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When we read good reviews, we definitely like to share them. It gives the author a few (permanent) moments of fame and allows us to let the community know about a great book. Here’s this week’s book review:
Insanity by Murder: A Cidee Washington Mystery
by W. Rosser Wilson
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Doctor Lee is a surgeon gone mad. John Lee is riddled with guilt and psychologically traumatized by the unexpected postoperative death of a special patient ten years before. Heavily medicated, impoverished, and on the county dole, Dr. Lee lives alone in a ramshackle single-wide trailer with his dog, Sunny, on the banks of a Virginia river. One hot summer day he is visited by Sarah, a nurse and past lover, who confesses that all this time she has known that “Thumbs” Berringer–her husband and Dr. Lee’s surgical rival–murdered the patient out of spite. This revelation enrages Dr. Lee and unleashes a series of events that lead to Sarah’s death and the disappearance of Dr. Lee and Sarah’s husband…and the local sheriff must seek the help of two most unlikely individuals in solving the case. Insanity of Murder is a humorous yet riveting mystery novel about guilt, madness, and murder.
* courtesy of Amazon.com
I thoroughly enjoyed my read of this book. Technically, the author demonstrates an effective use of common parlance and highly detailed character and scene descriptions, while artfully weaving aspects of the story together within some historical and social context of the south. The pathos evoked by the described effects of psychotic depression in the conscientious and the disquiet from the ultimate revelation about the associated greedy sociopath are well produced in a story that comes together with a surprise ending. Insanity and murder are not pleasant topics; thus, this book is not for when you want to feel uplifted about the nature of mankind, save the seekers of truth – those who made good attempt therein to solve the mystery, along with snippets of situational humor here and there. Engaging, interesting, and well written are the reasons why I highly recommend this murder mystery. Now, I’m looking forward to my read of the sequel.
– reviewed by Amazon Customer
Other Reviewers Are Saying …
Riveting yet humorous mystery about a surgeon driven mad by his patient’s murder. A shocking end.
– reviewed by Foreword Reviews
Excellent read, unique mix of characters and plot. Wilson makes the unlikely feasible by giving us the details of personality we need to understand the often bizarre choices his players make. He knows the details of the culture in which his story plays out, has an uncluttered style and a strong sense of how to maintain tension all the way to the last line. Philip
– Amazon Reviewer Philip R. Hirsh Jr.
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