The Private Patient Author:P.D. James With all the qualities that P. D. James?s readers have come to expect: a masterly psychological and emotional richness of characterization, a vivid evocation of place and a credible and exciting mystery. — When the notorious investigative journalist, Rhoda Gradwyn, books into Mr. Chandler-Powell?s private clinic in Dorset for the removal of a dis... more »figuring, long-standing facial scar, she has 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 will never leave Cheverell Manor alive. When Adam Dalgliesh and his team are called in to investigate the murder ? and a second death occurs ? even more complicated problems than the question of innocence or guilt arise.
James is clearly a very good writer even in her old age. I enjoyed her prose and style and the plot was very clearly and cleverly thought out, however, if you are looking for action, thrills or gore, this may not be the book for you.
Probably the last book in her series on Adam Dagliesh, James has given us another insight into the human condition beyond the ordinary murder mystery. We see the team handle a less than clear murder case following the steps to uncover the murderer who ultimately eludes them. It is not only about the case in James' book, but the uncovering of the motives of people and why they do the things they do.