The Case of the Surly Surrogate

Safe Harbor Medical Mysteries Book 2

Jacqueline Diamond delivers an in depth mystery with this contemporary thriller. Dr. Eric Darcy is the perfect conduit for the reader to witness the events and action unfold. He seems to live his life the same way he practices medicine, with a great deal of thought before action and a lot of compassion over judgement. There was so much going on in this story with his relationships, his work and then his involvement in the murder. But it wasn't too much. The flow was natural and far from hectic. I enjoyed the author's skill in weaving in familial issues with everyday annoyances as well as the life and death medical and mystery situations. Over all this was a very clever mystery where emotions and feelings ran deep making it for a truly beautiful read. If I had to point out what I felt was one flaw it would be the title. I had to take a second and third look at the description before deciding to read the story and I'll tell you I'm so happy I did because the story did not revolve around a moody mother-to-be but rather the surrogate and the expectant mother were just two of the major players in the story. This is the second in this series but I didn't read the first (which I will quickly remedy) and it did not hinder my enjoyment or understanding. So if you enjoy a solid suspense this is the story for you.

Dr. Eric Darcy spends his life helping people, whether it's patients, coworkers, friends or family. But sometimes getting involved with others problems can be dangerous to his own health. When his patient's husband disappears and is found dead shortly before their surrogate is to give birth Eric finds himself trying to find answers while protecting his patient and himself from the murderer.

Book Blurb for The Case of the Surly Surrogate

Vultures are circling over the swamp. While jogging, Dr. Eric Darcy discovers the body of a patient’s husband, the father of a baby about to be born by surrogate.

Concern for the widow draws Eric into the investigation. Was photographer Wes Choate murdered because he was cheating on his wife, or was he using his photos to blackmail someone? And why has the surrogate mother suddenly developed an antagonism toward Wes?

Assisting his sister-in-law, a private investigator, Eric struggles to make sense of seemingly random clues while protecting his patient from mounting danger. The puzzle pieces snap together in a fast-paced climax that could cost the obstetrician his life.

USA Today bestselling novelist Jacqueline Diamond, author of The Case of the Questionable Quadruplet, interweaves a medical setting and memorable characters in the latest Safe Harbor Medical mystery.

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2017 4.50