Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness

Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness

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"Ladarat Patalung never wanted to become a detective. She was content with her work as a nurse-ethicist, exhorting her fellow nurses and physicians to behave ethically. But when a mysterious woman known as 'Peaflower' begins killing middle-aged men, hospital's excellent reputation is threatened and Ladarat decides that she must act. When she does, her efforts are confounded by an unkempt barefoot man in the intensive care unit and by the fevered preparations for a royal inspection that will determine her hospital's future. Nevertheless, Ladarat is surprised to discover that she has considerable talents as a detective, and with the help of her assistant and a kind detective, she sets out to catch a murderer"--
Publisher: New York, NY :, Redhook,, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780316270632
0316270636
Branch Call Number: M CASA
Characteristics: 358 pages ; 21 cm.

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athena14
Feb 14, 2017

Too man sub-plots and easily guessed mysteries.

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Roundcat
Nov 29, 2016

David Casarett is a doctor, who has written nonfiction, and spends quite a bit of time in Thailand. This background has enabled him to write a novel with characters that remind the reader strongly of the Ladies Number One Detective Agency mysteries by Alexander McCall Smith. Ladarat Patalung, Nurse Ethicist who has studied her specialty in Chicago, is asked by Wiriya Mookja, a Royal Police detective, to use her contacts in the Sriphat Hospital of Chiang Mai to help him determine whether there is a serial killer on the loose or if the woman who brought her dead husband to the emergency room is just unlucky in her choice of husbands. Ladarat and her assistant, Sisithorn, who seems to have an unusual gift for understanding the needs and emotions of others, manage an upcoming audit of the hospital, an American couple who were involved in an accident with an elephant, and a mysterious man in the ICU visitor’s room, as well as detective Mookja’s request, with grace and calm, basing her decisions on what is truly important. The writer’s gift for immersing the reader in the culture of Thailand is truly remarkable. I am looking forward to the next in the series.

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