foray into the strange closed world of the Law Courts and the London legal community, she created a fascinating tale of interwoven passion and terror. t begins, dramatically enough, with a trial for murder. The distinguished criminal lawyer Venetia Aldridge is defending Garry Ashe on charges of having brutally killed his aunt.

ORIGINAL SIN
Knopf | Hardcover | January 1995 | 0-679-43889-0

Innocent House is a mock-Venetian palace occupied by Britain's oldest book publisher, Peverell Press. After a spate of malicious pranks, the ruthless managing director, Gerard Etienne, is found dead, the office mascot, a stuffed snake, jammed in his mouth.




  • Skull Beneath the Skin, 1982

  • Innocent Blood, 1980

  • Death of an Expert Witness, 1977

  • The Black Tower, 1975

  • An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, 1972
  • Maul and the Pear Tree, (co-author) 1971

  • Shroud for a Nightingale, 1971

  • Unnatural Causes, 1967

  • A Mind to Murder, 1963

  • Cover Her Face, 1962
For further information on some of P.D. James backlist titles listed above, click here.
 
 
   
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