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Diagnosis Death: Prescription for Trouble Series #3 [Kindle Edition]

Richard Mabry MD
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Book Description

When her comatose husband died in the ICU while on life support, the whispers about Dr. Allison Williams 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 shout: “mercy killing.” What is the dark secret that keeps Allison’s lips sealed when she should be defending herself?

Despite her move to a new city, the midnight phone calls that started after her husband’s death follow Allison. Who is the woman who sobs out, “I know what you did?” What does she mean by “You’ll pay?” And what can Allison do to prevent it?

Two physicians, widowers themselves, offer support, telling Allison they know what she is going through after the death of her husband. But do they? And is it safe to trust either of them with her secret?

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Personal drama and spooky circumstances permeate this third and final installment of the physician-author's "Prescription for Trouble" series. When her husband is taken off life support in the hospital where she works, Elena Gardner becomes a grieving widow who must still perform her duties as doctor. A procedural blip complicates the circumstances of her husband's death and, to make matters worse, the emotionally devastated Gardner cannot recall her actions at the time of his death. Did she pull the plug on her husband? Her colleagues seem understanding, but when another patient in her care mysteriously dies, the hospital staff become suspicious. All the while, Gardner gets cryptic, threatening phone calls that follow her even when she relocates to Texas. Is Gardner at the center of these mercy killings or is someone close to her trying to sully her name? Mabry (Medical Error) crafts a tight medical drama that will have readers guessing. For fans of the gory, gritty details of patient trauma and hospital gossip, this book certainly will be an enjoyable page-turner. (Apr.)
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About the Author

Richard L. Mabry, MD, is a retired physician and medical school professor who achieved worldwide recognition as a clinician, researcher and teacher before turning his talents to non-medical writing after his retirement.

He is the author of four published novels of medical suspense. One of them, Medical Error, was a finalist for the 2011 Carol Award of the American Christian Fiction Writers. His most recent novel and final in the Prescription for Trouble series, is Lethal Remedy.

Richard and his wife live in North Texas, where, when he’s not writing or trying to improve his golf game, he stays busy being the world’s best grandfather.










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  • File Size: 555 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1426710216
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (April 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QZ9XQ2
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87 of 88 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Diagnosis Death April 4, 2011
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 errors. Since the author is a physician himself, he was able to accurately write this story. Yet, he doesn't bog the reader down with over use of medical terminology. I know many of my friends who get frustrated by not knowing what things mean. This book will surely not cause that type of frustration in the reader.

This was a fast paced thriller that I did not want to put down at all. I kept me on edge. The few times that I had to put it down, I was just itching to run over and pick it back up. I just had to find out what happened next.

You can see the book trailer at Diagnosis Death on Animoto.

In conjunction with the Wakela's World Disclosure Statement, I received a product in order to enable my review. No other compensation has been received. My statements are an honest account of my experience with the brand. The opinions stated here are mine alone.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but somewhat implausible August 9, 2011
Dr. Elena Gardner is trying to finish up her residency in the wake of her husband's death after he was taken off of life support. When suspicious details surface about who took not only her husband but also a similar patient off of their life support, Elena begins to question whether she is responsible for something she cannot recall. Cryptic, midnight phone calls further add to her torment. Elena must discover what is going on or she stands to risk to lose everything she's worked so hard for.

This third offering in the Prescription for Trouble series provides an entertaining ride for those who love reading medical-based thrillers. The author kept the plot moving quickly with new twists and turns, and the medical details were fascinating. The characters were realistically portrayed with human struggles that made them easy to relate to, such that I found myself getting upset on their behalf at the sense of injustice at the situation. I did find some parts of the mystery as they were resolved in the end to be a tad implausible, and for that reason I give this book only a mild recommendation of 3 out of 5 stars. However, I am looking forward to reading future works from this author who definitely appears to be growing in their craft.

This review is based on an electronic copy provided by the publisher via netgalley for the purpose of completing this review.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars medical mystery lovers April 1, 2011
Anyone who loves medical mysteries will enjoy this book. I found this a quick and enjoyable read, Elena, the main character, evokes readers' empathy as she struggles with the death of her husband and the similar deaths that seem to follow her even after moving to a new town. The similarity of these deaths to her husbands, combined with the fact that she can't remember her own actions at the time of his death, raise suspicions. Is someone out to frame her or is she unconsciously committing mercy killings.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DIAGNOSIS DEATH May 22, 2011
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 behind, she takes a position as an associate with a practice out of town. When the threatening phone calls and another mysterious death follows her, she doesn't know what to think or where to turn. Her support system is growing in Dainger, Texas, but with her reputation and her sanity on the line, Elena risks her safety to find those who are tormenting her.

DIAGNOSIS DEATH was on the disappointing side for me. The story was very slow in the beginning and difficult to get into. The last third finally picked up but some of the conclusions seemed a bit farfetched. A few characters from CODE BLUE, the first book in the series, reappear here. One of the characters I was really interested in from book one was Marcus Bell. And though he showed up in this book, he was shown very little attention. Again, DIAGNOSIS DEATH did not live up to its predecessors, but it was still an interesting read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thriller with a Christian agenda October 20, 2011
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This is actually a pretty good medical thriller, and quite well written. Be aware, however, that the author has a very strong Christian agenda. One of the main plot lines concerns the main character's loss of faith (after her husband's death, before the book action begins) and her regaining of it by the end of the book. People are always praying for each other, inviting each other to church, quoting the Bible--you get the picture. If you can stomach this, however, it's definitely a page-turner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More of this!
Wonderful read! Familiarity with the hospitals, locales, and other familiar spots made it very interesting indeed. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Missgrandmother
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Mabry!
This is the second Mabry book I've read and I wasn't disappointed. A nice mystery read with a good story. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marti C
5.0 out of 5 stars A good series
A good medical mystery. Excellent reading for those who enjoy procedurals.
Published 4 months ago by Agatha D Goode
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Edge of the seat; can't put it down.
Well written, easy to read! Had me guessing all the way to the end! Excellent Christian theme with great lessons for life!
Published 6 months ago by Edward
5.0 out of 5 stars Diagnosis Death
Good reading and memorable characters.
Published 7 months ago by readaholic
5.0 out of 5 stars ... of this series and find them all to be good. I have too many books...
I have read 3 of this series and find them all to be good. I have too many books on my Kindle that need reading and the 4th will eventualy get read. Read more
Published 8 months ago by stevieyz19
3.0 out of 5 stars O.K. book
I enjoyed this book, but it isn't one of my favorites. People who are comatose are starting to die. Is it mercy killing by a doctor or murder. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Trinity Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 9 months ago by Patricia Brignac
5.0 out of 5 stars Diagnosis Death: Prescription for trouble Series # 3
Very entertaining and without dirty language. I liked the spiritual flare too. I recommend this as a great read to anyone!
Published 10 months ago by Martin McElwee
5.0 out of 5 stars very excellent
I enjoyed this book .
Although there appeared to be a LOT of poetic license used, it did allow for a very interesting story.
Thank you
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More About the Author

I'm a retired physician, who got into non-medical writing after the death of my first wife with my book, THE TENDER SCAR: LIFE AFTER THE DEATH OF A SPOUSE. I'm gratified that it continues to help those who have lost a loved one.

From that point, I moved into writing fiction. Thus far I've had seven novels of medical suspense published: CODE BLUE, MEDICAL ERROR, DIAGNOSIS DEATH, and LETHAL REMEDY were the first four. The second and third books listed were named finalists for the ACFW Carol Award and Romantic Times' Best Inspirational Novel respectively, and LETHAL REMEDY won the Selah Award.

Then came STRESS TEST (also a finalist for Romantic Times' Best Inspirational Novel). My next book, released in October, 2013 by Thomas Nelson Publishers, was HEART FAILURE. The most recent is CRITICAL CONDITION, which was released in April, 2014.

I'm pleased to announce that FATAL TRAUMA will be published on May 19 of this year, with more to follow. Further, I've just self-published a Christian fiction novella, RX MURDER, which is currently available for Kindle.

I am a past Vice-President of the American Christian Fiction Writers and a proud member of the International Thriller Writers and the International Crime Writers Association.

When I'm not writing, I'm busy being a husband and grandfather, working on my golf game, and doing the hundred-and-one other things that retired people do. I'm busier now than I ever was while in practice--and loving it.

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