December 2008 Indie Next List
“The scorpion tail of P.D. James' prose has lost none of its sting in this, her 17th novel. The setting is a lovely English manor in Dorset that has been converted to a surgical clinic, and the victim is a well-known investigative journalist who has come to the clinic. The suspects are as deeply complex as any characters James has created, and Commander Dalgleish exposes their motives with a surgical finesse. The Private Patient is intricate, novelistic, and engrossing.”
— Betsy Burton, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT
A BBC radio drama based on P.D. James' bestselling novel, starring Richard Derrington and Deborah McAndrew.
In the seventeenth century, a witch is burned in a stone circle. Three hundred and fifty years later, an investigative journalist arrives at a nearby clinic to have cosmetic surgery—and a week later, she is dead. Dalgliesh and his team, called in to investigate the murder and later a second equally horrific death, find themselves confronted with problems even more complicated than the question of innocence or guilt. Family secrets, witchcraft, illegitimacy and the connections between past and present all come to the fore in this gripping, fastpaced adaptation of P.D. James' acclaimed novel.
About the Author
P. D. James is the author of the Adam Dalgliesh and Cordelia Gray mysteries, which have often been adapted for film. In 2000, she celebrated her eightieth birthday and published her autobiography, "Time to Be in Earnest." The recipient of many prizes and honors, she was named Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991. She lives in London and Oxford.