Author: Phyllis Dorothy James
Dates: 3 August 1920
Title of Book: Shroud for a Nightigale
The door opened, letting in a shaft of light from the passage. Miss Angela Burrows jerked back the curtains, surveyed the black January sky and the rain-spattered window and jerked them together again. “It’s raining.” She said with gloomy relish of one who has prophesied rain and who cannot be held responsible for the ignoring of the warning. Miss Beale propped herself on her elbow, turned on the bedside lamp, and waited. In a few seconds her friend returned and set down the early morning tray. The tray cloth was of stretched embroidered linen, the flowered cups were arranged with their handles aligned, the four biscuits on the matching plate were precisely placed, two of a kind, the teapot gave forth a delicate smell of freshly made Indian tea. The two women had a strong love of comfort and an addiction to tidiness and order. The standards which they had enforced in the private ward of their teaching hospital were applied to their own comfort, of that life in the flat was not unlike that in an expensive and permissive nursing home.
Brief Biography: James is a crime writer. She is a life peer in the House of Lords. She is most famous for her series of novels featuring the policeman poet Adam Dalgliesh.