PD James’s  first novel was Cover Her Face (1962), which harked back to the cosy murders of the golden age, set in a country house with a body in a locked room and a cast including the vicar and a genial country doctor.

PD James, latterly Lady James of Holland Park, who has died aged 94, was the grande dame of the British crime novel. She was a link with the golden ag(...)

Joe Millar Who volunteered for the Irish Red Cross in 1945 (centre) pictured with other volunteers from left to right Jane Ronan, Cormac McGinn, Emma Gannon, Andrew Patton, Paraic McGahey, Lea Pepper and Barbara Cole. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

‘That it’s only about overseas aid.” “And disasters.” “And it’s only for adults.” There are nine of us sitting in the slightly chilly meeti(...)

Sophie Hannah: does full justice to Agatha Christie’s intricate plotting

There’s no rest for the wicked, they say, but lately it has been those fictional heroes whose job it is to bring the wicked to justice – James Bond, S(...)

British actor and director Lord Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90. Photograph: EPA

Lord Richard Attenborough, who has died at the age of 90, was never all that keen on his frequent satiric representation as a sort of endlessly lachry(...)

Richard Attenborough in 2008: the film Gandhi marked the pinnacle of his career. Photograph: Getty Images 0:50

Richard Attenborough, the film director who chronicled the end of British colonial rule in India with his Oscar-winning epic Gandhi and performed in m(...)

Agatha Christie

An auction at Bonhams in London on October 8th features Agatha Christie’s diamond jewellery “found hidden in an old suitcase”. The auction house said (...)

A young Mathew Pritchard with his grandmother Agatha Christie

Hardy a week goes by that Mathew Pritchard does not think about his grandmother Agatha Christie, as he deals with the literary estate that she left(...)

Jane Casey: “I’d love to write something about London during the second World War. That sense of constant threat, the backdrop of the blackout and broken buildings, the breakdown of social barriers, the now-or-never frantic feel to human relations, the casual heroism – all potent stuff for a novelist”

Born and brought up in Dublin, Jane Casey has been twice shortlisted for the Irish Crime Novel of the Year Award. The Kill, the fifth novel featuri(...)

Sinead Crowley: “the last book that made me text everyone I knew and demand they buy it was Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”

Sinead Crowley, RTÉ’s arts and media correspondent, is the author of Can Anybody Help Me? (Quercus, £12.99). A self-confessed internet addict, she (...)

Police search a black youth in Notting Hill during race riots in 1958, subject of Laura Wilson’s The Riot. Photograph: Knoote/Getty Images

T he Double (Orion, €19.99) is the second novel from George Pelecanos to(...)