P.D James


About her

Born in 1920 Phyllis Dorothy James had a position as a civil servant within the criminal section of the Home Office before dedicating herself to writing. Mixing British understatement and sadism, social analysis and humour, her novels earned her the title of  ‘new queen of crime’. Her last novel Death Comes to Pemberley was translated in February 2012 by Fayard.

Autobiograpy for Quais du Polar

‘My first detective novel was published in 1962, and since then I have written detective novels in the classical English tradition. I want to write good novels with both believable and enthralling plots.’

Crime favourites

Film: Psycho, directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Book: The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Arthur Conan Doyle

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle