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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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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • Kathleen Byrne
  • 11-02-21

Read like real historic characters, not re-enacter

Sorry. The title wouldn’t let me add an “s”. A previous review didn’t like the detail the story went into, but it painted a very realistic picture of the Victorian period and conditions. Florence Nightingale was shown as an intelligent woman trying to work in or around the attitudes and restrictions of her era before she became a well-known figure. She herself isn’t perfect. She is impatient and not a “people person”. She knows this, but is unaware of the source of some of the timidity and kowtowing that irritate her being rooted in the precarious positions of some of the people who are living just a step or two away from disaster and starvation. Or, perhaps I should say, she knows it intellectually, but not really at a gut level. This is obviously due to her own privileged upbringing, The mystery is complex, but she spent as much time worrying over its effect on her plans and the hospital’s reputation as she did on solving the mystery. But she was the main person pushing to have it solved rather than sweeping it under the rug, as most of the other powerful people in the story did.

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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.