J. L. GREGER has been a scientist, professor, textbook writer, and uni - versity administrator. Now she is a writer of fiction who inserts glimpses of scientific breakthroughs and tidbits about universities into her medical mysteries and suspense novels. The inspiration for the Japanese Chin Bug in Coming Flu is her real dog Bug. She and Bug live in the American Southwest.
Dieting is hard. So is fitting into a new job where you aren’t wanted. In Murder: A Way to Lose Weight, Dr. Linda Almquist is trying to do both as she investigates two diet doctors who are endangering the lives of their obese patients. When she finds one diet doctor dead, she and the police suspect the other diet doctor. Maybe they’re wrong. The murders might be related to something in the past—something involving the dean of the medical school. While Linda fears for her job, the police fear for her life.
Being a constant dieter and someone who tries every new diet fad on the market, the topic of overlooking ill effects of a diet product during scientific testing struck a chilling chord in me. The plot is unique and compelling, and although I am not a "science" person, the science part of the mystery was so well portrayed I had no problem understanding it.
I think the dialogue and the mannerisms displayed by the characters during the dialogue were my favorite part of this book. Reading how the author was able to show rather than tell this interesting story was refreshing. I've been around law enforcement and crime scenes for almost fifteen years. I'd say Greger nailed the scenes, how they'd be processed, and what the officers would do at them. --C. L. Swinney, homicide detective & author
Get an insider’s view of a medical school in this medical mystery Murder: A Way to Lose Weight. The author, J. L. Greger, is a biologist and research administrator turned novelist. Her other novels are international thrillers—I Saw You in Beirut, Coming Flu, Ignore the Pain and Malignancy (winner of 2015 Public Safety Writers’ annual contest).To learn more, see her website: http://www.jlgreger.com.
In I Saw You in Beirut, a mysterious source of leaks on the Iranian nuclear industry, known only as F, sends an email from Tabriz: Help. Contact Almquist. Intelligence sources determine the message refers to Sara Almquist, a globetrotting epidemiologist, and seek her help to extract F from Iran. As Sara tries to identify F by dredging up long-forgotten memories about her student days at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her work in Lebanon and the Emirates, groups ostensibly wanting to prevent F's escape attack her repeatedly. However, she begins to suspect her current friendship with Sanders, a secretive State Department official, is the real reason she's being attacked.
Sara Almquist couldn’t say no when invited to be the epidemiologist on a public health mission to Bolivia. Soon she finds dangers lurk around every corner of the Witches’ Market and churches of La Paz as someone from her past pursues her. Unfortunately, she can’t decide which of her colleagues to trust as she learns more than she ever wanted to know about coca production, the god Tio of the silver mines of Potosí, and Bolivian politicians.
When a mysterious flu breaks out in La Bendita, an upscale gated community near the Rio Grande, the lives of its residents change radically --and instantly. The few who are fortunate enough to avoid the killer flu become virtual prisoners in their homes when a quarantine is imposed. One resident, Sara Almquist, a medical epidemiologist, is compelled by habit and training to examine the elements of the epidemic, even when it means she pries into her neighbors’ lives. Sara finds promising clues--maybe too many. (222 pages)