Book Reviews

Book Review: A Simple Case of Suicide

[amazon-product text=”A Simple Case of Suicide” type=”text”]0741448815[/amazon-product]┬áis the first book from veteran paramedic Laura Kendall. I describe the book as a mystery/romantic thriller. The heroine of the story, paramedic Kendall Rose, finds herself caught in a suspenseful criminal plot when she goes too far to investigate a drug overdose that has been ruled a simple case of suicide. Her pursuit of the truth exposes her to dangers unlike any she has experience during her career as a paramedic.

I Know You

Kendall’s strength and experience as a paramedic reminds me of many of the strong and talented female paramedics I have had the honor to work with. Knowing several women similar to the character Kendall made some of the more violent aspects of the book a little too real as I imagined people I know and like being caught in a dangerous situation.

Honors Paramedics and Police Officers

Kendall is assisted by a cast of talented medics and police officers. The author draws on her own career experiences to create characters that are competent, compassionate, and compelling. I always appreciate books that honor the work of EMS professionals.

Everyday EMS Tips Recommended

If you enjoy the mystery/romantic thriller genre I think you will enjoy a Simple Case of Suicide. EMS professionals will enjoy and appreciate that the medicine is realistic and accurate (at the time it was written). Finally, help support the literary ambitions of another paramedic and read a Simple Case of Suicide or Laura’s other book the [amazon-product text=”Double Winkers Club” type=”text”]0741457806[/amazon-product].

Your turn. Have you read a Simple Case of Suicide? What did you think? Do paramedics make good characters in fiction books?


By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.