P.D. James (1920-2014) was the author of nineteen books of detective fiction. She spent thirty years in various departments of the British Civil Service, including the Police and Criminal Law Department of Great Britain’s Home Office. She has served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. In 2000 she published her autobiography, Time to Be in Earnest
. The recipient of many prizes and honors, she was created Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991.