No One Can Know: A Stillwater General Mystery by Lucy KerrNo One Can Know: A Stillwater General Mystery by Lucy Kerr

No One Can Know: A Stillwater General Mystery

byLucy Kerr

Hardcover | February 23, 2018

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Three months. That's how long ER nurse Frankie Stapleton has agreed to stay in her sleepy little hometown of Stillwater, helping her estranged sister save the family hardware store, working a few shifts at the local hospital, and most importantly, rebuilding the bridges she burned on her way out of town twelve years ago.When a pregnant car crash victim arrives at Stillwater General, Frankie and the team race to save both mother and child - but only the baby lives. Rumors swirl that the accident was deliberate, and Frankie's horrified to realize that she let the driver escape. But why would anyone want to kill Kate Tibbs, a social worker and the wife of an up-and-coming local politician? Frankie's investigation turns up plenty of motives, from revenge to dirty politics, and even more suspects. Thereare secrets in Stillwater, and she's determined to uncover them, even if it means involving her loved ones for help.But when the baby disappears, her search for the truth becomes a desperate, deadly race against the clock. No matter the cost, Frankie must piece together the truth to stop a killer and save a tiny life in Lucy Kerr's riveting second Stillwater General Mystery, No One Can Know .
Lucy Kerr lives outside of Chicago with her family, her cat, and many, many piles of books. She likes strong coffee, rainy days, old buildings, and fresh-baked cookies, but she likes telling stories best of all. This is her second Stillwater General mystery.
Title:No One Can Know: A Stillwater General MysteryFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.23 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 1.23 inPublished:February 23, 2018Publisher:Crooked Lane BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:168331462X

ISBN - 13:9781683314622


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Second book in A Stillwater General Mystery series No One Can Know by Lucy Kerr is the second book in A Stillwater General Mystery series. Francesca “Frankie” Stapleton has temporarily moved back home to Stillwater, Illinois to assist her family. She has taken a part time job as an ER nurse at Stillwater General as well as working at family hardware store. On a Tuesday evening, a man comes into the ER with a dislocated shoulder after a hitting a deer with his car. Frankie is then pulled away to help with a trauma involving a pregnant woman who was severely injured in a car crash. The staff safely delivers the baby (a little boy), but the patient passes away from her severe injuries. The patient was Katherine Tibbs whose husband is running for Congress. He is the local town hero who stopped a fire from destroying the business district when he was in high school. When Frankie returns to her dislocated shoulder patient, he has disappeared. It is then that Frankie realizes that her patient with the dislocated shoulder hit Katherine (not a deer) and he vanished on her watch. Then they learn that the crash was not an accident. Why was Katherine targeted? Does it relate to her husband or her job as a social worker? Frankie feels compelled to locate the killer. The situation escalates when Baby Tibbs disappears from the hospital. What is Frankie willing to do to find the baby and catch a killer? No One Can Know can be read as a standalone novel. The author provided Frankie’s history as well as a summary of what happened in Time of Death. The mystery had potential, but it was not fulfilled. With a woman is murdered, a baby stolen, political candidate, and a social worker, I expected the mystery to be complex. I was hoping for a good twist or unexpected revelation. Unfortunately, I accurately pegged the killer early in the story along with the reason for the crime. I appreciate that Frankie is a strong, intelligent female character, but she seems to have a death wish in No One Can Know. She repeatedly put herself into dangerous situations. I lost track of the number of times (at minimum once a chapter) she was told to stay out of the investigation (Noah should have worked with her instead of fussing at her). Frankie’s reason for looking in to the crime was weak. There was also too much speculation (thinking, questioning, wondering) and reiteration of facts regarding the murder. I do, though, like the author’s writing and the pace of the book (steady). I enjoy the medical scenes which enhance the book, and they are not overly technical. I am hoping that there will be some crimes centered in the hospital in future books. I also enjoy the interactions between Frankie and her family especially her niece, Riley (she is very inquisitive). The ending felt incomplete. Readers are left with unanswered questions. A Stillwater General Mystery series has the capability of being a good mystery series with a few tweaks. No One Can Know, unfortunately, only gets 3 out of 5 stars.
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from exciting ER Nurse based series Book 2 in the Stillwater General mystery series can stand alone. ER nurse Frankie Stapleton has accepted a short-term job in her hometown in order to help her family. When a trauma patient dies and an ER patient disappears, Frankie finds herself dealing with ER Dr. Paul Costello & Deputy Sheriff Noah MacLean - the latter was her first fiance. An election campaign for the small town hero is fueled by tragedy. Frankie can't put all the pieces together and stay on the sidelines. I am going to purchase book 1 to fill out the interesting details hinted at in book 2 while I wait for book 3!
Date published: 2018-02-20

Editorial Reviews

Praise for No One Can Know :Solid... A distinctive setting and relatable characters are a plus." - Publishers Weekly "A nicely balanced blend of medical knowledge, political trickery, and hints of the heroine's future." - Kirkus Reviews "Kerr nails the details of a nurse's work life beautifully in this vividly realistic novel... thoroughly believable and nicely developed. If this series hasn't landed on your radar yet, make sure it does." - Booklist "Thrilling." - Suspense Magazine Praise for Time of Death :"Intriguing debut... An appealing heroine and well-researched medical detail make this a promising series start." - Publishers Weekly "[An] appealing debut mystery that mixes family, drama, medicine, and a soupcon of romance." - Library Journal "An accomplished debut that combines mystery, medicine, family angst, and a touch of romance." - Kirkus Reviews "Frankie's the perfect amateur sleuth - untested, quick to jump to conclusions, but entirely bold and sharp. Kerr's set up the makings of a wonderful series with this debut, and I'm here for it." - Book Riot "Fascinating characters with dark backstories, and an extremely good plotline, makes this an incredible suspense." - Suspense Magazine "Lucy Kerr grabbed me with the opening lines of Time of Death and didn't let go until the last page. I was enthralled. Time of Death is authentic, exciting, and thoroughly engaging!" - Carla Neggers, New York Times bestselling author"With a thrilling whodunit, great characters and a compelling heroine that I can't wait to cheer on for years to come, Time of Death is a must read for all mystery fans." - Joelle Charbonneau, New York Times bestselling author"Kerr's assured debut blends an irresistible amateur sleuth and a pitch-perfect small town setting to most engaging effect. Kerr's insider knowledge of the medical world lends fascinating credibility to her well-developed characters without ever slowing the pace. Intrigue and romance, murder and family drama - it's all here!" - Sophie Littlefield, nationally bestselling author of The Guilty One "Lucy Kerr's gorgeous prose effortlessly drew me in with a setting that felt like home, a heroine I could be friends with, and a devilishly clever murder that pitted my rush to discover whodunit against my reluctance to see the story end. Time of Death has earned a prominent place on my keeper shelf!" - Jennifer McAndrews, national bestselling author" Time of Death by Lucy Kerr is a thoroughly enjoyable read with likable characters and a deeply intriguing mystery running through its pages. I look forward to more from this talented author!" - Carla Buckley, critically-acclaimed author of The Good Goodbye "