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The Patient in Room 18 (Sarah Keate #1)

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“The American Agatha Christie,” as she is sometimes called, Mignon G. Eberhart has a huge following among mystery buffs. Her adroit style and penchant for chilling atmosphere are evident in The Patient in Room 18, her literary debut of 1929. It introduces the emphatic Nurse Sarah Keate, who helped popularize mystery novels and movies set in hospital wards amid the ominous ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 28th 1995 by University of Nebraska Press (first published 1929)
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Cherry Williams
Atmospheric, period piece about a series of murders taking place in a hospital. Much like another period nurse mystery by Mary Roberts Rinehart. I think of this book and others in the series as akin to the stranded in a haunted house genre. Ten Little Indians (Agatha Christie) in a hospital setting. These books are comforting, fun to read, satisfying and require little of the reader but attention. Perfect book to take to the beach or read in front of a fire.
I ended up by reading quite a lot of Mignon Eberhart (and bless kindle, for releasing so many ebooks of so many out of print authors. I caught up on Margaret Mitchell, Patricia Wentworth, Ms Eberhart...) and ok, as I type this I must concede that they're not all out of print, or not totally out of print, but when someone's written upwards of 30 books and I can't get them at the library, I prefer to troll the used book store. And these turn up seldom; though they do turn up. it's how I encountere ...more
1929, #1 Sarah Keate R.N. & Lance O'Leary, police detective; murder in a hospital in a small town (unclear, but likely Midwest USA). My rating is actually closer to three-and-one-half stars than three stars, but I don't know how to give a half-star.

Somewhat romantic, but not as sweet as you might think, this is a robustly plotted timetable mystery from a writer who became one of the most prolific - and popular! - American mystery writers ever. Now few readers have even heard of her, and many
The Patient in Room 18 is the debut novel for Mignon G. Eberhart. It is also the book that introduces Nurse Sarah Keate (who would appear in six of Eberhart's 57 novels). Nurse Keate is strong-minded, red-haired, and sharp-tongued. She has a bit of the Had-I-But-Known heroine's attributes and, though often quick-witted, she does fail to recognize certain danger on a couple of instances in this, her first encounter with murder. She is much more assured and consistently perceptive in The Mystery o ...more
Wendy Kobylarz-Chouvarda
This is the second book in a row that I have not wanted to finish. It may be that medical mysteries just bore me; it may be that Nurse Sarah was just too unlikeable, too abrasive; it may be the racist tones.

In any case, this is one of those books I'd dread picking up. When you prefer to watch "Entertainment Tonight" over reading a particular book, you know you've hit something pretty uninteresting.

This is a shame, because 18 years ago I read another mystery by Eberhardt, one that was not medica
This was a great old book. I could easily imagine this old hospital setting, after hearing my mom tell stories of working as a nurse in the old days, & listening to other, even older nurses, & their stories! I remember hearing them talking about how they had to mix up drugs/injections, in a med/preparation room...& their stories of working night shifts. Alot of things she talked about in this book...these older nurses scould probably relate to.
A bit dated now, both in writing style and in medical treatments referenced (treating cancer by placing a piece of radium on/near the patient's body). But I managed to finish it.
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Mignon Good (1899-1996) was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. She studied at Nebraska Wesleyan University from 1917 to 1920. In 1923 she married Alanson C. Eberhart, a civil engineer. After working as a freelance journalist, she decided to become a full-time writer. In 1929 her first crime novel was published featuring 'Sarah Keate', a nurse and 'Lance O'Leary', a police detective. This couple appeared i ...more
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