No Pity In Death
No Pity In Death is the second book from the Anne Collin’s Mystery Series by Helen Starbuck. Last week, I reviewed the first of these – The Mad Hatter’s Son. My review of the third book, The Burden of Hate will follow over the next few days.
No Pity In Death
Book Title: No Pity in Death (An Annie Collins Mystery #2) by Helen Starbuck
Category: Adult Fiction (18+), 249 pages
Publisher: Routt Street Press
Content Rating: R. Two explicit sex scenes, profanity, medical scenes.
Struggling to put her life back together after almost being murdered, operating room nurse Annie Collins agrees to help homicide Detective Alex Frost investigate a troubling number of patient deaths in the ICU step down unit at her hospital. Are the patients succumbing to life threatening illnesses or is someone helping them die? Assistant district attorney and close friend, Angel Cisneros, worries about Annie’s involvement with Frost’s investigation, and his concern escalates after a person from her past contacts her. His feelings for her, which have grown deeper, complicate everything. Dangerous enemies are something Annie and Angel have in common. As they quickly discover, paybacks can be hell.
My Review of No Pity In Death
Once again, Annie finds herself in the midst of a situation that requires her to be alert and on guard and follow her instincts. DNR (Do Not Resucitate) patients in the hospital she’s working at seem to be dying after looking like they are recovering.
While it’s not necessary to read the first book to get into this one, it does help to see the character progression, especially of Annie. While she comes across as a loose cannon in Book 1, the trauma of her almost-murder seems to have had its affect on her. She’s still struggling with the after effects but is finally convinced to go for counselling.
As the mystery of the deaths begin to unravel, we’re also given an insight to how Annie’s mind and heart begin to heal.
The author’s style of story-telling, the characters and the real world setting of this story, make it a very enjoyable medical mystery.
Meet The Author
Helen Starbuck is a Colorado native, former OR nurse, and award-winning author of the standalone romantic suspense novel Legacy of Secrets, and the Annie Collins Mystery Series. She loves mysteries, suspense, romance, and any book that is well written. She’s a huge fan of books with independent, strong, women characters and, as Neil Gaiman says, “…stories where women save themselves.”
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