Publisher - Mira Books
January 1, 2004
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Dorsey City, Dawkins County, South CarolinaPresent Day
Dr. Rhea Lynch works saving lives in the emergency room of
a small county hospital. Missing are the expensive
high-tech tools that are the norm for most ERs, but the
staff at Dawkins gets the job done skillfully. And though
it's a small hospital, Dawkins has more than its share of
shootings, murders, car
accidents and drug overdoses. Rhea likes the action and
loves her job. At least she does until she finds herself
deputized and appointed coroner after the chief coroner is
downed in a hail of gunfire. Now, instead of sustaining
Rhea finds she is called to pronounce a body dead long
after the time for saving is past, and in addition to
twelve-hour shifts, she's suddenly thrust into the inner
sanctum of the Dawkins police.
When an abused boy asks for her help to find his missing
sister, Rhea learns that a hit and run kidnapper has been
snagging young girls in the area. The county is thrown
into a full-blown panic when a mass grave is discovered
not far out of town, and Rhea is drawn into the
investigation. She soon butts heads with former lover,
Police Officer Mark Stafford, but her questions go
unanswered. With each death scene she is called to
confirm, Rhea makes an effort to find the killer. She
can't ignore the presence of the F.B.I. agents who show up
at every midnight call to a scene, but Mark isn't talking,
and neither is the stealthy Eli Cordell, ex-Delta Force,
the lean, mean and sexy man who has Rhea wondering if she
should make the decision to reconcile with Mark, or pursue
GRAVE CONCERNS is a fast paced thriller from page one to
the very end. Mark and Rhea are at odds over battles
fought long ago and never resolved, and Rhea is still
looking for her niche in life and a place to settle. Even
though she's been in her house for over two years, she has
yet to unpack, and lives day to day punching the
twelve-hour time clock she loves. Secondary characters
abound and provide lots of backstory and comic relief, and
help propel the excitement from page to page. The
realistic blend of what happens behind the scenes in the
ER and inside the investigations of the crime scenes are
at times graphic, but the story is told so well and with
such authenticity that it takes on its own life.
GRAVE CONCERNS is a top-notch suspense and the fourth in
the Dr. Rhea Lynch series. Previous titles are DELAYED
DIAGNOSIS, June 2001; PRESCRIBED DANGER, April 2002, and
DEADLY REMINDER, February 2003. GRAVE CONCERNS stands on
its own, and you do not have to read the earlier books,
but I recommend you do for maximum enjoyment.... GRAVE
CONCERNS is an excellent read for January, one that I
could not put down.
Ms. Hunter is a master at suspense, penning a taut and
exciting true-to-life story that leaves the reader only
Diana Risso, romreviewtoday.com
When the local coroner is wounded at a crime scene, ER
doctor Rhea Lynch is called upon to act in her stead. Working closely with her
former lover, cop Mark Stafford, Rhea also has to deal with the fallout from
the way their affair ended. Fortunately, there's not much time for either of
them to dwell on what's past. A pair of serial killers is on the loose
and Rhea's directly in the line of fireagain.
contains an intricate mystery and a believable, satisfying romance. Rhea is a
genuinely likeable character and hopefully will have many exploits in the
Romantic Times Magazine
For the discriminating mystery fan who loves a complex plot with lots
of forward motion and characters who feel like friends. Such a book is
GRAVE CONCERNS by Gwen Hunter.
ER. Doctor Rhea Lynch finds herself caught in a series of convoluted
situations that overlap and complicate her life no end. The man she
almost loved, Officer Mark Stafford, has had a one night stand with
another woman and she says she is carrying his child. His denial
carries little weight. Then the brother of a patient takes a shine to
Rhea and finds the attraction mutual, but something holds her back. To
add to her problems, Rhea is unwillingly deputized as assistant
coroner when a serial killer's victims turn up.
Trying to straighten out the confusion that has become her life, Rhea
is drawn deep into the plot to catch the killer and could end up one
of his victims.
The author of this book has a real feeling for personalities and
backgrounds. The reader will believe these people exist and share
their loves, joys, and fears.
A keeper. You will find yourself wanting to read GRAVE CONCERNS again.
I highly recommend this great tale and hope to see other books by very
talented author, Gwen Hunter. A book you won't want to put down.
In Dawkins County, South Carolina, Dr. Rhea Lynch hears the volley of bullets
and goes out to see if she can help. Though she almost ended up being hurt in a
crossfire that is not what made her reconsider her Good Samaritan efforts. The
county coroner Dr. Anita Yarborough was badly hurt in the fray and Rhea has been
drafted to temporarily serve as a deputy completing the medical examination of
the murder of John Pendergrass by his foster son Wayne Geter, who claims sexual
abuse and that his sister was sold to someone who will abuse her.
Rhea works alongside police captain Mark Stafford, a person she is in love with,
but who abruptly ended their relationship when he allegedly impregnated someone
else. As Rhea learns more about the case, she finds out that other girls are
missing, leading the FBI into the investigation. Soon Rhea will risk her life
trying to bring down a sexual predator using, abusing, and killing young
In her latest appearance (see DEADLY REMEDY), Rhea remains a delightful
protagonist; who is refreshed with her new, more bureaucratic role. That
assignment also forces Rhea to deal with Mark. The story line is loaded with
action as Rhea slowly becomes involved with stopping a sexual predator. Fans of
the series will take pleasure in Rheas latest medical romantic thriller.
Harriet Klausner, ACTION THRILLER
Lynch was an ER. physician in a small South Carolina town. When gun
shots erupted down the street from her home, Rhea grabbed her medical
bag and sprinted to help. The chief coroner was shot during the
episode and Rhea found herself, unwillingly, deputized as an assistant
coroner. Just another item to pay back Mark Stafford, local law
enforcer, for. And pay him back she would. In spades!
It was not long before a mass grave was uncovered. All were young
girls, all high school ages, some black and some white, and all posed
in the grave to make a message. It seemed the area had a serial killer
on the loose and he had been killing for quite awhile.
***** Hmmm, seems Dr. Rhea-Rhea and Mark are going through a severe
rough patch in romance. (This was a loose end from the last book.)
Enter dangerous and sexy man Eli Cordell. This ex-military
commando-man will give Mark a serious run for Rhea's affection. This
novel has more action, adventure, and romance than the predecessors.
So hold onto your seat.
There are a couple of sub-plots around the young girls and Marisa that
I do not mention for fear of spoiling something. All-in-all, this
medical/police thriller is well worth the price. Readers, be sure to
email or write the author's publisher telling her that you want Eli to
get his own story told! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch
Mira - Jan. 2004
Promotions can be murder; at least in
some cases. When the chief coroner is gunned down, Rhea Lynch finds
herself having to step in as assistant coroner on a baffling case.
A mass grave opens up a huge can of worms, personally and
professionally. Rhea is challenged to find the killer before more
deaths are racked up, but she is being forced to work with Mark, the
guy who two timed her, and with Eli, the man who wants her now. On
top of that, her dear friend Risa is being courted by a smooth
talking cowboy who may be Rhea's friend, but that won't keep her
from murder if he hurts brain damaged Risa.
Fans will be glad to catch up with Dr.
Rhea's life. The town is taking on added depth with each volume
relating this gutsy lady's life. With danger and romance, you will
be drawn into and thoroughly involved in the plot.