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Michaela McPherson #1

The Case of Dr Dude

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Someone Is Kidnapping And Trafficking Women

When a young woman disappears after a job interview at a well-known dentist’s office in Richmond, Virginia, retired homicide detective Michaela McPherson and Angel her retired police dog are pulled into a crime that goes far beyond a missing person case. With the help of her close friend, the aging Countess Dorothy Borghase, and Richmond police, McPherson dives in.

˃˃˃ Could Human Trafficking Really Be A Problem In The United States?

This case pits McPherson and her companions against evil and greed armed with tentacles that span continents and generations. Russian mobsters are in America, kidnapping girls to auction off to the highest bidder in the international black market. Is there any hope of stopping an underground operation that extends so far and wide?

˃˃˃ The Case of Dr. Dude is a thrilling ride that will keep you hooked from beginning to end.

285 pages, Kindle Edition

First published February 4, 2016

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Judith Lucci

63 books422 followers
Dr. Judith Lucci is an Amazon bestselling author who writes what she knows. She is the author of the Alex Destephano Medical Thriller Series and the soon to be released Michaela McPherson, Private Eye, a series centered on a retired homicide detective from Richmond, Virginia who really can’t retire.

“Before I wrote fiction, I was an academic writer who published research, theoretical works, text books and just about anything a nurse or college professor needed to publish to survive. The differences in academic writing and writing fiction are dramatic. Writing what I know propels me to pull from my clinical experiences, some good, some not and use popular fiction as a means to teach and advocate for others. My books have three purposes, to engage the reader, to entertain them and to educate about healthcare and perhaps, the darker side of hospital life.

I am a nurse and hold graduate and doctoral degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia. I have always been a reader and a writer and I love it. I am a member of the Virginia Writers Club, The Shenandoah Valley Writers and Sisters in Crime.

When I’m not writing I am probably teaching, paining on silk as I am a multi-media artist or playing with my many dogs. Please feel free to contact me at judithlucciwrites@gmail.com. I am excited about meeting you!

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162 reviews
April 27, 2020
Personally I quite enjoyed the book. I thought it was a bit slow at the beginning which got me bored, but after it turned out to be a good read. I was engaged and wanted to know what was going to happen next at all times. I gave this book 3 stars, because the start was long and parts of it were boring.
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2,485 reviews23 followers
May 23, 2021
There is a ‘gritty’ start to the book, but the rest of the book didn’t live up to this promise. Unfortunately the whole story didn’t ‘hang’ together for me and many of the characters were really just ridiculous caricatures.
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2,435 reviews20 followers
June 1, 2018
2 star

The title claims it's a mystery, but the only thing it has a chance of being is a thriller. Mostly I regret wasting time to finish it, but hate giving bad reviews without going through it all. The writing is sloppy. The POV is excessively unstable. An editor is badly needed--dialogue especially is a mess. And there is no mystery, because all the bad guy scenes give everything away. Finally, why did the girl never intentionally activate her bracelet to summon help? Stupid.
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Author 15 books161 followers
April 9, 2018
Pretty awful. So many typos, repetitive sentences, missing words, and other editing errors made it a chore to get through the book. What bothered me even more than all the typos what the constant jumping from one POV to another within the same scene. It made the story sometimes confusing to be in one character's head/thoughts and suddenly switch to another character with no warning. The plot and characters have potential, but it needs a lot of work.
607 reviews3 followers
July 9, 2018
Terrific story w/exciting plot & great characters.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story.. Lots of action and great personalities, especially Angel. I'm trying not to spill any spoilers, but you'll kick yourself if you miss this one and probably the whole series! Enjoy this exciting book and see you 'round for the sequel!
30 reviews
January 7, 2020
I had not read the works of this author before. I had high hopes that the unlikely trio of retired detective, countess and dog would be entertaining. I contemplated not finishing many times, but stuck with it because I cared about the characters. This book was in serious need of proofing. Missed words, grammatical errors, and typos were prevalent. Several details were stated one way then further on in the book stated another. Tilda wished she had curled her hair. A few hours later she was pulling on her curls. As an RN I found too many inconsistencies and situations that were not plausible. I really felt like the author had rushed the last 25% of the book. The plot was full of holes. The rooster, not a chicken, was the only surprise.
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Author 2 books10 followers
July 26, 2019
This would be 3 1/2 stars but there wasn’t an option.

The story line and premise was interesting and I found myself caring about the characters. I did have some difficulty with some of the inconsistencies and repetitive information. I was a little confused when the author referred to Dr. Dude’s son as both Nicholas Jr and Mike Jr. I’m assuming it was an editing error.
There were too many contrite catch phrases such as ‘petal to the metal’. As a reader I would have preferred more interesting phrases such as ‘ground the accelerator to the floor’.

I received a complimentary copy via Voracious Readers for an unbiased review.
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874 reviews6 followers
August 3, 2019
Human trafficking, a diabetic girls set to be sold to the highest bidder. The case of Dr Dude is a puzzling one. Almost all beautiful women who work for him end up going missing but they local poloce cant pin anything on him until michaela comes along and starts to work the case of missing Angela who desperately needs insulin!
Intruguing read to say the least 😊.
Book given free by author via voraciousreadersonly.
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170 reviews1 follower
July 13, 2020
This is a great story with unfathomable twists and turns in it. Michaela McPherson had retired from the Richmond Police department at the age of 44 after spending 20 years in service as a detective. Not being one to sit around, she hung out her shingle as a private investigator. This story is about one of her cases. It involves a young girl who has gone missing. But that's not all it involves. It involves kidnapping but no ransom demands. It also involves the Russian Mafia, an 82 year old dowager with royal connections, a Dentist, a crazed woman who works for the dentist, human trafficking, the Richmond Police Department, murders, mayhem and misdirection. How does all this come together? In a seriously twisted and convoluted case full of action with a pace that never stops and a surprising number of armed people. I loved the fast pace of the story and the unexpected people taking part in it. Surprises at every turn kept you guessing "What could have happened to Allison?" right up to the climactic end. A retirement story like no other. I highly recommend this author's writing.
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Author 19 books329 followers
March 6, 2016

Having read Judith Lucci before, I knew I was in for a nail-biting, page-turning ride; true to form, “DR. DUDE” did not disappoint!

We’ve all heard about human trafficking and all the hapless girls it affects. But just suppose the “Front” for this horrific operation is a well-known, well-liked member of society? That’s where the two main characters come in: Mic, a retired detective/new bar owner and her dear friend, eighty-year-old Dottie, a self- pronounced “armchair sleuth.” They make a great, charming duo, as they try and rescue the latest victim, a diabetic hygienist. Now, add to the brew, police politics, a dentist who gets in over his head, and his psychotic assistant, and you get a book that had me hooked from the very first bang-of-a-scene opener to the very last page. 5*

I was given a review copy for my honest opinion.
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604 reviews1 follower
July 25, 2019
This book showed the darkest crime of our time...human sex trafficking. I have always researched this topic because I feel so strongly that humans can be our own worst enemy. When one of the perps told another perp that selling humans is more lucrative than selling drugs, I wanted to scream at the person. How can we, as humans, be so cruel. Knowing there are people who will spend millions if not more to buy another human is so depraved that giving out a penalty is not enough. This author gave a glimpse of how easy it can be to proceed with this crime. The traffickers were stopped in this book but how many replace them in the real world? Too many to count. Books can solve the problem easily, if only it was this easy in the real world.
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1,396 reviews19 followers
September 25, 2019
I LOVE this author! She always has a way of writing that will keep you guessing and YOU WILL NOT WANT TO PUT IT DOWN. Human Trafficking. Dr. Dude's girls always go missing - however they have not been able to pin it on him..... Michaela is retired from the police force and has opened an Irish Pub. Angel is her police dog. (also retired) Once Michaela is on the case --- will Angel and Michaela be able to crack the case? Well written characters - super suspenseful storyline. This book will take you on a roller coaster of emotions.

I received a copy of this book through the Silver Dagger Blogging Program. All thoughts are my own.
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Author 25 books149 followers
August 18, 2016
Reading this reminded me of the Agatha Christie books and her elderly lady detective Miss Marple, only in this book, Mic the heroine has an 82 year old sidekick of royal decent. The characterisation was excellent and I enjoyed many of the descriptive passages, especially the character who goes mad (I won’t say for fear of a spoiler). I would not really class this as a medical thriller in the genre of Robin Cook, more a detective story. Rather predictable conclusion but all the loose ends are tied up nicely. An easy read I enjoyed.
306 reviews10 followers
September 26, 2016
This was an exciting, fun-to-read mystery. Michaela retired from the police force and opened an Irish Pub. Angel is her retied police dog. Dottie is an actual Italian countess who loves to practice her sleuthing skills with Michaela. This story is full of action, kidnapping, and human trafficking. Just what you need in a thriller that keeps you guessing. Judith Lucci has done it again with a well-written book full of wonderful characters. I definitely recommend this book to mystery lovers.
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January 18, 2018
There were a couple of glaring holes in the plot that made the book a disappointment. Why didn’t Allison simply call for help when she had access to Dr Dudes cell after beating the crap out of him? If Allison had a beacon on her the whole time, why did it suddenly turn on at the end of the book? I understand the importance of the having the book end in a chicken barn, and having Allison find refuge there was helpful for the ending, however the story needs refinement to close the holes. Also, the book had many spelling and syntax errors that could use a clean up.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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390 reviews1 follower
April 18, 2020
The Dentist and the Disappearances

Dr. Nicholas Smirkowitz’s office has a high turn over amongst the office staff which strangely enough is all female. Even stranger is that after leaving his employ some women aren’t ever seen again!

When the granddaughter of one of Dottie Borghase’s old friends goes missing after an interview with the good doctor Michaela McPherson is asked to investigate! Will she find the missing girl and discover what is going on at the dentist’s office?
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402 reviews
December 21, 2019
The 5 star reviews are unbelievable. I read halfway and then skimmed. The writing, plot, characters, all unbelievable and not even very interesting. I recognize that human trafficking is a serious problem but have a hard time accepting that anyone would pay a million dollars for a very pretty blond. Unfortunately I have bought the 2nd and 3rd book in the series for my Kindle but they are going to be deleted unread.
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1,132 reviews12 followers
September 11, 2018
What begins to be a seemingly cozy mystery style tale explodes into a stunning multi jurisdictional investigation for disappearances and more. Riveting me to each page as so much activity and action happening to the very last page. While Michaela, Dottie and Angel do their best to find out the truth. A must Read. I Loved IT!!!!!!
209 reviews
January 31, 2019
Pretty good story

Russian mob, human trafficking, psycho killers, faithful dog, it's all included. Couple tense moment. I must also mention an unlikely hero. I can't reveal who it is, so you can be as surprised as I was. Oh yeah, don't forget Dottie, she's an octogenarian crime fight. Quite a bunch of heroes fighting a nasty bunch of bad guys.
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88 reviews10 followers
May 2, 2020
Okay, Author Judith Lucci, you had me at “human trafficking”. With every page I turned, I was more convinced I was a goner for anything other that flipping the pages (or swiping the screen)! As one of my novels in progress is about human trafficking, I figured I could chalk the time I spent up to “research”. Great, suspenseful story! Brava!
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1,043 reviews5 followers
January 8, 2017
I was given a kindle e book for a review. I found this book to be a fabulous read. An added bonus was a German Shepard as a character. I enjoyed the main character Michaela who is a retired police officer that purchased a bar and still solves crimes. I would like to read the rest of the series.
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157 reviews9 followers
December 29, 2016
I loved this book! I have reviewed also on amazon, but wanted or share with my friends here as well. give the book a 2 thumbs up!!!
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4,156 reviews73 followers
May 6, 2019
Allison Massie (Margaret’s granddaughter, VCU dental hygienist) had been abducted.
Dorothy “Dottie” Borghese (82, Michaela’s BFF, Italian Countess, former Olympic swimmer), was discussing her friends missing granddaughter with Michaela “Mic” McPherson (44, retired Detective Richmond PD homicide).
Margaret Massie (Beau’s wife. Dottie’s BFF) explained to Dottie that Allison went to Dr. Nicholas “Dr. Dude” Smirkowitz (50+, husband/father, dentist) office to apply for a job & vanished into thin air.

VA. Board of Dentistry. Michaela was showing/asking Tony Burton (30+, attorney) the 5 complaints filed against Dr. Smirkowitz (Tilda’s former lover) that had never been investigated.
What was Tilda (Wilbur’s ex-wife, religious, Nicholas’ former bookkeeper, dental asst. supervisor, personality D/O) up to?
Daniella was talking to Michaela on her phone & that’s the last thing she remembered.
Constance “Con Con” Smirkowitz (45, ex-wife/mother), Sarah Smirkowitz (12, daughter/sister), & Peter Traynor (Constance’s BF, securities investor) had been killed.
Nicholas Jr. Smirkowitz (son/brother) had survived.
Lieutenant Steve Stoddard (49, Richmond PD, Michaela’s former boss), Detective Slade McKane (45+, Cajun, Vice), Mic, & Angel (retired police dog) were working on the murder cases.

Daniella Alverez’s (Baltimore PD undercover cop) cold body was found next. She was rushed to the Medical College of Virginia Hospital Level I ER.
What were Oleg Branislava (55+, Bratva Russian mob soldier), Dimitri Kazimir (40+, Bratva Russian mob leader), & Redman up to?
Monty ‘Big Dawg” McGraw (Scottish, Richmond PD surveillance) was on a stakeout.
Will the crimes get solved?
Yes, human trafficking for sexual exploitation in every country should be a big concern!

Warning: This book contains extremely graphic adult content, violence, or expletive language &/or uncensored sexually explicit material (child verbal/mental/physical/sexual abuse, human sex slavery, prostitution, & trafficking) which is only suitable for mature readers. It may be offensive or have potential adverse psychological effects on the reader.

I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one.

A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written crime thriller book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great crime thriller movie, or better yet a mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars.

Thank you for the free author; Bluestone Valley Publishing, Harrisonburg, VA; 1 edition;
LisaatManybooks; Amazon Digital Services LLC.; book
457 reviews
July 25, 2021
Full of action!

by Barbara Kelley

This is the first book that I have read by Judith Lucci. She is an excellent writer and had my attention throughout the book. There were very few grammatical errors, such as missing punctuation, and I only found one misusage of a word, "confidant" that should have been "confident." This book was filled with action, humor, a murderous psychopath, and young women who were kidnapped for human trafficking. Most of the time, when you hear about human trafficking, those being kidnapped are illegally in this country, or they are extremely poor individuals who have no choice but to do what they are told. However, this time the kidnappers made a grave mistake when they kidnapped the granddaughter of an extremely rich man. The girl was also diabetic, but she was kidnapped because she was a very beautiful blonde-haired, blue-eyed, girl with pale white skin. Bidders from the Middle East like American women with blonde hair and blue eyes. However, there are 2 gutsy women, as well as one brave retired K9 who save the day: Michaela McPherson, a retired Richmond Police Detective (age 44); her retired German Shepherd Dog K9 partner, Angel (age not told); and Michaela's best friend, Dorothy "Dottie" Borghase (age 82). I hope I correctly spelled that last name! I gave this book 5 stars, and will be reading the other books in this series.
438 reviews
September 24, 2022
This is the first book in the series. It’s my first book to read by this authors. Knowing there is a dog in the book is part of my genre. I enjoyed the story and the characters. There is lots of action and murders.The reader knows who the murderer is buy not the police. This book is a story of young women being kidnapped and sold to the highest bidder. It’s called human trafficking. The main character is a retired police detective, Michaela McPherson. She is hired by a young woman’s family to find their missing family member. Mic a she is called is partnered by her k9 named Angel and her 82 years young friend Dottie who says she’s a Countess and lives in a mansion. Now that Mic is retired she owns an Irish bar named Biddy’s that is frequented by the local PD. The murders keep you interested til the end when the police confronts the murderer.
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716 reviews2 followers
July 8, 2018
I loved Michaela McPherson and her dog, Angel. Both retired from the police dept. Her friend Dottie is an interesting character. She is a Countess and loves to help solve mysteries. Dottie tells Mic about a young lady who is missing. She was last seen at a dentist's office where she went for an interview. This story is filled with action, adventure, suspense, excitment, twists and turns. The story is well thought out, well written, and flows nicely. Characters are fleshed out. Get a copy and come along on this roller coaster with Mic and Dottie. See how they go about solving this puzzle. Will you figure out what is going on before they do? Who is behind this
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270 reviews13 followers
September 5, 2021
I didn't really enjoy this book as much as I expected to, and am quite surprised by some of the reviews. I really do not enjoy giving 1* ratings, but this book definitely deserves it.

There were way too many grammatical errors and continuity errors, as well as glaring plot holes and I kept on thinking to myself 'why didn't she...'

The dialogue was quite silly and repetetive.

I only ended up finishing the book to see where it would go, I really didn't need to bother.

I think this author either needs a new editor or proof-reader, or perhaps she needs to make use of Beta-readers. My frustration with the book has a lot to say about my rating and review.
45 reviews
July 26, 2019
This was the first book by Judith Lucci that I read and I must say , she has style and substance and imagination.

The first page itself hooks you up , when a young woman of aristocratic background suddenly disappears from the office of a flamboyant dentist to the celebrities.
Even though we get to know that the dentist is involved , Judith keeps the plot interesting.
The pace slackens a bit midway due to too many unnecessary details and yet it never is slow enough to let you put the book away.
I look forward to more mysteries solved by the endearing Dotty and formidable Michaela .
165 reviews
October 18, 2018
Dr Dude

The title put me off at first and I thought the book was going to be some comic knock off, but it took only about five pages and I was hooked! What an riveting read. The plot pulled me in and of course the characters are top notch. I should have never dismissed the book knowing Judith Lucci was the author. I will never judge any of her books by its title again! Thank you for the great book. I am reviewing this book voluntarily .
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