Christianna Brand, who published her first novel in 1941, was one of the great practitioners of the classic English detective novel. She was born to British parents in Malaysia, spent her childhood in India, and then was sent to England for education. Her third book, Green for Danger (1944), was adapted into a classic film starring Alistair Sim as her Inspector Cockrill. Two of her short stories won Edgar Award nominations and have been included in several anthologies. She and her husband Roland Lewis, an ear-nose-and-throat surgeon, were married for nearly 50 years. She also wrote books for children, including the Nurse Matilda series, which was adapted for the screen as Nanny McPhee (2005).