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The Private Patient by P. D. James
The Private Patient is P. D. James' fourteenth Adam Dalgliesh mystery, and this time he's called to investigate a murder at Cheverell Manor, a private clinic in Dorset. The victim is Rhoda Gradwyn, an investigative journalist with no shortage of people who would wish her ill will. She had checked into Cheverell Manor to have a facial scar removed. The long history of the manor may play a role in the murder, and its present owner, plastic surgeon George Chandler-Powell, may be either a victim or a villain. When a second body is found, Dalgliesh must get to the bottom of it quickly. P. D. James' novel has received mostly positive reviews with the London Times saying, "James brings a stinging clarity to the complicated goings-on in the Dorset countryside; its grotesque mysteries decoded by Dalgliesh, whose loving heart and the gallantry that seems to lie in his bones are talismans against the murderous instincts of the unloved."