The Patient in Room 18

The Patient in Room 18

Book - 1977
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"The American Agatha Christie," as she is sometimes called, Mignon G. Eberhart has a huge following among mystery buffs. Her adroit style and penchant for chilling atmosphere are evident in "The Patient in Room 18," her literary debut of 1929. It introduces the emphatic Nurse Sarah Keate, who helped popularize mystery novels and movies set in hospital wards amid the ominous gleam of medical instruments. Eberhart once said of the redoubtable, red-haired Nurse Keate, "I loved her because she had a good sharp tongue." The head nurse needs all her wits in "The Patient in Room 18," which begins off-duty with an unpleasant dinner party and mixes radium with murder, drawing in the cunning Detective O'Leary, beautiful Maida with the lapis lazuli cufflinks, and sinister Corole.
Publisher: Mattituck, N.Y. : Aeonian Press, [1977], c1929
ISBN: 9780884117650
Characteristics: 302 p


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Jan 14, 2016

Politically incorrect 1929 mystery novel that's very suspenseful and occasionally quite funny. The first book in Eberhart's Nurse Keate series about a middle-aged redhead who always seems to work in hospitals where doctors are knifed to death. Luckily, she has a knack for finding clues as well as a sweet young detective pal named Lance O'Leary. In their 4 books together, they made an irresistible combo.

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