“Medical Judgement” is the first novel I have read by Richard L. Mabry, M.D. It is a medical mystery in a sense that the main character is an ER doctor. Dr. Sarah Gordon has suffered immense tragedy – her husband and two-year-old daughter were killed in an auto accident. She has been receiving threatening phone calls and now the attempts are accelerating- someone came into her garage and set a fire, she was shot at while returning home and more sinister happenings have occurred. The police cannot figure out who is doing this to her and why.
She calls her husband’s best friend to accompany her to talk to the police. Both the detective and the friend are interested in more than keeping her safe. Both seem to want to continue the relationship with her. Also involved is the pastor of the church that all three attend. All three have experienced the loss of a loved one, either through accident or divorce. The pastor also has his problems. Although the book was fast-paced and set up a number of suspects, there was just something about it that was not to my liking. I think it was the constant reference to turning to God in grief, dwelling on the character flaws in the three men, and the superfluous number of suspects in the story. It just seemed to be too much and in the end, the person I suspected all along was indeed the culprit. Even the reason behind the terrorism of Sarah was a little far-fetched. I’m sure that mystery buffs would like this novel, but it is not one of my favorites.
I received a print copy of this book from LitFuse Publicity in return for my honest review.