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by Ruth Francisco

  • ISBN: 0892967730
  • Category: Thriller & Mystery
  • Author: Ruth Francisco
  • Subcategory: Mystery
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Mysterious Press; First Edition edition (September 24, 2003)
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • FB2 size: 1841 kb
  • EPUB size: 1404 kb
  • Rating: 4.9
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Confessions of a Deathmaiden book. Death maidens would be a wonderful asset. Especially such caring ones as Francis as she explores an untimely death.

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Personal Name: Francisco, Ruth. Publication, Distribution, et. New York Download book Confessions of a deathmaiden, Ruth Francisco. New York. Mysterious Press, (c)2003. Projected Publication Date: 0310. Download book Confessions of a deathmaiden, Ruth Francisco.

I will forgive this book a number of faults (some slapdash plotting, a few clunky metaphors) for its brave and insightful exploration of how we die.

Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Confessions of a Deathmaiden. Protagonist Frances Oliver is a trained "death maiden," or someone who helps people let go and move on to the other side. When young Tomas, a terminally ill boy in Frances' care, is suddenly taken by paramedics to a hospital where his organs are harvested, Frances suspects foul play. I will forgive this book a number of faults (some slapdash plotting, a few clunky metaphors) for its brave and insightful exploration of how we die.

Francis Oliver is a death maiden in LA. This is a person who helps the dying cross over into the next world. After witnessing the death of a young boy with the subsequent dispersal of his organs to recipients, she begins to suspect foul play. Her investigation into the matter proves her correct and now she must figure out just who is responsible and why. The premise of the story is quite clever.

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Confessions of a deathmaiden. Hospice care, Transplantation of organs, tissues, etc, Mayas, Hospice care, Mayas, Transplantation of organs, tissues, etc. Publisher. New York : Warner Books. Internet Archive Books. Gutierres on September 21, 2011. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata).

Say again? Well, it has to do with cross-species transplantation-a medical procedure of which deathmaiden Frances Oliver is not an enthusiast. And what’s a deathmaiden? Think of a midwife assisting at a birth, then move 180 degrees. As Frances says: I help people die. A graduate of the Institute for Eternal Living, she’s serving in her professional capacity at the bedside of comatose Tómas Gomez, ten, when a frenzied medical team suddenly snatches him away.

Used availability for Ruth Francisco's Confessions of a Deathmaiden. September 2003 : USA Hardback. April 2017 : USA Paperback.

The death under mysterious circumstances of TomÂas Gomez, a terminally ill boy left in her charge, draws hospice worker Frances Oliver into an ominous quest that leads her to Mexico to uncover the truth about the boy's untimely death.
Reviews about Confessions of a Deathmaiden (7):
Very slow, with a main character who was so incredibly self-righteous that it was extremely off-putting. The author goes into so much unneeded detail that it bogs an already slow novel down to such a crawl that it was a real struggle to finish.
Found the idea of deathmaidens a fascinating concept. I am not sure there is as much science fiction to her job description as the writer believes. Interesting twists and turns in the story. Will investigate more books by this writer.
I can honestly say I could not put this book down. It is so utterly unlike anything I have read before and quite honestly I don't know why I even got it in the first place, but I am beyond happy that I did. I'm hoping to read more from this author soon. Please take a chance on something different and get this book. You will not be sorry.
Great read. Wonderful story line.
I bought this book because I thought the title sounded interesting. I thought that it would be about a hospice worker who sits with dying people so they won't be alone when they pass on. But a few pages into it, I realized that the fictional deathmaidens have mystical powers and can tell when someone is ready to die and even sometimes heal them if they're not ready. So, okay, I like supernatural stories a lot, so I went with it.

But there's just nothing about this book that's believable, even if you can suspend disbelief while you read it. Ms. Oliver arrives for her assignment to help Tomas, realizes through her supernatural powers that he is not about to die and immediately leaves to go buy him some toys. When she returns, he's dead. I realize that she couldn't have known that would happen since she believed he'd live, but why was it so important to run right out and buy a bunch of toys for a comatose child? He needs to wake up before he can enjoy them, lady!

What follows as Ms. Oliver tries to find out the truth is a series of unbelievable adventures, some of which are very unpleasant (think torture chambers and sacrificed chickens). And just when you think maybe it's almost the end, as Ms. Oliver has done more detective work in one book than most other fictional sleuths have in a whole series of books, she announces, "But I had to find out more." Enough already. I love a good long book, but it should be obvious to most readers that this one has worn out its welcome way before it actually does end.

The most unbelievable thing of all, IMO, was that Ms. Oliver, who apparently has never done this kind of thing before, suddenly throws herself into being a detective with no hesitation, no qualms, nothing. Suddenly she is breaking into offices, masquerading as people she is not in order to trick information out of others, and trekking around in war-torn areas of Mexico like a pro.

As far as I can tell, the part about the Tarascans' immune systems and the discussions of mad cow disease are made up out of whole cloth. Not that I'm an expert, but the book kept referring to mad cow disease as a "virus." There was one brief reference to prions but not as a disease entity separate from viruses.

I admit it held my interest enough to keep me reading - I would have given up if I found it completely unreedemable - but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone I know personally because of the fairly graphic descriptions of torture.
I will forgive this book a number of faults (some slapdash plotting, a few clunky metaphors) for its brave and insightful exploration of how we die. Interestingly, a psychic gave this book to me to read because she said she'd never read a book by someone who understood so well her own relationship to death, that it is not a mistake, but a natural process, like birth, with it's own rhythms and timings. There are plenty of perfectly written books out there with nothing to say. I like a writer who wonders and asks questions and gets us thinking. I'd never questioned organ donation until this book...and now I am.
I won't rehash the plot again, such as it was, as it has been done through several of the reviews. What I was impressed by was Ms. Francisco's "voice" - her writing style is absolutely amazing. It is very difficult to explain unless someone has read it, other than to say it is almost like reading a poem written as a novel, or having the book sung to you as in some ancient traditions of learning oral histories. Admittedly I can certainly agree that the main character spent way too much time running around the world and by the end of the book I wasn't exactly sure what, if anything, she had managed to accomplish; but reading the book was pleasurable just for the sheer beauty of its words, and in my opinion, that's plenty good enough for me.
I hope Ruth Francisco carries on her title character in more books. Francisco draws a compelling character in Frances Oliver, who has trained in the art of helping the dying into death within a hospice setting.
However, the book's plot gets away from this intriguing premise by setting the character in a rather workman-like plot, employing the age-old villains of big-business and shady medical experiments. I can just see Ashley Judd or Angelina Jolie
trooping through the Mexican mountains in designer duds after the "bad-guys" in the movie version of the book.
I'd love to see Francisco put her character in smaller, more intimate stories. Laura Lipmann and Carol O'Connell do this with their Tess Monaghan and Kathy Mallory characters.
Ms Francisco, please keep writing about Frances Oliver.

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