A Companion to the Mystery Fiction
About the Book
British National Health Service employee Phyllis Dorothy James White (1920–2014) reinvented herself at age 38 as P.D. James, crime novelist. She then became long known as England’s “Queen of Crime.” Sixteen of her 20 novels feature one or both of her series detectives, Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard and private eye Cordelia Gray. Stand-alone works include the dystopian The Children of Men (1992) and Death Comes to Pemberley (2011), a sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
James’s careful plotting has earned comparison with Golden Age British detective writers such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers. Yet James’s work is thoroughly modern, with realistic descriptions of police procedures and the echoes and aftereffects of crime. This literary companion includes more than 700 encyclopedic entries covering the characters, settings and themes of her published writing, along with a career chronology, chronological and alphabetical listings of her works, and an exhaustive index.
About the Author(s)
Laurel A. Young. Series Editor Elizabeth Foxwell
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 4 photos, chronology, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
Series: McFarland Companions to Mystery Fiction
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Organization of the Companion 3
James’s Works in Chronological Order 5
James’s Works in Alphabetical Order 7
Brief Biography 9
A Career Chronology 11
The Companion 17
Annotated Bibliography 259
Book Reviews & Awards
“recommended”—Choice; “Fans and researchers of P. D. James’ work will appreciate this recent addition to McFarland’s encyclopedic companion series. The entries are written in a clear and objective style, and include references to quotations in specific prints of James’ work. Anyone interested in exploring the range of James’ authorship will appreciate this comprehensive companion book”—ARBA.