Reading mystery will never be the same without PD James!

By Ritika Handoo | Last Updated: Nov 29, 2014, 16:42 PM IST

The lady who rose to fame in her early 40s and that too by creating a thrilling scenario for her readers—PD James, known for her detective works left with her silence intact. 

The British crime writer became the 'most-read' author through her books which dealt primarily with cops and a poet.

Her interesting narration style made her quite famous amongst the readers, who loved the chilling genre. Her initial years in writing drove heavily from her own personal life. James' first novel 'Cover Her Face' was all about a poet named Adam Dalgliesh and a police investigator, set in United Kingdom. It got published in 1962. 

James became a renowned writer with novels such as 'Cover Her Face', 'Death in Holy Orders', 'Talking About Detective Fiction', ‘The Children of Men’, ‘The Murder Room’ and  Pride and Prejudice spin-off ‘Death Comes to Pemberley’ and the like. The author, not only was into creating mysteries around the reader, but also was a civil servant by profession. After her husband died, James was offered to join the criminal section of the Home Office. She successfully completed her professional commitments till she retired in the year 1979. She became the Baroness James of Holland Park and sat in the House of Lords as a Conservative in 1991. The noted author was an Anglican and a Lay Patron of the Prayer Book Society. 

The veteran writer's novels were adapted for big screen presentation a couple of times. She received critical appreciation from all walks of life. Although her professional life was on a high, it was her personal life which was not that rosy.

Her husband and mother were reported to have been suffering from mental disorders at times, which made James work even harder. The reason why some of her works had a vivid description of illness and dark side of existence. 

'The Children of Men' which came out in 1992, was adapted by Hollywood filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron in 2006 with Clive Owen and Julianne Moore in the lead roles. Although the screenplay was changed a bit, James never complained.

She got the lifetime achievement award by the Crime Writers' Association's Diamond Dagger in 1987, and even received the Medal of Honour for Literature in 2005 by National Arts Club. The renowned author breathed her last on November 27, 2014, and is survived by her two daughters.

Lastly, it would not be wrong to say that although James has bid us goodbye already, the 94-year-old veteran was a master in creating intrigue with a basic mystery kept intact. Detective writing has been left with a void, difficult to fulfil.