The Best P. D. James Books

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Vote for the P. D. James novels you just couldn't put down. If you haven't read a book, don't downvote it.

List of the best P. D. James books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that P. D. James is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. James is best known for her novel The Children of Men, which was adapted into a hit film, as well as her many other great works of crime and dystopian fiction. If you're a huge fan of her work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of P. D. James who want to know which novels they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out her work if you're a big reader.

This list is made up of books like The Children of Men and Cover Her Face. What are P. D. James's best novels? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.
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  • A Certain Justice
    1
    11 votes
    • First Published: 1997
    • Subjects: Police procedural, London, Murder
    • Genres (Book): Suspense, Mystery, Fiction, Novel
    • Original Language: English Language
  • Shroud for a Nightingale
    2
    6 votes
    • Subjects: Police, Murder, England
    • Genres (Book): Crime Fiction, Mystery, Fiction
    • Original Language: English Language
  • Death in Holy Orders
    3
    16 votes
    • First Published: 2001
    • Subjects: Police, Murder, England
    • Genres (Book): Crime Fiction, Mystery
    • Original Language: English Language
  • An Unsuitable Job for a Woman
    4
    • Subjects: Literature, Classics, Suspense, England
    • Genres (Book): Suspense, Mystery, Fiction
    • Original Language: English Language
  • Cover Her Face
    5
    P. D. James
    9 votes
    • First Published: 1962
    • Subjects: Police procedural, Police, England
    • Genres (Book): Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction
    • Original Language: English Language
  • The Private Patient
    6
    10 votes
    • First Published: 2008
    • Subjects: Plastic surgery, Police, Murder
    • Genres (Book): Crime Fiction, Mystery, Fiction
    • Original Language: English Language