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3.99  ·  Rating details ·  165 ratings  ·  75 reviews
The nurses of the US Army's Field Hospitals, mobile units that operate just behind the battle lines, contend with heat, dirt, short-handed staffs, the threat of German counterattack and an ever-present flood of horribly wounded GIs. At the 11th Field Hospital near Palermo, Sicily in the bloody summer of 1943, nurses also live with the threat of violent assault by one of th ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Forge
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Miranda Reads

"If you'd have asked me yesterday if he was capable of murder, I'd have said no...Today I'm not so sure."
Set during World War II, we follow Eddie Harkins, a former Philadelphia cop currently a Military Police lieutenant.
"We've turned this place into a shithole..."
He's stationed at the 11th Field Hospital in Sicily and when Dr Myers Stephenson ends up dead, he's the only one who's able to investigate.

Despite never performing as a detective, he must investigate this murder - and q
✨Sumi's Books✨
Jan 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
So many problems with this book...
Taking place in Sicily in 1943 during World War II, Eddie Harkins, a Philadelphia beat cop, is now the first MP on the scene of a murder case. As he is very reluctant to take the case and eager to hand it off to someone else, he gets told that he is to head up the murder investigation and discover the killer.
Okay so first of all this book has an extremely slow beginning. Like slow to the point where it put me to sleep several times trying to get through it. Also
May 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
After completing 1/3, I could see no reason to continue this uninteresting tale. 0 of 10 stars
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a slow moving police procedural set at a US military field hospital in Italy during WWII. It reminded me a little of the books written by James R. Benn. A doctor at the hospital is found shot to death and Eddie Harkins, an MP, is assigned to find the killer. Everyone wanted the doctor dead so there were a lot of suspects. I found the investigation plodding, with much repetition. Then there was some action, including fighting and shooting, in the last 20% of the book. There was also a lo ...more
Jennie Damron
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of BLAME THE DEAD by Ed Ruggero from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed the book a lot more than I thought I would. It's a mystery set in Sicily during WWII. Very gritty and raw look at what war looks like in the nurses unit and the doctors who are in charge. The book starts right away with the murder of Stephenson who no one seems sorry that he is dead. Harkins is assigned to investigate and feels in over his head. I loved how fast paced the story was.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of BLAME THE DEAD by Ed Ruggero from Macmillan in an exchange for an honest review.

There seems to be tendency in big budget WWII stars to feature mainly, if not solely, white men. Rarely, will you see men of color. Sometimes you see women but by and large those women are limited to hiding people, falling in love with people, or nursing people. A sense of struggle or anything other than getting upset at death stalking men really isn’t shown.

Thankfully, Blame
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
I am a fan of military and historical fiction themed books. Usually when I see a book in this vein as this book by Mr. Ruggero, I jump to check out the book. Thus the reason I am sad that I struggled with this book.

I instantly was transported back in time. I got a clear vision of the world and the characters that Mr. Ruggero built for this book. Yet, I found myself missing that strong connection towards the characters; except maybe Colianno. He was a young guy that was assigned to Eddie to be t
Read with Kaylie Seed
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
Ed Ruggero’s novel Blame the Dead was published in March of this year and is absolutely explosive and exceptionally well done. Blame the Dead is first and foremost a historical fiction novel based in Italy during the thick of WWII but there’s a twist. Blame the Dead is not just a wonderfully written piece of historical fiction, it is also a murder mystery that ends up revealing even more secrets that lie behind the lines of fire.

Ruggero’s main character is Eddie Harkins, an Irish-American Lieute
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What's next? WHAT'S NEXT? That is why I liked this book. It kept me interested in the storyline. It is a WWII story about 'who done it.' Yeah, it is not just about the enemy (Germans) it's about who murdered the doctor and who else knows how many more at the Field Hospital.
As you are reading this story you felt like you are watching it on the screen, that's how good this book is.
Lewis Honor
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Blame The Dead.
I received a free copy from Net Galley for a review. Well, I don't know if it was for a review. They were just nice.
This was a buddy read with none other than "Miranda Reads."
Wow. What a boring read. But fast paced ending.
Starting this book I knew nothing about Ed Ruggero. The author. I still know nothing about Ed Ruggero. The author.
All I know is this book has not been released yet, so I'm special. Nah, actually it was on Netgalley, and I just happened to be able to get a copy fo
The Lit Bitch
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
One of the main reasons that I decided to read this book was because the author was a former military officer. I am really into military history, especially Civil War and WWI/WWII. My dad was also in the military and I grew up with military history.

I thought this one sounded like it would bring a lot of history to life mixed into a historical mystery. I also like that this book was going to be sent it Italy during the war instead of the traditional France or England.

This book ended up being quit
May 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
The More Of Blame The Dead I Read, The More I Disliked The Book!

When I initially read the Amazon Book Description of Blame The Dead I was sure this was going to be a book that I was really going to enjoy. This expectation was influenced largely on my being a big fan of murder mysteries set during WWII in general, and specifically on the many 5 and 4 star ratings given by those who had already read the book.

Well, the contents of my copy of Blame The Dead was either totally different from others w
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"This may surprise you, Lieutenant, but we have a pretty important job here..."

“This may surprise you, Lieutenant, but we have a pretty important job here. I didn’t volunteer because I like the clothes, or because I wanted to see every s**thole in Europe.”

I thoroughly enjoyed this book about an Army mobile hospital unit based on Palermo, Sicily during World War II. The book begins in August 1943.

The story basically centers on the nurses that work at the hospital unit and there's a lot of histori
Jill Jemmett
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Eddie Harkins was a traffic cop in the United States before World War II began. When a surgeon is murdered at a hospital base in Sicily, he is brought to the base to investigate. He discovers many secrets and coverups that have been happening at the base, which makes his investigation complicated.

The writing in this story was clear and concise. I immediately felt sympathy for the characters. Harkins got some bad news fairly early on in the book, and I could feel his pain. The story was detailed,
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Blame the Dead by Ed Ruggero by Ed Ruggero is quite a read... It is a fast read that is paced like a roller coaster.. slow... and then sudden drops.... then a few jerky turns and we are slowly rising again only to another dip and speed. I thought it was a unique read, a murder mystery set at US Army’s 11th Field Hospital in Sicily Italy during WWII just after D-Day. There should be no complaints with this one.. it is a murder mystery, history that appeals to WWII buffs, a touch of romance (really only a touch... well r ...more
Jill Sanders
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it
This review is for my friends Brittany and Anamaye-
This book was not my usual genre (historical fiction), but it kept me engaged with the mystery plot(s) Page turner. Murder. Little bit of romance. Good read. 👍🏼
Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it
I’m not sure what about this book caught my interest when I was offered a copy for review, but I’m glad I took a chance on something outside of my usual fantasy and sci-fi genres. I do occasionally read historical fiction, but not typically about WWI (or any war, really). At any rate, I’m glad I picked this up, as it was a compelling read and kept me intrigued during these crazy times we’ve all found ourselves in.

Harkins is no Sherlock Holmes – in fact, there are times when I wanted to shake him
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is a history lesson, a page-turning mystery, and a piece of human drama all wrapped up in one. Stuck in a war zone yet trying to do the right thing, Harkins is a man who will run and run to connect the dots to the murderer. He has a good sense of who the ultimate villain is early on in the book, but the evidence alludes him. This is a plus in the reading. It made the book go quickly as the hunt became more palpable as the threads started to become well intertwined. My only criticism is ...more
Kim Fox
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Finally!! A book based in WWII that was different! I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

Eddie Harkins, military police, is the first person to arrive at what appears to be a murder. From there the author takes you on a journey to find out who killed the doctor that everyone hated. You have the nurses he terrorized, the German prisoners of war, and all the other people who worked in the hospital, as suspects. The authors description of the hospital and what it goes through during war very realistic. Su
Kevin Hall
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this very much. It’s a good mystery that takes place during a time period that I would not normally read. Took it on vacation and finished it in just a few days and it kept my interest the entire time. No real spoiler here....I can’t stand when reviewers do that.
chels marieantoinette
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is a well-written and interesting take on a unique aspect of WWII focusing on a murder at a field hospital and the basically untrained beat-cop-turned-detective trying time solve the case.
There’s a distracting amount of side stories & characters, so be prepared to focus. It’s vulgar (lots of unnecessary sex stuff) and sad - not surprisingly - but worth picking up if you’re a WWII buff or a fan of police work or murder mysteries.
I received a free paperback ARC of Blame the Dead by Ed Ruggero from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.

I did not think I was going to get into or like this book at all. It was so far out of my realm of bookish enjoyment but I didn't care for the other available options. I wasn't even sure I was going to read it. But I gave it a chance. And at first I was right. It didn't like it. But I get it more of a chance. And it wasn't half-bad! I got into it and found myself enjoying it. I didn't
Paige Green
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received this arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Blame the Dead

Author: Ed Ruggero

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3.5/5

Publication Date: March 3, 2020

Genre: Historical Fiction

Recommended Age: 18+ (violence, murder, gore, sex, rape mentioned a lot TW)

Publisher: Forge Books

Pages: 336

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Synopsis: The nurses of the US Army's Field Hospitals, mobile units that operate just behind the battle lines, contend with heat, dirt, short-handed staffs, the threat
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Blame the Dead” by Ed Ruggero is a murder mystery set in Sicily, 1943 when allied armies were fighting across the island in the struggle to defeat the Germans. It is a well-written and engrossing story with interesting characters. Most compelling is the historical context of what Army nurses and doctors serving in Mobile Advanced Surgical Hospital near to the frontlines faced every moment of each day as the war raged on.
The story begins as Lt. Eddie Harkins arrives at such a hospital unit to i
I was approached by a publicist via e-mail asking if I was interested in reviewing the historical mystery, Blame The Dead by Ed Ruggero. The promotional material emphasized Ruggero's military background as a West Point graduate and an army officer. It also mentioned women's issues and the role that women played in the military during WWII. I realized that I hadn't read any WWII novel by an author like Ruggero. I also had never read a mystery in which the setting was a field military hospital in ...more
Zoe L.
Mar 04, 2020 added it
Happy day late book birthday! Blame the Dead is a gritty and raw mystery book set in the middle of WWII. Phew, that was a mouth full but it got the major plot across. I think the most effective part of this book is that it is so (sometimes brutally) honest. The characters are in the midst of war, so you are oftentimes not seeing any of them at their best. And as it was mentioned in the beginning, many of them never really had a best. These characters are tired, hungry, cut-off, and trying to sur ...more
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Although this historical fiction story takes place during World War II just after D-Day, U.S. Army personnel of all ranks and genders stationed abroad may take an interest in it. The author has done much research regarding the characters he chose, with some having similarities to actual ones. I found it very informative and at times even shocking. How much different would the scenarios be if our country was now in a similar volatile & temporary situation on foreign soil?

The story closes in on a
The Booked Mama
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
During the chaos of an air raid Dr. Myers Stephenson is murdered while running towards shelter. MP Eddie Harkins is just finishing up a long shift when he gets waved into the field hospital just outside of Palermo, Italy. By chance, Eddie finds himself in charge of the investigation. When he begins asking questions of the hospital's staff he finds out that the place is in complete disarray. Doctors are drunk while on duty, nurses are being harassed and attacked, one even died recently under susp ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: macmillan, netgalley
I received a free ARC of Blame the Dead by Ed Ruggero from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.

The first in a new series, this book is set in Sicily during the second world war, in an American army field hospital.

Eddie Harkins, an MP who was a Philadelphia beat cop before the war, is the first MP on the scene as a body is found. He is not a detective and is looking forward to handing off the case to someone more experienced, when he is told he needs to lead the investigation.

He quickly
Nancy Ellis
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My two favorite genres are history and mystery, so this was the perfect combination! In the summer of 1943, a bloody summer in Sicily following the Allied invasion, Eddie Harkins is a former Philadelphia beat cop who is now serving in the Military Police. He is assigned, having been the first cop on the scene, to the murder of an Army doctor, who turns out to have been hated by all, with good reason. The nurses of the Army Field Hospitals are overworked caring for wounded GIs and also subject to ...more
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Ed Ruggero remembers very clearly two ambitions he had early on: he wanted to be a soldier and he wanted to be a writer.
Ruggero graduated from West Point in 1980, fulfilling one of his professional dreams. He served as an infantry officer in the Army and later returned to West Point to teach literature and writing. While he was on the faculty at West Point that Ruggero got the idea that it would b

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