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`Download Epub ⚛ The Private Patient ð Commander Adam Dalgliesh And His Team Are Called In To Investigate A Murder At A Private Nursing Home For Rich Patients Being Treated By The Famous Plastic Surgeon George Chandler Powell A Welcome Addition To The Dalgliesh Canon, The Private Patient Could Have Been Written By No One Other Than PD James EXCERPT On November the 21st, the day of her forty seventh birthday, and three weeks and two days before she was murdered, Rhoda Gradwyn went to Harley Street to keep a first appointment with her plastic surgeon, and there in a consulting room designed, so it appeared, to inspire confidence and allay apprehension, made the decision which would lead inexorably to her death Later that day she was to lunch at the Ivy The timing of the two appointments was fortuitous Mr Chandler Powell had no earlier date to offer and the luncheon later with Robin Boyton, booked for twelve forty five, had been arranged two months previously one did not expect to get a table at the Ivy on impulse She regarded neither appointment as a birthday celebration This detail of her private life, like much else, was never mentioned She doubted whether Robin had discovered her date of birth or would much care if he had She knew herself to be a respected, even distinguished journalist, but she hardly expected her name to appear in the Times list of VIP birthdays.THE BLURB When the notorious investigative journalist, Rhoda Gradwyn, books into Mr Chandler Powell s private clinic in Dorset for the removal of a disfiguring, long standing facial scar, she has 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 will never leave Cheverell Manor alive When Adam Dalgliesh and his team are called in to investigate the murder and a second death occurs evencomplicated problems than the question of innocence or guilt arise.MY THOUGHTS I failed to become excited by, or engaged in The Private Patient by P D James, 14 in the Adam Dalgleish series Although this was a BBC Radio adaptation, and a very good one, the story fell flat for me I enjoyed the final revelations, but not enough to make up for the tedium of getting there 2.5 stars for The Private Patient by P D James, the audiobook of which was beautifully narrated by Richard Derrington and Deborah McAndrew All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own Just because I didn t enjoy this book doesn t mean that you won t If you enjoyed the extract and the blurb piques your interest, you may well be one of the many people who enjoy Private Patient Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system This review and others are also published on my blog sandysbookaday.wordpress.com I read many Adam Dalgleish novels back in the days when I did not keep a record of my reading So it seemed right to go to the last one in the series and see what happened to the man over all those years.And it was nice to see him tying the knot at last as well as solving one last case for us in his inimitable way.P.D James is an acquired taste because she does go into an enormous amount of detail She really wants her reader to see her settings the way she saw them herself and occasionally does go a little far However her books are so well written I can forgive her easily.This is not an exciting, gripping thriller Rather it is a beautifully written police procedural, comfortably paced and very, very British It was a pleasure to read. I found this to be so leisurely pages long descriptions of car trips through the countryside, detailed listings of the stuff in every room that I had to force myself to finish But I m giving it 3 stars because for God s sake, this woman is 88 YEARS OLD I can barely find my car keys and she s still cranking out byzantine mystery plots. Investigative journalist Rhoda Gradwyn who s exposed her fair share of secrets schedules plastic surgery to remove a disfiguring facial scar Her surgeon, George Chandler Powell runs a private clinic in his ritzy country estate at Cheverell Manor, where he employs a motley assortment of characters including an assistant surgeon, a manager housekeeper, a married pair of young chefs, an accountant, a girl from the village, a sexy nurse, an irascible gardener, and so on The scarred journalist has her share of detractors at the clinic, who fear she ll find some secrets to expose but the surgeon is unmoved by these concerns.When Rhoda shows up a Cheverell Manor for her preliminary visit and then for her surgery, she s followed by her friend Robin Boyton an attractive young man who can t find a way to make a living It so happens that Robin s cousins the assistant surgeon and his sister work at Cheverell Manor Robin rents a cabin on the estate and plans to exhort his cousins to give him some of the fortune they ve recently inherited from a mutual grandfather who cut off Robin s side of the family Rhoda has successful surgery after which she s brutally murdered in her room at the clinic Enter Adam Dalgliesh and his team of detectives to investigate the crime This sets up the remainder of the story which involves a long, old fashioned inquiry Seriously.a modern mystery wouldn t start an investigation by assembling all the suspects in the library for a mass questoning The Cheverell Manor residents would love to pin the crime on a stranger but a second death on the estate makes this very unlikely Some additional goings on add variety to the story Dalgliesh gets engaged, a tangential female character gets assaulted and raped a teacher fears he may be wrongly accused of being inappropriate with a child and so on.For most of the book the detectives collect evidence, question persons of interest, make discoveries, narrow down the list of suspects, and so on In the end, the perpetrator essentially exposes themself and even then we re not quite sure the case has been successfully closed In my opinion, the book should end right after this climax However it meanders on for severalchapters to bestow happy endings on various characters This isn t one of PD James best books Fans of the author might enjoy the book for old times sake but it s not a great mystery.You can follow my reviews at