First edition, first printing. Fine copy in red boards with gilt spine lettering; in a fine dust jacket. SIGNED by the author on the title-page and also SIGNED on the laid in publisher's promotional card. Talking about the craft of detective writing and sharing her personal thoughts and observations on one of the most popular and enduring forms of literature, P.D. James examines the challenges, achievements and potential of a genre which has fascinated her for nearly fifty years as a novelist. From the tenant of 221b Baker Street to the Village Priest from Cubhole in Essex, from the Golden Age of detective writing between the wars to the achievements of the present and a glimpse at the future, P.D. James explores the metamorphosis of a genre which has gripped and entertained the popular imagination like no other type of novel. An essential book for every lover of detective fiction.