Posted by: Mrs P. | December 5, 2009

#2 James/The Private Patient

Time to hole up with a classic country-house mystery from the queen of English crime fiction … P.D. James’ The Private Patient.  London: Penguin, 2008

Double-click here for audio review:



  1. Yes, that’s about it! Although I think you are very generous. I was perhaps a bit mean with my one star last night, on reflection and bearing in mind her age and the excellence of some of the earlier works, I would give her two stars.

  2. Just about sums it up, though, like Tracey, I think you’re very generous!

  3. I think I’m influenced by her stature in the crime world, by the fact that she writes elegantly (that lovely opening line), and by the way in which she nails a certain type of class dynamic. At her best she’s almost anthropological in her observation of social behaviours.

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