Third book in the Rhea Lynch, MD. Series
Engaging Romantic Medical Thriller.
Rhea-Rhea Lynch works the emergency room of South Carolinas rural
Dawkins County Hospital. Though most big city folks would expect the ER
to remain quiet, Rhea knows that her hospital can get really hopping.
For instance tonight, she saved the life of Venetia Gordon, a
quadriplegic teen who lost the use of her limbs and her hope several
months ago. Immediately after that a vehicle crashes in the parking lot
with two females inside. One requires Rhea to perform a Mash-like
amputation to save her life. Both act weird having suffered physical
abuse, torture and even amputation. Not long afterward, healer
DaraDevinna Faith arrives to help the less fortunate. Rheas faith is
in modern medicine, but though seeing is believing, she has
trouble reconciling that Venetia suddenly lifts her arms to the Lord
after seeing the healer. Only her friend Miss Essie has an explanation
that black magic is in the air between the healer and the two female
accident victims and death will follow. DEADLY REMEDY, the third Dr.
Lynch novel (see PRESCRIBED DANGER and DELAYED DIAGNOSIS) is an engaging
romantic medical thriller that takes a weirder turn than the previous
novels. The story line is exciting and never slows down as the plot
smoothly moves forward. Rhea remains a delightful, caring, yet harried
individual and the recurring support cast provides either depth to the
plot or enables the audience to better understand the heroine. About the
only shortcoming of this strong thriller is that the torture of the two
females is based on a true incident showing that art imitates even the
negativity of real life.
From Publishers Weekly
Fans of Hunter's resilient E.R. doctor, Rhea Lynch,
will relish this return to rural Dawkins County, S.C., but new readers may
be confused by the author's heavy handed allusions to her previous books
(PRESCRIBED DANGER, DELAYED DIAGNOSIS.). When Rhea sees a van slam into a pole, she
springs into action and rescues two girls, both of whom show signs of
having sustained serious abuse prior to the accident. The faint of heart
won't make it past this dramatic opening (at one point, Rhea amputates a
limb with a hacksaw), but those who do will be drawn into the mystery
surrounding faith healer DaraDevinna, who recently pitched a tent in town.
Thanks to Dara, a quadriplegic regains feeling in her extremities, but
many other people develop seizures after their "treatments."
Tension mounts when Rhea learns that, as healers, she and Dara may be in
danger. The girls from the van are self-taught practitioners of black
magic, and they plan to avenge their father's abuse by stirring up a spell
that calls for a set of "healing hands." Hunter's descriptions
of life-saving medical procedures will hold E.R. fans riveted, but Rhea's
frequent philosophizing impedes the narrative. A tacked-on resolution and
an unresolved romance will frustrate those unaware that this is part of a
series, but readers accustomed to Hunter's open-ended tales will eagerly
await the next installment.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
DEADLY REMEDY - Gwen
February, 2003., 384pp., $6.50 U.S., $7.99 Canada.,
Dr. Rhea Lynch, a dedicated E.R. physician in a small hospital in the
backwoods of South Carolina, doesn't believe in omens and portents, but on
one strange August Wednesday, she should have listened to Miss Essie. On
this particular day, Miss Essie was just full of dire predictions and said
nothing good would happen on this day. When an accident happens just outside
the hospital, Rhea has to amputate one of the victims legs to get her out of
the vehicle. She is shocked to discover one of the hands of her patient has
also been amputated in a "homemade amputation." The driver of the
van is dead and there is another passenger who seems to be in shock. She is
holding a doll and she keeps repeating "Hands of evil maim and kill,
hands of healing do God's will." When the two surviving accident
victims are examined, they both show signs of terrible abuse and torture.
When, DaraDevinna Faith, a traveling faith healer, comes to the small
community, Rhea's beliefs are put to the test. She has always believed in
Science; that things can always be explained in a reasonable, logical way.
Then Rhea begins to see "miracles": a young quadriplegic woman can
suddenly move her arms and begins to walk, a chronic pain sufferer begins to
dance and move about, pain free, a blind person can suddenly see again. Rhea
doesn't want to believe in these so-called "miracles." But, when
her emergency room begins to fill with people suffering from respiratory
failure and heart attacks, who attended the tent meeting, she knows the
faith healer is to blame. But, how can she prove it and put a stop to
whatever the healer is doing?
It becomes apparent that Na'Shalome, one of the accident victims, is
practicing a terrifying, evil magic and that one of her targets is Rhea.
What connection do the two accident victims have with DaraDevinna Faith?
When evidence mounts against Na'Shalome and her co-accident victim, pieces
of the puzzle begin to come together. Rhea finds her beliefs and her medical
skill tested in ways she never thought possible.
Rhea reminded me a little of Eve Dallas, only, she is a heroine who wears
hospital whites instead of carrying a badge and a gun. She is confident in
her skills as a doctor and doesn't have any problems making life and death
decisions lightening fast. She has been hurt by things that have happened in
her life, an alcoholic Mother and a broken engagement, but she's managed to
weather life's obstacles and is a stronger woman for it. Rhea is a character
I thoroughly enjoyed. DEADLY REMEDY is full of many colorful secondary
characters who are so well described you can actually see them in your mind.
The indomitable Miss Essie is such a strong character who has an effect on
everyone around her, including Rhea. Mark Stafford, Captain of the country
Sheriff's office, and Cam Reston, a longtime friend, are the love interests
in Rhea's life. Both are well-developed characters and are so enjoyable,
it's hard to choose between them.
DEADLY REMEDY is a medical thriller with a touch of the supernatural running
though it. The action starts on the first page and doesn't let up until it's
chilling conclusion. Gwen Hunter has written a spine-chilling, suspense
filled book, interspersed with humor, I found hard to put down. She
uses a lot of medical terminology, but presents it in a way that is humorous
and understandable. DFO's "done-fell outs" as in "Doc, she
gist standing there one minute, and the next she done fell out," and
the "both-ends flu" are just two of the terms, the author uses.
DEADLY REMEDY is the third in a series of books with Dr. Rhea Lynch as the
main character. It is a stand-alone and the reader doesn't have to read the
first two books to enjoy this one. Gwen Hunter has found another fan in this
reviewer and I'm going on a search to find PRESCRIBED DANGER and DELAYED
DIAGNOSIS, the first two in the series. For an exciting and enthralling
read, look for DEADLY REMEDY, you won't be disappointed."
Word on Romance e-zine online at: http://www.thewordonromance.com
DEADLY REMEDY - Gwen
Rhea Lynch makes her third outing as a doctor/detective in the best book of
the series to date. The small town in which she lives is steeped in both
true religion and superstition, which have now mixed with the arrival of a
faith healer. Suddenly, Rhea is faced with miracle cures and black magic.
One of her patients, a quadriplegic is suddenly able to move, while another
young woman in her care determinedly performs deadly rites that wise old
Miss Essie informs her are part of black magic. Faced with curses and
murder, Rhea must try to unravel the puzzle before her in time to prevent
more deaths. Every belief she has ever held is put to the test, and past
romantic entanglements make life at once more difficult and better.
With fascinating information and a complex plot, this story weaves its own
fast paced spell. Although the medical data is sometimes complex and new
readers might find some references oblique, this is still a promising series
that will challenge the mind and completely involve the reader. Rhea is an
intriguing character that joins the ranks of classic detectives. Highly
-- Amanda Killgore, HUNTRESS REVIEWS
Rock Hills own Gwen Hunter has a new book out, Deadly
Remedy, that does have both suspense and romance, but is so skillfully
written that you will never know who did what until the end, and her
characters are people you would care about.
She does something else I like; she ties up all the loose ends.
Her setting is a thinly disguised Rock Hill area. In her last book the
hospital staff had to deal with emergencies caused by a storm.
In this one the employees and patients must endure power outages.
Her main character, Dr. Rhea Lynch, is presented with some ghastly
and evil situations and survives them. The inner workings of a medical
center are mysterious to the average patient and his family. Gwen unravels
the alphabet soup that is the language of the medical field.
I dont want to give her plot away. The book is a great reading experience.
Some years ago I read so many Romance novels that by the third paragraph I
know how one is going to end. The
poor immigrant Irish girl is going to turn out to be the grand daughter of
an Earl and marry the plantation owner. Though she was dirt poor in old Ireland, she somehow knows all about race horses and how to manage a manor house.
Same with most Whodunits. By the end of the first page, I know who killed the victim and sense
that he used a knife, not a gun. Not only that, the victim deserved it.
-- Chloe LeMay - The Rock Hill Herald
--Susan Lantz -- ReaderToReader.com
Dawkins County, South CarolinaPresent Day
Trauma physician Rheane Rheaburn Lynch is a woman of science. When
Miss Essie, her best friend's old nanny, starts muttering about
omens and portents, Rhea dismisses the old woman's tales as
hogwash. But all too soon, a number of weirdor, as Rhea's
sometime boyfriend Captain Mark Stafford of the Sheriff's
Department would say, hinkythings start happening, and Rhea
wonders if she was too hasty in her judgment. First, there are two
teenage girls, victims of a motor vehicle accident, as well as of
past abuse and torture, who may be practicing black magic. Then,
the elusive graffiti artist who paints strange symbols on the
hospital walls and doors. And finally, the faith healer who might
be performing miracle cures at a tent meeting, but whose
congregation appears in Rhea's Emergency Room in droves, with very
strange symptoms. Magic or miracles? Rhea doesn't believe in
either, but someone is determined to change her mind. Or do they
have more deadly intentions?
The third book in the Dr. Rhea Lynch series (after PRESCRIBED
DANGER and DELAYED DIAGNOSIS), DEADLY REMEDY is a perfect blend of
suspense and medical thriller. A dedicated, compassionate
physician, Rhea has overcome repeated betrayals and rejections to
become a heroine all readers will admire. Although she can be a
perfectly-mannered Southern lady, Rhea is utterly oblivious of her
own attractiveness. Her relationships and interactions with
ongoing characters in the series are realistic, but not always
predictable. If Miss Essie's predictions come true, the next few
books in the series will be exciting ones, in which readers will
see the resolution of past romantic entanglements and the
The story stands well alone, but readers who have read the first
two books will better understand and appreciate the subtle changes
in Rhea and in her relationships than those who have not read the
For a well-written, fast-paced, utterly riveting medical thriller,
I highly recommend DEADLY REMEDY! I eagerly await the next book in
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