Picks and Pans Review: The Private Patient
by P.D. James
REVIEWED BY ELLEN SHAPIRO
Murder in a country manor, suspects summoned to the library, endless cups of tea—P.D. James is still the doyenne of English whodunits. Set in a plastic surgery clinic, her 14th Adam Dalgliesh mystery centers on a journalist strangled after surgery, leaving taciturn detective Dalgliesh with a houseful of suspects and motives aplenty. Secrets and feuds are serviceably revealed, but James’ psychological acuity and rich atmospherics remain unmatched.