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. Gravoi...more
I wish to thank Goodreads Giveaways, Net Galley, Thomas & Mercer and Ms. Elaine Viets for the gift of a copy of Brain Storm in exchange for an unbiased review.
I went into Brain Storm knowing very little about the story. I did know that Ms. Viets has written a number of cozy mysteries, but that this one was a bit darker than her previous works. Only after I finished did I see in the author’s notes that parts of the book are based on her real life! Apparently Ms. Viets sought help at an e ...more
Angela Richman has to overcome her near death medical conditions to solve the murder of Dr. Gravois, loved by all in the hospital, but not Angela because he misdiagnosed and almost killed her. She wants to save the brilliant, but arrogant and gauche Dr. Jeb Travis Tritt, who saved her life and now could end up on Death Row. There is also an Angel of Death nurse working the wards in the ho ...more
Angela is working hard at getting back to where she was before she had the strokes but it’s taking a bit of time and effort to get the ...more
I've had this book on my Kindle for a long time and decided to read some backlog of books. This is a cozy novel which I did not realize when I purchased this book. Good book but not what I was expecting. I did however appreciate the author's courage and honesty in describing the character's (and the author's) experience with a true brain storm (massive stroke). Recommend to those who like cozy mysteries with a little more gruesome details. ...more
Angela has blinding headaches. On a vi ...more
Angela is determined to find the real killer and clear Tritt's name despite th ...more
If you like a good mystery story with good characters and writing than yo ...more
"Angela faked it on the phone and managed to sound alert, but she was too dizzy and heartsick to enjoy her tiny tr ...more
I haven't read any other of author Viets' books, which I understand are cozy mysteries, but I sure enjoyed this first book in the Angela Richman series.
Angela Richman, the protagonist of this story, lives in Chouteau County, Missouri, a predominately wealthy enclave, and is a death investigator for the county. She investigates all the deaths in the county— murders, accidents, and overdoses— that don’t happen under a doctor’s care. She's 41 years old and has been doing ...more
I've not read Elaine Viet's mys ...more
The interesting fact is the author uses her real life misdiagnosis and strokes in developing this book.
Great characters - great story.
There were some nice nuances reminiscent of Ms. Viets time in St. Louis that are still true today: plenty of old-moneyed families who only trust their "own", many actual local names dropped into character names for effect (Dr. Gravois, Chouteau Forest, Emily Hanley Du Pres), and ...more
I finished this in one day. Reading ...more
It's is not a cozy in any way shape or form, if that is what you're looking for it's not this book.
If you are looking for a book with fantastic characters and a heroine who is not afraid to stand for what she thinks is right. Mystery and suspense that will keep you reading, then this is your book.
One warning, don't start it at bedtime, especially if you have to work the next day. You may ...more
This was a very good book. Angela Richman has six strokes and undergoes brain surgery after being misdiagnosed in the ER. The story of her recovery also includes the death of the doctor who misdiagnosed her and a billing scam. When she confronts the murderer she almost dies too. Another great book by Elaine Viets told from her own personal experience. Highly recommend this book.
Living in South Florida has not improved her character. But it has given her the bestselling Dead-End Job series. Like her amateur detective, Helen Hawthorne, Elaine actu ...more