My blog seems to have opened up a floodgate of physician writers. The first trickles came from Dr. Gelber and Dr. Parsons, but I've now been introduced to a couple of new writers and medical mystery and suspense is becoming a trend. This post is on DJ Donaldson, a retired professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, who has seven forensic mysteries and five medical thrillers.
When I was first asked to review Bad Karma in the Big Easy, I was particularly excited by the fact that it is set in my hometown - New Orleans. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when the police force is still in disarray and records have been destroyed, the medical examiner is diligently fulfilling his responsibilities in the temporary morgue in San Gabriel (a place I passed on my way to LSU many times). He discovers three nude bodies, all young women, none with water in their lungs, and realizes this is not an act of God. This pathologist will do what ever he can to find the killer.
The medical mystery, a realistic setting and description of working in an austere environment came together to make it a great read! I enjoyed the book and think my readers will too!
Stay tuned, there is another physician author who will be covered soon.