Monday, August 1, 2016

Book Review: Brainstorm by Elaine Viets

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge,from Thomas and Mercer, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

This new book releases tomorrow!  

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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.


Forensic science investigator may not seem like a new direction to start a mystery series with, but in this case, the flawed character of Angela Richman, brings new life to the genre and gives the reader a page turner, they won't want to put down! Angela has to face severe adversity- from misdiagnosis, to coming back from brain surgery, and a job that isn't very popular, to prove that not only can she still do her job, but that she can clear the surgeon who saved her life, from being framed for murder. Viets takes the genre and tilts it on its side, and gives the reader a look behind the scenes at a hospital, as well as in forensic science. Don't miss this new series!

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. Check out her website for more info.

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