Louisiana Fever: Review

Louisiana Fever: ReviewLouisiana Fever by D.J. Donaldson
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Series: Andy Broussard/Kit Franklyn Mystery #5
Published by St. Martin's Press on June 7th 1996
ISBN: 978-1-938231-33-9
Genres: Fiction, Medical, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 301
Format: eBook
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During an Ebola-like viral outbreak in New Orleans identical to the one chronicled in the best-seller The Hot Zone, Chief Medical Examiner Andy Broussard and criminal psychologist Kit Franklyn find that the lethal epidemic is not the only killer stalking the Big Easy.

When Kit Franklyn receives a mysterious invitation to Grandma O's famous Cajun restaurant along with one long-stemmed yellow rose, she can't resist the urge to discover the identity of her suitor. At the restaurant, she approaches a table where an older gentleman is waiting with another rose. He stands, speaks her name, and keels over dead.

Who is this stranger? And why do her parents seem to be holding something back when she tells them the story?

Broussard's autopsy of the dead man uncovers the presence of a deadly virus that causes its victims to bleed to death in a matter of days - a virus for which there is no known cure. While conducting an investigation into the dead man's identity, Kit and her longtime boyfriend, Teddy LaBiche, disappear.

Another corpse shows up in the early stages of the same disease as the first victim, but with ligature marks around his neck and bearing a clue to Kit and Teddy's whereabouts. Broussard's race to save Kit and Teddy and stop the spread of the virus results in a chilling confrontation with a brilliant, extremely violent psychopath deep in the Louisiana bayou, revealing the lengths to which a family will go to keep its dark secrets.
  • I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 

About D.J. Donaldson

D.J. Donaldson

For many years I’ve been writing a forensic mystery series featuring the hugely overweight and equally brilliant New Orleans medical examiner, Andy Broussard, and his gorgeous psychologist sidekick, Kit Franklyn.

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“The human race moves on, but so do the viruses. It’s an ongoing war.” I had this Doctor Who quote circulating my brain the entire time I was reading Louisiana Fever. With the recent Ebola outbreak, I can’t help but think how true this sentiment is. Terrifying, isn’t it?



I was scared out of my wits while reading this medical thriller. The symptoms of the mysterious virus is spine-chilling. “The victim starts to feel nauseous and may get a nosebleed shortly before they begin to vomit blood. They may also experience a loss of touch and position sense in their hands, so they drop things.” Right?!




Louisiana Fever is an extremely well-detailed book. The medical terms are fascinating and I had no trouble understanding them. Kudos to the author for keeping it exciting without making it into an info-dump type of book. (Don’t you just hate it when that happens?) I’m glad I had this with me during an exceedingly dull weekend.



Maybe it’s because this is the fifth in series, but a part of me wishes that there’s more of a character backstory. I wish there’s more to the characters. However, I do like the part where we get a glimpse of Broussard’s tender side when one of his colleague gets affected by the virus. The relationship between the disease and Kit’s disappearance is very well put together. Louisiana Fever will definitely not disappoint medical thriller fans.

The identity of Kit’s mystery suitor is predictable and serves as the perfect cliffhanger. Which is already tempting me to read the next book. The novel can be read as a standalone, so if you’re up for a thrill ride, be sure to pick up a copy!

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