Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Brain Storm, Angela Richman Death Investigator by Elaine Viets @evmysterywriter #Suspense


The ultrawealthy families of Chouteau Forest may look down on a woman like death investigator Angela Richman, but they also rely on her. When a horrific car crash kills a Forest teenager, Angela is among the first on the scene. Her investigation is hardly underway, however, when she suffers a series of crippling strokes. Misdiagnosed by the resident neurologist, Dr. Gravois, and mended by gauche yet brilliant neurosurgeon Dr. Jeb Travis Tritt, Angela faces a harrowing recovery.

It’s a drug-addled, hallucinating Angela who learns that Dr. Gravois has been murdered…and the chief suspect is the surgeon who saved her life. Angela doesn’t believe it, but can she trust her instincts? Her brain trauma brings doubts that she’ll ever recover her investigative skills. But she’s determined to save Dr. Tritt from a death-row sentence—even if her progress is thwarted at every turn by a powerful and insular community poised to protect its own.

About the Author:

Elaine Viets has written twenty-nine mysteries in three series: the bestselling Dead-End Job series with South Florida PI Helen Hawthorne, the cozy Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper mysteries, and the dark Francesca Vierling mysteries. With the Angela Richman Death Investigator series, Elaine returns to her hardboiled roots and uses her experience as a stroke survivor and her studies at the Medicolegal Death Investigators Training Course at St. Louis University. Elaine is director at large for the Mystery Writers of America. She's a frequent contributor to Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and anthologies edited by Charlaine Harris and Lawrence Block. Elaine won the Anthony, Agatha and Lefty Awards.


If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to have a stroke, you need to read Brain Storm. And if you enjoy a good mystery, you need to read Brain Storm. Angela Richman is a death investigator. She works for the coroner, going out to the scenes of various deaths around Chouteau Forest, a wealthy, fictitious county near St. Louis, and investigating the bodies. But in the midst of investigating a horrible auto accident involving drugs, alcohol, and texting while driving, Angela suffers a series of strokes.

The first are warnings, but Dr. Gravois, the affluent, well-liked, and totally incompetent head of neurology at the local hospital, misdiagnoses her headaches as a possible tumor and sends her home, telling her to call and make an appointment for a PET scan in the near future. He tells her she’s “too young and healthy to have a stroke.” Outsider, Dr. Jeb Travis Tritt saves Angela’s life, but when Gravois is poisoned, Tritt is blamed. Angela doesn’t think the man who saved her life is guilty, but she’s still recovering from her stroke. Even though she was there when Gravois died, how can she help clear him when she was a witness, and wasn’t allowed to investigate?

It was fascinating going inside the mind of a person having a stroke and then recovering from it. And to weave that into a mystery was masterful writing. The characters were all very real. Ya gotta read Brain Storm! Brava, Ms. Viets.

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Warnings:  Descriptions of Deceased Bodies
Length:  322 Pages
Print:  $9.99
Digital:  $4.99

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