Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Book Review and GIVEAWAY: Act of Negligence, by John Bishop {ends 6/22}

Guest review by: Becki Bayley

We both slept through the alarm and were awakened by the persistent whining of the Tipster, who desperately needed to relieve himself. My immediate response was panic, not for my dog, but for me. After all, rounds, patients, surgery --

“Mary Louise! Get up! We’ve overslept! It’s after seven!” I said running into the bathroom to quickly shower. “Please walk Tip! I don’t have time!”

As I was hurriedly soaping down and washing my hair, the shower door opened and in stepped the gorgeous woman that I slept with all night. She was nude, in all her glory.

“Mary Louise, any other time, I would be thrilled to see you like this, but—”

“Jim Bob. It’s Friday. What do you do on Friday?”

I stood there for a minute, water pummeling my face as it had the day before during my walk from my stalled truck, and looked at her.

“Isn’t Friday your day off? Normally?”

I nodded, enjoying the warm, controllable, indoor shower, and started to calm down a little.

“And do you know which particular Friday this is?”

I thought as hard as I could but did not remember. I shook my head.

“The Friday before the Saturday that you are to give your lecture. Remember?”

It was starting to dawn on me.

“Oh. With the flood and the deaths, I guess I forgot. New York.”

Dr. Jim Bob Brady and his wife Mary Louise are still a love story for the ages. Her unwavering support helps him chase his wild ideas and helps get him out of some sticky situations again, as in previous stories.

Official synopsis:
Book Review and GIVEAWAY: Act of Negligence, by John Bishop {ends 6/22}
Dr. Jim Bob Brady, Houston orthopedic surgeon and amateur sleuth, finds himself in the midst of a different type of medical mystery. His friend and colleague, Dr. James Morgenstern, refers him a series of dementia patients with orthopedic problems from Pleasant View Nursing Home. Each patient dies, irrespective of the treatment, a situation that Doc Brady is unaccustomed to.

Each death prompts an autopsy, performed by another Brady colleague, Dr. Jeff Clarke, who discovers unusual brain pathology in each patient. Some of the tissue samples show nerve regeneration, a finding unheard of in dementia patients.

Doc Brady, enraged by the loss of his patients and obsessively curious about the pathologic findings, begins to investigate the nursing home, as well as its owner and CEO, Dr. Theodore Frazier. This leads Brady and Clarke on an adventure to discover the happenings at Pleasant View—an adventure that sees them running for their lives.


Dr. Jim Bob Brady is an orthopedic surgeon who appreciates the fact that very few of his patients die on him. When four die within a week, he’s hoping they have something in common besides him. Since they’re also patients with dementia, he’s left feeling he really never knew much about them either. It’s a medical mystery not really suited to his skills as a surgeon, so luckily he has plenty of friends in other areas of medicine.

With input from nurses, doctors of pathology, and friends and family of the deceased, he starts putting together what sounds like a very unlikely case, but sometimes that’s exactly what can make it true. As he keeps thinking how unbelievable his findings are, more and more evidence is pointing to the impossible.

This was an engaging book from start to finish, and I’d give it 4 out of 5 stars. I’ve enjoyed both of the Doc Brady mysteries I’ve ready, and either of them could also stand alone just fine. While it’s fun to know a bit about the characters, the author also gives us plenty of detail and background to understand the current book. I’d recommend any of the Doc Brady mysteries I’ve read to those who enjoy medical mysteries. They’ve been fun and distracting without the medical part being too graphic.

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Becki Bayley is a wife, mom, and reader. She likes to go with the flow and sometimes post pictures on Instagram as PoshBecki.

GIVEAWAY:

One of my lucky readers will win a copy of Act of Negligence!

Enter via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Tuesday, June 22nd, at 11:59pm Eastern time, and winner will be notified via email the next day, and have 24 hours to respond, or an alternate winner will be chosen.

U.S. residents only, please.

Good luck!

Act of Negligence, by John Bishop

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