P.D. James is the pen name of Phyllis Dorothy James, Baroness James of Holland Park. P.D. James is an English novelist of crime fiction, thrillers and dystopian fiction. She is best known for her detective fiction novels featuring Adam Dalgliesh, a policeman and poet. She has also written a couple of novels featuring Cordelia Gray and a few standalone novels.

P.D. James has been writing since 1962, when her first Adam Dalgliesh mystery entitled Cover Her Face was published. Below is a list of all of P.D. James’ books in order of publication and in chronological order (when necessary):

Publication Order of Adam Dalgliesh Books


Cover Her Face(1962) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Mind to Murder(1963) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Unnatural Causes(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Shroud for a Nightingale(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Black Tower(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of an Expert Witness(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Taste for Death(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Devices and Desires(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Original Sin(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Certain Justice(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death in Holy Orders(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Murder Room(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Lighthouse(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Private Patient(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Cordelia Gray Books


An Unsuitable Job for a Woman(1972) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Skull Beneath the Skin(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


Innocent Blood(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Children of Men(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Comes to Pemberley(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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  • Noreen Hotch

    I have read every one of P.D. James books. She is the best mystery writer ever. I hope that she might write another book. I love her character Adam Daglish