An Angela Richman, Death Investigator Mystery by Elaine Viets
Review: Angela Richman is a death investigator in the area of Chouteau Forest, a town some thirty miles from St. Louis. She responds promptly to death scenes acting as primary official in charge of the body, personal effects and evidence. She also participates in determining the cause, manner and contributing factors involved with the death. She would write a report, which would be sent to the Medical Examiner, who would rule on the official cause of death. Angela's job is cut short, however, while investigating the death of a teenaged girl, who was killed in an accident while racing other teenagers who were drunk and texting while driving. Angela subsequently became ill during the days of the investigation. She felt disoriented, but thought she was simply having a severe migraine headache. When she fainted she was taken to the Sisters of Sorrow Hospital, where prominent neurosurgeon Dr. Gravois misdiagnosed her problem and sent her home. She was soon brought back unconscious, put under the care of another resident neurologist, Dr. Jeb Travis Tritt, after having suffered a series of crippling strokes. Dr. Tritt did brain surgery immediately. Angela was in a coma for nineteen days. Still under massive doses of medication and hallucinating she learned that the great beloved Dr. Gravois had nearly killed her with his misdiagnosis and the much less renowned Dr. Tritt actually saved her life. During a heated argument between Gravois and Tritt, the latter was overheard as threating the life of his fellow doctor. When Gravois is found dead, there was only one suspect according to the police and the residents of Couteau Forest, and that was Dr. Tritt, in Brain Storm, the first mystery in this series by Elaine Viets.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Brain Storm.
Acknowledgment: Thomas & Mercer provided a copy of Brain Storm for this review.
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Location(s) referenced in Brain Storm: St. Louis, Missouri
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Brain Storm by Elaine Viets — An Angela Richman, Death Investigator Mystery
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