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Code Blue (Prescription for Trouble #1)

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  1,833 ratings  ·  213 reviews
In the first book of the Prescription for Trouble series, Code Blue means more to Dr. Cathy Sewell than the cardiac emergency she has to face. It describes her mental state as she finds that coming back to her hometown hasn t brought her the peace she so desperately needs. Instead, it s clear that someone there wants her gone or dead. Cathy returns to her hometown seeking ...more
Paperback, 283 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Abingdon Press (first published December 1st 2009)
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Mumbo Gumbo
A somewhat shallow but still satisfying romance/mystery. I read the Kindle version which is free. Mabry treats the subject of medical mystery with a convincing knowledge of medical jargon that doesn't come off feeling contrived.

Cathy is a young, attractive, blond doctor who returns to her home town of Dainger, Texas to start a private practice. Fresh out of medical school, she is fleeing the Dallas area to leave behind painful memories of a couple of bad relationships. She soon discovers that no
Wow, the start of the book grabbed my attention in such a way that I just had to know what will happen. This is my first book from Richard Mabry, and I am very glad I found this author. Would definitely want to read the rest of this series.

The way the book was written was easy to follow and there was so much happening that you kept on wondering who the person is who is out to get Cathy. There was one stage where I felt, poor Cathy. The secondary story line about her parents also kept me intrigue
May 14, 2010 Molly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who loves suspense or medical dramas;everyone
Recommended to Molly by: FIRST
When I think Christian fiction, I always automatically think female authors, and very rarely do I associate a male author. I think female authors because they create characters that are unforgettable and with whom I can undoubtedly relate to in some way or another. But I must confess and say that I am super pleased with Richard Mabry's work. Code Blue is a terrific start to a new medical series written by a highly talented male author.

In Code Blue, book 1 in the Prescription for Trouble series,
Okay, let me state this plainly! I did not finish this book. I just could not do it. The story was so poorly edited on my ebook edition that it was driving me insane. Also I found the story to be poorly written. The author had his main character asking all these questions about someone trying to kill her with no basis for writing them. Things that were supppose to be suspicious did not seem suspicious at all to me. Also the author did not seem to understand anything about the state of Texas. If ...more
CODE BLUE by Richard L. Mabry, M.D. was riveting. A must read!

Dr. Cathy Sewell has returned to her hometown to practice medicine, but is there someone in Dainger, Texas who wants her gone? And why? That’s the real question throughout the book. And with Cathy’s lack of trust in men, she doesn’t know if she can really put her faith in Will Kennedy, her former high school love and self-appointed lawyer, or Dr. Marcus Bell, Chief of Staff, with looks that could heal any broken heart.

Fearing mental i
In the first book of the Prescription for Trouble series, “Code Blue” means more to Dr. Cathy Sewell than the cardiac emergency she has to face. It describes her mental state as she finds that coming back to her hometown hasn’t brought her the peace she so desperately needs. Instead, it’s clear that someone there wants her gone…or dead.

Cathy returns to her hometown seeking healing after a broken relationship, but discovers that among her friends and acquaintances is someone who wants her out of
Lisa Johnson
Title: Code Blue (Prescription for Trouble Series)
Author: Richard Mabry
Pages: 267
Year: 2010
Publisher: Abingdon Press
I have recently read Richard Mabry’s latest novel, Stress Test, and found the novel so good I decided to read some of his other books. As a result, I discovered Code Blue and what a find! This is the first book in the Prescription for Trouble Series. This is a contemporary medical suspense novel and it will enthrall the reader from page one until the end!
Someone is out to kill Dr
Christian fiction/suspense. 1st book in the Prescription for Trouble series and 1st I have read by Richard L. Mabry. The main characters were very likable and I rooted for them throughout the book. The plot really moved so while it was a bit light, the addition of her faith journey smoothed that out for me personally. Loved the medical details and brief hinting at the difficulties of practicing medicine. Wish there were more doctors like Cathy out there! Will eventually continue the series; reco ...more
Lori Henrich
I liked this. It flowed well and the characters were very likeable. I couldn't help but feel for Cathy as she struggled with finding out who was out to get her.

Cathy Sewell has returned to her hometown of Daniger to start her medical practice. She knew it wasn't going to be easy, but Cathy never imagined that she would hit a stumbling block at every turn. When someone ran her off the road and left her for dead Cathy knew without a doubt that someone wanted her gone. Her old flame comes to the r
Keli Gwyn
A long-time historical romance fan, I rarely read mysteries or suspense novels, but Richard Mabry’s book changed that. CODE BLUE swept me into the formerly unknown world of medical drama, but Dr. Mabry did such a great job making the technical aspects of his tale understandable that I was able to enjoy the story fully. I liked Dr. Cathy Sewell and felt for her from the outset. As the plot thickened and she found herself in increasing danger, I flipped the pages faster, eager to find out whodunit ...more
Aug 12, 2011 Jayme rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: kindle-download
Thank goodness this one was a Kindle freebie....
Blah is the first thing that comes to mind about this book. It's supposed to be some fantastic medical mystery thriller, and I had high hopes, as it's written by a retired doctor. I was disappointed to say the least. The main character, while a practicing doctor, is a flake. The story line was poorly written. It had entirely too much unnecessary religious undertones. Just when I thought I was getting to the 'thriller' part of the book, it is ruined
A tad slow moving in the beginning, but it did keep my interest, which built as I kept reading. The mystery was revealed by the antagonist in a very long confession prior to attempting to finally do in the doctor that was being stalked. That confession part seemed so unlikely, but the author had to tie all the pieces together for the reader somehow. Not a bad book for an Amazon freebie. Being in the medical field, it had extra interest for me. If the others in the series come up as freebies on A ...more
Medical stories intrigue me, and I really enjoyed this one about a young doctor beginning a family practice in her hometown. There was a mystery involved,which was intriguing, but I did feel the author went just a little bit too far in trying to present a lot of suspects and keep you wondering. As a retired doctor, Mr.Mabry certainly had the medical knowledge to make the story believable. This is the first book in a series, and I can't wait to read the others. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys ...more

For Dr. Cathy Sewell, Code Blue means more than just the cardiac emergencies she faces—it’s the state of her life when the return to her hometown doesn’t bring the peace she so desperately needs. The town doctors resent the fact that she’s not only a newcomer but also a woman, and the devastating results from one of her prescriptions may mean the end of her practice. As two men compete for her affection, an enemy wants her out of town—or possibly even dead.

Cathy returns to her hometown
I enjoyed the story and characters. However, I had a problem with the timeline. In the confrontation between Cathy and the person trying to kill her, the perpetrator mentioned something happening three weeks ago that triggered the stalking and murder attempts. However, the things that happened couldn't have been happened in that short a time period. The other thing that gave me pause was that in the end Cathy was relieved to learn that her mother had been drugged and hadn't really been mentally ...more
If you liked watching House M.D., ER or Grey's Anatomy, read this book - highly recommended. This book has two main genres; thriller and Christian fiction.

Dr. Cathy's back to her hometown because she wanted to start a new life, to forget her pasts and to mend her broken heart from past failed relationships. She blames the Almighty for taking away her parents from her and she refuses to believe anymore. She has tried her best to enhance and advance her practicing in medicine only which it wasn't
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I haven't read many, if any, medical thrillers, so Code Blue made for a nice change from my usual reading. I actually ended up liking the story and had a hard time sticking with one person as my guess of who the culprit was.

The characters were very good and my favorite was definitely Will. I liked him pretty much from when he was first introduced in Code Blue...
Cat Chiappa
I was excited when this was the free book offered through Barnes and Noble a few weeks ago. However, it was terrible. I was looking forward to a medical thriller, but there was nothing thrilling about this book. Not only that, but it turns out that it has a huge religious underscoring throughout the whole book which I thought was frankly a little much and largely unnecessary. I have nothing against religion, but I don't need it thrust on me under the guise of a romantic medical thriller. I am gl ...more
May 12, 2010 Julie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Codie, Mindi, Lucy
Recommended to Julie by: Candace Calvert
Going home is never the same and poor Cathy Sewell is learning that lesson the hard way! Great new book by Richard Mabry! Thanks to Candace Calvert for the great recommendation! Full review to appear on my blog later this week!
Linda Strong
I've had this book on my TBR shelves for quite a while, so thought it was time to get-er-done. This is what I call a Christian Mystery: very light on the mystery. I was in the medical profession for many, many years and I gave this one 4 stars for the author's ability to talk about medicine and medical procedures in such a way that a lay=person can understand.

Storyline is very simple. Girl comes back to hometown to open private practice. She has a problem with trusting men and then she runs into
Loved the book! I couldn't put it down, always wanting to find out what would happen next.
June Evans
A good mystery with the Christian faith positively portrayed.
First of all, I gotta tell you, Richard L. Mabry has been added to my "must read" authors list -- I loved this book! It's a very fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat, medical suspense, with a healthy dose of romance. Just what the doctor ordered *pun intended* to get me out of my reading slump. ;)

As y'all know, I'm not big on in-depth reviewing for mystery/suspense books as I don't want to give away any key, or surprise, elements of the story, but I'll do my best. Honestly, the synopsis from Amazon pre
"Code Blue" is a fast-paced romantic suspense novel. It was, at it's core, about wrong perceptions of past events effecting how people viewed themselves and others in the present. The suspense was created by someone repeatedly trying to kill Cathy, various medical emergencies, and the tension in the various relationships.

The mystery was a who-done-it. I was pretty certain who did it from the moment we met the character, but it's pretty hard to fool me on mysteries anymore. I found it believable
Barbara Martin
Dr. Cathy Sewell, a capable surgeon, has returned home to Dainger, Texas after breaking up with her fiancé hoping to get her life back on track. Her life is now filled with new challenges: two men who are trying to date her, a medical colleague and her high school sweetheart; someone is trying to discredit her medical abilities; and her life is in danger from the driver of a black SUV.

Situations from her past threaten to overwhelm Cathy, who questions her faith in God, and the old feelings that
Jan Crow
By Richard Mabry

Dr. Cathy Sewell has written herself a prescription for trouble and doesn’t know it. Life has brought a drastic change to her and she returns to her hometown to set up a practice. However, this new life has rammed her causing bumps and bruises and makes her to wonder if someone is out to get her.

Just after moving in she is run off the road by a mysterious black SUV. This was just the first of a series of incidents setting off alarm. Her practice is off to a slow start a
Shiloh (Fantastic Reading)
This was another book I received via the Nook Free Fridays program, and another that I would not have picked up to read on my own.

When Cathy Sewell moves back to her hometown after a rough breakup with her fiance and attempts to open her own general practice, she discovers that someone is holding a grudge, going so far as to try to kill one of her patients in order to discredit her. Battling depression and the fear that she is developing a mental illness, Dr. Sewell is determined to discover who
Code Blue was a pleasant surprise. When Dr. Cathy Sewell returns to her hometown, she faces many challenges, including the shadow of her father's betrayal. But she soon finds out that not everything is what it seems. The author takes you on a trail that has some twists and turns but the surprise ending will really get you!

I thought the book was well written. There was romance, thriller and mystery all wrapped up in one. It starts off a little slow but really draws you in as you get further into
Kasi Lou
In the first book of the Prescription for Trouble series, “Code Blue” means more to Dr. Cathy Sewell than the cardiac emergency she has to face. It describes her mental state as she finds that coming back to her hometown hasn’t brought her the peace she so desperately needs. Instead, it’s clear that someone there wants her gone…or dead.

Cathy returns to her hometown seeking healing after a broken relationship, but discovers that among her friends and acquaintances is someone who wants her out of
This was one of the better medical fiction books I've read recently as Mabry keeps you guessing throughout the whole thing. Dr. Cathy Sewell returns to her small hometown in Texas after some personal turmoil and is just beginning her practice when one of her first patients is poisoned by an overdose of medication prescribed by Sewell. Concurrently, someone in a black SUV seems to be trying to chase Sewell out of town. When Sewell's high school flame, Will, comes to the rescue, he also offers his ...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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Other Books in the Series

Prescription for Trouble (4 books)
  • Medical Error (Prescription for Trouble, #2)
  • Diagnosis Death (Prescription for Trouble, #3)
  • Lethal Remedy (Prescription for Trouble, #4)
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