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No Cure for the Dead

The Florence Nightingale Mysteries, Book 1
Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
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When a young nurse dies on her watch, Florence Nightingale must uncover the deep-hidden secrets someone will kill to keep buried.

It is 1853. Lady of the Lamp Florence Nightingale has just accepted the position of superintendent of the Establishment for Gentlewomen during Temporary Illness in London. She has hardly had time to learn the names of the nurses in her charge when she suddenly finds one of them hanging in the establishment's library. Her name was Nurse Bellamy.

Florence's mettle is tested by the dual goals of preserving what little reputation her hospital has and bringing Nurse Bellamy's killer to justice. Her efforts are met with upturned noses and wayward glances, except for her close friend and advocate inside the House of Commons, Sidney Herbert. As Florence digs deeper, however, her attention turns to one of the hospital investors and suddenly, Sidney becomes reluctant to help.

With no one but herself to count on, Florence must now puzzle out what the death of an unknown, nondescript young nurse has to do with conspiracies lurking about at the highest levels of government - before she is silenced too.

©2019 Christine Trent (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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Boring!

This book is extremely well researched. It's well plotted and well written. The mystery is suitably mysterious, and I didn't guess whodunnit until the reveal....

...but!

It seemed to take forever to get there. Every minute detail of how nursing homes/hospitals were run in Florence Nightingale's time was mentioned. It almost made hearing her agonize over the minute details about her personal life refreshing.

I don't know if it was the reader's delivery or the novel itself, but, really, couldn't SOMETHING have been cut or saved for the next book to make things move a little faster?

As I said, the writer is good, but this book was just not my cup of tea. As long as you don't mind the extraneous facts strewn around causing somewhat glacial pacing, you might like the mystery, but I was thinking that watching paint dry might have been more diverting.

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  • carol white
  • 06-10-19

Brilliant and different

I have loved this alternative angle which acts as an introduction to this remarkable woman an enjoyable tale with a plausible ending