The Private Patient (Adam Dalgliesh, #14)
Cheverell Manor is a lovely old house in deepest Dorset, now a private clinic belonging to the famous plastic surgeon George Chandler-Powell. When investigative journalist Rhoda Gradwyn arrived there one late autumn afternoon, scheduled to have a disfiguring and long-standing facial scar removed,... show more
Cheverell Manor is a lovely old house in deepest Dorset, now a private clinic belonging to the famous plastic surgeon George Chandler-Powell. When investigative journalist Rhoda Gradwyn arrived there one late autumn afternoon, scheduled to have a disfiguring and long-standing facial scar removed, she had every expectation of a successful operation and a pleasant week recuperating.Two days later she was dead, the victim of murder.To Commander Adam Dalgliesh, who with his team is called in to investigate the case, the mystery at first seems absolute. Few things about it make sense. Yet as the detectives begin probing the lives and backgrounds of those connected with the dead woman—the surgeon, members of the manor staff, close acquaintances—suspects multiply all too rapidly. New confusions arise, including strange historical overtones of madness and a lynching 350 years in the past. Then there is a second murder, and Dalgliesh finds himself confronted by issues even more challenging than innocence or guilt.P. D. James has gained an enviable reputation for creating detective stories of uncommon depth and intricacy, combined with the sort of humanity and perceptiveness found only in the finest novelists. The Private Patient ranks among her very best.
Publish date: November 18th 2008
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Mystery Thriller
, Murder Mystery
Series: Adam Dalgliesh (#14)
It was a pretty average book to be honest, nothing outstanding. The descriptions became rather tedious and I had to force myself to keep reading the book. When I finally got to the end I felt disappointed, maybe I was expecting too much?
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. bookshelves: published-2008, spring-2010, play-dramatisation, mystery-thriller, witches-and-...
Ein sehr… umfangreicher Krimi der feinen englischen Art. Ein PD Jameseben. Aber leider hat mir das gefehlt, was diese traditionellen Krimis sonst so reizvollfür mich macht – das Miträtseln. Dafür gibt es zu wenige Hinweise (zumindestfür mich). Insgesamt ist der Funke einfach nicht übergesprungen ......
PD James's latest Dalgliesh mystery, dramatised by Neville Teller.Blurb - Journalist Rhoda Gradwyn checks into Cheverell Manor, an exclusive cosmetic surgery clinic in Dorset. Chandler-Powell, the owner, is faced with his right-hand man, Marcus Westhall and his sister Candace trying to persuade him ...
Enjoyable, but nothing specialThis crime story is rather predictable and, for those with high expectations of P.D. James, a little disappointing.It’s a reasonable story, and I would recommend it to my friends as a crime story if you don’t have anything more compelling in your to-read pile. There are...