‘Whodunnit’ sets a plodding pace

The Private Patient. By PD James, Faber & Faber, €16

13th September, 2008

The Private Patient. By PD James, Faber & Faber, €16

The Private Patient is another Adam Dalgliesh mystery from PD James, who is celebrating her 46th year as a Faber author. And it shows.

This old fashioned ‘whodunnit’ novel follows a series of deaths in an extremely exclusive and private cosmetic surgery clinic (the Manor) and, although it is based in the 21st century, would be better placed in the early 1900s.

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