Review 2011: Green for Danger

The details of an operating military hospital during World War II are meticulously recounted in Green for Danger. The novel begins with the postman, Higgins, delivering six letters about the writers’ postings to the hospital. The readers then learn that one of the six people will become a murderer.

The military hospital in the Kent countryside is busy one night, because an air raid in the nearby town has caused the hospital in town to send some civilians there. Among them is Higgins, the postman, who is also a member of the local rescue, most of whom have just been killed or injured.

Higgins’s femur is due to be set in surgery the next morning. It’s a relatively straightforward procedure that shouldn’t be dangerous, but as soon as he starts to go under the anesthetic, he dies. The operating team is shocked.

What seems to be an unusual but unsuspicious death from the anesthetic has Inspector Cockrill wondering. However, there seems to be no way that the canisters containing oxygen, which are black and white, could have been switched for the green carbon dioxide canisters, and no poisonous substances could be forced into a canister. If the death was murder, only the six people in the operating room could have done it.

That evening, Sister Bates, who is jealous of womanizing surgeon Gervase Eden, has a little snit during which she announces that she knows the death was a murder and she has evidence. Later, she is found dead in the surgery, stabbed and wearing a surgical gown and a mask.

This mystery is purposefully claustrophobic and quite suspenseful at times, although the explanations at the end are a bit long. I thought I knew the motive and the murderer all along, but I was fooled! I am happy to be seeing more and more women writers represented in this crime series.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and fair review.

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4 thoughts on “Review 2011: Green for Danger

  1. FictionFan August 19, 2022 / 12:12 am

    This was the first of the BL series that I’d actually already read! I loved that opening scene with the postman – a great way to introduce the characters. There’s an enjoyable film of it too, starring Alastair Sim, if you’re interested.

    • whatmeread August 19, 2022 / 11:27 am

      I understand that there was a film but didn’t know it was Alastair Sim. I like him.

  2. Diana @ Thoughts on Papyrus August 20, 2022 / 12:31 pm

    This sounds like a book for me as I have always been fascinated by military hospitals. I never thought it could be a setting for a murder mystery.

    • whatmeread August 20, 2022 / 1:55 pm

      It makes a surprisingly good one.

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