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Angel Dust

By Anthea Cohen

Sister Agnes Carmichael has finally decided it’s time for her to retire. Leaving the casualty department at Hemmington General, one she’d grown fond of, was a large step for her.

Leaving her beautiful cottage was another step towards the new life she envisioned.

Unable to settle as a retiree, Sister Carmichael takes up another position at a private hospital.

Things are very different here – starting with the patients, whose privileges entitle them to a level above the average person.

Getting used to their ways was a learning curve for Sister Carmichael.

Still settling into her new life, Sister Carmichael decides to take up lodgings at a small boarding house while she searches for the cottage of her dreams.

Her co-lodger, Mr Stevens is up to something, but Carmichael can’t work out what it is.

Eager to learn more about the man, she spends more time with him but the outcome isn’t pleasant.

Mr Stevens has a dark side…

Mr Stevens and Mr Beresford, a senior surgeon at Sister Carmichael’s new workplace, have a deep history.

But Sister Carmichael likes Mr Beresford and fails to believe how Mr Stevens’ accusations tally with the man she is beginning to know.

When one of her patients from the private hospital puts her house up for sale, Carmichael decides it is the cottage she wants. Little did she know she’d befriend the owner and become embroiled in her life.

Then, Mr Beresford’s son’s friend is found dead in a toilet cubicle.

The boy is related to Sister Carmichael’s new-found house-owner friend, and she feels the need to support the frail old woman in her hour of need.

Digging deeper into the circumstances behind the young man’s death, Sister Carmichael decides it’s time for her to step in in her usual way.

The police can’t be relied upon.

They were too slack with their punishments – and this was a crime that needed her form of punishment…

Anthea Cohen is the pseudonym for the acclaimed author of the Agnes Carmichael Series. For the past twenty-five years she has worked, on and off, in hospitals and as a private nurse. She has written on medicine and hospital life, been a columnist for Nursing Mirror, and has contributed regularly to World Medicine. She has published innumerable short stories, and is a popular author of books for teenagers.

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