Fatal Intent sets the stage for a new era of medical thrillers with Dr. Kate Downey at the helm. It’s a fast-moving story that will keep your attention until the end.


The Description

The Kate Downey Medical Mystery Series: Book 1
Publication Date: March 2, 2021

End-of-life care— or assisted death

When her elderly patients start dying at home days after minor surgery, anesthesiologist Dr. Kate Downey wants to know why. The surgeon, not so much. “ Old people die, that’ s what they do,” is his response. When Kate presses, surgeon Charles Ricken places the blame squarely on her shoulders. Kate is currently on probation, and the chief of staff sides with the surgeon, leaving Kate to prove her innocence and save her own career. With her husband in a prolonged coma, it’s all she has left.

Aided by her eccentric Great Aunt Irm, a precocious medical student, and the lawyer son of a victim, Kate launches her own unorthodox investigation of these unexpected deaths. As she comes closer to exposing the culprit’ s identity, she faces professional intimidation, threats to her life, a home invasion, and, tragically, the suspicious death of someone close to her. The stakes escalate to the breaking point when Kate, under violent duress, is forced to choose which of her loved ones to save— and which must be sacrificed.

Perfect for fans of Kathy Reichs and Tess Gerritsen

The Review

Fans of medical thrillers will be drawn to Dr. Kate Downey, an anesthesiologist who knows that having two patients die in rapid succession when you’re on probation is not good for job security. However, Kate knows there is something suspicious about the deaths.

In Fatal Intent, author Tammy Euliano introduces readers to a memorable cast of characters. Kate is juggling her career while her husband is in a coma from a traumatic brain injury. Aunt Irm, Kate’s German great-aunt, knows the answer to life’s problems can always be found after a good meal. Shadow is Kate’s four-legged companion.

With the help of Christian O’Donnell, the son of one of the dead patients, Kate realizes there are additional deaths, all tied to recent surgeries. As the investigation unfolds into the inner workings of the operating room, Kate and Christian discover some startling information.

They must race against time to put all the clues together before they become targets. With edge-of-your-seat suspense, the author delivers a pulse-pounding thriller packed with authenticity.

Fatal Intent sets the stage for a new era of medical thrillers with Dr. Kate Downey at the helm. It’s a fast-moving story that will keep your attention until the end.

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About The AuthorBy day, Tammy Euliano, MD is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Florida where she cares for obstetric patients, teaches medical students and residents, performs research, and invents cool stuff. She’s been honored with numerous teaching awards, more than 100,000 views of her YouTube teaching videos, and was featured in a calendar of women inventors (copies available wherever you buy your out-of-date planners).

By night, she plays games with her family (now remotely), cuddles her dogs, reads, and writes medical thrillers.

Vacations are for exploring our amazing world. She has dragged her family of five to all the major US national parks, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Costa Rica, the Caribbean, the Galapagos, the Mediterranean, Europe and New Zealand. Trips are spent soaking up the history and culture while also experiencing nature, often in extreme fashion.



Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


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Fatal Intent sets the stage for a new era of medical thrillers with Dr. Kate Downey at the helm. It’s a fast-moving story that will keep your attention until the end.5-STAR REVIEW: FATAL INTENT by Tammy Euliano