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P.D. James
P. D. James is the author of twenty previous books, most of which have been filmed and broadcast on television in the United States and other countries. She spent thirty years in various departments of the British Civil Service, including the Police and Criminal Law Departments of Great Britain's... show more



P. D. James is the author of twenty previous books, most of which have been filmed and broadcast on television in the United States and other countries. She spent thirty years in various departments of the British Civil Service, including the Police and Criminal Law Departments of Great Britain's Home Office. She has served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. In 2000 she celebrated her eightieth birthday and published her autobiography, Time to Be in Earnest. The recipient of many prizes and honors, she was created Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991 and was inducted into the International Crime Writing Hall of Fame in 2008. She lives in London and Oxford.Photo credit Ulla Montan

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Birth date: 1920-08-03
Died: 2014-11-27
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Issa Bacsa's Bookshelf
Issa Bacsa's Bookshelf rated it 6 days ago
Although there were obvious clues that were shrouded by other factors, these factors were successful enough to distract the detective but not me.
The better to see you, my dear
The better to see you, my dear rated it 4 months ago
I'm needing a "slow" shelf. Despite a lot happening, this one felt like it was double the length. I'm torn. It's not a bad book. There is a thread of danger imminent running through the whole story, a masterful presentation of a world gone to waste in apathy, and many interesting commentaries on s...
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 7 months ago
“’The victim's hair was damp, which suggests she died after her swim and not before it’" In “Devices and Desires” by P. D. James I’m no detective but that is some incredible deduction Dalgliesh… I'm only going to be on this earth for a limited amount of time, and in all likelihood I won't...
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 7 months ago
I too read Asterix comic books that I've read before. The memories of reading them as a child, the familiarity of the characters and the incidents, the dialogue even. Of course, there are lots of reasons why we might want to return to a book. Reading a book again is not just reading it for a second ...
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 7 months ago
“The cultured cop! I thought they were peculiar to detective novels.”In “Cover Her Face” by P. D. JamesSometimes people just like to talk about the books they're reading. Not boast. Just talk. I realise such plebeian behaviour may not be acceptable in the rarefied circles some people move in, but fo...
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