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Brain Dead [Kindle Edition]

Eileen Dreyer
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When forensic nurse Timmie Leary-Parker moves from LA to Puckett, Missouri to care for her ailing father, she's prepared for the slow pace, the small-town politics and the feeling that everyone knows her business.

Then, patients in the hospital's Alzheimer's Unit start dying in unprecedented numbers.

Everyone refuses to investigate the town's most lucrative business, and no one will challenge the hospital's Golden Boy director.

No one, except Timmie.

Convinced a serial killer walks the Alzheimer's Unit where her father lies ill, Timmie digs up a burned-out Pulitzer-winning reporter and dives into a quagmire of corruption and greed.

4 1/2 Stars – Romantic Times


"Dreyer writes with great wit and sensitivity, especially about the problems of loving and coping with older relatives." ~The Times-Picayune

"Riveting plot, terrifying premise..." Tami Hoag, NYT Bestselling Author of Down The Darkest Road

"Eileen Dreyer knocks readers off their feet. You won't forget the power, pain and moral ambiguity of this incredible novel." ~Romantic Times

Nothing Personal
A Man to Die For
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New York Times bestselling author Eileen Dreyer has been inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame, nominated for the Anthony Award and is a retired trauma nurse. Also trained in forensic nursing and death investigation, Eileen doesn't see herself actively working in those fields, unless this writing thing doesn't pan out.

Editorial Reviews Review

Puckett, Missouri has something to hide and nurse Timmie Leary is on the case in Eileen Dreyer's Brain Dead. Back in her hometown of Puckett to care for her ailing father, Timmie takes a job with Memorial Hospital, where the bodies are piling up at an alarming rate. Patients from Restcrest, the hospital's senior-care facility, are dropping like flies, but not from old age. The deaths are unexplainable and Timmie suspects the worst. She enlists the help of semi-retired journalist Dan Murphy, and together the two uncover enough suspects and motives to fill Puckett's town hall. Is there an "angel of mercy" at work, or does Puckett have a serial killer on the loose? This superb medical thriller, packed with dark humor and gripping suspense, will leave readers anything but brain dead!

From Booklist

Forensic nurse Timmie Leary came from L.A. to Memorial Hospital in Puckett, Missouri, to modernize its emergency room. She is well on her way when elderly patients start dropping dead. Two-time Pulitzer Prize^-winning journalist Dan Murphy offers to help Timmie solve these suspected murders. Since Dan has ideal credentials for such jobs--"the only thing he hated more than exerting himself was leaving a question unanswered" --he and Timmie make an efficient team. Now, nobody in Puckett wants to admit that anything bad is going on, for the hospital and Restcrest, the nursing home associated with it, account for many jobs and increase town pride. There are suspects and motives aplenty, however, and the increasing death rate among both Restcresters and related snoopers keeps this lively and human story moving. Dreyer knows small towns and human beings, especially how they both sometimes warp the truth for good reasons and occasionally get themselves too weary to go on. William Beatty

Product Details

  • File Size: 1186 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: ePublishing Works! (September 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0096C31KO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,918 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Timmie Leary is a woman with a plate that runs over in every direction. She moved from Los Angeles back to her hometown in Missouri hoping to kick-start her life and get away from her bothersome ex-husband. With her daughter in tow, she continues her nursing career and provides help to her sick father.

Timmie has enough excitement as an ER nurse so she did not need to find herself embroiled in a murder investigation but she is not one to every turn her back on a problem that needed resolving. Timmie is seeing a pattern of morbidity within the senior population at one particular skilled nursing facility and is not one to believe in coincidence. Timmie moves forward through red tape and bad attitudes to figure out what is creating this death statistic and finds herself aligned with an unusual assistant.

Murphy is a newspaperman that has found himself dried up and washed out in a small town where nothing is supposed to happen. However, something is happening and when Murphy and Timmie start knocking on doors and rattling windows someone gets very nervous and they are not above threats to get this all to go away.

Elaine Dreyer never met a word she could not compose into a great sentence that finds itself surrounded by a remarkable story with unforgettable characters.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, but slow at times March 26, 2013
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I really enjoyed reading this medical mystery and thriller. The action was non-stop, and the author keeps you guessing all the way until the end. I enjoyed each of the characters.

There were times when there was so much explaining that the book got a bit slow in those parts of the story line. The other part that bothered me was that it didn't appear as if the book had a good proofreading before it was released. I'm not sure if a good part of the problem was due to the kindle formatting, but there were quite a few misspellings, incomplete sentences, and illogical ones to the point where I, as the reader, had to stop and think and try to understand what they MEANT to say. A few times they even mixed up the names of the characters.

But overall I enjoyed the story, and stayed up late at night to finish it. The preview of the next book Bad Medicine (A Suspense Novel) makes me want to pick it up as well.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oi May 26, 2013
By Ss
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Verrrrrrrrrrrrry slow book. Too many secondary characters. Found myself falling asleep during this boo. Thankfully it was free. Will not read again.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, too long October 31, 1998
By Frank
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I agree with the other two reviews (not counting the 5-star ad which is the first "review," with such nuggets as "A reader would have to be BRAIN DEAD not to enjoy this tale").
This is a good hospital suspense book. Several times the protagonist Timmie will reach a conclusion and forget to share that with the reader. And the secondary characters do blur into each other.
The major fault I found with the book is its length -- 497 pages!! In reaching this length, the author throws in too much repetition of dialogue, reflection, and plot. The author really does not have to repeat something 10 times to have the reader get the point. This would have been a much better book at about 350 pages.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars lost in translation May 23, 2013
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I found myself having to go back and re-read sentences and paragraphs in this book to make sense of what was being said or done. The writing does not flow well. Most of the slang or descriptive terms are confusing. The story was alright but it was hurt by the poor writing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I almost became the title! May 25, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was extremely difficult to read...until the last 1/3RD. Just too many characters,too much information that wasn't necessary. I had to make myself finish it...So not one would recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting tale June 19, 2002
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The Alzheimers angle makes this book special, but the mystery seems to get side-tracked at times. The sudden realization at the end seems rather obvious to the reader, and indeed seems to have been how the book led us throughout most of the narrative. Were we suposed to have been surprised?
There are some episodes and characters whose potential fall through, leaving a sense of a hole (the ex-hubby, the car chase -- why?). Though they're there to throw us off the real track, there still needs to be more explanation for why they happened, why they were needed.
Yes, the nurse talk got too thick at times but it was fascinating all the same (I love the term "gomer"), and Timmie's often uncaring attitude towards her patients was off-putting. This might be just layering of character, but I wanted to like Timmie. She was caring but uncaring, and she knew a little too much about everything. But her situation was one that gripped me, and the relationship between her father and her was a fascinating one to explore.
Her name, though: Timothy Leary-Parker. It brought me out of the story every time it was mentioned, even just as "Timmie." Too much, too cute.
Good writing otherwise, and like I said, the Alzheimers angle put quite a fascinating spin on the whole thing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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After the first few pages, I had to go back and read the preface of the book to get an idea as to what the book was about. I read a few more pages and decided I didn't like the storyline nor the author's writing style.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read. Language a bit rough. I am a retired RN and enjoy good medical mysteries.
Published 1 month ago by Tecya Rynearson
4.0 out of 5 stars scary book!!
People are dying and only one person has the guts to say they're being murdered. Several people know about the murders but don't want to be involved. Read more
Published 3 months ago by lubylu55
1.0 out of 5 stars Just Doesn't Work For Me
I started this book about 18 months ago, and couldn't seem to get past all the racial innuendos and inappropriate wise cracks, to finish the book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by P. WARD
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable mystery
An enjoyable mystery. Nice twist at the end. Boy, I never saw that coming.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 4 months ago by Laurie Fletcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Brain Dead by Eileen Dreyer
Th is swathe best mystery I have read in a long time! I love to read Mysteries ! I am 82 and still reading from my IPad. Read more
Published 4 months ago by ruth Dryfoos
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 5 months ago by elizabeth johnston
4.0 out of 5 stars Brain Dead
This was a good read. It fell short of being a thoroughly good read due to a shortcoming that thankfully did not stop me from turning the pages. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great mystery!
Great read. Kept you guessing until the end.
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More About the Author

Award-winning, bestselling author Eileen Dreyer is actually evil twins. known as Kathleen Korbel to her Silhouette readers, she has published twenty-three books for Silhouette since 1986 and, under her own name(Eileen Dreyer), eight suspense novels and ten short stories. She came to publishing from the world of trauma nursing, which taught her some very important lessons, the most important being "don't sweat the small stuff," or, as her family puts it, "come see me when you get hit by a bus."

Eileen won her first publishing award in 1987, being named the best new Contemporary Romance Author by Romantic Times. Since then she has garnered not only a prestigious Anthony Award nomination for mystery, but five Rita Awards from the Romance Writers of America, which garnered her a place as only the fourth member in the RWA Hall of Fame.

Eileen is a voracious reader--of everything--who started writing at ten, when she ran out of Nancy Drews. She writes in two genres, because she believes in the message of both: hope and justice.(well, and because she hasn't finished that big fantasy yet)You can figure out which is which.

A frequent speaker at writer's conferences and universities all across the country, Eileen is a member not only of Romance Writers of America, but Novelists, Inc, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and, just in case things go wrong, Emergency Nurses Association. She has also assumed the mantle of unofficial mascot for the International Association of Forensic Nurses, a new forensic subspecialty that, amazingly enough, has begun to show up in her work.

A lifelong resident of St. Louis, Missouri, Eileen has been married for thirty-two years to husband Rick, and has two children. She also has animals but refuses to expose them to the glare of the limelight. An addicted traveler, she has sung in some of the best Irish pubs in the world, and enjoys the kind of hands-on book research that lets her salve an insatiable curiosity. She counts film producers, police detectives and Olympic athletes as some of her sources and friends.

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