Crime novelist Phyllis Dorothy James on 27 November 2014 died at the age of 94 in Oxford, UK. She was best known for her series of detective novels starring the policeman and poet Adam Dalgliesh.
Her novels include The Children of Men, The Murder Room and Pride, and Prejudice spin-off Death Comes to Pemberley.
About PD James
• PD James was born in August 1920.
• She started her writing career in the 1950 and her first novel was Cover Her Face.
• She worked in the forensic science department and then the criminal law department till 1979.
• She gained international recognition after the publication of Innocent Blood in 1980.
• Many of her novels were adapted for television such as Death in Holy Orders and The Murder Room starring Martin Shaw as the detective.
• She was awarded the Crime Writers' Association's Diamond Dagger award in 1987 for lifetime achievement.
• She also received the Medal of Honour for Literature in 2005 by National Arts Club.
• She served as a BBC governor from 1988 to 1993.
• She was created a Conservative life peer - Baroness James of Holland Park - in recognition of her role in 1991.