Diagnosis Death (Prescription for Trouble, #3)
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Diagnosis Death (Prescription for Trouble #3)

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When her comatose husband died in the ICU while on life support, the whispers about Dr. Allison Williams began. Another death during her training puts her under suspicion. When the pattern is repeated in the hospital where she is attempting to start over, the whispers turn into a shout: “mercy killing.” What is the dark secret that keeps Allison’s lips sealed when she shou...more
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Published April 1st 2011 by Abingdon Press (first published March 1st 2011)
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Jamie Kline
My opinion: In this book we meet Dr. Elena Gardner, who recently lost her husband to a brain hemorrhage. He was on life support and she had to make the difficult choice of making him a DNR. However someone pulled the plug on him before the ultimate choice was made, and Elena can't remember if she did it or not. Then Elena has another patient with a brain hemorrhage who also has his life support disconnected. Suspicions begin, but is certain she did not do this. She starts to fear that she's havi...more
Felicia
The first half of this book was really enjoyable, I liked the characters and the medical setting. The last half of the book went downhill for me. There were too many coincidences and the characters started talking and acting so so fake. It was like "Oh I'm a lawyer and you might be murdering helpless people and I don't know anything about you but I'm going to let you move in with my parents and be alone with patients and my pregnant wife." The ending also bothered me because everything resolved...more
Ruth
The summary above makes this book sound far more religious than what it really is. I was more than halfway through the book before anything more religious than having a preacher as a character came forth. Basically the religious part of the book is that when Elena loses her husband, she loses her faith. A whole lot of bad stuff happens and while most of it happens she is living in the spare room in the preacher's house. At some point the preacher's wife reminds her that God is looking out for he...more
Tamara
DIAGNOSIS DEATH is the third book in the Prescription for Trouble series by Dr. Richard L. Mabry. While the first two books in the series are on my list of favorites, DIAGNOSIS DEATH will not be making the cut.
Dr. Elena Gardner is still mourning the death of her husband. Unfortunately, that is only one facet of the troubles she’s facing. Between threatening phone calls and mysterious deaths at the hospital under her watch, she feels as if her world is closing in on her. Deciding to leave it all...more
Rachel
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Norma
This book is the third in a series. However, this was the first one that I read. Thankfully, the author did such a superb job that I did not feel lost or like I was missing something.

Having worked in the medical field since the late 80s, I can be a little overly critical of medical dramas and mysteries. I know what is possible and what is just over the top. This book was so well written that I enjoyed every minute and can honestly say that there were no head shaking moments because of medical e...more
Christy Griffith
It started out okay. Then it sucked. Then it ended. Then I told myself, THIS IS WHY THE KINDLE STORE PUTS BOOKS ON THE "FREE" LIST.

Continuity errors- Cathy/Elena are swapped for a few paragraphs causing me to go back and ask, "Am I crazy or did the editor day drink at work that afternoon?"

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Traci
While I enjoyed the story line and the plot, I wasn't completely immersed in this story and that is why I had to give this book a 3 star rating. The story is interesting, but for some odd reason, there are several points within this book where the story seems to drag on a bit before picking back up and getting interesting.

And while Elena is a likable character, she's sort of set up as a one dimensional character. She's a woman that just left a residency job after the death of her husband. That's...more
Brooke (i blog 4 books)
3.5 stars

Richard Mabry sure knows how to write medical suspense! He does a great job of writing characters who are more than just their job and adds a decent dose of interesting medical details and suspenseful situations. The story started out a little slow, but once I got into it, I was hooked. The one thing that kept this book from being "awesome" for me was that there were just SO many "crimes" overlapping throughout the book. It was hard to believe that one person could simultaneously find h...more
Morgan
I downloaded this as a free read from Kindle, and didn't look beyond the title or the cover, so imagine my surprise when hints of Christian Inspiration started showing up. Despite my aversion to overly preachy fiction, I kept going and found myself pleasantly surprised by the gentle hand with which the inspirational passages were delivered.

A nice twist at the end that I hadn't expected after figuring out the first two murders. It was good enough to keep me glued to the pages until the end. Enou...more
Elizabeth Olmedo
Richard Mabry’s Diagnosis Death is everything you expect from a medical thriller. Patients dying mysteriously. A doctor’s reputation crumbling. The in-house conflicts between doctors and administrators. That said, Diagnosis Death doesn’t offer any shocking twists that make a book stand out from the rest. The writing is okay and the story entertaining. Mabry does a good job of not bogging the reader down with technical terms. He very naturally and smoothly breaks down the medical jargon so that e...more
Theresa
Dr. Mabry has done it again with "Diagnosis Death"! I swear with each book in the series, they just get better and better!! I love Dr. Mabry's prose and style. He creates characters that are real and what I find most fascinating is that he writes from a woman's point of view (and does it very well I may add).

"Diagnosis Death" centers around a young doctor, Dr. Elena Gardner, who's training is just about to complete when a patient in a coma suspiciously dies. She has been rumored to have "helped"...more
Katie
Diagnosis Death is pulsing with action, suspense, mystery, and one very big question that Dr. Elena Gardner is desperate to know--is she a mercy killer? Having no memory of what she did around the time of the patient's death, she doesn't know. Starting out with a prologue that will intrigue and pull you into the story, you won't be able to put it down! What a compelling book!

Elena lives a very hectic life as a doctor. As the story progressed and she dealt with so many emergencies, it made me ap...more
Debbie
"Diagnosis Death" is a medical suspense novel with a romance. While I was able to figure out whodunit before the big reveal, the answer to the last mysterious bit was a surprise. While the reader wasn't told from the beginning who was behind the calls, etc., the story wasn't really about investigating the mystery. The mystery wasn't solved earlier only because Elena was terrified that she might be the killer. She avoided investigating what was going on though she hated what not knowing as doing...more
Pamela Barrett
Dr. Elena Gardner has been getting threatening late night calls ever since her husband Mark died. She is trying to work through the grief, and struggling with mounds of unpaid medical bills. Her only glimpse of hope is working with a well respected Doctor at Zale University Hospital where her husband died. When that hope is dashed, she is offered another job a few hours away; the only problem is that there are some questions about her husbands’ death from an intracranial bleed. Right before he w...more
Cheryl "Mash"
DIAGNOSIS DEATH by Richard Mabry, M.D.
Published by Abingdon Press
ISBN: 07814267710216
I received an ARC-EBook Bound galley Edition from NetGalley, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.
Synopsis (borrowed from NetGalley): When her comatose husband died in the ICU while on life support, the whispers about Dr. Elena Gardner began. Another death during her training puts her under suspicion. When the pattern is repeated in the hospital where she is attempting to start over, the whispers turn into a...more
Nina
On further research, I learned that this is the third book off the Prescription for Trouble series, but it's not completely dependent on the first two books and you can read this on its own. This digital advanced reader's copy was sent to me by NetGalley. I did not have any expectations up front when I requested for a copy of this book, although the fact that it's got euthanasia as one of its topics got me interested but that was just it. Reading through the first few pages got me hooked and I s...more
Maureen Timerman
Synopsis

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, widow...more
Loren
I have anxiously awaited the third book, Diagnosis Death, in Dr. Richard Mabry's "Prescription for Trouble" Series. The first two books ~ Medical Error and Code Blue were excellent!! Dr. Mabry is easily one of my Favorite authors and his books will always be in my library.

Although Diagnosis Death is the third book in the Series, you won't be confused or feel as if you don't know what has happened in the other two books. Dr. Elena Gardner has had a difficult year to say the least. She lost her hu...more
Lis Carey
Feb 17, 2011 Lis Carey rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans
Elena Gardner is a young doctor, just finishing her residency in a ditinguished Dallas hospital. She's also a young widow, whose husband Mark suffered an aneurysm that caused brain death. After struggling with the decision for weeks, Elena violates protocol by writing a Do Not Resuscitate order on his chart herself--and shortly thereafter, someone turns off Mark's respirator.

Elena thinks she may have done it herself, but she doesn't remember doing so. This is merely a private grief and mystery,...more
Clockstein Lockstein
Diagnosis Death by Richard L. Mabry Ph.D. is the third book in the Prescription for Trouble medical thriller series. Dr. Elena Gardner is still grieving the death of her husband Mark, who died after a cerebral hemorrhage left him brain dead. The circumstances of his actual death are under suspicion because while Elena doesn't remember turning off his ventilator, she can't swear that she didn't do it either. She's only a few weeks away from the end of her residency when a patient, in similar cond...more
Elizabeth Noah Astle
This is the third book in the series. I have read the first two and really enjoyed them and this one just fell a tad short.

Dr. Elena Gardner is concerned that she may have done some mercy killing since the death of her late husband Mark. In the meantime she gets a mysterious phone call every week from an unknown person. Elena is about to finish her residency and then finds out that the practice she was about to join is no longer. Elena is offered a temp job with Dr. Cathy Sewell (who was in a p...more
Rick Schmidt
Feb 07, 2012 Rick Schmidt rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Wow this was a great book. The book flowed well, had an excellent plot, several very good sub plot and colorful characters throughout. I enjoyed the way the lead character evolved throughout the book.
The book is about Elena Gardner (and begins in Dallas, Texas) who is completing her residency and will soon be looking for work as her job that was lined up fell through. Since her husband recently passed away, she was feeling like her life was over and actually was accused of killing him by taking...more
Tome
Diagnosis Death is written by Richard Mabry, a qualified doctor who specialises in ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat), and has practiced in several major hospitals in Texas. Since retiring he has turned his hand to medical thrillers, and as a medical thriller fanatic, I had to take a look at this, the third book in his Prescription for Trouble series.


Dr Elena Gardner is a physician in fear, after the death of her husband on ICU a series of phone calls accuses her of performing a mercy killing. When the...more
Julie
"What God has done in the past is both a model and a promise of what He will do in the future; but He's too creative to o the same thing the same way twice."

Elena has had a tough time of things with Marc's recent stroke. She knows he'll never recover so the hard decisions are made. After all, she knows what the future looks like for him...she almost finished with her residency. How will she go on without him?

Dr. Cathy Sewell (you might remember her from the first book in this series, Code Blue)...more
Rubysbooks
I just finished reading this book about half an hour ago and I must say I was impressed. Before I did the request for this book at NetGalley I asked myself a million questions about it. I was afraid this was some ER/House M.D. medical drama. I am really sorry I believed that. While it is a medical drama, it's also a mystery novel.


At the center of this novel is Elena Gardner. She is a few weeks before she completes her residency and will be able to start her own practice. Her husband, Mark, died...more
R Bartel
This is the third in Dr. Mabry’s series of medical who-dun-its centering around young female doctors who are or have just completed their residencies and are striking out on their own in medical practice. In this latest episode, Dr. Elena Gardner leaves her residency to join the practice of Dr. Cathy Sewell (Code Blue, Dr. Mabry’s first book in this series) in Dainger, Texas. Though no official charges have been filed, two suspicious deaths cloud Elena’s past, including that of her husband. Will...more
Lisa Johnson
Title: Diagnosis Death (Prescription for Trouble #3)
Author: Richard L. Mabry, M.D.
Pages: 292
Year: 2011
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Richard Mabry brings us his third installment in the Prescription for Trouble series. This time the drama and action take place in Dallas as well as Dainger, Texas. Dainger was introduced in the first book of the series, Code Blue, and the main character from that story appears in this third book.
Elena Gardner has only 30 days until she finishes her residency and start...more
Ruth
Dr. Elena Gardner is finishing her residency but it is not the happy time that it should be. Her husband has had a stroke and died and she against protocol had written the DNR order herself. Then a second stroke victim has died and even Elena is wondering if she could have done the mercy killings herself. She starts to get mysterious phone calls which don't stop even when she has moved to another city to become a substitute doctor for a woman who will be going out on maternity leave. Many things...more
Caroline
I liked the medical stuff, which is interesting, but this "plot" had so many coincidences as to be laughable. Her husband died of a brain hemorrhage and and, shockingly, she KEEPS GETTING PATIENTS WITH INTRACRANIAL BLEEDING!!! I did read it to the end, but the religious overtones were a little heavy - everyone she bumps into tells her they're "praying for you". Hmmm...wonder where this is going to go? It also touched on racial stereotyping, but, amazingly (and hilariously) when the Hispanic and...more
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Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician, past Vice-President of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and the author of five published novels of medical suspense. His books have been finalists in competitions including ACFW’s Carol Award and Romantic Times’ Inspirational Book of the Year. His novel, Lethal Remedy, won a 2012 Selah Award from the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference....more
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