Queen of crime, PD James delivers another Adam Dalgliesh mystery, The Private Patient. The scar on Rhoda Gradwyn's face was to be the death of her . . .When the notorious investigative journalist, Rhoda Gradwyn, books into Mr Chandler-Powell's private clinic in Dorset for the removal of a disfiguring and long-standing scar, she has every prospect of a successful operation and the beginning of a new life. But the Manor holds a secret and deadly enemy. While she lies drowsily recovering from the anaesthetic a white-shrouded ...
Queen of crime, PD James delivers another Adam Dalgliesh mystery, The Private Patient. The scar on Rhoda Gradwyn's face was to be the death of her . . .When the notorious investigative journalist, Rhoda Gradwyn, books into Mr Chandler-Powell's private clinic in Dorset for the removal of a disfiguring and long-standing scar, she has every prospect of a successful operation and the beginning of a new life. But the Manor holds a secret and deadly enemy. While she lies drowsily recovering from the anaesthetic a white-shrouded figure stealthily enters her bedroom and within minutes Rhoda is dead.Dalgliesh and his team, called in to investigate the murder, and later a second equally horrific death, find themselves confronted with problems even more complicated than the question of innocence or guilt.From the author of Death in Holy Orders and Original Sin comes The Private Patient. PD James' hero Adam Dalgliesh returns to investigate.Praise for The Private Patient:'Dagliesh is one of the great police detectives in the history of crime fiction' The Times'Plenty of suspense' Daily MailP.D. James is the queen of crime fiction and the author of numerous bestsellers including A Taste for Death, Original Sin, A Certain Justice and Death in Holy Orders. She lives in London.
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This book seemed like it would never end. I don't have a P.D. James mindset to begin with and always wonder why in the world I buy them. Some of her books are very dark and dwell in places I would rather not be.
Sep 10, 2009
Most recent work from P.D. James worth a look.
I am an unrepentant fan of the Baroness James and her poet/detective Commander Adam Dalgliesh of New Scotland Yard. Challengingly cerebral and yet always entertaining James never fails to place Dalgliesh and his team in circumstances that would stymie less competent officers; circumstances that make it difficult for the reader to ?figure it out? before the end of the novel. All the clues are given but most so subtly that the reader finds them self amazed and yet unsurprised when the jig is up and all is revealed in the final chapters.
The Private Patient is the last in the Dalgliesh series and although not the best in the series, James acquits herself well There are enough twists and turns here to bring the reader a chilling tale of murder and mayhem set in the country, at a Private Clinic specializing in plastic surgery. The author has always taken great pains to provide much of the psychology of the perpetrator as well as the investigating team of police. As always well worth the time. Another good read from P.D. James.
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