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(...)

Novelist PD James has died aged 94 - the novelist was best know for her series about detective Adam Dalgliesh. Photograph: PA
Writer PD James dies at the age of 94
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  • November 27, 2014, 13:58

PD James, who has died aged 94, once said she started writing crime fiction as a preparation for a career as a serious novelist but ended doing as muc(...)