Joanne’s Mystery Picks

39875981THE CORONER by Jennifer Graeser Dornbush

A new love interest, an old love interest, estrangement and murder – all elements that should come together to make an exciting mystery.  Unfortunately, that’s not the case with The Coroner.  The story falls flat with characters that don’t live up to their potential and a ho-hum plot that’s anything but original.

Emily Hartford, a surgical resident in a Chicago hospital, is called home to Freeport, MI, when her father, the medical examiner, suffers a heart attack.  She’s quickly corralled into taking his place in the investigation of the sudden death of a young girl.   With her new fiancé in Chicago, she struggles with her feelings for her former boyfriend, Nick Larson, now Freeport’s sheriff, as the two of them work closely together to determine the circumstances surrounding the death of this young girl.  Having Nick second-guessing himself at every step while Emily misused medical terminology, left me shaking my head as to why an author would create such unbelievable characters.  Even the cryptic ending isn’t enough of an enticement for me to read the probable sequel.

Give this one a miss.  I certainly wish I had.

No daggers
Joanne gives this “zero daggers out of 5”

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