Books by Rosemary Stevens

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"An engaging argument for justice for a flawed but perhaps wrongfully disgraced civil servant."
A reconsideration of one of the most notorious scandals of the Warren Harding presidency. Read full book review >
MURDER IN THE PLEASURE GARDENS by Rosemary Stevens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2003

"Relaxed storytelling replete with clever plotting, vivid character portraits, and period detail."
The fourth puzzle for real-life dandy Beau Brummel—clever, compassionate friend to the Prince of Wales in Regency England (The Bloodied Cravat, 2002, etc.)—begins in Watier's, the London gambling club he owns. When young Lieutenant Nevill lost a fortune at play, the generous Brummel forgave the debt. Now Nevill's in even hotter water. In response to his accusation that respected Home Office official Theobald Jacombe has cheated at cards, Jacombe has challenged him to a duel. The evening before the event is to take place, an unknown party makes it unnecessary by shooting Jacombe to death at Vauxhall Gardens, an entertainment complex, and Nevill is arrested for the killing. Beau, convinced of his innocence, works to uncover Jacombe's deeply hidden unsavory past and its connection to Molly, Nevill's beloved. While she's waiting for Nevill to carry her off, Molly lives and works at Haven of Hope, a women's shelter run by Beau's close friend Lydia Lavender, whose policeman father is in charge of the case. Before it's all over, Nevill's nasty grandfather will become a second murder victim and Beau will draw a confession from a surprising killer. Read full book review >
THE BLOODIED CRAVAT by Rosemary Stevens
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 7, 2002

"In the midst of all the well-researched period detail, Stevens manages to maintain a crisp pace and provide a convincing windup."
A third Regency adventure for George "Beau" Brummell, a legend of the early 19th century (Life on a Silver Tray, not reviewed, etc.). This time, Beau is a houseguest at Oatlands, country home of his adored Frederica, wife of the chronically unfaithful Duke of York. Beau is anxiously awaiting the arrival of his valet Robinson, who is bringing extensive additions to his wardrobe and, inadvertently, his blue velvet diary. In that diary is a letter from Frederica that Beau should have destroyed, a letter confessing her love for him—an invitation to blackmail in the wrong hands. On the road, Robinson's carriage is waylaid by highwaymen. When he finally arrives, the precious diary and letter are missing. Beau suspects Lord Kendrick, another houseguest, of involvement in a series of recent highway robberies, but before he can investigate further, Kendrick is found stabbed to death by one of Frederica's hair ornaments. Beau's stealthy search of the corpse fails to turn up the letter. No more successful are his further efforts back in London, where John Lavender of Bow Street is working to find Kendrick's killer and a letter burned to ash. Read full book review >
Released: April 12, 1989

A sound, readable examination of the existing mishmash, that is the American hospital system, and how it came to be. Stevens (History and Sociology of Science/Univ. of Penn.) believes that our hospitals are marked by a set of culture-specific characteristics that make them "idiosyncratically 'American' institutions." She identifies six such characteristics as central to an understanding of the system; these form the framework of her analysis. They are pluralism, "the segmentation and diversity of hospital ownership in the United States" (public, private, religious and so on); social stratification (hospitals such as N.Y.C.'s Bellevue or Chicago's Cook County, which began as institutions for the poor and have largely kept those labels and functions); the money standard of success by which hospitals judge themselves and others; the focus on acute care and technology, particularly surgery; the "built-in tension between hospitals and the medical profession"—by which doctors consider hospitals to be an extension of their private practices, while they themselves are not fully part of the internal power structure; and "the strong yet largely informal role of medical schools as an influence in the hospital system." These interacting characteristics result in what Stevens calls "a constantly negotiated hospital system." She examines how our values have evolved through years that include such highlights as the advent of consumerism in the 1920's the development of technology, and the arrival of Blue Cross and other reimbursement schemes. Finally, she puts the whole in perspective, and names the massive main task for the future: a reorientation of the medical care system. ". . .targeted to chronic disease, care as well as cure, and a restatement of the meaning of professionalism." A scholarly work, but accessible and informative for the interested consumer as well. Read full book review >