I was very sad earlier today to learn that P.D. James passed away at her home in Oxford, England. She was 94. I mentioned very recently that I read and enjoyed Death Comes to Pemberley a great deal. I had always intended to read her stories of the detective Adam Dagliesh. And now there won’t be any more. I didn’t know much about her story until I read the articles in the paper. She led a very interesting life–and it was sometimes very difficult.
I will still read her memoir and previous mysteries as I have time. I am prepared for the grittiness of the stories. She had said in interviews that she wanted realism in her work. “Murder is not pleasant,” she said in the obit in today’s Washington Post.I’m also prepared for flawed characters.
I’m not sure that I could write a mystery, but I found the Mystery Writing Lessons on her website insightful.