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
Investigative journalist, Rhoda Gradwyn, books into Mr. Chandler-Powells private clinic in Dorset for the removal of a disfiguring facial scar. She will never leave alive. When Adam Dalgliesh and his team are called in to investigate the murder, a second death occurs. More complicated problems than the question of innocence or guilt arise.