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Murder & Malpractice (The Dr. Cathy Moreland Mysteries) by [Mairi Chong]

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'Fabulous start to a murder mystery series - well plotted story and great characters' - PETER BOON - BESTSELLING TEEN WHODUNNIT AUTHOR

... AND FROM VERIFIED PURCHASERS:

'You won't want to put it down until you reach the end!'

'... will definitely be recommending it to others, look forward to the next one!!'

'Excellent read - good medical knowledge of general practice and character development that takes the reader through many twists and turns.'

'Brilliant debut novel, with so many twists in the plot it will keep you guessing until the very end!'

'Loved it, fast pace & excellent twist! Can't wait for the next one!'

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09PTVT5J2
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bloodhound Books (February 7, 2022)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 7, 2022
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 838 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 268 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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Mairi grew up in the north-east of Scotland. The dramatic coastal village proved to be the perfect back-drop for imaginative play alongside her brothers.

'The neighbours must have hated us. We were always up on someone's shed roof tracking down smugglers, or digging in a ditch, hoping to unearth hidden treasure!'

Mairi read voraciously from a young age. Both her father and grandfather were great storytellers and read aloud to her, encouraging her to invent stories of her own. Their support led her to gaining a scholarship to study creative writing at a prestigious summer school.

In reading, she gravitated towards crime fiction, beginning with Agatha Christie, and moving on to Dorothy L. Sayers and Josephine Tey.

'I must have been a bit of a pig at school. I remember at the age of ten asking if the library had Bleak House! In my defence, I still think it was a good call. Dickens was one of the great pioneers in detective fiction.'

Creativity took a backseat when Mairi chose to study Medicine at Dundee University. She qualified as a general practitioner, enjoying the variety of the work.

'I suppose I fell in love with every medical specialty as I moved through university. I especially enjoyed A&amp;E and psychiatry. When I think about it, it's probably because both involved listening to people's stories.'

Within General Practice, Mairi specialized in addictions psychiatry, women's health and family planning, but following the devastating personal diagnosis of bipolar disorder, swiftly followed by renal cancer, she was forced to take a career break.

'It was a wake-up call really. I was ambitious and the illnesses forced me to prioritise. In many ways, it was the best thing that could have happened to our family. I realised that I needed to be at home with my beloved son. I felt that I had missed out on too much. As I slowly recovered, I read with him the stories I had myself once loved. I found it brought back my own appetite for books. I think, what with the mental illness and work, I had lost that part of myself entirely. The writing came not long after. It seemed like a very natural progression. Like rediscovering a long forgotten and much loved friend.'

Happily, Mairi has been declared free from cancer and now lives a peaceful existence deep in the Scottish countryside with her husband, son, cats and horses. She has even been known to deliver the odd calf for the neighbouring farmer if he's in a fix.

'Stories are everywhere around me; I don't need to go hunting for them. Sometimes the smallest comment or thought can spark an idea for a book. I know it seems impossible, surrounded by such beauty, but believe it or not, it's the ideal place to plot a murder.'

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5.0 out of 5 stars Twisting, turning medical crime drama - loved it!
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I bought this book on a bit of a whim because I enjoyed hearing the story of the author, Mairi Chong's journey into writing (she has a great Facebook page), but I found I thoroughly enjoyed it and I will certainly be looking out for the next one when it is published.

I'm not going to go into the main story, you'll have to read it for yourself. It twists and turns delightfully and at a point when you think you have it all worked out, it veers off again hinting at further intrigue and skulduggery.

The story has several very interesting characters too, including a couple of stereotypical nasties who you are constantly hoping will get their comeuppance. I loved the main character Dr Cathy Moreland, she is fundamentally flawed but also determined and has a good heart. I don't want to give too much away, but she grows on you more and more as you work your way through the book. She's a woman who has made mistakes and been at the mercy of forces greater than herself but who is finding her way surely even if a little unsteadily. A good human being, forgiving of the flaws of others while battling to deal with her own flaws. In a lot of ways, she's just like the rest of us. But she manages to be a bad-assed mystery-solver too - fabulous!

I loved this book and would highly recommend a read.
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