Monday, October 31, 2016

The Mistletoe Murder by P.D. James

The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories by P.D. James; with a Foreword by Val McDermid --- 152 pages

Four short stories from the works of crime fiction doyenne P.D. James, two set at Christmas, and two featuring her detective/poet Adam Dalgleish early in his career.  All are classic P.D. James: witty, ingenious and unsettling.

The perfect Christmas gift for fans of classic British mysteries.

Phyllis Dorothy James was the author of 20 crime novels, many featuring her detective hero Adam Dalgleish. A number of her novels have been turned into films or television series.

She began working at age 16 when she took a job in the British civil service. After her husband returned incapacitated from military service in World War II, James became the primary support for her family. She studied hospital administration and went to work for the National Health Service. In 1968 James sat another civil service exam and won an appointment to the Home Office. From 1972 until her retirement in 1979 James was a senior employee in the Criminal Policy Department. Meanwhile she also pursued a writing career, publishing her first crime novel in 1962.

She received many prizes and honors during her lifetime. In 1991 Queen Elizabeth II created her Baroness James of Holland Park. P.D. James died in 2014, at the age of ninety-four.

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