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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2008 P.D. James (P)2014 Faber Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Elegantly phrased, plot-driven, multi-layered and laced with menace." (Observer)
"The Private Patient is classic James." (Allan Massie, Scotsman)
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By JPR Beader on 04-10-16

An Unexpected Outcome

As always from this brilliant writer, the plot twists and turns before......, I'll not spoil the climax. I will say, listen carefully, don't miss any of the clues.

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By fotini on 09-16-17

Not one of her best

Is there anything you would change about this book?

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.

Would you be willing to try another book from P. D. James? Why or why not?

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.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I can't think of one.

Was The Private Patient worth the listening time?

As it was P D James I kept going hoping it would perk up.

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