Louisiana Fever

Louisiana Fever

by D.J. Donaldson
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Louisiana Fever by D.J. Donaldson

Andy Broussard, the plump and proud New Orleans medical examiner, obviously loves food. Less apparent to the casual observer is his hatred of murderers. Together with his gorgeous sidekick, psychologist Kit Franklyn, the two make a powerful, although improbable, mystery solving duo. When the beautiful Kit goes to meet an anonymous stranger—who’s been sending her roses—the man drops dead at her feet before she even could even get his name. Game on. Andy Broussard soon learns that the man carried a lethal pathogen similar to the deadly Ebola virus. Soon, another body turns up with the same bug. Panic is imminent as the threat of pandemic is more real than ever before. The danger is even more acute, because the carrier is mobile, his identity is an absolute shocker, he knows he’s a walking weapon and… he’s on a quest to find Broussard. And Kit isn’t safe either. When she investigates her mystery suitor further, she runs fowl of a cold blooded killer, every bit as deadly as the man searching for Broussard.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938231339
Publisher: HighLine Editions
Publication date: 03/07/2015
Series: Broussard & Franklyn , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 278
Sales rank: 95,818
File size: 742 KB

About the Author

Donald (Don) Jay Donaldson, who also writes as David Best, was born in 1940 and is a now retired professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology. He holds a Ph.D. in human anatomy and his entire academic career was spent at the University of Tennessee, Health Science Center, where he published dozens of papers on wound-healing, and taught microscopic anatomy to thousands of medical and dental students.He lives in Memphis, Tennessee with his wife and two West Highland terriers. In the spring of most years he simply cannot stop buying new flowers and other plants for the couple’s prized backyard garden.He is the author of five medical thrillers and seven forensic mysteries, the latter featuring the hugely overweight and equally brilliant New Orleans medical examiner, Andy Broussard, and his gorgeous psychologist sidekick, Kit Franklyn. Of these it has been said that they contain ‘lots of Louisiana color, pinpoint plotting and two highly likable characters’, whilst the Los Angeles Times states ‘the autopsies are detailed enough to make Patricia Cornwell fans move farther south for their forensic fixes ….. splendidly eccentric local denizens, authentic New Orleans and bayou backgrounds’.

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Louisiana Fever 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
evfamcomp More than 1 year ago
I continue to be amazed with Don Donaldson’s books.  This story involving Andy Broussard, Medical Examiner and Kit Franklyn, Forensic Psychologist takes a new turn in the CSI series.  While investigating a bizarre hemorrhagic death, more related deaths start appearing in the morgue.  Kit and Teddy begin searching for clues about the strange man who died at Grandma O’s. They end up at the docks in New Orleans without finding any answers, only more questions.  Kit disappears, followed soon by Teddy’s disappearance.  Dr. Andy is very concerned.  In addition to this, he is stricken with concern about the sudden illness of his morgue assistant; it is the same as his previous patient’s death.  Now there is evidence that this disease is more threatening and other specialists become involved trying to identify the cause.  Multiple personality issues arise during this disease investigation as egos collide.  Dr. Andy cooperates to a degree, and strikes out on his own finding some answers that build upon those found by his nemesis.  During all of this, Kit and Teddy are in jeopardy for their lives. When Andy suddenly comes down with the bizarre disease, well, my stomach took a tumble.  The clues are there.   It is yet another example of how this author can write completely different stories with the same characters and odd medical mysteries and not lose my interest.  I just kept turning the pages without taking very many breaks.  Some things are a given in series books: the major characters end up in some kind of danger.  This series has not had repeat types of situations.  There is character growth and after this book I will enjoy seeing if the changes stick.
TheBibliophilicBookBlog More than 1 year ago
LOUISIANA FEVER is the fifth book in the Andy Broussard/Kit Franklyn Mystery series. It is the first book in this series which I’ve read and I was immediately entranced. I liked the detail and care which went into the scientific and medical aspects of the case. Some details may be too gruesome for the average mystery lover, but it added a depth and realism I enjoyed. When Psychologist Kit Franklyn decides to meet the mysterious stranger who had been leaving her roses, he drops dead after saying her name. Medical Examiner Andy Broussard determines the mystery man died of a hemorrhagic virus similar to Ebola. As more bodies are laid at the feet of this deadly virus, the threat of an epidemic is looming over the department. As Kit delves further into this case, she sets herself in the sights of a killer. LOUISIANA FEVER is an action-fueled mystery, beautifully drenched in the atmosphere of New Orleans. The characters were complex and I didn’t feel lost at all for not having read the first four books in the series. I’m looking forward to reading the other books in the series, especially if LOUISIANA FEVER is any indication of the author’s steady, detailed, and creative writing skill.
Old_Surfer More than 1 year ago
Will definitely be purchasing more of D. J. Donaldson's series set in the New Orleans coroner's office.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic book for anyone who loves to watch CSI, Law & Order, Discovery Health. I'm a medical forensics nut, but not only does this book provide some great medical mysteries, it also has well developed characters and the author describes scenery so that you can visualize what you are reading very well. It's hard to put this book down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read Louisiana Fever and Sleeping with the Crawfish and they were both very good books. They were informative and well written. Once I started the books I was unable to put the them down until I had finished them. I hope Mr. Donaldson will continue writing about the characters of Andy Broussard and Kit Franklyn as they are a good team. I recommend these books to anyone who enjoys mysteries and stories that take place in New Orleans.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't finish and fact it was written pre cell phones should have been revealed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be much better than the two previous books in the series. The plot was just more interesting and it didn't drag. I look forward to reading the rest of the series
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Kit has been receiving yellow roses from a stranger for a couple days. She is on the way to meet this stranger at Grandma O’s restaurant. While there, an older gentleman says her name then collapses. His is pronounced dead and sent to the morgue. Kit is very curious at who he is since he knew her name and had a picture of both of her parents. Broussard is the one working the autopsy of the guy when his assistant cuts herself. It doesn’t seem like a big deal until he starts looking at the body and finds strange lesions on the organs. When another guy is found with the same lesions and his assistant falls ill, Broussard knows he is in deep trouble. But when Kit goes missing, things get ramped up. Now Broussard is in a race to find the cause of the bleeding dead and find Kit before she falls victim to that or kidnappers. I admit that this is the first book of DJ Donaldson that I have read. All I can say is WOW! I instantly got sucked into the story, I was on pins and needles waiting to find out the cause, and I was wracked with nerves waiting for them to find Kit and Teddy. The only thing that I was disappointed in was the ending. Don’t get me wrong, I loved how the mystery was wrapped up. I was just disappointed in Kit. I understand that she has been through this whole kidnapping ordeal and everything is off kilter. I was upset with how she treats her parents and Teddy. Having said that, this was a great book. If you like mysteries, this is one book that you don’t want to miss. Now I’m going to go and get the rest of this series so I can find out how this started. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kit Franklin receives an invitation to meet a mysterious admirer at Grandma O's Restaurant. She is curious because the unknown suitor has been sending roses to her for three straight days. When Kit arrives at the restaurant, she is greeted by a sixtyish stranger who speaks her name and then promptly collapses. The man later dies in a hospital of unknown causes.Then Kit disappears and the authorities suspect she is a kidnap victim. On one level this book is about greed and the harm caused by families trying too hard to bury secrets from the past. There are just enough strands to the story to make it interesting but not too confusing.
kimmythegreat More than 1 year ago
**Book provided by the author for an honest review** This story follows a medical examiner, Andy Broussard, and his colleague, and friend, Kit Franklyn, a criminal psychologist in New Orleans. After a man collapses and dies right in front of Kit in a restaurant after arranging to meet her there, the mystery begins. Not only is Kit baffled about who he is and why he wanted to meet her, Andy's autopsy on the man reveals strange findings that don't fit. During Kit's investigation to find out who this man was and where he came from, she is lead to the docks and questioning the shipyard workers in hopes they know him. Along for the ride, Teddy, Kit's boyfriend, accompanies her to head the investigation. While they are still trying to figure what the "John Doe" died from, another body comes in with the same findings. During the autopsy an assistant cuts herself and is exposed to the corpse's bodily fluids. Kit goes missing, and Andy is none the wiser of the true nature of these deaths. The story only continues to get more complicated and bizarre and will blow your mind! As a first time reader of this author and also this series, I felt pretty in tune with the characters, even though I did not know their beginnings/background. As I was introduced to Kit, she lives in a mansion rent free for three years thanks to a friend of a friend who's going to be out of the country for that period. Along with her dog, Lucky, they are anxiously awaiting her boyfriend, Teddy. Teddy seems like a pretty decent guy. Teddy seems to truly care for Kit, and they have a wonderful relationship. The only part I had a negative reaction to is when Kit fed her dog Lucky grapes.......the veterinary technician in me winced hard! The supporting characters in the book were very colorful and even lovable at times. Grandma O and her grandson, Bubba, the owner of Grandma O's restaurant, were so sweet and caring, especially toward Kit and Andy, and it was pretty endearing. Also the fact that Grandma O has visions is an awesome twist! Go Grandma!! Nick Lawson, crime reporter for the Times-Picayune, came off sleezy at first but then redeems himself in the end of the book with his heroics, so I wouldn't walk the other way when I saw him coming anymore. :) Natalie and Guy, the medical examiner's assistants contribute a lot to the storyline, but I didn't get much personal background on them to be able to love or hate them. They were just there, did their job and were ok. Of course, I sympathized with them when tragedy struck, so I guess that says something. The simple fact that this book followed a medical examiner, so most of the time they were in a hospital setting, was pretty fascinating and intriguing. I was able to follow the autopsy with the medical examiner and listen to his inner thoughts when trying to figure out what was going on, and that came across very realistic with regard to the knowledge and workings of a real medical examiner. The build up of trying to find Kit and Teddy and to put the pieces together with the deaths was excruciatingly painful at times! Sometimes, I did feel like there was too much detail which, in turn, made it feel like the climax took longer, but as I neared the end, I realized if it hadn't been written like that, it wouldn't have felt realistic anymore. I really enjoyed the story and it's characters! I think this guy should write CSI episodes 'cause he seems more knowledgeable than the people that write for that show now!