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Desperate Remedy/an Edwina Crusoe Mystery [Hardcover]

Mary Kittredge


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Aug. 15 1993
Newly pregnant nurse-turned-sleuth Edwina Crusoe is very perplexed when a resident doctor and his wife are shot, and someone tries to finish the job right under the other doctors' noses. By the author of Walking Dead Man.

Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Vhps Trade (Aug. 15 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312097840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312097844
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g

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From Publishers Weekly

Nurse Edwina Crusoe's pregnancy has given her an appetite for oysters and limburger cheese--an unfortunate combination. But at least not lethal, as is the bullet that kills the wife of Dr. Victor Clarke. The doctor himself survives a separate attack and remains unconscious in New Haven's Chelsea Memorial Hospital as two of his attending nurses are killed. Clearly, someone wants Dr. Clarke dead. Edwina, on maternity leave, is restless and decides to investigate. Her probe into the general practitioner's life yields several mysteries: an empty house, a personal history that reaches back only a few years, a fanatical devotion to charity and an adopted son with a weak alibi and a strong motive for murder. Edwina is helped, as usual, by her husband, a former cop now in law school; she is hindered, as always, by her wealthy meddling mother; and she is guided, naturally, by her own charm and cunning, which allow her to find a killer amongst a veritable herd of chemically dependent hospital workers. She also has time to come to the aid of an elderly artist friend who may be sliding into senility as he makes the difficult transition into old age. Kittredge ( Walking Dead Man ) covers a lot of narrative ground in spirited, energetic prose.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

New Haven's nurse-sleuth-heiress Edwina Crusoe, now expecting a baby with ex-cop husband Martin McIntyre, finds herself reluctantly embroiled in events at her old workplace--Chelsea Memorial Hospital. Prodded by her mother, Edwina visits ailing sculptor Michael Munson at the hospital, where he's making life miserable for everyone around him. Critically injured Dr. Victor Clarke has just been admitted, shot in his home by the intruder who killed his wife Renata. Meanwhile, the drug abuse of brilliant young staff doctor Eric Shultz has been uncovered, and the hospital's chief surgeon, William Grace, grows ever more irascible. When the nurse attending Dr. Clarke is shot to death and his life- support system tampered with, feckless administrator Ned Hunt, Edwina's lifelong friend, begs her to help find the murderer. This she does, working her way through a tangle of red herrings and eventually reaching her goal through no fault of her own. A plot heavy with medical mumbo-jumbo and riddled with contrivance does little for Edwina's fifth outing (Walking Dead Man, etc.), but our heroine retains a sturdy charm, and fans will doubtless be looking forward to the happy event in chapter six. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Tries too hard April 26 2010
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Format:Paperback
This author certainly is proud of her ability to describe the daily minutia of hospital nursing. Because of that, pages of what could have been character or story development goes flying out the door. The characters are pathetic little people who deserve every ounce of pain they bring upon themselves. From Edwina and her horrid pregnancy to the young doc who's snorting coke, the characters are unlikable and unsympathetic. Also, I have to wonder about a hospital that just allows people like Edwina to wander freely, since that has to be a huge liability factor. The pace is super slow. Oh and the millionaire nurses, give me a break. . . I'd like to say I got my $1.00 worth out of this book, but I'll be waiting a long time for my change instead.
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