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No Cure for the Dead
Florence Nightingale Mystery #1
BY Christine Trent

Crooked Lane
May 8, 2018/ ISBN 978-1-68331-544-5
Historical Mystery

Reviewed by  Laura Hinds

Set in 1853, Christine Trent brings us a tale of Florence Nightingale as she begins her career at the Establishment for Gentlewomen During Temporary Illness in London. The Establishment has been so poorly managed that it is dirty and staffed with nurses of little to no experience that she is determined to get right to work at upgrading the facility and training or replacing her staff.

Nearly as soon as Florence settles in, she finds the body of one of her young nurses hanging in the library. While the police deem it to be a suicide, Florence knows, based on medical evidence, that it is not. There is a murderer afoot and it will be up to her to find the killer before he strikes again.

As she interviews her staff, she hears conflicting stories and it is a puzzle as to who to believe and why. Accidents happen, and others are injured, including herself. Except that Florence knows she was attacked, chloroformed and pushed down the stairs. Someone doesn't like her asking questions and is sending warning after warning to stop.

I am a casual reader of historical mysteries and was not sure this one would be my cup of tea. I was surprised to find myself captivated and intrigued with the characters and with the plot. The atmospheric setting and the fact that Florence Nightingale was indeed real were the things that drew me in completely.

Historical mystery fans, and indeed history buffs will enjoy this novel, and if you are a mystery reader of any time, I recommend that you move out of your comfort-reading zone and get a copy of No Cure for the Dead and settle in for a most interesting read. You won't be sorry!


Reviewed 2018