J .S. Borthwick
St. Martin's, Feb 2004, 24.95, 384 pp.
After a dizzy spell when she almost loses consciousness Julia Clancy is forced by her employee to go to the emergency room where she notices a man sitting quietly in the waiting room looking like he wants to go ten rounds with Lennox Lewis. While she is being examined, she sees the same man in the cubicle next to hers. The man turns out to be the former CEO of the hospital, who is found murdered in a wheelchair in the men's room.
Julia is admitted to the CCU and tests show she needs an operation to unblock an artery. Her niece Sara Deanne is at the hospital to give her favorite aunt moral support. After the surgery, Julia wakes up to find someone strangling her and she screams for help. The medical personnel believe she was hallucinating due to the effects of the anesthesia. Two other killings occur making Julia and Sara believe these murders and attempted killings are linked. They intend to unmask the perpetrator before they become victims four and five.
Once a reader finishes INTENSIVE SCARE UNIT, they will be frightened to death to go to an emergency room. Sara should get a private detective license and forget about teaching because she is such a good sleuth. Sara would also make a fine police officer because she has the intelligence to do well on the job and the intuition needed to ferret out the perpetrators. J. .S. Borthwick has written another delightful amateur sleuth mystery that will please her myriad of fans.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner