P. D. James, a very popular British novelist, just died a few days ago. Since I did a post stating that I prefer non-fiction books, I now must tell you that there are many writers of fiction that I admire and this is one of them!
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This was her last novel and you might recognize the title. It was filmed as a TV movie and shown on Masterpiece Theatre just recently. The story is a continuation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" and you might guess that it involves a murder mystery!
"Cover Her Face" was the first novel published by P.D. James in 1962. (It was her first "Adam Dalgliesh novel...another TV series you should remember from Masterpiece Theatre!) When I read that title, I found that interesting since I knew that phrase from Agatha Christie's excellent story, "Sleeping Murder: Miss Marple's Last Case". The line is this:
"Cover her face, mine eyes dazzle. She died young.".
Interesting...it seems that Agatha Christie wrote her story first, in the 1940's but did not want it published until after her death. You may read more details about it just here.
Agatha Christie is also another one of the best fiction writers! I love her books and stories. Yes, I know I told you to read non-fiction books, and I still want you to...but you have my permission to read works of fiction, as long as you check with me to make sure that they are the crème de la crème of books, okay? (And I love it...the computer put that little accent over crème for me...ha!...it did it again!) And please, I HOPE you know I am teasing you about getting my permission to read any book, I am JUST KIDDING, I hope you all enjoy reading as much as I do...my eyes won't allow me to read as much as I would like!
"The Mystery of Agatha Christie" by Gwen Robyns is a biography of Agatha Christie that I read once and really enjoyed. I see that P. D. James has her autobiography under the title "Time To Be In Earnest". Both of these books are ones that I would like to read. Agatha Christie and P. D. James were both excellent writers and I highly recommend their books! And you can find them in the FICTION category!
Although, you might notice I still managed in get in a few plugs for a biography and an autobiography.
Thanks to all who left such sweet comments on my last post about Christopher's birthday! He was very pleased to read them and asked me to pass along his appreciation. Thank you all very much.
One of the novels by P. D. James is "The Lighthouse" and that is why I have chosen the photo above for you. It is the lighthouse at Beachy Head in Eastbourne, England. It is another Adam Dalgliesh mystery, and I want to read that one too!