Yuck. One of my favorite authors, but she was as old as the hills. Saw it coming. I wasn't thrilled with her Jane Austin rip off (because I wanted to hear James, not Austin), but she's one of the few authors I kept track of to buy the paperback version as soon as it was available.
Bummer. I was hoping for more Dalgliesh books. The last is six years old.
But she was always focused on quality rather than quantity, so in a way it is totally in character for her to not rush things. I was consistently amazed with how much detail she put into her novels... almost to the point where the crime became secondary to the characters and scenery.