Green for Danger

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Green for Danger
First edition
Author Christianna Brand
Country United States
Language English
Genre Crime
Publisher Dodd, Mead and Company
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 199 pg

Green for Danger is a popular 1944 detective novel by Christianna Brand, praised for its clever plot, interesting characters, and wartime hospital setting. It was made into a 1946 film which is regarded by film historians as one of the greatest screen adaptations of a Golden Age mystery novel.

Plot summary[edit]

A murder takes place in a rural British hospital. Inspector Cockrill is tasked to determine whodunit when the head nurse is killed after revealing that the death of a patient under anaesthesia was no accident. Cockrill states at one point, "My presence lay over the hospital like a pall - I found it all tremendously enjoyable." After another murder attempt leaves a nurse dangerously ill he re-stages the operation in order to unmask the murderer.