The young women of Nightingale House are there to learn to nurse and comfort the suffering. But when one of the students plays patient in a demonstration of nursing skills, she is horribly, brutally killed. Another student dies equally mysteriously and it is up to Adam Dalgliesh to unmask a killer who has decided to prescribe murder as the cure for all ills.
"The greatest contemporary writer of classic crime." - Peter Kemp, Sunday Times
"P. D. James is one of the national treasures of British fiction... Each new book gives pleasure not just for macabre crimes or ingenious solutions but its density of experience." - Malcolm Bradbury, Mail on Sunday
"Unlike so many crime writers, James still has the power to move, fascinate and astonish." - Independent
"James... manages to invest even a simple mystery novel with a depth and intelligence that few in her trade can match." - The Times