Deadly Benefits

Rated 5.00/5 based on 18 reviews
A young mother dies in the intensive care unit and the medical center goes into a defensive tailspin. Fingers point to a fatal medication error by moonlighting pharmacist, Heli Harri. But Heli bites back and begins a chase for the truth that becomes a surefire prescription for hidden danger and unexpected romance, while behind the white drape of medicine, a chilling murder almost goes undetected. More

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Words: 120,550
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301736881
About Ryn Pitts

After careers in pharmacy, health administration and insurance, Ryn Pitts turned her attention to mystery writing, fiber arts and exploring her Scandinavian heritage. She lives with her husband in Fargo, North Dakota, one block away from the temperamental Red River of the North, where she is currently writing her second novel, Placebo.

Reviews

Review by: Larry Gauper on Nov. 16, 2013 :
Ryn Pitts has penned a frightening behind-the-scenes look at today's health care all wrapped-up in an intriguing mystery. Only someone with the author's experience could tell this kind of story with as much technical accuracy and industry insight as this novel reveals. Her background as a registered pharmacist, hospital and clinic administrator and health insurance executive gives this yarn highly believable credibility. It's a fascinating and tightly-crafted read that quickly made me forget this is a debut novel.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Larry Ellingson on Oct. 21, 2013 : (no rating)
If you are a patient, payor of provider in our health care system, this is a must read for you. This murder mystery is about real life experiences that can and have happened in the real world. The reader can relate to anyone of the many characters that are part of the story. You should be aware that these things happen and result in a very true to life mystery for all of us to figure out. I would highly recommend!
Larry Ellingson, Chair of the Board 2005, American Diabetes Association
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: D. Schott on Aug. 01, 2013 :
Pitts' sound character and scene descriptions bring this novel to life. I felt like I personally knew each character and couldnt wait to see what they would do next. She has an impeccable way of portraying the good and bad in people and the lures that steer them in each direction.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kim Stenehjem on July 22, 2013 :
I love mysteries with a medical twist and this is a terrific one. "Deadly Benefits" shines as a first novel from a talented writer -- sharply drawn characters, tight plotting, and the kind of real world situations that drawn you right in to the story. I hate to say it but this story could happen to anyone. Real world thrillers - I can't get enough and look forward to the next novel from Pitts.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Mike Hulett on July 17, 2013 :
Ryn Pitts is a gifted writer with the ability to create characters and settings so clearly that they become immediately fixed in your mind. Her grasp of hospital politics and relationships is "spot-on". This is a murder mystery wrapped in the cloudy world of medicine written by an expert in the details of pharmacy, hospital administration and the practice of medicine. I could not put the book down and look forward to more.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Amber Taylor on June 19, 2013 :
If you are looking for a wonderful read, with interesting characters, unique settings, and medical intrigue, this is it. From the title to the close, Pitts takes the reader through a carefully chartered course of healthcare's high seas. Pitts is a talented writer and I look forward to Placebo!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Holly Prodoehl on June 18, 2013 : (no rating)
Thought it was great! Loved all the local color and of course the medical side was right up my alley. Have recommended it to many others. Keep writing Ryn!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ellen Chaffee on June 05, 2013 :
I just finished the book and read the previous reviews. I cannot add anything except AMEN. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and will definitely get my Placebo sequel as soon as it comes out. This is really a great read. Bravo, Ryn!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kathleen Toft on May 29, 2013 :
I enjoyed this first book by Ryn and look forward to Placebo. Images and memories of various people and places within the healthcare arena of Fargo made this a page turner right to the end. I also enjoyed the Scandanavian heritage Ryn brought in as well.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Virginia Dambach on May 27, 2013 :
What a great read this turned out to be! Wonderful characters from the independent pharmacist heroine struggling to stay afloat to the smarmy hospital administrator you love to hate, Pitts has it nailed. Along with a plot full of unexpected turns, the Fargo ND setting provides a sense of place uncommon in the genre. I was longing for a sequal before I finished the book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Karla Hanson on May 24, 2013 :
This is an excellent whodunit. Long after you finish the last page, the characters stay with you (and the memorable cast of characters includes the place itself – Fargo). The author’s rich imagery and thoughtful plot make this book difficult to put down. I’d highly recommend Deadly Benefits.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ray Rund on May 23, 2013 : (no rating)
The author knows how to keep you guessing. Just when you think you've figured this one out, think again. The characters are original, and believable. Ms. Pitts has a knack for capturing a personality in a few sentences, and bringing a color picture of the individual alive on the page. Her sympathies definitely lay with the pluggers - the ones who do their jobs, and keep the wheels turning. If you know Fargo you'll recognize it, and if you don't, you'll feel like you've seen it after reading this very enjoyable mystery.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: judith Spellman on May 22, 2013 :
Just finished the book and loved it. The author has a great knowledge of what she writes and makes it all very interesting. Her descriptions of the characters made it come alive. Looking forward to Placebo.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Susan Larsen on May 22, 2013 :
A multi-layered plot with well drawn characters. A real page turner.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: John Wold on May 17, 2013 :
A remarkably detailed tale of intrigue. It explores the depths of hospital practices, the insurance industry , pharmacy, finnish-American culture and, of course,Fargo. A great read. This author knows of what she writes.
John S. Wold Ph.D.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Anna Frissell on May 16, 2013 : (no rating)
Loved the book! Very accurate factually and fun to read...the perfect combination for me ...I was entertained and challenged.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sara Lindberg on May 09, 2013 : (no rating)
Clever plotting, a strong female character and surprising information about healthcare providers make this a great read that keeps you guessing to the end. Looking forward to the sequel.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Bruce Pitts on May 06, 2013 : (no rating)
Superb mystery with wonderful characters and intriguing plot devices. I loved this book and hope for more from Ryn Pitts.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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