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To judge by the worldwide success of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie's Poirot, it is not only the Anglo-Saxons who have an appetite for mystery and mayhem. Talking about the craft of detective writing and sharing her personal thoughts and observations on one of the most popular and enduring forms of literature, P. D. James examines the challenges, achievements and potential of a genre which has fascinated her for nearly fifty years as a novelist. P. D. James explores the metamorphosis of a genre which has gripped and entertained the popular imagination like no other type of novel. Written by the author widely regarded as the queen of the detective novel, this book is sure to appeal to all aficionados of crime fiction.

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P. D. James. (2010). Talking About Detective Fiction. Unabridged Blackstone Publishing.

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P. D. James. 2010. Talking About Detective Fiction. Blackstone Publishing.

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P. D. James, Talking About Detective Fiction. Blackstone Publishing, 2010.

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P. D. James. Talking About Detective Fiction. Unabridged Blackstone Publishing, 2010.

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        One of the most widely read and respected writers of detective fiction, James (The Private Patient
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        James, who turns 90 in August, wrote this Edgar Award-winning book on the history, development, and craft of detective fiction as a charitable contribution to the University of Oxford's Bodleian Library. Exploring the genre in great detail, she begins with Wilkie Collins's seminal 1868 novel, "The Moonstone" also discussing the Golden Age of British detective fiction that gave us the works of Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers, among others. James additionally addresses her own contributions to the genre; namely, her Adam Dalgliesh series. Throughout, her prose is as clear and precise as her readers and listeners have come to expect. Actress/writer Diana Bishop does an extraordinary job of narrating this material; her British accent is crisp and lucid, and her pacing is perfect for optimal understanding by American audiences. Highly recommended for James's fans as well as anyone interested in fiction writing and literary history. The Knopf hc was described as being "entertaining [and] approachable…an appealing read for a wide audience," "LJ"1/10.—Ed.]—Barbara Valle, El Paso P.L., TX

        Copyright 2010 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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