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Bodies begin to pile up, the victims seemingly random. At first it seems that the only thing connecting the crimes is that each murder was meticulously planned and executed. When DCI Morton discovers that the latest victim, Primrose Kennard, was already at death’s door, he has to ask: Who would bother to murder a dying woman?


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Bodies begin to pile up, the victims seemingly random. At first it seems that the only thing connecting the crimes is that each murder was meticulously planned and executed. When DCI Morton discovers that the latest victim, Primrose Kennard, was already at death’s door, he has to ask: Who would bother to murder a dying woman?

30 review for The Patient Killer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kath Middleton

    This is the fourth in the DCI Morton series. I’ve read the second and this and it’s a real case of the stories standing well on their own. In this book, the body of a woman turns up on her husband’s grave which she visited every day. She’d had a lung removed. Other bodies are found later, each with some part of their anatomy removed, though in some cases it’s blood. They have completely bled out. Morton begins by suspecting the first victim’s twin sons but the story gets complicated. I enjoyed t This is the fourth in the DCI Morton series. I’ve read the second and this and it’s a real case of the stories standing well on their own. In this book, the body of a woman turns up on her husband’s grave which she visited every day. She’d had a lung removed. Other bodies are found later, each with some part of their anatomy removed, though in some cases it’s blood. They have completely bled out. Morton begins by suspecting the first victim’s twin sons but the story gets complicated. I enjoyed this book very much. Morton and his crew are becoming real, three-dimensional characters and there’s a great deal of humour and some antipathy which makes the characters feel genuine. This is that rare thing in fiction, a DCI who is married, who has a wife who tolerates him, annoys him, and he has a home life. Not the usual off-the-peg maverick loner with a bunch of dysfunctional relationships in his past. It’s rather refreshing! The plot gave us some red herrings and a lot to think about. I felt it was satisfying in all ways. A great read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    3 stars Detectives Bertram Ayala and DI Ashley Rafferty are very reluctant partners. Ayala is mad because Rafferty, a woman, threw him over a fence. DCI David Morton is the SIO on the case and he has his hands full. DI Mayberry has a bad stutter, but is a great officer and plays a large part in this story. Primrose Kennard was found in a cemetery. Her lung was removed and she was dumped there. It was not the murder site. When Morton and Rafferty go to the woman’s home, they are shocked at all the 3 stars Detectives Bertram Ayala and DI Ashley Rafferty are very reluctant partners. Ayala is mad because Rafferty, a woman, threw him over a fence. DCI David Morton is the SIO on the case and he has his hands full. DI Mayberry has a bad stutter, but is a great officer and plays a large part in this story. Primrose Kennard was found in a cemetery. Her lung was removed and she was dumped there. It was not the murder site. When Morton and Rafferty go to the woman’s home, they are shocked at all the blood at the site. Photos show that she had two boys, twins. When the police show up at the twins workplace (they actually own the business), they are met with outright hostility. The twins clearly don’t want them there. They go to visit the business where the meet and greet was held and get information that leads them to the diamond district of London. There they find Niall Stapleton is now dead – murdered. They find some interesting blueprints of a local business. They also find a photo of the dead man’s girlfriend Vanessa Gogg was tied up with a gun to her head. Morton feels compelled to save the woman. They visit the neighboring business and run into a very obstructive man who simply won’t talk to them at all. But they are sure it is the building featured in the blueprints. They then get a court order to compel the man to cooperate. They receive a metal box (that is empty), and Morton sets out to meet Newberry at the train station. Newberry is to meet the kidnappers and give them the box in exchange for the woman. They lead him on a convoluted path that involves several trains. When he meets the kidnappers finally, things begin to go wrong. The detectives learn about another murder in another district of one Amoy Yacobi who was killed in the same manner as Niall Stapleton. Then a fourth murder occurs. Her name was Olivia Hogge. She looked to be in late twenties and was a tutor at the Saint Balthere’s School. She taught modern foreign languages. Pathology shows that she was only twenty-two years old. An interview with the Kennard twins and their attorney informs Morton that only one of the twins donated a lung. The other was obtained by the surgeon Dr. Ebstein. This leads the police to another suspect. Following an arrest and an exciting courtroom drama, the book is concluded. This is a pretty good book. What kept it from getting a higher rating from me was that the story seemed a little disjointed in places. DCI Morton didn’t seem to have much a personality. In fact none of his team really captured my interest either. This is a competent police procedural, both fairly well written and plotted. I think the book finally came alive in the last few pages with the courtroom drama. It just didn’t capture my fascination like the previous Sean Campbell novels. I’ll keep taking a look at his books however.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Zain

    A Patient Play On Words I love the title of this book. The book tells how a murderer patiently waited to find his victims, who were all his patients, and happily kill them.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Richard Cowart

    Best one in series An English detective thriller that has bizarre deaths and an ever changing list of suspect. The detectives have to work short handed due to an on the job injury, god book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lynne

    This murder mystery started off very well, but then it hit the doldrums. For me, the ending was a bit ridiculous and staged.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tony Parsons

    Dr. Isaac Ebstein’s patients seem to die more than the other doctors. 4/15, DI Bertram “Bertie” Ayala & DI Ashley Rafferty had arrived at the crime scene. CSO Stuart Purcell. & Dr. Larry Chiswick (ME) were already doing their respective jobs. Roisin Weir (witness) had found the body. DCI David Morton was interviewing her. Highgate Cemetery (Swain’s Lane) was also quite the tourist attraction. Christopher Kennard (twin son/brother, Nuvem Media Ass., advertising) came to ID the corpse it was Mrs. Prim Dr. Isaac Ebstein’s patients seem to die more than the other doctors. 4/15, DI Bertram “Bertie” Ayala & DI Ashley Rafferty had arrived at the crime scene. CSO Stuart Purcell. & Dr. Larry Chiswick (ME) were already doing their respective jobs. Roisin Weir (witness) had found the body. DCI David Morton was interviewing her. Highgate Cemetery (Swain’s Lane) was also quite the tourist attraction. Christopher Kennard (twin son/brother, Nuvem Media Ass., advertising) came to ID the corpse it was Mrs. Primrose Kennard (55, mum/widow, COPD). Hatton Garden. Mr. Niall Stapleton (insurance brokerage, Marble Arch) had been found hanging from the ceiling. Archibald Frey (engraving buss.) had found the deceased & called it in. Ms. Vanessa Gogg (Neil’s GF, King’s College Sr. lecturer) had been kidnapped. The kidnapper’s demands were: go to Hatton Garden Deposit Co & retrieve lock box # 1779 & bring it to Virginia Water train station. Mr. Suresh Mehtani was not pleased, but he complied without a warrant. Smithfield Market. Amoy Yacobi (Indonesian, anything illegal trade) hanging corpse had been found. Saint Balthere Academy. Olivia Hogge (22, modern Foreign Languages tutor) would not be teaching anymore. DCI Morton, & DI Rafferty came to interview Lucy Gibbs (headmistress), & Belinda Powell (deputy). Royal London Hospital (Accident & Emergency dept., Whitechapel). DCI Morton went to see Dr. Ebstein. Mrs. Primrose Kennard (mother, patient) suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary D/O & needed a lung transplant. Will the 4 natural/murdered deceased’s cases be solved? I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one. A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written medical thriller book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a large set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great medical thriller movie, or better yet a w mini TV series. A very easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free author; De Minimis; 1 edition; BookSends; Amazon Digital Services LLC.; book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lillian Cummings

    Who would kill a little old lady? DCI Morton is trying to find out who would have killed Primrose Kennard and taken her donated lung. He has looked into her twin son's lives but he doesn't think that they did it but who then. She only ever visited the graveyard and bought stuff on line so why her? When another body is found it seems to be unrelated and it gets a policeman almost killed. So why did this young man die what made the killer find him. Morton is looking into the medical side of things Who would kill a little old lady? DCI Morton is trying to find out who would have killed Primrose Kennard and taken her donated lung. He has looked into her twin son's lives but he doesn't think that they did it but who then. She only ever visited the graveyard and bought stuff on line so why her? When another body is found it seems to be unrelated and it gets a policeman almost killed. So why did this young man die what made the killer find him. Morton is looking into the medical side of things as the killer seems to be targeting donor victims and when Morton thinks he knows the answer he finds a completely different suspect. There are now four murders can he prove that they were all killed by the same person and why them? One doctor thought he could play god by taking away what he thought that they didn't deserve. A good solid read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Knapp

    A London Homicide detective starts to realize that a serial killer is loose, and killing people that have recently be saved from near death through organ transplant or blood donation. With each new death come possible new suspects, but that trail soon ends for each victim, and the actual killer is one no one would have suspected. This was a very good mystery and really kept my attention, until the end. 90% of the story was interesting, unusual, and well written. The end is about the arrest, trial A London Homicide detective starts to realize that a serial killer is loose, and killing people that have recently be saved from near death through organ transplant or blood donation. With each new death come possible new suspects, but that trail soon ends for each victim, and the actual killer is one no one would have suspected. This was a very good mystery and really kept my attention, until the end. 90% of the story was interesting, unusual, and well written. The end is about the arrest, trial and verdict. Not so interesting and rather drawn out. Still, a very good tale over-all, and I did enjoy it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Liette

    Body start piling up around London and there doesn’t seem to be a link at first glance but, as usual, Morton and his team get involve and save the day by hounding the culprit to ultimately send him to jail. Nonetheless, I would like to know what is being done to find the bang that sent Mayberry to the hospital. Also, I found Rafferty to be a bit annoying with her smart ass attitude towards Ayala. All in all, she is like a spoiled child who wants to be teacher’s pet or in this case Morton’s favorit Body start piling up around London and there doesn’t seem to be a link at first glance but, as usual, Morton and his team get involve and save the day by hounding the culprit to ultimately send him to jail. Nonetheless, I would like to know what is being done to find the bang that sent Mayberry to the hospital. Also, I found Rafferty to be a bit annoying with her smart ass attitude towards Ayala. All in all, she is like a spoiled child who wants to be teacher’s pet or in this case Morton’s favorite agent.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Denise Zendel

    This was another dark, gritty, excellent British police procedural that kept me on the edge of my seat wondering whodunnit and why the whole way through. There were plenty of suspects and motives, and the ending was a complete surprise. It’s always a pleasure to watch David Morton and his team solve crimes. I’m generally a fan of reading series in order, but I think I missed books 2 and 3 in this series, and I was still riveted by the story. That’s a testament to the author’s writing skill. I wi This was another dark, gritty, excellent British police procedural that kept me on the edge of my seat wondering whodunnit and why the whole way through. There were plenty of suspects and motives, and the ending was a complete surprise. It’s always a pleasure to watch David Morton and his team solve crimes. I’m generally a fan of reading series in order, but I think I missed books 2 and 3 in this series, and I was still riveted by the story. That’s a testament to the author’s writing skill. I will definitely read more in this series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Liz Etnyre

    Another good one - even though I think this basic premise was also an episode of Law and Order - and SOMETHING should have happened with Mayberry and the laptop! (And what about the kidnappers??!) I think this is my main criticism of the whole series - I think in every book there are potentially major subplots that are just dropped, not to be mentioned again. I had hoped for some follow-through in later books, but for the most part that doesn't seem to be the case. Another good one - even though I think this basic premise was also an episode of Law and Order - and SOMETHING should have happened with Mayberry and the laptop! (And what about the kidnappers??!) I think this is my main criticism of the whole series - I think in every book there are potentially major subplots that are just dropped, not to be mentioned again. I had hoped for some follow-through in later books, but for the most part that doesn't seem to be the case.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    Gruesome but plausible DCI Morton may have a serial killer on his hands this time. Each murder is so confusing and disturbing that no clear connection exists. Once the team delves into the victims medical records a pattern emerges that sends Morton on the trail of doctors involved in illegal transplants. Read this chiller to see where it leads.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ms Karen T Hooper

    The stories get better the more you read So book four and better than the first three Still a lot of characters but now I'm used to the regulars I'm not as confused as I was in the other books The DCI Morton series is definitely growing on me and this had a very unusual twist and I like that in a thriller Next 😀 The stories get better the more you read So book four and better than the first three Still a lot of characters but now I'm used to the regulars I'm not as confused as I was in the other books The DCI Morton series is definitely growing on me and this had a very unusual twist and I like that in a thriller Next 😀

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ed Terry

    Yes I did give it 5stars This was an excellent read for me. Even though I had to learn some British slang. It holds your interests and that makes it a page turner. I almost took off a star because one of the characters was abandoned in the hospital. I had felt he could have been a contribution along the way. Also felt the prosecutor forgot one additional murder in his cross.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Fisher

    The Patient Killer A very intriguing book about people who have medical transplants and then are murdered by having them taken back! Who could be the killer? Many medically inclined people were involved in their lives. DCI Morton and his crew collect evidence from many interesting suspects. You may be very surprised to discover the murderer and his destiny!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jan Funnell

    At first I wasn't sure that I'd like this book as some of the interaction between police officers didn't ring true but as the story progressed I found myself becoming totally engrossed in the story. It's a good story line but I did find some of the police action somewhat unbelievable and I couldn't quite bring myself to believe the ending. Nevertheless it is a good entertaining read. At first I wasn't sure that I'd like this book as some of the interaction between police officers didn't ring true but as the story progressed I found myself becoming totally engrossed in the story. It's a good story line but I did find some of the police action somewhat unbelievable and I couldn't quite bring myself to believe the ending. Nevertheless it is a good entertaining read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Irene agnoli

    A compelling read I couldn't put this down. The premise was so odd, I had to follow the investigation closely to keep everything straight. When the trial started I refused to stop the characters were so unique. This was a great read. I can't wait to start the next DCI Morton story. See if you don't agree. A compelling read I couldn't put this down. The premise was so odd, I had to follow the investigation closely to keep everything straight. When the trial started I refused to stop the characters were so unique. This was a great read. I can't wait to start the next DCI Morton story. See if you don't agree.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rachelle

    The Patient Killer This is the first book I have read by these authors. This is really a very good murder mystery. You are taken on a long winding road but you do eventually reach the destination and it is well worth it! I recommend this series and look forward to reading more in it myself.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    Amazing!! I was so good!! I read slower than I normally would so that I wouldn't miss any details. I felt as though this this was a true crime novel,the attention to detail was amazing. This was my first book that I have read by Sean Campbell. I will be recommending this book and I will be reading more books by Sean Campbell. Amazing!! I was so good!! I read slower than I normally would so that I wouldn't miss any details. I felt as though this this was a true crime novel,the attention to detail was amazing. This was my first book that I have read by Sean Campbell. I will be recommending this book and I will be reading more books by Sean Campbell.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lindberg

    Execelent look at the mind of a killer I found this story to be an exciting tale of a doctor has slipped into a slippery slope of mental illness and used his skills to become judge and executioner.

  21. 4 out of 5

    barbie

    The Patient Killer This was a trippy, twisty, turny story that kept me interested. It could have been edited better as there are several errors but not enough to really bother anyone. I would definitely read Sean Campbell again.

  22. 5 out of 5

    ronald c. greenberg

    Good read Very good continuing story which has one additional member of the team. While not totally believed it was interesting how the investigation wrapped up. I’ll read the next.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Boring Could not continue reading it. I got to the 6 chapter and could not read any further. Don't waste your time. Lame characters, their conversations were like nails on a chalkboard. Just awful. Doesn't deserve a one star rating but had to pick it. Boring Could not continue reading it. I got to the 6 chapter and could not read any further. Don't waste your time. Lame characters, their conversations were like nails on a chalkboard. Just awful. Doesn't deserve a one star rating but had to pick it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    J&S Rosten

    Brilliant police procedural mystery Complex set of murders connected by an elusive web which DCI Morton and his likeable team are able to solve through their persistent efforts. I look forward to reading another DCI Morton in the future

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rita

    An Amazing Book! I was glad I got to read this book. The plot is unusual and exciting. It is full of twists and turns that kept me guessing who was the serial killer. I will be reading more from this author for sure!

  26. 5 out of 5

    don vandewater

    Good read I enjoyed this book. The plot is interesting and scary to think that a doctor would do what he did in this book. Doctors are suppose to heal people not kill them intentionally.

  27. 4 out of 5

    janis louthis

    Enjoyable mystery with a surprise ending. I enjoyed reading this book. I like mysteries and this one kept me guessing until nearly the end. The theme of the book is not one that I had read before. I think it's important to be surprised by a book, it's what keeps me reasing! Enjoyable mystery with a surprise ending. I enjoyed reading this book. I like mysteries and this one kept me guessing until nearly the end. The theme of the book is not one that I had read before. I think it's important to be surprised by a book, it's what keeps me reasing!

  28. 4 out of 5

    mrs nicola cuckow

    Very interesting twist on donors!!!! A great book which took me quite a while to read,mostly because of how much I had to concentrate to keep all the facts and clues in my head!!! Highly recommend, it's a really good medical murder mystery!! Very interesting twist on donors!!!! A great book which took me quite a while to read,mostly because of how much I had to concentrate to keep all the facts and clues in my head!!! Highly recommend, it's a really good medical murder mystery!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kim Campbell

    A bit long and convoluted There's not much else one can say really. The book could have been a lot shorter but I felt the author was trying to build up the tension, to maybe get you on the edge of your seat. He failed. A bit long and convoluted There's not much else one can say really. The book could have been a lot shorter but I felt the author was trying to build up the tension, to maybe get you on the edge of your seat. He failed.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Barb Jankowski-metallo

    Good read I really enjoyed this series of books. They kept me entertained and engaged. Looking forward to the next one. I hope it's not too long of a wait! Good read I really enjoyed this series of books. They kept me entertained and engaged. Looking forward to the next one. I hope it's not too long of a wait!

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