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No Pity in Death

An Annie Collins Mystery
Narrated by: Suzanne T. Fortin
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
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Struggling to put her life back together after almost being murdered, OR nurse Annie Collins agrees to help homicide Detective Alex Frost investigate a troubling number of patient deaths in the ICU step-down unit at her hospital. The deaths are not unexpected, but Annie and Frost wonder whether someone is helping patients die. 

Assistant district attorney Angel Cisneros, Annie’s close friend and neighbor, worries about her involvement with Frost’s investigation and about her well-being after all she’s been through. His worry escalates after a person from her past contacts her. His feelings for her make dealing with the repercussions of both difficult. Will Angel go from girl-of-the-month to something serious with Annie? 

Dangerous enemies are one thing Annie and Angel have in common. Angel and another ADA are the targets of tire slashing, vandalism, and harassment that may or may not be related to a trial and its verdict. Is it juvenile payback for the verdict by an unhappy friend or relative of a defendant, or is it more deadly than that? 

As both Annie and Angel discover, paybacks are hell. 

Be sure to listen to the first book in this series, The Mad Hatter’s Son, and stay tuned for the third in the series.

©2018 Routt Street Press (P)2018 Helen Starbuck

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No pity in death

Excellent follow up to book one in the series! Annie Collins is a nurse/detective.Sheis recovering from ordeals in book one when she is thrown into a mystery in her hospital. Suzanne T. Fortin was the perfect narrator. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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Medical and Legal Mischief — RX for Mahem

It’s no wonder Annie Collins has trust issues. Her recent lover managed to kill one of her good friends, another acquaintance, and came close to eliminating Annie herself with a poisonous overdose. And although in prison, he still manages to make Annie's life miserable. It’s two steps forward and one back as Annie tries to regroup, reclaim her life, and return to work. It doesn’t help that a number of patients with end-of-life or developmental delays are dying in the step-down unit of her hospital, but she’s committed to helping track down whoever is involved. Add to that the fact that her best friend and neighbor, handsome and supportive Assistant D.A. Angel Cisneros, may be dealing with dangerous people unhappy with a recent verdict.

A number of Annie’s friends from the series’ first book, “The Mad Hatter’s Son” are back, supporting Annie in her recovery and her attempts to track down the perpetrators of crime. Danger increases as Annie and Angel become closer.

The story is good. Annie’s struggle to re-enter the real world is real, if occasionally frustrating, because like most of us, her behavior regresses when, rightly or wrongly, she feels pushed or demeaned, and she’s not always good about sharing what she needs from those who truly care about her to become stronger.

Suzanne Fortin’s performance has grown with the characters. My preference is that characters are defined well enough to know who is speaking during the dialogue. That doesn’t always happen, but the delineation is better this time around. The love scenes are good.

Looking forward to the third book in the Annie Collins Mystery series.

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WELL-WRITTEN AND VERY ENJOYABLE

My first read/listen from author Helen Starbuck. Well-written & enjoyable. Narrator Suzanne T. Fortin’s talented narration adds greatly to the book’s enjoyment. I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. Well-written romantic/suspense, with well-developed characters. I’ll be reading more in this series. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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Not for me.

I noticed others loved this book but I found that it is not for me.
I did not like the main character. I could understand why she did things at the beginning but as the story progressed I found her to be selfish. It is all about me and my life and how everything is going wrong and why are people not listening to me. I found her to be dense at times. She is meant to be an intelligent women yet she acted really silly. I would have liked her to use her brains when it came to others. She would blow when people did not think like she did.
I also found the ending to be anticlamtic. I was expecting a bit of a big bang when they found the murderer but it was a lot more calmer.
There is sexual content but it is not graphic. The characters acted like humoinal teenagers. There is some violence and profanity.
Not for me but others might like it more than I did.

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I cannot praise this book enough...........

No Pity in Death is the second in this medical mystery series about Annie Collins, a trauma nurse working in the OR at a Denver, Colorado hospital. In book one of the series, Annie became embroiled in trying to solve a mystery and ended up a target of a devious psychopath. It is not necessary to read the first book because the author skillfully uses flashbacks and the concern of Annie's friends and co-workers to layout the background for this horrific experience. Annie is finally getting back to normal when she starts investigating a series of deaths at her hospital at the request of the homicide detective she befriended in the first book. What follows is a fascinated process by which Annie tries to narrow down the events proceeding these murders and to determine whether or not something suspicious is actually happening. The author obviously has extensive medical training, and she does a great job of explaining what happens behind the scenes at a hospital in terms that I could understand while keeping me intrigued. At the same time, Annie continues to deal with the fallout of her experience with the psychopath and explores a long awaited romance with her good friend and neighbor, Angel, a District Attorney. Between the intricately woven mystery, the interesting medical information and the wonderful interactions between Annie and the people in her life, I can't say enough positive about this book. I am going to read the first book in the series next, and I am anxiously awaiting the publication of the third book.

Suzanne T Fortin's narration is fantastic. Her delivery is flawless, she differentiates well between characters, and she handles the Hispanic accent for Angel and his family beautifully. I am excited to see that she narrated the first book in the series, and I am hopeful that she will continue to narrate the series.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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really enjoyed this book

Told in a more conversational tone this psychological medical thriller really kept my interest. The backstory was disconcerting enough to set up the broody/moody personality that can make you either be completely annoyed or concerned for Annie Collins. As the characters develop it turns to genuine concern for this very salt of the earth woman. There are some good medical scenarios and procedures. I really ended up setting the sleep timer, then setting it again and again. I got sucked in---I recommend this book. The narrator had very little distinction between characters. She's not completely flat or monotone but the lack of distinction would have been me confused and rewinding to follow story. I still recommend this book because the story and authors style is worth it.


I was given a free copy of this audiobook in lieu of giving an honest review.

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Good mystery!

This is the 2nd book in An Annie Collins Mystery series, it stands alone as the author updates you on the previous book, but I wish I had read the first book as some of the story is a continuation. The story is exciting and I didn't want to stop listening so I could find out who did it. Look forward to seeing more of this series. I was gifted a copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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marvelous

wow such an incredible well written and well-told story it was just marvelous and fantastic and very very interesting I couldn't move from the story and the book until I finished it a great great story and the narrator was fantastic
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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10 stars!!

I'm in love with this book. The characters are great, the storyline kept in listening, and the narrator's voice is amazing. The twists this book has is intriguing! This book is a listen to again.

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OUTSTANDING!

This is apparently the 2nd book of this series, even if the title does not explain this. This book does stand on it's own, because the author does a good job of explaining a lot of what must have happened in the 1st book, but, i think I would have enjoyed this book more had I had that background . That being said, Helen Starbuck is an engaging author. I was hooked from the get go and will definitely watch for other writings from her. Especially the Annie Collins Mysteries. Annie is a very likeable, and relate-able character with a natural need to help her family and friends. Her integrity gets her sucked into some scary situations and she has plenty of flaws that makes her a lovable human being.
I listened to the audio book w/Suzanne Fortin as the narrator. Suzanne has a good voice that is easy to listen to. She doesn't put on 'voices', but just changes the timber of her voice and uses the inflections that make you know that a new character is speaking. She uses some true emotions when Annie is scared, hurt, mad, etc The only constructive criticism I would give is that the actual narration of the story is a little more 'dry'. it is more like reading than storytelling, than I like, however, it is not so bad that it is distracting. I enjoyed listening to the audiobook and appreciate the gift of the book in exchange for the review. I hope to hear more from both this author and the narrator.

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  • bluepits73
  • 02-16-19

Great Listen

This is the second book in the series; it can be listened to as a standalone but is easier to understand if you listen to The Mad Hatter's Son first because there are character relationships and details that were already clearly established. Annie is such a strong female character that is easy to admire. I love female characters that can hit rock bottom and figure out how to pick themselves back up and move forward. Annie is on a mission to figure out who is killing DNR patients in the hospital and at the same time, dealing with some trauma from the 1st book. This book explores one of Annie's romantic interests from the previous book which I really enjoyed. Where the last book was more of a mystery with a hint of romance, this one is pretty much half romance and half mystery. I like the author's style and felt that the story was well written and moved smoothly.

I enjoyed this narrator's performance just as much in this one as I did in The Mad Hatter's Son. I think she is an excellent fit for Annie and is able to capture her seriousness as a character as well as magnify the tragic events in this book. Clear, easily distinguishable voices and a great performance.

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • Jan M
  • 01-20-19

Awesome Story!

No Pity In Death by Helen Starbuck really grabbed me. The author writes vivid imagery, has incredible twists, great character development, and a complex plot. I love it when the killer is not obvious, and was pleasantly surprised that I hadn't figured it out. I loved the ending of this book too! Part of this book is very thought provoking. It is really well done. I was really impressed by the author's style in The Mad Hatter's Son, and this book is even better. The narration by Suzanne T Fortin is spot on. She gives the right emotions and has distinguishable voices for the various characters. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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  • MANI
  • 01-12-19

No Pity in Death


This is the second in the Annie Collins series. You have to read the first because this is a continuation of book 1. Very good mystery/thriller plot

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  • Simon Gibson
  • 01-10-19

A Hospital Based Crime Myster

Annie Collins, still recovering from her last and very personal encounter with a multiple murderer, finds she is again a target. In the meantime people are being murdered in her hospital. With the help of her close friend and a police detective she sets about finding some answers. Annie is turning out to be a great character with an enjoyable cast around her. The plot has lots of twists and turns plus a love story built in. The narration is excellent, adding to the listeners pleasure.