Hiss of Death

Hiss of Death

Large Print - 2011
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As a wave of spring tilling and planting sweeps over Crozet, Virginia, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen is especially excited: this is her first year harvesting grapes to sell. But then a health crisis sends her reeling into the forbidding world of hospitals and doctors, treatments and procedures. Although surviving this journey will be tough, Harry will have lots of support. Others will have worse luck...
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2011
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410435156
1410435156
Branch Call Number: LP BROWN-R
Characteristics: 377 p. (large print) ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Gellatly, Michael

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astrella
Jan 21, 2012

Agreed that the characters' opinions about life interfere with the pace of the later books in this series - including this one. There was not much compelling suspense in this installment. I keep reading the series, but I did feel like I plowed through this one just to finish it.

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pokano
Sep 25, 2011

Three health care providers who work at the same hospital die, two of apparently natural causes and a third of electrocution in his electric car. Always a pleasure to read about Harry Haristeen and her furry friends, Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tucker. But sometimes the story lines are hard to believe and this is one of them.

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Dejaeeyore
Jun 22, 2011

Loved the early books, but recent ones are heavy on political/topical digressions. Characters go off on random half-page speeches about all sorts of things - health insurance, steroids, electric cars. I own the whole series, in hardback, except for the last few - not many series make that cut. I'll still keep reading the series, but I don't think I'll buy them automatically any more. I don't care what the author's politics are, and may agree with some of her views, but they shouldn't be shoe-horned (badly) into her fiction.

bookfanatic1979 May 24, 2011

Minimal plot, maximum digressions. I miss the early books in the series—the ones where the plot actually made sense and I could keep up with the characters. By the time I got to the end of this book, I had no idea who the bad guy was, let alone why s/he was doing whatever it was that got him/her into trouble in the first place.

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May 14, 2011

The mysteries and murder in the story are secondary to all the details about breast cancer. Ordinariily, I prefer to read non-fiction in non-fiction, but it does go into the emotional and physical aspects from a personal point of view, so I learned something from it. And as it is not a problem I have, I would not have borrowed a book to tell me about it.

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