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Diagnosis Death

(Prescription for Trouble #3)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,252 ratings  ·  120 reviews
2011 RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award Finalist

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 he
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Abingdon Press (first published March 1st 2011)
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Apr 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jamie Kline
Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-galley
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
Feb 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
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
Tamara Tilley
May 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
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
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
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
The story was intriguing and was what kept me listening. However, it was more of an mystery than thrilling suspense. It was great to catch up with Dr Cathy from book 1. There was a lot going on...mercy killings, a killer trying to frame Elena, a stalker and some secrets from her dead husband's past. If you like medical suspense stories, you should like this one. The subject of mercy killing were interesting and left you with some ethical/humanity questions.

I would not recommend the audiobook. I
Nov 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: don-t-bother
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Apr 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 17, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Mar 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Christy Griffith
Apr 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
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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Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Once again Richard Mabry has penned another engrossing medical thriller. Dr. Elena Perez Gardner, a medical resident who has lost her husband to a brain aneurysm just months earlier, is surrounded by problems: a stalker, patient euthanasia that is being blamed on her, mysterious midnight phone calls, and a peeping tom. Are these all from one person or is she being attacked by different people? Will she find her way back to the faith she gave up on when she lost her husband after so many fervant ...more
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
Feb 25, 2013 rated it liked it
This wasn't my favorite book and I almost quit reading it halfway through. I liked the first book in the series though.
Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great read! Received it free from Amazon for my Kindle but well worth buying this book! More to come on
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Diagnosis Death is the 3rd book in the Prescription for Trouble Series written by Richard Mabry.
Dr. Gardner is about to finish her residency. Her husband became critically ill. Although she finally did decide to end her husband's illness, she never remembered doing it herself. Then two more patients with the same prognosis as her husband died. She is in so much trouble she thinks she is losing her sanity. An opportunity to relocate and start her practice came but the troubles still followed her
Virginia Hayes
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Love it love it loveit!!!
I hated to put it down. I worked in a hospital.afnd it was so real. Thanks Dr Maubry
for such a great book. And a reminder. That God restores us completely.
Christina Bruno
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

I enjoyed this book. It wasn’t amazing but was an enjoyable, quick read. I liked the mystery & romance, plus the faith that was in the background.
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great story by Richard L. Mabry. I enjoyed every second of reading his story. It was well written with rounded out characters. I don't want to say more and give away the plot.
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nicely written, kept me turning pages!
Edward Arrington
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the book. Since I read it five years ago, it has been too long to recall enough to write a review now. Suffice it to say that I am hooked on Richard Mabry's books.
Pam Chaffin
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very good Christian medical mystery series.
Dec 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Lis Carey
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
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,
Lisa Johnson
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-series
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
Apr 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-read
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
Maureen Timerman
Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-read

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
Apr 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
"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
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Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician, past Vice-President of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and the author of twelve published novels of medical suspense and six novellas. His books have been finalists in competitions including ACFW’s Carol Award and Romantic Times’ Inspirational Book of the Year, and have won the Selah Award from the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference. ...more

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