“June 11, 2016 

The doctor who nearly killed Angela Richman was buried today, and the Missouri medical establishment turned out to honor him. The eulogies were heartfelt: doctors, nurses, and patients praised Dr. Porter Gravois’s compassion and skill as a neurologist.”


The start of the Death Investigator series. This book is set in a small town located in Missouri. It is called Forest and the first families control the town and it has two class distinction. Angela Richman’s parents had served the first family their entire life. Angela was trained as the town death investigator. The story begins as she has been called to investigate the death on one of it first children in a drag race. All involved are members of the elite.

Angela has blinding headaches. On a visit to ER,  she was informed she couldn’t have a stroke as she was too young (although she has classic symptoms) and sent home and schedule for a PET scan. The ER doctor is the hospital neurosurgeon. Later another neurosurgeon saves her life. She spends 3 months in the hospital recovering. While there she watched the town glorified the doctor misdiagnosed her and destroy the doctor who saved her. Later the first doctor is killed and the one who saved her arrested for his death. Angela works to help him. She uncovers a billing scam. The information on the hospital stay is excellent.

The stroke data is based on the author’s own experience. I recommend this book

“Day one Five fire engines, two ladder trucks, a portable light truck, a battalion chief’s van, and what looked like every cop car in Chouteau County were fighting this fire. Death investigator Angela Richman knew it was already too late—she was sumsum&moned only for death.”

My Review:

I have always enjoyed Elaine Viets’ books and this one does not disappoint. This one is not a light fluffy mystery and deals with series. I could feel Angela Richman’s grief, her 6 strokes, how the horses relaxed her, sloppy police inquiry, and the altitudes of the town toward those of Mexican heritage. I found it educational about the profession of a death investigator. I like learning about the difference from a coroner and a homicide detective. The new forensic information on how a fire starts is informative. I like the fact that Angela did not do anything stupid to put herself in danger.

Angela Richman is called to the scene of a fire victim to record the details of the death and the area where it occurred. The victim is a drunken seventy-year-old wealthy man. She recognized the man the public’s view of the man was changing from a dirty old man to a man of honor because of the way his death happen. The hostile feeling toward his 20-year-old Mexican fiancee was increasing. The homicide effective had made up his mind that his fiancee was guilty and interrupted the forensic evidence to fit his decision. Angela will need the help her friends to save the Mexican-American and her father from death. The subplot of a series of fires added much to the story. I need to read the first book BRAIN STORM. I highly recommend this book.

Disclosure: I received a free copy from the author through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book.The opinions expressed are my own.

Midge LaRouche was the last person I expected to find on my doorstep two days after Christmas. Especially at the insane hour of six-thirty. Midge’s confident upper-crust bray was muted to a tentative peep. Her husband, Prentice, stood behind her as if he feared she’d runawy.”

About bettylouise31 Member of NetGalley and Edelweiss Senior Citizen and been reading and sharing my thoughts on books most of my life. I read for my pleasure. I have been married for over 65 years. We had a Bengal Cat, Kato who has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Interests include reading, dogs, cats, gardening, knitting, crocheting. I have a strong interest in North American native plants. A word on my reviews. I am writing very. Books review are from my public library, brought, many from Netgalley, a few from Edelweiss, occasionally from an author or from friends. The opinions are my own. I represent no publisher, author or any other source​. My reviews can be found on. Tumblr, Goodreads, Google+, and Twitter. I have no Facebook account. Thanks for reading my blog.
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  1. Happy Friday!😎

    My First Line Friday comes from a book I will be reading soon, The Life Lucy Knew by Karma Brown.

    I have a complicated relationship with my memory. Most of us, me included, believe our memories are fairly accurate.

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!😊📚🌼

  2. carhicks says:

    Great post Betty. This sounds like a great series and that first line is a great hook.

    • I have enjoy it. I like all of Elaine Viets books. She has 3 other series. Elaine is moving into mysteries now. Yes the lead sentence does hold your attention. 💕📚🍵☕😌😊💕

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