"Dazzling. . . . A book that combines the grace of Jane Austen with the pace of a thriller. . . . As good as anything P. D. James has written and that is very high praise indeed." Sunday Express
"The best-loved crime writer and best-known romance in a magic meld. . . . P. D. James takes Pride and Prejudice
to places it never dreamed of, and does so with a charm that will beguile even the most demanding Janeite." London Evening Standard"Brimming with astute appreciation, inventiveness and narrative zest. . . . An exhilarating tribute to the inexhaustible vitality of P. D. James's imagination." The Sunday Times
"In a stroke of genius, [James] has combined our love of Jane Austen and a good murder story." Daily Mail
About the Author
P. D. JAMES was born in Oxford in 1920 and educated at Cambridge High School for Girls. From 1949 to 1968 she worked in the National Health Service and subsequently in the Home Office, first in the Police Department and later in the Criminal Policy Department. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Society of Arts and has served as a Governor of the BBC, a member of the Arts Council, on the Board of the British Council, and as a magistrate in Middlesex and London. She is an Honorary Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. She has received honorary degrees from 7 British universities, was awarded an OBE in 1983, and was created a life peer in 1991. In 1997 she was elected President of the Society of Authors. The author lives in London and Oxford, England.