Monday, May 23, 2016

Sybil Bates McCormack reviews: MEDICAL JUDGMENT by Richard Mabry

Sybil Bates McCormack reviews Dr. Richard Mabry's latest, Medical Judgment.

The Publisher’s Summary:

Someone is after Dr. Sarah Gordon. They’ve stalked her and set a fire at her home. Trying to recover from the traumatic deaths of her husband and infant daughter is tough enough, but she has no idea what will come next. Her late husband’s best friend and a recovering alcoholic detective are trying to solve the mystery before it’s too late, but both appear to be vying for her affection as well. Sarah finds herself in constant fear as the process plays out.

As the threats on her life continue to escalate, so do the questions: Who is doing this? Why are they after her? And with her only help being unreliable suitors in competition with each other, whom can she really trust?

My Take:

Richard L. Mabry, M.D., author of Abingdon Press’s highly-acclaimed “Prescription for Trouble” inspirational medical thriller series, knows what his readers want and takes great pains—if you’ll forgive the not-so-subtle pun—to deliver every time. Medical Judgment, his latest novel, proves no exception to the rule. The book opens with emergency room physician Sarah Gordon awakening to the frightening smell of smoke in her home. Having contacted the authorities, the recent widow and bereft mother of a deceased child discovers she’s the victim of arson. Though relieved to learn there’s little damage to her home, Sarah’s ill-prepared for the debilitating injury she’ll subsequently endure to her fragile emotional and spiritual well-being.

The arsonist—and would-be killer, after all—is only getting started.

Dr. Mabry introduces a colorful array of finely-drawn characters early in the book—several of whom are fighting deeply-rooted psychological and spiritual battles that the author explores in flourishes of detail. There’s Bill Larson, the recovering alcoholic police detective who is estranged from his wife and separated by considerable distance from his young son. There’s attorney Kyle Andrews, best friend to Sarah’s deceased husband, whose former fiancĂ©e died in a tragic accident and who may have designs—whether good or evil—upon Sarah herself. And there are others—the attentive pastor, the helpful contracting crew, the concerned best friend—all of whom have secrets and challenges of their own.

As Medical Judgment unfolds, the author makes the daring decision to write the narrative from multiple characters’ points of view. He does so masterfully, however, and the tactic proves revelatory. The reader learns that several individuals may be motivated to do Sarah harm.

Dr. Mabry’s story shines in several particulars. He manages to keep the reader guessing at the attacker’s identity and dastardly motivations right until the very end. He explores key characters’ deep-seated flaws and frailties in a Christ-like, non-judgmental manner. And, the author never dumbs down the medicine—though he offers helpful, descriptive prose in Medical Judgment that makes the terminology palatable for the average layperson. Perhaps most importantly, Dr. Mabry laces the entire novel with a message of hope that few explore with such skill and sincerity.

I’d love to read your thoughts about the book in the comments section below. Until next time …

About the Reviewer:

A licensed Georgia attorney since 1998, Sybil Bates McCormack now writes responses to state and Federal contract solicitations during the day while lurching haltingly toward a career as an inspirational romantic suspense author at night. She's also the crazed wife of a bi-vocational pastor and mom to two bright, talented kids. They don't call her BizzySyb for nothing! You can visit Sybil at her blog, Christian Romance/Pulsating Suspense, follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Twitter, friend her on Goodreads, connect with her on LinkedIn, and add her to your circles on Google+.


  1. Sybil, so glad you liked Medical Judgment. I appreciate the review.
    And Marji, thanks as well.

    1. Your story made my weekend, sir. Thanks for the great read!

  2. You are quite welcome, Doc! Sounds like a GREAT book!


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