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Louisiana Fever

(Andy Broussard/Kit Franklyn Mystery #5)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  231 ratings  ·  34 reviews

“D.J. Donaldson is superb at spinning medical fact into gripping suspense. With his in-depth knowledge of science and medicine, he is one of very few authors who can write with convincing authority.”

--Tess Gerritsen, NY Times best-selling author of the Rizzoli & Isles novels

Andy Broussard, the plump and proud New Orleans medical examiner, obviously loves food. Less app

Kindle Edition, 301 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Astor + Blue Editions (first published June 1996)
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Shannon McGee
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Kit Franklyn gets mysterious phone call to meet someone who dies at the beginning of their meeting. Finding out who he was eventually leads to her kidnapping and the spread of a nasty killer virus. As her friends fight to find her, others have to fight for their own lives as well.

I have not read any books from this series before and did not feel that they have to be read in order. From the first moment the book grabs you as the deadly virus spreads through town. You biting your nails waiting as
Apr 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good mystery...although reading about ticks carrying a deadly virus might not have been the best choice for an Arkansas spring!
Christine Whitlock

Loved this book. Couldn't put it down. I can identify with the characters and have grown so fond of them all!
Sans Washington
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of Donaldson's best books in this series! I've very much fallen in love with the characters in this series.
Kim Bishop
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Book provided by the author for an honest review**
This story follows a medical examiner, Andy Broussard, and his colleague, and friend, Kit Franklyn, a criminal psychologist in New Orleans. After a man collapses and dies right in front of Kit in a restaurant after arranging to meet her there, the mystery begins. Not only is Kit baffled about who he is and why he wanted to meet her, Andy's autopsy on the man reveals strange findings that don't fit. During Kit's investigation to find out who thi
Sep 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(I deleted my profile for awhile so updating wth my reviews and reviews from my blog)

Disclaimer : I was provided a free copy from Adam at Astor + Blue in return for an honest review

This book is a unique read, especially for myself I do not often read medical thrillers or thrillers. It is always good to step out your comfort zone and try new things. So when I was offered a chance to read and review I thought why not?

From the minute you start reading your interest is captured and you are in for a
Sep 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, when Rachelia and I were approached to review this book, I said “yes” after only skimming the synopsis—mostly because I read “mystery” and was sold. While I’m actually not usually a mystery reader, I’ve been wanting to branch out lately in terms of my reading habits. Suffice to say, I was intrigued by Louisiana Fever, but had no idea what to expect in terms of writing style or conventions.

As I mentioned above, I had never read a detective novel before, and Louisiana Fever is actual
“The human race moves on, but so do the viruses. It’s an ongoing war.” I had this Doctor Who quote circulating my brain the entire time I was reading Louisiana Fever. With the recent Ebola outbreak, I can’t help but think how true this sentiment is. Terrifying, isn’t it?

I was scared out of my wits while reading this medical thriller. The symptoms of the mysterious virus is spine-chilling. “The victim starts to feel nauseous and may get a nosebleed shortly before they begin to vomit blood. They m
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Louisiana Fever by D.J. Donaldson is a great read. The book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I loved how there are so many aspects to the story that all tied together perfectly. The author always got to the point and did not drag anything out which I really appreciated. What is this book about? Most of the story is told by two people in the book; chief medical examiner Andy Broussard and psychologist Kit Franklyn who works with Broussard in the medical examiners office. One day Kit ...more
Katherine P
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, mystery-read
This was a quick read. The pace was fast and consistent. The mystery was interesting and unpredictable. It was less of a whodunit and more of a how are they going to get caught. As readers we know more about what is happening then any of the investigators and I found myself wanting to yell into the book to tell Broussard what he was missing. The characters behave like responsible intelligent adults that they are with the exception of Broussard's rivalry with the expert in contagious diseases Bla ...more
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Right from the beginning DJ Donaldson captures the readers interest. The writing quickly grabs you and makes you pay attention. Not to mention it's a different way to kill victims in a mystery/suspense novel.
The descriptions, especially of the medical facts or the autopsies were very realistic and very detailed. This definitely adds to the book in such a way that you can imagine easily what an autopsy looks like even if you haven't seen some
Jessica Bronder
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kit has been receiving yellow roses from a stranger for a couple days. She is on the way to meet this stranger at Grandma O’s restaurant. While there, an older gentleman says her name then collapses. His is pronounced dead and sent to the morgue. Kit is very curious at who he is since he knew her name and had a picture of both of her parents.

Broussard is the one working the autopsy of the guy when his assistant cuts herself. It doesn’t seem like a big deal until he starts looking at the body an
Monica Fastenau
Be forewarned–this book is not for the faint of heart. While I was fascinated by the in-depth descriptions of the autopsies and the forensics Broussard and his assistants used to figure out the cause of death and search for clues about the mysterious new disease, they are definitely not for everyone. The mystery itself is interesting and suspenseful. The disease that Broussard is investigating and the mysterious circumstances surrounding Kit’s kidnapping begin to converge, and the team has to wo ...more
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher Astor + Blue Editions in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All are my opinions and not compensated by any individual, organization, or company. This might contain spoilers.

The story starts off by some unknown guy dying. When other dead bodies showed the same symptoms and body marks, Broussard think it is some kind of an unknown illness.

This book is the fifth in the series but can be read without the previous books. This had c
Sep 15, 2014 added it
LOUISIANA FEVER is the fifth book in the Andy Broussard/Kit Franklyn Mystery series. It is the first book in this series which I’ve read and I was immediately entranced. I liked the detail and care which went into the scientific and medical aspects of the case. Some details may be too gruesome for the average mystery lover, but it added a depth and realism I enjoyed. When Psychologist Kit Franklyn decides to meet the mysterious stranger who had been leaving her roses, he drops dead after saying ...more
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
Unexplained deaths, a merciless killer, and a missing psychologist make Louisiana Fever an incredibly gripping suspense you can't put down.

When a stranger suddenly drops dead of an apparent heart attack in Grandma O's restaurant everyone is eager to discover his identity, but the search leads to more questions than answers. The discovery of a second body with similar odd markings suggests a dangerous bacterium might be to blame. As Broussard seeks to uncover the source of the deadly disease anot
Nicole Henke
I breezed through this novel in one sitting! Donaldson proves he embraced more of the NOLA mysteries and lore during his time spent down here than he thinks, in his writing! This book is so action-packed that you just can not stop turning the pages and wondering where the tale will take you next an whether Andy and Kit will solve the mystery (kudos to the author for describing the source of the virus as 'the Killer' and devoting sections from 'its' viewpoint. Ironically hilarious is the best des ...more
Kathleen Kelly
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
The prologue starts the book off with a man by the name of Walter Baldwin experiencing some strange symptoms, blurry vision, nosebleed, headache, all with the feeling that he was losing his mind. The story takes off from there with people getting sick, the cause unknown and it is Andy Broussard's job as New Orlean's medical examiner, along with his partner Kit Franklyn to find out what this mysterious 'bug' is and to stop it spreading.
This is the second book in the New Orlean's Forensic Series.
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New Orleans is subject to an outbreak of some sorts and who better to flush out the cause than Dr. Andy Broussard and Kit Franklin, his protégé. Kit gets a message to meet someone at a diner. She does. He drops dead. Not the best of introductions.

Andy, the ME for the city, feels something is not going well but unsure as to what until his lab assistant dies from some sort of hemorraghic fever. Kit is kidnapped, her parents are lying and the main kidnapper is pretty odd all by himself.

This book, w
Jlnpeacock Peacock
Reading a biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle revealed that he was perfecting the detective genre by incorporating standard medical practices. The art of medicine does rely on the investigative powers of the physician to determine the cause and the cure of the disease. In reading Louisiana Fever, one is invited to step into the world of forensic science and solve the puzzle. The characters are interesting and engender empathy for their various plights and struggles. I appreciated the factual inf ...more
Lenore Webb
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Louisiana Fever is just one of these. It has taken me some time to read due to my inabilities spoken of above. Forgive me D J Donaldson! This is one down home watch out as it grabs you by the scruff of the neck mystery. Yeah, really good. I would tell you grab a copy of the book and hide in your best reading spot so your not disturbed. Donaldson has a unique writing style that not only shows the knowledge of his story line but shares a voice that you know. It is the voice of your neighbor down ...more
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book could have been so much better. The storyline had promise. When the author threw in kidnapping and failed to focus on the infectious disease, I started to lose interest. The thing that really did this book in, for me, was the fact that the author referred to coumarin as an anticoagulant. It's Coumadin. Then he proceeded to refer to warfarin and Coumadin as separate entities when they are one in the same. Not to mention, the Cajun accent he used was horrendous to read.
Aug 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little difficult to get started reading .... almost gave it up a time or two ... but kept on reading it and then bam! it gets good! Once the storyline got better it was lots of twists and turns and kept you on the edge of your seat to see what happened next and then I couldn't put it down until I was finished.
Jeff Dickison
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Good Andy Broussard-Kit Franklin book. In this one they are fighting a deadly virus. Kit gets kidknapped and has to be rescued and Andy almost dies from the disease. Do not read this with a case of the sniffles. Recommended.
May 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stars because the book truly is entertaining and spell binding. However the end is finished up so chummy I almost had a slice of cheese. Kit is kidnapped and rescued. the infectious disease is tracked to it's source, Andy gets it, lives and it is all so happy. At least the book is not a tragedy.
Phyllis Hults
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Slightly different angle

Some of the words used make the dictionary feature very handy! Really an excellent story teller, with a complete and believable story. There's humor, but it's realistic.
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun book in a great series! This is definitely one of the better ones. Really stressful & emotional, which is what I want from a book. I read it in 2 nights, only because at some point I had to sleep.
C.S. Wilson
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It got a little "medical/epidemiology heavy" at times, but without that information the book would have been flat.
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All this series is great if you like CSI Mysteries
Alina Diaz
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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