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Book Review – First Cut by Judy Melinek & T. J. Mitchell @drjudymelinek @TJMitchellWS @HarlequinBooks @HQNBooks #BookReview #BlogTour #thriller

Many thanks to Justine and publisher Harlequin Books for my spot on this Blog Tour.

I was convinced after reading this book that medical examiners could solve the cases much better than the cops as the dead bodies spoke to them.

And Dr. Jessie Teska was one such doc who could find clues in the minute bruises on the body. And boy, was she a genius. This was the story from the POV of a medical examiner and how dead bodies and murders and examiners were all linked in multiple cases.

My first book by the author duo, I loved reading it. The writing had medical jargon interspersed, and that made my heart sing. The living witnesses could say anything, but the dead never lied. Or did they? Dr. Jessie had quite a complex time with a murder which were linked to her boss’s cases. I could understand her dilemma.

This was a lot of action and the good doc was quite proactive with the investigation. Her logical reasoning had me in awe. A little more friendlier way of writing rather than medical way would have made the plot come alive. Nonetheless, the doc in me rejoiced at reading this.

I remembered my dissection sessions in the Anatomy Hall. And a few autopsies that I had witnessed. Ah nostalgia… The tales I could tell…

I received a free ARC from NetGalley and publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

All my reviews can be read here

A hard-nosed medical examiner. A suspicious case. An underworld plot only she saw coming.

San Francisco’s newest medical examiner, Dr. Jessie Teska, has made a chilling discovery. A suspected overdose case contains hints of something more sinister: a drug lord’s attempt at a murderous cover-up. But as Jessie digs deeper, she faces unexpected pushback from her superiors—and pressure to stay in her lane, close the case and move on.

For Jessie, San Francisco was supposed to be a fresh start, a chance to escape her troublesome past in Los Angeles. Instead she finds herself overworked and underpaid, working in a dingy morgue and living under the fog in a cramped converted cable car. Now, despite warnings from her colleagues and threats from her boss, she is determined to find the truth.

As more bodies land on her autopsy table, Jessie uncovers a constellation of deaths that point to a plot involving opioid traffickers and San Francisco’s shifting terrain of tech start-ups. Autopsy means “see for yourself,” and Jessie Teska won’t stop until she has seen it all—even if it means the next corpse on the slab could be her own.

Publication Date: 7th January 2020

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