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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Diagnosis: Death Review and Giveaway!

I had the pleasure of reading Dr. Richard Mabry's fiction brand of "Medical Suspense with Heart" for the first time with his book Diagnosis: Death, which released on April 1st from Abingdon Press.

Here is a description from Amazon:

The threatening midnight calls followed Dr. Elena Gardner from one city to another, prolonging her grief. Even worse, they are echoed by the whispers of her own colleagues. Whispers that started after her comatose husband died in the ICU . . . then another mysterious death during her training. When a third happens at her new hospital, the whispers turn into a shout: “Mercy killer!”

Why doesn’t she defend herself? What is the dark secret that keeps Elena’s lips sealed?

Two physicians, widowers themselves, offer support, telling Elena they know what she is going through after the death of her husband. But do they? And is it safe to trust either of them with her secret? Soon Elena will find that even when the world seems to be against her, God is for her, if she'll only trust him.

I enjoyed this book for several reasons. It was glaringly clear that the author has first-hand experience in the medical field. I learned lots of little medical tidbits and caught a glimpse into the fascinating world of hospital politics.

My clinical mind began to wonder about what was going on with Elena, and why she was unable to remember her actions at certain times, far before diagnosable symptoms like fugue state began to pepper the book. Of course, I grew really, really interested when that happened, and the pages kept turning faster. The subject matter isn't something covered in many novels I've come across. I appreciated the medical side of the discussion, and it rounded out my understanding of the scientific under-workings of the mind.

I also appreciated the romantic elements in the book. Given that Elena had recently lost her husband at the start of the book, there is a lot of active grieving she is still undergoing. Her suitors, also widowers and familiar with loss of a spouse, understand this and give her space, which was nice to read. Given the nature of her husband's death not being a sudden tragedy but a more languid one, it's entirely feasible for Elena to begin seeking friendships--if not something more--with other men, so that was well done.

Plus, it's just good suspense. You're kept wondering what in the world is going on and who is out to pin these deaths on Elena until the end. You won't be disappointed!

One lucky commenter will win either a printed copy or .pdf copy of Dr. Mabry's book--your choice. Just leave a comment below and you're entered: 2 entries for followers of this blog and one entry for non-followers. A winner will be chosen on Saturday from the lower 48 states. Good luck!

You can connect with Dr. Mabry on his website or Random Jottings blog.

Don't miss your chance to win Roseanna White's newest release, Jewel of Persia! Click here!

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Jessica Nelson said...

Oooh, I def. want to be entered! I've read about fugue state before and it's fascinating. Also, the plot sounds great! Thanks for the review. :-)

Tamika: said...

This is on my TBR list! Please enter me:)

Keli Gwyn said...

I'm looking forward to reading Richard's latest book. I enjoyed his debut novel--even though his suspenseful story gave this eager reader's heart a workout at times. =)

PatriciaW said...

I've been shying away from giveaways, trying to reduce my TBR pile, but I've heard so many good things about this one. Count me in, please.

Richard Mabry said...

Jeannie, thanks for telling your readers about Diagnosis Death. And thanks to everyone who has left a comment so far. Nice to connect with you.

Wendy Paine Miller said...

How very cool! I first saw details about this book over on Novel Journey this morning and now this!

Looks like a good one!
~ Wendy

Sarah Forgrave said...

Sounds like a suspenseful read! And I love hearing your therapy insights in the review as well. :)

Anonymous said...

It sounds like a great read! The Giants just won the game tonight...maybe I'll win one of these times too...Ha! In all seriousness, it sounds like a greate book.
Good night,

Nightingale said...

Sounds like a great read! Please count me in. (I love reading your site, by the way. Always interesting and insightful!)

Laura said...

This sounds like a really good book. I'd love a chance to win it, thank you.

karenk said...

would love to read dr mabry's latest novel...thanks for the, i'm a follower, too :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks to everyone who left a comment. Jeannie has notified the winner by email. If it wasn't you, I'm sorry--but I hope you'll try Diagnosis Death anyway. Blessings, all.

Clar said...

Ohhh that sounds awesome!

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