Queen of crime, PD James delivers another Adam Dalgliesh mystery, The Private Patient. The scar on Rhoda Gradwyn's face was to be the death of her . . . When the notorious investigative journalist, Rhoda Gradwyn, books into Mr Chandler-Powell's private clinic in Dorset for the removal of a disfiguring and long-standing scar, she has every prospect of a successful operation and the beginning of a new life. But the Manor holds a secret and deadly enemy. While she lies drowsily recovering from the anaesthetic a white-shrouded figure stealthily enters her bedroom and within minutes Rhoda is dead. Dalgliesh and his team, called in to investigate the murder, and later a second equally horrific death, find themselves confronted with problems even more complicated than the question of innocence or guilt. From the author of Death in Holy Orders and Original Sin comes The Private Patient. PD James' hero Adam Dalgliesh returns to investigate. Praise for The Private Patient: 'Dagliesh is one of the great police detectives in the history of crime fiction' The Times 'Plenty of suspense' Daily Mail P.D. James is the queen of crime fiction and the author of numerous bestsellers including A Taste for Death, Original Sin, A Certain Justice and Death in Holy Orders. She lives in London.