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One of the Most Widely Admired Writers of Detective Fiction Turns 90 Today

August 3rd, 2010

P. D. James is the author of 20 books, most of which have been filmed for television. Before her retirement in 1979, she served in the forensics and criminal justice departments of Great Britain’s Home Office, and she has been a magistrate and a governor of the BBC. The recipient of many prizes and honours, she was created Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991. In 2000 she celebrated her 80th birthday and published her autobiography, Time to Be in Earnest.

And today, August 3rd, she celebrates her 90th birthday!

Revisit some of the many outstanding novels she has written in her lifetime. Her most recent, Talking About Detective Fiction, gives us a personal, lively, illuminating exploration of the human appetite for mystery and mayhem, and of those writers who have satisfied it.

Or—her most recent national bestseller, The Private Patient.

“No one is better than James at maintaining this tension between the cozy and the frightful.”
The Washington Post

“James is a master…. Nothing is as it first appears.”
The Boston Globe

Find out more about P.D. James and her many incredible titles at her official website at And for the aspiring mystery writer—you’ll find mystery writing advice from P.D. James herself!