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November 27, 2014 at 08:29 PM EST

Crime author P.D. James died Thursday at her home in Oxford, England, according to the New York Times. She was 94 years old.

James wrote more than 20 books, including The Murder Room, The Children of Men, and Death Comes to Pemberley. She also penned a series of novels that followed detective Adam Dalgliesh. Many of her works have been adapted for film and television.

Her publisher in Britain, Faber & Faber, announced the news. Their statement reads: “This is a very sad day for us at Faber. It is difficult to express our profound sadness at losing P. D. James, one of the world’s great writers and a Faber author since her first publication in 1962. She was so very remarkable in every aspect of her life, an inspiration and great friend to us all. It is a privilege to publish her extraordinary books. Working with her was always the best of times, full of joy. We will miss her hugely.”

James is survived by her daughters, Clare and Jane, as well as a handful of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

 

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