The Private Patient
P. D. James
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Cheverell Manor is a beautiful old house in Dorset, which its owner, the famous plastic surgeon George Chandler-Powell, uses as a private clinic. When the investigative journalist, Rhoda Gradwyn, arrives to have a disfiguring facial scar removed, she has every expectation of a successful operation and a peaceful week recuperating. But the clinic houses an implacable enemy and within hours of the operation Rhoda is murdered. Commander Dalgliesh and his team are called in to investigate a case complicated by old crimes and the dark secrets of the past. But Before Rhoda's murder is solved, a second horrific death adds to the complexities of one of Dalgliesh's most perplexing and fascinating cases.
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the private patient
I am not a big fan of mysteries, but this one is quite good. I enjoyed the British setting and characters, most of whom have interesting background stories. A good captivating book.
This is the third novel I've read by this author. The first one was a bit too long. The second moved along and had a good plot. This one was tedious. It took forever to finally disclose the murderer, but it was obvious. The author went on and on about education and life and death. Then, loose ends are tied up through vignettes. This was not her best work.
Intriguing, Well Crafted Mystery Novel...
This is a welcome addition to James's Detective Dalgliesh mystery series. The style is riveting and fast paced, the characters and plot complexities artfully shaped and pointed. This serves to draw the reader into the developing story line as the pursuit for the solution becomes increasingly frenzied. This should be viewed as a worthy acquisition for the library shelves of English Mystery Novel devotees who identify themselves as "purists" when considering their choices. This having been said, the book is about three U.S. dollars overpriced. Respectfully submitted, Daniel Shaw, MA (English Language and Literature, NYU 1969)