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The Medical Examiner: A Women's Murder Club Story (BookShots) Paperback – August 1, 2017
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James Patterson has written more bestsellers and created more enduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing today. He lives in Florida with his family.
Maxine Paetro has collaborated with James Patterson on the bestselling Women's Murder Club and Private series. She lives with her husband in New York State.
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INTRO: The Medical Examiner by James Patterson with Maxine Paetro is a Hot Shots installment in the series A Women’s Murder Club Story. For me, it was an extremely fun, fast read. Not a classic, perhaps, but fun, deliciously fun. Buy it now if you’re piqued, or read on to learn more about why I enjoyed it...
*** ARE THERE PROFANITIES USED? ***
Very few. More significantly, for some, there are no f-words. If this were a film it likely would be rated PG 13.
The Medical Examiner is told in Third Person POV.
Because it’s a James Patterson murder mystery, I knew there would be more than a few twists. The first twist comes early, in the morgue. It isn’t really the twists that make this a fun read, though. It is the give and take between the women making who are the Women’s Murder Club that kept me turning the pages. For me, the courtroom drama was a nice spicy touch to a delicious, if quick, mystery.
Unlike another of my favorites, (Murder She Wrote), these gals are not a stodgy bunch. Nor do they tend towards the serious nature so common with the women portrayed in the Hallmark mysteries my wife and I enjoy (Garage Sale; Aurora Teagarden, et al). The banter between these women is THAT good and refreshing.
This story is relayed to us in plain English. The dialogue used has the ring of authenticity. The characters sound just like the folks you meet in everyday life.
DOES THIS WRITER SHOW OR TELL WHAT WE SEE/FEEL/HEAR?
As I stated, this is a good, quick read. There is a good effort to show, but, alas, if there is a weakness it is that there is a tendency to tell, rather than show, us what is happening. If pushed, I would say the writing is a blend of show and tell.
DOES THE WRITER EVOKE THE FIVE SENSES?
Yes. Better than might be expected in a short novella such as this.
IS THIS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OR SHOULD I READ AN EARLIER BOOK FIRST?
No cliffhangers here.
Q - How was this book obtained?
A – Bought on Amazon.
Q - Are there a lot of typos/misspellings, grammatical errors or other editing failures?
A – No.
Q - Is this a fast, easy read or is it more of a leisure read?
A – A very fast read. Better yet, add the Whispersync version at check-out so you can listen to the outstanding professional narration.
Q - My biggest pleasure or disappointment?
A – No disappointments here. This was a fun two hours.
To give a feel for the editing, and the style and flow of this work, I am posting a brief excerpt below.
‘…The woman who had been logged into the morgue as deceased helped Claire and her assistants get her own body out of the bag. She moved into a sitting position inside the drawer. This, whatever it was, was very, very disturbing. In all her years as a medical examiner, Claire had never seen anything like it. The body in front of her had literally come back from the dead.
Was this a prank? A mistake? A true zombie?
She said, “Bunny, get my kit. Mallory, call an ambulance.”
The woman sitting in the drawer was naked, and blood was smeared all over her body. She was holding her left arm at her elbow and was wincing in pain.
Claire said, “My name is Dr. Washburn. May I help you? What hurts? Okay, now. Here we go.”
Claire peeled the woman’s hand away from her shoulder and saw a gunshot wound that went from the front straight through to the back. It was called a through-and-through. Because the woman was able to move her arm, it looked as though no bones had been broken. Thank goodness.
She asked, “Can you tell me your name?”
“I should wake up now,” said the woman in the drawer. “This has to be a dream. This is a nightmare for the ages.”
“You’re in the medical examiner’s office. You’re going to be fine,” Claire said. “We’re going to get you off of that skinny little bed, right now.”
Claire was still shocked that the woman in the drawer was alive, but she was starting to get some perspective. This wasn’t the first time in history that a convincingly dead person had revived himself or herself inside a morgue—or a coffin. There were cases in the nineteenth century where people overdosed on barbiturates and were presumed dead, even though they had, instead, fallen into a deathlike state. Some of the time, they “came back to life” before burial.
Claire wondered if there was a…’
Patterson, James. The Medical Examiner: A Women's Murder Club Story (BookShots) (Kindle Locations 168-182). Little, Brown and Company. Kindle Edition.
This is not going to go down as a classic. It is though, an extremely fun read for commuting and for lunch time.
Four stars out of five.
Comments regarding your opinion of this book or of my review, whether favorable or unfavorable, are always welcome. If you buy the book based on my review and become disappointed, especially, I do want to know that and I want to understand how I can improve as a book reviewer. Just please be polite.
When Sergeant Lindsay Boxer and her husband Joe left town for a week’s vacation, it was up to the rest of the team to discover what had happened. Detective Rich Conkin was leading the case and finding it to be one of the most bizarre he’d ever worked. Would they be able to discover what had happened?
The Medical Examiner is #16.5 in the Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson; one of the BookShots shorts. It was a great catch up with the ladies of crime, but it wasn’t the best I’ve read of this series. All the same, I enjoyed it and recommend it.
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a female wakes up in a morgue drawer. once it is realized she is alive the case is on.Read more