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Summary

When a young nurse dies on her watch, Florence Nightingale must uncover the deep-hidden secrets someone will kill to keep buried.

It is 1853. Lady of the Lamp Florence Nightingale has just accepted the position of superintendent of the Establishment for Gentlewomen during Temporary Illness in London. She has hardly had time to learn the names of the nurses in her charge when she suddenly finds one of them hanging in the establishment's library. Her name was Nurse Bellamy.

Florence's mettle is tested by the dual goals of preserving what little reputation her hospital has and bringing Nurse Bellamy's killer to justice. Her efforts are met with upturned noses and wayward glances, except for her close friend and advocate inside the House of Commons, Sidney Herbert. As Florence digs deeper, however, her attention turns to one of the hospital investors and suddenly, Sidney becomes reluctant to help.

With no one but herself to count on, Florence must now puzzle out what the death of an unknown, nondescript young nurse has to do with conspiracies lurking about at the highest levels of government - before she is silenced too.

©2019 Christine Trent (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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Intriguing

I thought when I started listening to this story I would not be able to listen to it because of the narrator . However, persevere the tale unfolds and us brought to and exciting climax . Florence would have probably spoken like this as the gentlewomen she was. A real who - done it ! And no mistake .

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The reading is monotonous and grates

I had to stop listening to this story because after a while it really started to annoy me. Not actually the story itself but the narrator. Certainly as far as the stories concerned not much happens for a big part of it, although I found the day to day routine of the hospital as referenced in the book quite interesting. The narrator is just gratingly precise and fake. one of the big problems I have is that she tries to sound posh British and then she comes out with a word like 'math', not 'maths' but 'math'.
Admittedly some of the problems with the actual narration do come down to the actual wording on the part of the author. Occasionally the speech is just a bit too casual and modern. When you combine that with the very precise (almost gratingly so) speech of the narrator, it comes off as a bit weird.
It's rather like hearing Eliza Doolittle with her :small talk' combined with her adopted accent. It doesn't sound right it sounds fake because it is.

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Brilliant and different

I have loved this alternative angle which acts as an introduction to this remarkable woman an enjoyable tale with a plausible ending

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I didn't like this book!

I had to stop reading this book as I didn't like the Narrator's voice & the storyline!

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  • 10-05-22

Florence Nightingale mystery

I enjoyed the Story and the historical background. Did not like the Narration. For this reason struggled to finish. Will read the next book rather than have an audible version

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Curious!

Nearly gave up, partly because of the distracting narration, partly because the characterisations were so predictable, it was the main protagonist being Flo Nightingale which held my interest, and curiosity,
Though now,having finished it, I am inclined to wish those lost few hours, back again, and do something else instead.

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No cure for the dead

I enjoyed this book. Other have criticised the narrator but I had no problem with her. I thought she portrayed a number of voices very well. I am looking forward to listening to the next book.

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Narrator totally ruined it for me

Ridiculously plummy voice just grated so much I couldn't continue after chapter 1. This book is a prime example of what a difference the narrator makes to my enjoyment of a story. As a retired nurse I was looking forward to seeing what historical nursing content there would be. Thank goodness I didn't pay for this......

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A Great Historical Book

Really enjoyed this book. However I must admit at being a Victoran history lover. But having said that it is a great mystery story with very well researched Victoran facts, which I could not believe. if you do listen to this don't do what I did and keep hitting Google. Wait until the very end! So well read by the narrator. another reviewer was convinced the narrator is American. No. she is very English. I got this as a free download. But I think it worth anyone's credit. If you like history and mystery look no further!

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  • 23-10-20

Fantastic

Loved the whole experience, including the narrator. The story was well written, well planned and an excellent topic. Florence Nightingale was a tremendous heroine of our not so distant past. She deserves a lot more attention. Even a little fictional assistance.

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  • A.G. Lindsay
  • 29-05-19

Boring!

This book is extremely well researched. It's well plotted and well written. The mystery is suitably mysterious, and I didn't guess whodunnit until the reveal....

...but!

It seemed to take forever to get there. Every minute detail of how nursing homes/hospitals were run in Florence Nightingale's time was mentioned. It almost made hearing her agonize over the minute details about her personal life refreshing.

I don't know if it was the reader's delivery or the novel itself, but, really, couldn't SOMETHING have been cut or saved for the next book to make things move a little faster?

As I said, the writer is good, but this book was just not my cup of tea. As long as you don't mind the extraneous facts strewn around causing somewhat glacial pacing, you might like the mystery, but I was thinking that watching paint dry might have been more diverting.

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  • Julie A. Kent
  • 25-11-20

reminded me of Scooby-Doo

The action seemed a bit forced. There was one bizarre occurrence after another. Glad to see Florence set out as a real person and a good role model. brought out many of the problems women faced in the 19th century. The unfolding seemed contrived. Still a pleasant listen.

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  • Mrs. Alexander
  • 12-02-21

The reader hurt my ears, the story is still good!

The inflections and wisps in the voice of the reader made it hard to listen via Bluetooth. I have to say it killed my overall enjoyment.

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  • Laurie S
  • 08-12-21

Interesting

This was an interesting storyline with caveats. I would have loved to hear more the actual process of solving the mystery as well as about hospital improvements and the shaping up of staff and protocols. But the pace got bogged down with two things: frequent internal reminiscing into Miss Nightingale’s past and non-stop, so-called accidents. After awhile, the “accidents” became tedious and rarely seemed to advance the plot. They just told us that, once again, someone was out to get those getting close to clues. The narrator was very good; though after awhile, I could hear the chirp sound she make at the end of sentences, usually after t or d sounds.

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  • Cindy L. Masek
  • 23-11-21

I was skeptical

I almost didn't choose this book because I didn't think there was away to portray Florence Nightingale in a murder mystery in any way believable. I'm a nurse and have great respect for her and didn't want to read something that would take away from her amazing accomplishments. But this book manages a good mystery and tells the story of her dramatic changes in health care and her often overlooked cutting-edge statistics applications and scientific thinking, at least as much as was possible to have at that time. It also provided depth to Florence Nightingale's personal struggles and sacrifice. In all, it is a very good book.

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  • Kait B Roe
  • 21-09-21

Great story, maybe an editor could trim it?

The story is good. But it could use a good editor to help it move along a bit more quickly. The slow narration didn't help, either. Pushing the speed up to 1.1 or 1.2 helped as well.

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  • jeremy powell
  • 04-08-21

historical fiction gone wrong

not sure if the narrator or author is more to blame but the characterization of Florence Nightingale was really hard to stomach. I struggled to finish but I am not a quitter. I chose this book because of my interest in the real woman and nursing revolutionary. The author did include historical aspects of her life. But honestly I appreciate that the author's note at the end more than any part of the narrative. The ending was spectacularly bad. wish I had quit. I love historical fiction but this is one is to be avoided.

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  • Marianna J. Groth
  • 03-01-21

Interesting AND Entertaining

Entertaining way to learn about a woman who really was an amazing figure in history.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-05-22

Founder of Modern Nurses

I loved this mystery with Florence Nightingale as the investigator. The obvious differences between nursing practice today and what the practice was then was fascinating. The murder investigation was quite convoluted and the resolution was good. This should be interesting to anyone who likes medical mysteries and likes stories about strong women.