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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

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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  • JPR Beader
  • 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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  • fotini
  • 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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  • Carol Kent
  • 08-21-17

Excellent narration

I've started listening to P D james only recently. I have enjoyed the stories and the sharp observance of the author.
One of the most important aspects to audio books is the narrator and Daniel Weyman is excellent. He demonstrates a wide range of characterisation in his narration. I am looking forward to my next P D James listen.

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  • Jaye what if
  • 01-02-17

A Private Patient

This is the 2nd pair of the book is it definitely is a fantastic book The twist are great. I've relistened to the last 3 chapters cause I was a bit confused at the end but I'd totally missed some of the key points when they were finishing the summary of the case . I totally stand by my comment about it been a fantastic story.

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  • Mr P Delic
  • 11-30-16

Wonderful

I have really enjoyed the whole series read beautifully by Daniel Weyman. This doesn't disappoint in any way.

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  • Jan
  • 05-09-18

The Private Patient

I found it difficult to get into the story or engage with the characters. However, when the murder happened and Dalgleish and team arrived it became more interesting and intriguing. There were many threads and most of the characters had back stories that may or may not have been relevant and in the end this is what spoiled this book for me. I did not guess the murderer or the motive so that came as a surprise but after it had been solved all the other ends had to be tied up and I found it tedious. I have not read many works by the author so perhaps fans will be appalled that I could use such a description: it was very clever and intricate in the extreme but I felt that too many characters had been in PD James’s mind when she started and probably she hadn’t decided who the murderer would be so wove many possibilities until she could choose. I usually read and/or listen to my books several times but I shan’t revisit The Private Patient.

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  • Flint
  • 12-29-17

More Enjoyable than Expected

The book started slowly but once the plot developed it was very interesting and easy to listen to. The narration was good and the book was more enjoyable than I expected.

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  • NJ
  • 11-23-17

The best yet!

I've been trying P D James out since a 2 for 1 offer and I'm hooked. I found a couple of the books a litle repetitive in places but still good detective stories (let's face it, Sherlock Holmes is REALLY repetitive and I still love Conan Doyle!). This was the best of the ones I'd heard lately and didn't have those little repetitive touches that had been my only criticism of the others.

Daniel Weyman can read to me all day, he is superb. Different voices and accents without sounding pantomime, a lovely cadence to his voice and the tempo is great. He has a real gift for reading - an absolute joy to listen to.

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  • Robert e.
  • 11-07-17

Very good

The only reason I gave the story 4 is I kept falling asleep !! So I lost the story line . Usually I am kept awake by the plot but this one was different . But still I enjoyed it.