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Code Blue by Richard L. Mabry
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Dec 16, 10

Read in December, 2010

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 not everyone is glad she is returning home.

Who is the driver of the black SUV trying to kill Cathy? Or is it all in her mind? Who has a reason to want her dead? Is it the banker? The pharmacist? Her fellow physicians? Her ex? Just who can want Cathy out of the way so badly they will kill her? Maybe it's one of her surgeon father's past patients? Or the result of her paranoid schizophrenic? mother's past? And what was really the cause of their fatal car accident years ago? Cathy needs to find out ..... stat!

Cathy has a few aces up her sleeve. For one, she's truly a brilliant doctor. Next, she has some good friends who loved her and her parents and are glad she's back. Then there's the patients who aren't afraid of a new woman doctor. And there's her ex-boyfriend from high school. He's a lawyer who still has a flame of desire burning for the good doctor. Can she trust him? It's hard not to when his parents are the kind and compassionate minister and his wife who welcome Cathy with open arms.

The story has a few interesting twists and turns, but fails to deliver intense thrills. I'm most impressed by the complete absence of even a single word of profanity. God is mentioned positively throughout the book. Faith is a virtue and Christianity holds a central place in the plot. Also happily missing is any illicit sexuality. There is romance, but without the tawdry sex, excessive kissing, petting and other winter sports. Overall a good and likable read.
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