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Trauma nurse and part-time death-investigator Molly Burke is having a pretty normal night at her St. Louis Emergency Department. Then a well-connected lawyer is wheeled in, victim of a suspected suicide. One suicide is bad. But when one grows to four in a matter of days, and all the victims are lawyers, the trend stops being an oddity and becomes a real problem. Were these r Trauma nurse and part-time death-investigator Molly Burke is having a pretty normal night at her St. Louis Emergency Department. Then a well-connected lawyer is wheeled in, victim of a suspected suicide. One suicide is bad. But when one grows to four in a matter of days, and all the victims are lawyers, the trend stops being an oddity and becomes a real problem. Were these really suicides? Why would successful, hot young lawyers want to kill themselves? Then Molly unearths secrets that powerful people don’t want exposed and the puzzle suddenly becomes a threat. Now she must find killer, or become the next victim.


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Trauma nurse and part-time death-investigator Molly Burke is having a pretty normal night at her St. Louis Emergency Department. Then a well-connected lawyer is wheeled in, victim of a suspected suicide. One suicide is bad. But when one grows to four in a matter of days, and all the victims are lawyers, the trend stops being an oddity and becomes a real problem. Were these r Trauma nurse and part-time death-investigator Molly Burke is having a pretty normal night at her St. Louis Emergency Department. Then a well-connected lawyer is wheeled in, victim of a suspected suicide. One suicide is bad. But when one grows to four in a matter of days, and all the victims are lawyers, the trend stops being an oddity and becomes a real problem. Were these really suicides? Why would successful, hot young lawyers want to kill themselves? Then Molly unearths secrets that powerful people don’t want exposed and the puzzle suddenly becomes a threat. Now she must find killer, or become the next victim.

30 review for Bad Medicine

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    I started this book before vacation last summer, and forgot about it in my suitcase until a week or so ago, not because it was a bad book, just that I hadn't gotten far into it at the time. Dreyer's protagonist Molly Burke is a very complex character. Vietnam vet, trauma nurse, death investigator, black sheep of the family, among other roles. At times, it was hard keeping track of them all. For example, she is a trauma nurse at one hospital because she is the subject of a lawsuit at another hosp I started this book before vacation last summer, and forgot about it in my suitcase until a week or so ago, not because it was a bad book, just that I hadn't gotten far into it at the time. Dreyer's protagonist Molly Burke is a very complex character. Vietnam vet, trauma nurse, death investigator, black sheep of the family, among other roles. At times, it was hard keeping track of them all. For example, she is a trauma nurse at one hospital because she is the subject of a lawsuit at another hospital, yet the lawsuit, which would be a major plotline in another book, almost felt like an afterthought other than to introduce the lawyer who filed the suit against her. Likewise, her war experiences leave her with nightmares and flashbacks, but also play a minor role overall. Dreyer focuses on Burke's skills as a death investigator and shifts in the ER as a nurse to explore the main plotline about why a bunch of lawyers in town are found dead of apparent suicide. One lawyer is a politician who dies the same day a major casino plan is announced, a plan she played a crucial role in, and corruption allegations regarding the casino project begin to surface. Burke and her colleague can't find any ties among the deaths other than that they were all lawyers and perhaps knew each other through common social circles. When the brother of one of the other lawyers, estranged from all of his family members except her, approaches Molly insisting that his sister would never have killed herself, Molly feels a connection to the man, who is also a Vietnam vet, and focuses on finding a connection long after everyone else has determined there is none. The major plot twist was slightly predictable, but I don't think was played up well enough in the beginning to seem like the connection that brought them all together. That said, Dreyer did drop a few hints, some of which I picked up on, but most I missed. Overall, an enjoyable book, and I have another of hers to read. It doesn't seem like there would be a sequel to this one, but I would like if there was a prequel to this one that perhaps covers the lawsuit Burke faced, even if this book did pretty much spoil that plot.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    "I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review" I've tried several times to get into this book. And I just can't. Feel like there is just too much going on. Just hard to follow. DNF "I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review" I've tried several times to get into this book. And I just can't. Feel like there is just too much going on. Just hard to follow. DNF

  3. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Kasten

    Did I miss it? I found myself reading along, and circumstances have changed. For example, the main character was put on “leave” and in the next chapter she’s back to work. Possibly I was sleep reading, but whatever the reason, I missed her being reinstated. She also lives in an expensive home (with Picasso’s on the wall) but I don’t recall how she found herself in that situation. Her character doesn’t reflect a wealthy upbringing. Whatever, I wouldn’t rush to read this one.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gregory A Joy

    I liked the humor and how it wound around the tension that builds in an ER and the transends into the plot. Great story telling and a fun read I liked the humor and how it wound around the tension that builds in an ER and transends into the plot. Well developed characters. Great story telling and a fun read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    This was a surprising read. A trauma nurse and part-time death investigator is having a normal life until a prominent lawyer is brought in as a suicide. Shortly there after, there are three more apparent suicides. To not ruin the book for others, I will say this was a fun read that was told in a great way by the author.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anne Hairston

    Molly Burke is a very likeable protagonist. She is hilarious and that gets her through the tough (nightmarish?) situations that come her way. Dreyer's books are fast moving and interesting. I especially like the hospital ER setting. Molly Burke is a very likeable protagonist. She is hilarious and that gets her through the tough (nightmarish?) situations that come her way. Dreyer's books are fast moving and interesting. I especially like the hospital ER setting.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Geneva Stokes

    Love, love this book. Bringing the Pharmaceutical Business to it's knees. Love, love this book. Bringing the Pharmaceutical Business to it's knees.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lauriejean

    Boring

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shawanda

    I look forward to more works by Eileen Dreyer.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Quitugua

    As the title suggests a Bad Medicine (Molly Burke, #1) of a story Eileen Dreyer has a definite winner with this one.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Very thrilling read. I found the heroine relatable and interesting. Looking for more by this author

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sharolynne Barth

    A plot full of twists, a likable heroine, bad lawyer jokes, and a clinical trial for a new drug touted as better than Prozac. Eileen Dreyer's 1992 suspense, now available as an eBook, follows Molly Burke, part time ER Code Captain, and co-workers as prominent St. Louis lawyers commit suicide within a three week span. As part time Death Inspector, Molly's curiosity kicks into high when her friend Pearl Johnson is the fifth suicide. When the medical turns up missing, Molly's career is jeopardized. A plot full of twists, a likable heroine, bad lawyer jokes, and a clinical trial for a new drug touted as better than Prozac. Eileen Dreyer's 1992 suspense, now available as an eBook, follows Molly Burke, part time ER Code Captain, and co-workers as prominent St. Louis lawyers commit suicide within a three week span. As part time Death Inspector, Molly's curiosity kicks into high when her friend Pearl Johnson is the fifth suicide. When the medical turns up missing, Molly's career is jeopardized. The FBI follows her. So does danger. She's mugged in the hospital parking lot. She ignores threats on her life while she continues to investigate. Her situation worsens each time she finds a new clue. Molly knows she can't trust anyone, even her ER co-workers. I enjoyed Dreyer's lighter scenes, added to relieve the building tension of the drama. One of my favorite scenes in the ER involves a tattoo on a male cadaver. A bit of dark humor to take the edge off co-workers concerned about her bruises: "I've been staying up nights trying to decide what the question mark means," Molly retorted, already tired of hearing how colorful her face was. Vic (interesting character) asks "Did you come up with anything?" To which Molly replies: "I think it's a call to rethink masculinity as we know it." I laughed out loud when the answer--much later--was finally revealed. Then I hoped Dreyer would write more about Molly Burke. I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Peled

    It's the opposite of a "page turner book" more like "Page dragging book". It starts with the prologue . Prologue should be the best part of the book. It supposes to draw you instantly, into the book, with high anticipation. In this book – nothing. Just another boring page. So you continue with your reading anyway. Nothing. Just a stream of bodies getting to the ER. You turn each page just because it ended. Well. There are so many other good books out there. Why waist the time on such boring, and It's the opposite of a "page turner book" more like "Page dragging book". It starts with the prologue . Prologue should be the best part of the book. It supposes to draw you instantly, into the book, with high anticipation. In this book – nothing. Just another boring page. So you continue with your reading anyway. Nothing. Just a stream of bodies getting to the ER. You turn each page just because it ended. Well. There are so many other good books out there. Why waist the time on such boring, and slow one. Throw it away after reading 10% of it. Since we do not have "Zero" stars I gave it a one. No time and patience to wait for the punch line (if there is any …)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marti

    The ranking of four stars on this one seems right to me. It is full of action and suspense, though it gets somewhat confusing at the end. Molly used to be a nurse, but now investigates the deaths of patients in the hospital where she works. A new drug comes out--it is in trials, and a number of colleagues are investing in it hoping to make a bundle. However, there are five lawyers who have committed suicide after taking it. It is a good thing that Molly acquires a dog, because all of a sudden, m The ranking of four stars on this one seems right to me. It is full of action and suspense, though it gets somewhat confusing at the end. Molly used to be a nurse, but now investigates the deaths of patients in the hospital where she works. A new drug comes out--it is in trials, and a number of colleagues are investing in it hoping to make a bundle. However, there are five lawyers who have committed suicide after taking it. It is a good thing that Molly acquires a dog, because all of a sudden, men are showing up at her house planning to do grievous bodily harm. Will she survive?

  15. 5 out of 5

    LJ

    BAD MEDICINE - DNF Dreyer, Eileen - 1st in Molly Burke series It seems like another full-moon kind of shift for trauma nurse and part-time death investigator Molly Burke -- until a highly regarded lawyer is wheeled in, dead from an apparent suicide. The third dead lawyer that month. The matter is soon forgotten until a fourth suicide comes in. Molly begins to investigate and becomes the target of death threats. If she doesn't find the killer quickly, she could become the next victim. I just couldn' BAD MEDICINE - DNF Dreyer, Eileen - 1st in Molly Burke series It seems like another full-moon kind of shift for trauma nurse and part-time death investigator Molly Burke -- until a highly regarded lawyer is wheeled in, dead from an apparent suicide. The third dead lawyer that month. The matter is soon forgotten until a fourth suicide comes in. Molly begins to investigate and becomes the target of death threats. If she doesn't find the killer quickly, she could become the next victim. I just couldn't get into this.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    I really like Dreyer, I really like her characters, even though they are so often on the outer edge of extremis. In fact, about half the time, her heroines are recovering from a breakdown of one kind or another. Despite the fact that they are not happy books, they are really, really good, and there are moments of intense hilarity- as with the duck and the tattoo. Loved it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Susannah Carleton

    3.5 stars. An interesting story with a very intriguing heroine. Apparently there are other books featuring this character, which I haven't read. That may be why I felt there was a lot about her I didn't know. The mystery was intriguing, and the bad guy was a surprise. I recommend this book to anyone who likes medical thrillers. 3.5 stars. An interesting story with a very intriguing heroine. Apparently there are other books featuring this character, which I haven't read. That may be why I felt there was a lot about her I didn't know. The mystery was intriguing, and the bad guy was a surprise. I recommend this book to anyone who likes medical thrillers.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Motunrayo

    When I first saw this book and with the review by Tami Hoag, I thought it's worth the money and time. I was disappointed big time, it let me down, cos I've never been let down by any Medical crime novels. The story was dry, long and it's based on just one person, no peek into the culprit's life and the sudden twist at the end. Just a no no for me. When I first saw this book and with the review by Tami Hoag, I thought it's worth the money and time. I was disappointed big time, it let me down, cos I've never been let down by any Medical crime novels. The story was dry, long and it's based on just one person, no peek into the culprit's life and the sudden twist at the end. Just a no no for me.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shirley

    Could not get into this book. Actually stopped reading before I finished it so I guess it doesn't count toward my total. Could not get into this book. Actually stopped reading before I finished it so I guess it doesn't count toward my total.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    Cynical attitudes about pretty much everything, but a great story.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jody A

    Bittingly funny and a great whodunit!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Justine

    Did not finish. Just the first few chapters were stressing me out. The main character seems so incompetent.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rosie

    good

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Simons

    Read 8/95

  25. 4 out of 5

    Vettecat

    The book's description as "skin-crawling suspense" was not what I experienced. The book's description as "skin-crawling suspense" was not what I experienced.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    Molly Burke -- Nurse -- death invetigator -- Transcend

  27. 5 out of 5

    Julie janvier

  28. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

  29. 5 out of 5

    lyn Eastwood

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jesse Wright

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