Author, P.D. James, known as the Queen of Crime Fiction, died last Thursday at the age of 94. James gave us stellar writing in her 19 novels, including 14 murder mysteries that included the character she was best known for, Commander Adam Dalgliesh of New Scotland Yard. Her first novel, Cover Her Face, was published in 1962 and introduced us to the poet-detective protagonist, Dagliesh. While known for her crime fiction, she also wrote the science fiction dystopian novel, Children of Men, which was later adapted into a movie. At the age of 80, she published her autobiography, A Time to Be Earnest. Death Comes to Pemberly was her last novel published in 2011, and was a murder mystery that was a continuation of Jane Austen’s, Pride & Prejudice. According to James, “A first class mystery should also be a first class novel.” We lost a first class novelist last week. If you haven’t read any P.D. James, please give one of her novels a try, you won’t regret it.
Welcome to Newburgh Free Library’s blog Inspirations: a blog for readers and viewers.
At the Newburgh Free Library we would like to connect our community to the books and movies we love as well as get feedback from you on the books and movies that you love and want to share with others.
Of course we plan on introducing new titles that are coming out on the shelves at NFL, but we also hope to connect you with a hidden gem or two – things that you might not have discovered on your own. At our new blog, look forward to reading about staff picks, patron picks, nonfiction, mystery, and the newest in street fiction. It’s all up for discussion in Inspirations.
- adaptations Adirondacks adult books for young adults Alternative Histories atmospheric audiobooks awards based on books biography black history month book clubs book groups book review books cancer censorship character-driven classics coming of age compelling complex debut novel disturbing doris kearns goodwin dvds essays family relationships fantasy fast-paced fiction Florida good vs. evil haunting historical fiction history Hudson Valley Poets Hugo awards humorous immigrant experience Jane Austen Japan Kate Atkinson literary fiction literature love magic realism memoirs morgan freeman moving mysteries mystery national book award National Poetry Month Newburgh Free Library nonfiction nonfiction; books P.D. James PEN/Faulkner Award poetry psychological psychological fiction psychological thriller pulitzer prize reading romance satire science fiction science writing short stories suspenseful thought provoking thriller walter mosley witty WWII
Our Favorite Quotes“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” - Joseph Brodsky