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PD James 'was cosy in the same way that a scalpel is cosy'

27 November 2014 Last updated at 22:44 GMT

The novelist, PD James, one of the most respected British crime writers, has died. She was 94.

She also served as a BBC governor and was a Conservative life peer.

But she was best-known as the creator of some of fiction's best-loved detectives, notably the police detective Adam Dalgliesh.

Nick Higham looks back at her life.