P.D. James is a widely read mystery novelist. She is the author of several novels featuring the poet-detective, Adam Dalgliesh. Her novels include “Shroud For A Nightingale”, “An Unsuitable Job For A Woman”, “A Taste For Death” and “Death in Holy Orders”; in 2000 she published her autobiography, “Time To Be In Earnest”. Several of her books have made it to television and film, and James has been called the “Queen of Crime.” She was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1983 and Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991.
She has won both the Mystery Writers of America Best Novel Award and the Crime Writers’ Association (CRA) Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction three times each. As well as the CRA Cartier Diamond Dagger (lifetime achievement award), the Deo Gloria Award, the 1999 Grandmaster Award, the WH Smith Literary Award, and the 2005 British Book Awards Crime Thriller of the Year for “The Murder Room”.