In keeping with my current theme of “friendship,” I would like to share my thoughts on friendship in this new medical thriller.
Friends can be the glue that holds us together. A friend can help a person get back on track or stay on track. They can help us to see parts of ourselves that we’d rather not look at, but which we ought to in order to grow or find inner peace.
I was privileged to read an advanced copy of Dying for Revenge by Barbara Golder. One particular friendship in this story gave me a lot to think about: the friendship between the main character and her parish priest.
The strong-willed, competent, and hardworking main character, Jane Wallace, knows pain and loss. She’s moved from Florida to Telluride, Colorado, a popular skiing and tourist town, hoping for peace and healing. As the Chief Medical Examiner, she expects to encounter a few dead bodies from accidents, violence, and sickness. But she never expected this string of suspicious deaths. While she’s dealing with autopsies, lawyers, and nosy journalists, she also has her own inner issues to deal with. Unfortunately, she’s put up a wall, cemented by her lack of forgiveness for her husband’s murderer.
Fortunately for her, she’s got a friend in the new local priest, Father Matthew Gregory. He’s just a few years older than her oldest son, and he doesn’t have a lot of pastoral experience. Tall, with an uncontrollable beard, and with an edge to his otherwise warm personality, he can be intimidating. Doctor Wallace isn’t sure how to take him sometimes.
When they first met, Father Matt noticed that something troubled Dr. Wallace and he reached out to her. He began inviting her to coffee regularly. She meets with him, but she doesn’t appreciate the way he seems to probe into her life.
While she doesn’t always welcome his advice, at times he seems to know her better than she knows herself. He pushes her to do the right thing and to rise above her feelings, even when it calls for her to give up things she’d been clinging to. He helps her to face her faults. He helps her to grow.
True friendships might not always be comfortable at all times, but they can lead us to be better versions of ourselves. They can lead us to healing.
I haven’t read a medical mystery in a while, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I’m glad that this is Book #1 because that means more will follow!
Someone is killing the rich and famous residents of Telluride, Colorado, and the medical investigator, Dr. Jane Wallace, is on a collision course with the murderer. Compelled by profound loss and injustice, Jane will risk her own life to protect others from vengeful death, even as she exacts a high price from those who have destroyed her world. DYING FOR REVENGE is a story of love, obsession and forgiveness, seen through the eyes of a passionate, beautiful woman trying to live her life — imperfectly but vibrantly — even if she won’t survive.
About the Author:
Dr. Barbara Golder is a late literary bloomer. Although she’s always loved books (and rivals Jane in the 3-deep-on-the-shelf sweepstakes), her paying career gravitated to medicine and law. She has served as a hospital pathologist, forensic pathologist, and laboratory director. Her work in forensic pathology prompted her to get a law degree, which she put to good use as a malpractice attorney and in a boutique practice of medical law, which allowed her to be a stay-at-home mom when her children were young. She has also tried her hand at medical politics, serving as an officer in her state medical association; lobbying at a state and national level on medical issues, writing and lecturing for hire, including a memorable gig teaching nutritionists about the joys of chocolate for 8 straight hours, teaching middle and high school science, and, most recently, working for a large disability insurance company from which she is now retired. Her writing career began when she authored a handbook of forensic medicine for the local medical examiner office in 1984. Over the years she wrote extensively on law and medicine and lectured on medicolegal topics. On a lark, she entered a contest sponsored by the Telluride Times Journal and ended up with a regular humor column that memorialized the vagaries of second-home living on the Western Slope. She currently lives on Lookout Mountain, Tennessee with two dogs, two cats and her husband of 41 years.
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“Barbara Golder joins the ranks of Chesterton’s bloodthirsty heirs as she
spins a tale that will delight mystery fans. With Dying for Revenge in
hand, your beach experience is now complete!”
~Mark P. Shea, Author of Mercy Works
“Dying for Revenge dives into the deeply personal place in so many
hearts with “justifiable” reasons for revenge… but the face of mercy is
entwined in the unexpected turn of events. You’ll be captivated…”
~Patricia M. Chivers, ABLAZE Radio WNRE-LP 98.1 FM, Catholic Church of Saint Monica
“Dying For Revenge is a darn good medical thriller — a page-turning
plot and vivid characters — with a stop-you-in your tracks twist: the
costs of revenge. It’s a gripping story — I defy anyone to put it down.”
~Deacon Dennis Dorner, Chancellor, Archdiocese of Atlanta
“I know it sounds cliché, but I honestly couldn’t put this down. It isn’t
just who-dun-it, but it’s the story of the power of understanding in a
world that’s afraid of self-knowledge.”
~Joan Watson, Director of Adult Formation, Diocese of Nashville
Virtual Book Tour Dates:
- Wednesday, June 1 Ellen Gable Hrkach, Plot Line, and Sinker
- Thursday, June 2 Sarah Reinhard at Snoring Scholar
- Friday, June 3, Patrice McArthur Spiritual Woman
- Saturday, June 4, A.K. Frailey and Barb Szyszkiewicz Franciscan Mom
- Sunday, June 5, Erin McCole Cupp
- Monday, June 6 Carolyn Astfalk, Review, My Scribbler’s Heart Blog
- Tuesday, June 7 Theresa Linden, Things Visible & Invisible and Jean Heimann, Catholic Fire
- Wednesday, June 8 Virginia Lieto
- Thursday, June 9 Christopher Blunt and Michael Seagriff
- Friday, June 10 Therese Heckenkamp
- Saturday, June 11 Plot Line and Sinker, Interview