When a promising country music singer on the verge of stardom mysteriously dies after undergoing a routine medical procedure, Kate Katelinson, an investigative reporter for the Nashville Herald, becomes personally tied to the case. After sources connected to the reporter’s investigation start dying, Kate finds herself thrust into a twisted labyrinth of betrayal, corruptionWhen a promising country music singer on the verge of stardom mysteriously dies after undergoing a routine medical procedure, Kate Katelinson, an investigative reporter for the Nashville Herald, becomes personally tied to the case. After sources connected to the reporter’s investigation start dying, Kate finds herself thrust into a twisted labyrinth of betrayal, corruption, and murder. Armed with only her investigative instincts and an unlikely alliance of friends, the reporter enters a terrifying game of cat-and-mouse with a mastermind more powerful than she could have ever anticipated. To complicate matters, Kate finds herself torn between her brilliant ex fiancé, and a charismatic hospital executive who both may be after more than her heart. In her debut novel, Dr. M. Maitland DeLand takes readers through a rollercoaster ride of suspense while touching upon some of the most pressing social and healthcare issues of the 21st century....
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Nashville Mercy Reviews
[Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (cclapcenter.com). I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.]If it seems sometimes that I've been feeling worn down lately by the books I've recently been reviewing here, it's because I am -- ever since the new year started, my reading diet has almost exclusively consisted of vanity projects from basement presses by middle-class dilettantes who have an extra couple thousand dollars to hire a publicist specifically to send the book to people like me (i.e. litbloggers with an open promise to review any book that gets sent to them), and books sent under such circumstances almost never turn out to be more than mediocre at best, unreadable at worst. Take Dr. M. Maitland DeLand's Nashville Mercy for a good example, an utterly by-the-numbers crime novel that leans heavily on DeLand's actual medical background for most of its setting and plot; for while it's not actively terrible, it's also not even the tiniest bit better than some random B-grade episode of some random B-grade television show on some random B-grade basic cable channel (the important difference being that the latter only eats up an hour of my life, while the former consumes two entire days), less a polished novel and more a collection of obvious cliches that kept getting strung together until they reached 268 pages. Every time I read a book like this, my soul dies a little, precisely because such books are not out-and-out horrible and it's not like you can actively pan them; it's instead that they're so totally and pleasantly unnecessary, the literary equivalent of unconsciously scarfing down a bag of high-fructose, empty-calorie junk food while surfing Facebook without even thinking about what you're doing, then suddenly becoming aware of your behavior and being overwhelmed with existential nausea for the utterly disposable nature of the world around us, for the hollow clock-watching pleasure these little trifles give us. I know, a heavy reaction for some poor part-time author who just wanted to write a simple little Nancy Grace crime thriller, but this is what happens when you read too many books like these in a row.Out of 10: 7.0
This review was originally published on my blog on 16th March 2015. You can find it here.When I heard about this book, I was instantly intrigued. I loved the sound of the summary and how mysterious it all sounded. I already wanted to know what was going on and thus I couldn’t help but make sure I read this book. I’ve never read anything by M. Maitland DeLand before so I had no idea what to expect with the writing. Fortunately, this book blew me away. It was an addictive, well-thought-out, brilliantly written novel that completely captured my attention. I read it in just two days – which is no easy feat this days – as I just simply couldn’t stop reading or thinking about it.What made this book compelling was the plot. Throughout the book, you’re kept on the edge of your toes as the main protagonist tries to work out what the hell is going on. There is a lot of tension, a lot of character development and everything just ties together so unexpectedly. I loved the way that you are trying to work out what’s going on and as you do so, you end up double-guessing yourself and just wondering if everyone is the enemy. The plot is enticing and full of mystery that really made the book very entertaining.There was something so wonderful about all the characters in this book but what helped my enjoyment of this book immensely was the powerful main protagonist; Kate. She was driven, stubborn, loyal, protective and just really grew throughout the book. I instantly connected with her and her narrative voice – third person but in Kate’s POV. I thought she was a strong character and I couldn’t help but find myself emotionally invested in her life. I also enjoyed all of the character relationships in this book. In a way it reads like a book in the middle of a series but it isn’t. What I mean by that is that all the relationships – and characters – felt well-developed and it felt like you had been reading them for years. The only small issue I had with the characters was the slight insta-love plot but that did eventually grow on me by the end.I very much enjoyed this book and am very glad that I got a chance to read it. It was captivating and powerful and was just a brilliant piece of entertainment. I instantly got hooked on the story and the characters and just had to know what was going to happen next and how it was all going to end. And the ending I did really enjoy. I loved how it all came together and how much all of the characters had grown throughout the story. The writing style of this book was easy but also in-depth and I just found it to be a fantastic book. I would highly recommend this book and will definitely be keeping an eye out for more books by this author.
I usually read historical fiction, but once in awhile I like to read a medical thriller. Saw this on my bookshelf and decided to give it a go. The book starts out with a nurse noticing that a patient is being prepped for a surgery that she feels is a mistake. Besides that the doctor doing the surgery is not the patient's doctor. The doctor of course is not happy with a nurse telling him what he should and should not be doing. The surgery goes forward.Gwendolyn Cartwright is the patient being operated on, she is a young rising country star who only has a 20% blockage and that does not warrant an angioplasty especially at her young age. There are many risks related to any surgery of course but she was told by her doctor that this was a needed procedure.Kate Katelinson is an investigative reporter looking for a piece to write that is not a fluff piece. She is at the hospital and runs into an old college roommate who she has not seen in 10 years. They had a falling out and had not been in touch. Kate is concerned for her friends demeanor and she starts questioning her friend. What her friend tells her has Kate's wheels rolling and she starts an investigation into why there are so many angioplasties being done at this particular hospital.While investigating she becomes embroiled in an infatuation with a hospital exec. She really is not ready for another relationship, as she recently broke up with her boyfriend. Can she trust this man though, he works at the hospital and should know what is going on. As she continues into her investigation, one of the people at the hospital that she coerces into helping her with information, dies. To make matters worse, Gwendolyn also dies and this creates a scary situation for Kate. She does not know who to trust and she doesn't believe that these people died of natural causes, she thinks they were killed.What ensues is a fast paced thriller that will thrill any fan of medical thrillers. Characters are believable and well written. The medical aspect of the story is also well written, but of course it would be, the author is an M.D. and she uses her expertise brilliantly. I like a story that moves along and this one did for me. I look forward to the next in the series.
A good nurse may question a doctor if a surgery seems unnecessary. A good doctor may revisit the records before proceeding. Nurse Jan Peters doesn’t think the angioplasty is necessary for Gwendolyn Cartwright. The test results showed only a small blockage. She approaches the doctor. He is arrogant and proceeds with the operation. Gwendolyn bleeds out; she barely survives the surgery and is moved into the ICU. Gwendolyn is a rising country-blues singer.Community Health Care Int’l bought out Nashville Mercy. It’s big news and Nashville Herald editor Ed Miller, sends journalist Kate Katelinson to interview Bradley Wickham, a hospital executive, for the paper. Mistakenly, Jan Peters, Kate’s roommate from college, thinks Kate is there about Gwendolyn Cartwright. She speaks out of turn. Kate begins to investigate. The ‘powers that be’ contact the editor. He tries to pull the plug on Kate’s snooping. She continues to investigate on her own. Bradley and Kate become interested in each other. He appears to be helping her, but … can she trust him?Nashville Mercy is a debut novel for M. Maitland DeLand, and the first in the Kate Katelinson series. The mystery was intriguing. As Kate was wondering who she could trust, I found myself asking the same question. Kate is a good lead character and once she’s onto something, she won’t let go … even if it means her job. The cover actually threw me; the hat makes her appear more like an equestrian. I rated the novel at 3.5 out of 5.
I received this book as a Goodreads Firstreads. While I see where the author wanted to go in this medical mystery, I had a hard time staying focused on the main plot due to distractions in the storyline. Kate Katelinson is an investigative reporter looking into a suspicious rise in the number of unnecessary angioplasties being performed in Nashville Mercy, and the subsequent complications and death of a popular country music singer. Unfortunately, the main character was not believable as a reporter or as a professional woman. She has a tendency to go solo on the investigation, falls in love at first sight with a prime suspect ( and he does the same! ), and has 1-1 confrontations with suspects during which she divulges her suspicions and findings. She gains access to secure areas within the hospital with little effort, she appears to work this case 24/7, and she repeatedly puts herself and the investigation at risk with unprofessional, amateur antics. An organized, believable, in depth analysis of the primary characters and investigation with less fluff would keep my attention longer.
Dr. Deland will be at Book Readers Heaven tomorrow when my review will appear as part of her Blog Tour...
"Nashville Mercy," the first book in the Kate Katelinson mystery series, had me on the edge of my seat the whole time!