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Snake Oil: A Patrick Flint Novel

4.78  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  49 reviews
A doctor on a quest to make a difference.
A flirty widow with a suspiciously dead husband.
When Patrick Flint goes after a murderer, he puts everything —and everyone — he cares about on the line.

“Best book I’ve read in a long time!” — Kiersten Marquet, author of Three Reluctant Promises

Patrick Flint feels a calling to volunteer at the impoverished Indian Health Services
Kindle Edition, 292 pages
Published January 12th 2020 by Skipjack Publishing
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Sherry Fundin
A blizzard…oh yeah. I love a book that starts out with some natural disaster. And with Patrick Flint, I know there is trouble on the way

Patrick Flint is a doctor that goes above and beyond his duty. Today he is on his way to the Wind River Indian Reservation, while Susanne is having the family in for Christmas and dealing with her teenage daughter’s love life… Brandon plays a part in the first book of the series, Switchback, so I won’t tell you his story. Pamela Fagan Hutchins does highlight the
Snake Oil: A Patrick Flint Novel - a review by Rosemary Kenny

*some spoilers*Snake oil is the ''magical cure-all' bogus medicine commonly sold from travelling side show wagons by so-called 'doctors' way back when in the 'Wild West' days, but nothing could be less appropriately applied to MC Patrick Flint, who's faithful (in the face of determined temptation) to his lovely wife Susanne, a great Dad to his kids, the waywardly 'in love' 15-going-on-21 daughter Trish and 12 year old, adventurous and
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pamela Fagan Hutchins promises readers a week not easily forgotten. #2 in Patrick Flint series, Snake Oil, delivers.

A blizzardly trip to Fort Washakie Health Center kicks off with a snowy breakdown. Hutchins’ descriptive prose puts the reader in the snowy river with Dr. Patrick Flint as he catches icy water for best friend Wes Braten who is back working on Gussie, his beloved truck. Readers can feel Gussie’s heater kick in as the two men continue their journey to volunteer time at the medical
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely realistic and delightful story. Takes place in the wilds of Wyoming and gives insight as to how it was. The reader is totally absorbed in the story. Don’t miss out.
Ellen White
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Traveling in blizzard weather conditions to volunteer at a Indian Health Center when their car breaks down, time line 1970. Then when they do reach the place there is a dead man, a woman ready to give birth, and all lines of communication are down. Add in Patrick’s wife who stayed at home preparing for the guest, and doesn’t know where he is at. A story with great characters, and a plot filled with twists and turns. Given ARC for my voluntary review and my honest opinion
Jay Williams
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another super realistic visit to the wilds of Wyoming. The story is so exciting and suspenseful that you have to stay with it to the end. It has elements of romance, jealousy, violence and murder. Dr. Flint is caught in a blizzard on his near Christmas trip to the medical center on the Arapahoe reservation and the problems just pile on from there. As in the first book of this series the descriptions bring the countryside to life without getting in the way of the story. From the human interaction ...more
Tina Petriella
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Snake Oil is book #2 in the Patrick Flint Novel saga. Patrick Flint is a doctor who moved his family to Wyoming from Texas 2 years ago. The family had a tough time with things but Patrick has done nothing but flourish there. After the last excursion Susanne, his wife, wants Patrick to help with getting the house and family ready for Christmas with her folks. Unfortunately for Susanne Patrick has volunteer work that he feels strongly about doing at the Impoverished Indian Health Services clinic ...more
Sheree K
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Breaker breaker 1 9! Anybody copy?

Snake Oil is the continuing story of Dr Patrick Flint set in the seventies pre-cell phones. Having moved his family from Texas to Wyoming, Suzanne's family is coming in for the Christmas holiday. She's in high gear getting the house ready. Patrick leaves her, much to her chagrin, to go to a clinic on the Wind River Reservation where he volunteers a weekend a month. It's only for 2 days; what could go wrong?

Indeed. A blinding blizzard takes out the electric and
Toni G
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

4.5 Stars. Again, I stayed up late reading about the Flint family adventures. It starts with Patrick and his best friend and co-worker trying to negotiate a treacherous road through the Wyoming mountains during a blizzard at night. No visibility, below zero temperatures, and if a mistake's made, there's a very steep drop-off available for them.

Once a month, Patrick and Wes volunteer at the Indian health care clinic on the Wind River reservation. It's just a few days
Merry Chapman
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really like this series. Book 1 was VERY fast paced and edge of your seat reading which introduced you to the main characters. This book (2) moves the characters along through a new mystery with lots of family dynamics complicating things. With a blizzard forecast in the making, an offer on the dream house that his wife Susanne wants to make her happy with their move from Texas to Wyoming, with the first visit from her entire family coming to Wyoming, their young son stuck with a broken ankle ...more
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Thriller fans
This is a very exciting story about a very committed doctor (Patrick Flint) who volunteers to help out at a reservation medical centre.
There some excellent aspects to this book, the characters are very well defined, the descriptions of the wilderness where the action takes place and the mystery of the native American found dead in his car outside the medical centre.
I also liked that there was a parallel story of Patrick's wife trying to put an offer in on a new house.
There is brilliantly written
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This second book in the series hopped over the bar set by the first book!
We have the opportunity to step into Dr. Patrick's life again in Wyoming, this time during the holiday season. He and his wife, Susanne, are looking forward to buying their dream home, his teenage daughter Trish is still perplexing and growing up fast, while his son Perry is definitely an early adolescent. Dr. Patrick has an inner moral compass and so he travels to a reservation-based health center where he becomes
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, kn
Get ready for more action in this second novel featuring Dr. Patrick Flint and his family. It seems trouble finds Dr. Flint even as he travels to a rural hospital just before the holidays. And worse trouble awaits there. The wintry setting in the first chapter had me shivering, and I could almost feel the relief when they finally found heat. This may be my favorite of all the books by PFH, and she has set the bar high with her earlier trilogies. The strong personalities, realistic attitudes, and ...more
Susan Hamann
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow, this book is like a rocket blasting into the unknown. Patrick Flint is a doctor on his way to serve at a medical clinic on an Indian reservation in Wyoming just before Christmas. On his way there, in a blizzard, he encounters serious automobile issues, a plunge through ice and then a baby being born. He also encounters a body hanging half out of a vehicle at the clinic.

While battling power and telephone outages, he is trying to determine if the dead man has been murdered. No one, including
Cindi Knowles
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Snakeoil is the 2nd book in the Patrick Flint series, a spin off of the What Doesn't Kill you series by Pamela Fagan Hutchins. This series is based in the 70s and Patrick is a doctor that wants to make a difference in the world. In this book he heads off to the Wind River Indian Reservation with his partner in Wyoming during Christmas time with a blizzard heading their way. Along the way they encounter a murder, unfriendly locals that don't want the crime solved, uncooperative law officials, ...more
Sherie Lundmark
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book from this author and a very enjoyable read. Set in Wyoming on the Indian reservation to which traveling volunteer medical team have come for a pre-Christmas visit. Of course, Patrick and Wes do not expect to get stuck in a snowstorm with no power or phone service or to discover the clinical directors husband dead of a mysterious cause. Meanwhile, back at home Patrick's in-laws have arrived and his kids have both brought challenges to his wife Susanne, that lead her to long ...more
Colleen Sasser
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
- This was an intense story that catches the attention from the first to the very end and kept the pages turning. There were so many twists, turns and surprises that kept it interesting and entertaining. There was a great set of characters to add to the story. Although Susan and Patrick have a great marriage and Susan usually trusts him, she loses it for a while in this story. Patrick is true to the end but does have a problem trying to get the other woman to understand she is not in the ...more
Margery Baker
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A terrific action packed read
The action starts on the first page and doesn’t end until the last. After being caught in a blizzard on his trip to the Fort Washakie Health Center, he is greeted with a body hanging out of a vehicle at the clinic. Of course there are phone and power outrages complicating his determination of whether it is murder or not. Things aren’t running smoothly at home either with the kids acting up and the arrival of her parents. Although some of the circumstances are
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a good read! Loved it! Mayhem, murder, suspense, twists and turns, romance, humor, and a lunatic being possessive and overprotective, what more can you ask for in a book. This is the 2nd book in this series, hadn't read the 1st book but am going to read, mentioned events in the 1st book in this read which certainly piqued by curiosity to read it too. Would recommend reading that first, Switchback. Good story line and easy to follow. A page turner, one you will hate to put down cause you ...more
Karen L Ledee
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This poor man... it seems if he didn’t have bad luck he would have no luck at all. Patrick has a calling to help at a small Indian community clinic. As the saying goes, “no good deed goes unpunished”. He is embroiled in a suspected murder when a man shows up dead in his truck. The widow isn’t grieving. The police don’t want him sniffing around to find the cause of death. He is an outsider and the people don’t want him there. Annnnd his wife shows up with the whole family in tow to the rescue. ...more
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just love the smooth cadence that Pamela Fagan Hutchins uses to write these books. It is very inviting and encourages the reader to sit back, relax and keep turning the pages toward the end. It is Christmas in the Flint household and things are not going smoothly. Patrick and Wes have gone to volunteer at a clinic on the reservation and get caught up in a death investigation. His wife is entertaining her family and upset that he is not there. Once again she has to set out to find him and ...more
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A totally engrossing read! It follows Patrick Flint and his family, as they continue to make their life in the wilds of Wyoming. The book can be read as a standalone, but you get more idea of the characters if you've read Switchback. I love how the author develops the characters and the setting as the books continue through the series - it really is like following someone's life. And, it has plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing all the way through to the end. I can't wait for the next ...more
Bill & Lanier Smith
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome well written book, both as a stand alone novel and as the second book in the Patrick Flint series. I loved following the characters as they grow in their lives in Wyoming, especially the teens. Doc manages to get himself in trouble, both with his wife and a murderer, as he tries to solve a mysterious death on a remote Indian Reservation in the middle of a blizzard at Christmas time. Plenty of twists & turns to keep you turning the pages to find out what will happen next!
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series takes me back to my growing up days in the '70s, before cell phones and internet. Love that! This is Book 2 of the Dr. Flint series and you learn more about the whole family. It could be read as a standalone, but you will enjoy it even more if you read the first in the series as well. I'm already anxiously awaiting the next book. PFH never disappoints and there is always a twist that I didn't see coming. Enjoy!
Teri Griffis
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ebook from the author in exchange for my honest review. Pam continues on with Patrick's story of his visit to the reservation. A blizzard is brewing and power and cell phones are useless. Patrick's wife has been trying to get a hold of him for days, she's frustrated and getting angry, so she loads up the kids and off they go to find out what is going on in Wyoming.

Wonderful, well detailed read! Thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next one. Enjoy!
Anita Lester
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The second book in the Patrick Flint series this book is suitable for reading as a stand alone book, however it will be enhanced if you have already read Switchback.

This story is engrossing and full of action.
Set in the 1970s Dr Patrick Flint seems to have a knack for getting into trouble.

The way this story is written it will grab you and keep you turning the pages.
I cant wait for the next one.
Pauline Frost
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another well written perfectly paced story pulling you in from the start. Just another adventure for Patrick and his family. This one takes Patrick to the Wind River Reservation and puts together a reason for deaths there. He also gets involved but his family again helps get him out of danger. Cannot wait to read more adventures Patrick takes.
Janice Davidson
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Snake Oil

I've read both "Switchback" and "Snake Oil". I can't wait until "Sawbones" comes out. I normally don't like western themed books but I took a chance. I'm so glad I did. The books flow and are easy to read. I highly recommend buying All three books in the series. I now have another favorite author. Thank you Pamela !
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Snake Oil is a well-written story that engages you quickly and then.... keeps you reading "just a few more pages". The story takes place in the mid-60's which adds greatly to the suspense. Available through Kindle Unlimited and although technically part of a series, this is definitely able to stand alone.
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely wonderful read! Lots of detail of Wyoming, a state I have always wanted to visit . The characters are complex and interesting. Fast moving and intense story line. This book will hold your attention and you will not be and you will not be able to put it down! I cannot wait to read the next book!
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