Reviews of Crazy Dead

Early Reviews of Crazy Dead

Crazy Dead review by Publisher's Weekly July 2016

Suzanne F. Kingsmill. Dundurn (IPS, U.S. dist.; UTP, Canadian dist.), $11.99 trade paper (264p) ISBN 978-1-4597-3552-1

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This well-written and often enthralling story is the fourth in Kingsmill's series featuring quirky zoologist Cordi O'Callaghan. While in a profound depression, Cordi voluntarily committed herself to the psychiatric ward of a Toronto hospital. As she begins her recovery, she becomes aware that there is something strange going on in her ward. Things take a disturbing new turn when she finds Mavis, a wealthy fellow patient, dead in the room they share. The staff steadfastly denies that Mavis is dead, Cordi's brother has more faith in the doctor's assessment than in Cordi's, and the police are unwilling to accept the word of a mental patient— they need proof. Cordi, who has done her share of amateur sleuthing in the past, decides to investigate the death on her own. But even she begins to doubt her perceptions of reality at times. Was the murder real or a hallucination? Suspense builds as Cordi and readers wonder whom she can really trust. Kingswell's knowledge of psychiatric conditions and therapies adds realistic details as Cordi navigates her way among staff, patients, and suspects on the way to the surprising denouement. (July) 

Crazy Dead review: Globe and Mail, by Margaret Cannon

By Suzanne F. Kingsmill, Dundurn, 264 pages, $11.99

The fourth outing for zoologist Cordi O’Callaghan is, literally, depressing. O’Callaghan finds herself in the throes of an unrelenting black pit and is admitted to Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). This is a place where people with mental illnesses are supposed to be safe, but when one patient dies it’s clear to O’Callaghan that there’s murder afoot. Kingsmill, who hails from Toronto, is a zoologist and obviously knows plenty about depression and its treatment at CAMH. Combine that with a locked- ward mystery, loaded with suspects high (doctors, staff) and low (patients) we end up with both a why- done-it and who-done-it. Both plot lines work and Kingsmill once again delivers a first-rate story with an engaging heroine.