Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
In this 188-page murder-mystery and clinical manual, Marshall Godwin
and Geoffrey Hodgetts blend clinical medicine and criminal intrigue. Their
protagonist, Leslie Sharpe, is a bright, young, conscientious physician and
member of a group practice in Bedford, Ontario. Her practice is anchored in
science and evidence. As confidante and counselor to her patients, when a
murder occurs in the small city, she is drawn into the investigation. She
participates in its denouement even as she ably solves clinical conundrums
in her practice. If all this reminds you of Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury, Murder She Wrote), Adela Bradley (Diana Rigg, The Mrs Bradley Mysteries), Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, or other
genteel sleuths—who merely out of curiosity decipher the inapparent,
risking personal safety, without expressed need for recognition or compensation—then
your imagery is fairly accurate.
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