The fourteenth Adam Dalgliesh Mystery.
When the notorious investigative journalist, Rhoda Gradwyn, booked into Mr Chandler-Powell's private clinic in Dorset for the removal of a disfiguring and long-standing facial scar, she had every prospect of a successful operation by a distinguished surgeon, a week's peaceful convalescence in one of Dorset's most beautiful manor houses, and the beginning of a new life. She was never to leave Cheverell Manor alive.
Dalgliesh and his team are called in to investigate the murder, and later a second death, which are to raise even more complicated problems than the question of innocence or guilt.
"Elegantly phrased, plot-driven, multi-layered and laced with menace." (Observer)
"The Private Patient is classic James." (Allan Massie, Scotsman)
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An Unexpected Outcome
- JPR Beader
Not one of her best
This was not, in my view, up to PD James' usual mysteries. There was no real lead up to the actual murderer - or perhaps I just didn't spot any clues - but until almost the end there was little to show who the killer could possibly be.
I have read many P D James books and have really enjoyed them all, this was the exception, and as it is the last I will have to begin again with Inspector Dalgliesh.
I can't think of one.
As it was P D James I kept going hoping it would perk up.