Archive for February 23rd, 2016

Death of a Nurse


Death of a Nurse (Hamish Macbeth – 31) by MC Beaton

(Excerpt from Goodreads) James Harrison has recently moved to a restored hunting lodge in Sutherland with his gorgeous private nurse Gloria Dainty. When Hamish visits Mr. Harrison to welcome him to the neighborhood, the old man treats him very rudely. Gloria apologizes for her employer’s behavior, and Hamish takes the plunge and invites her out for dinner. On the appointed evening, Hamish waits for Gloria at the restaurant. And waits. Gloria never shows up. Four days later, Gloria’s body washes up on the beach near Braikie. Now without a date and without his former policeman Dick Fraser (who left the force to buy a bakery), Hamish must find out who killed the beautiful new resident of Sutherland, and why, before the murderer strikes again….


My Review

4 stars

Hamish Macbeth works as a police sergeant in the small village of Lochdubh in the Scottish Highlands. He is a little lazy, doesn’t want to leave his little town, an interested in the new nurse in town. He asks Gloria Dainty out on a date but she never shows. Then a couple days later her body is found. It’s now up to Hamish to figure out who killed Gloria without the help of a new constable that is more of a bumbling klutz.

I have seen several of MC Beaton’s books but have yet to have read any, although I do have them on my list. Or course I jumped at the chance to review Death of a Nurse, who wouldn’t. Hamish is a clever man yet he has a bit of a lazy streak and no luck with the ladies. And when he finally has a chance at a date she ends up dead. It is up to him and his bumbling partner.

This is a great cozy mystery. I didn’t really know who did it until the end and I had a hard time putting the book down. Although it is part of a series this book could be a stand-alone. Now I’m going to go back and catch up on this series from the beginning.

To purchase Death of a Nurse make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and MC Beaton’s website.

I received Death of a Nurse for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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I’m Traveling Alone


I’m Traveling Alone (Holger Munch & Mia Kruger – 1) by Samuel Bjork

(Excerpt from Goodreads) A six-year-old girl is found in the Norwegian countryside, hanging lifeless from a tree with a jump rope around her neck. She is dressed in strange doll’s clothes. Around her neck is an airline tag that says “I’m traveling alone.”

A special homicide unit in Oslo re-opens with veteran police investigator Holger Munch at the helm. Holger’s first step is to persuade the brilliant but haunted investigator Mia Krüger to come back to the squad–she’s been living on an isolated island, overcome by memories of her past. When Mia views a photograph of the crime scene and spots the number “1” carved into the dead girl’s fingernail, she knows this is only the beginning. She’ll soon discover that six years earlier, an infant girl was abducted from a nearby maternity ward. The baby was never found. Could this new killer have something to do with the missing child, or with the reclusive Christian sect hidden in the nearby woods?

Mia returns to duty to track down a revenge-driven and ruthlessly intelligent killer. But when Munch’s own six-year-old granddaughter goes missing, Mia realizes that the killer’s sinister game is personal, and I’m Traveling Alone races to an explosive–and shocking–conclusion.


My Review

4 stars

The story starts out with a broken Mia Kruger hiding, addicted to alcohol and pills, and thinking about killing herself. Her former boss, Holger Munch has troubles of his own. But when a 6 year old girl is discovered hanging from a tree with a tag saying “I’m Traveling Alone” Holger calls Mia in to help him investigate the murder.

Mia notices something that makes her think that there are more murders to come. They don’t have to wait long until another little girl is found. Then when Holger’s granddaughter is kidnapped things really get moving. Hopefully they can find her and stop the killer before she is the next victim.

I was instantly drawn into this story from the beginning. You have a killing right away and two people that are spiraling downward that need this case to find a purpose in life. Then there is a large group of people that you follow that although they have their parts each section will add up to the whole of the story. There is a great, deranged killer and lots of red herrings to keep you guessing. If you like psychological thrillers you will want to get this book.

To purchase I’m Traveling Alone make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

I received I’m Traveling Alone for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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