Friday, June 3, 2016

Medical Judgment by Richard Mabry

I liked this mystery. The characters were well developed, the plot realistic, and the number of possible suspects numerous to the end.

Dr. Sarah Gordon is a good heroine. She'd lost her husband and young daughter in a car accident less than a year ago. Still reeling from that tragedy, now it seems someone wants to make her suffer and maybe even take her life. Detective Bill Larson is a flawed hero. A recovering alcoholic, he is trying to keep his life together while he investigates the suspects. I didn't like Kyle Andrews, good friend of Sarah's husband and way too over protective of Sarah now.

I liked how there were many suspects for the actions against Sarah. Many of the characters in the novel had ties to Sarah or her husband, who had been a surgeon. Perhaps someone was looking for revenge for something Sarah or her husband had done in their medical work. There were so many possibilities Sarah wondered if she could trust anyone.

This novel highlighted the spiritual difficulty one may have after losing a loved one to an accident. Sarah was mad at God and it took her a while to trust God again. Bill and Kyle had also suffered losses and each handled their relationships to God differently after the tragedies.

We also get some insight into the struggles a recovering alcoholic faces. There are two in this novel and it was encouraging to see how they helped each other pursue the right path.

My favorite aspect of the novel was the number of suspects. It seemed that every time a new fact was uncovered, there was another suspect or a stronger link to a previous one. I was a tad bit disappointed that, when the person was revealed, there was one link we had not been made aware of. Other than that, a good novel.

I recommend this novel to those who enjoy a good mystery with a hint of romance. There is good character development as the plot develops and characters learn to rely on God for strength and courage. There are discussion questions included so this would make a fine choice for a reading group.

I am taking part in a blog tour of this book and you can read other reviews here.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Richard Mabry is a retired physician who writes novels of medical suspense. He has won several awards and been a finalist for many others. He and his wife live in Frisco, Texas. You can find out more at

Abingdon Press, 320 pages. You can purchase a copy here.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Litfuse for the purpose of an independent and honest review.

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