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The Last Clinic: A Darla Cavannah Mystery

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Firm Foundation to a New Series!

When the Reverend Jimmy Aldridge, pillar of his community is murdered while protesting outside an abortion clinic, detective Darla Cavanaugh is called on head the investigation. No small feat, considering she is not only an “outsider,” but a female Yankee! (Gasp!) Who s...
When the Reverend Jimmy Aldridge, pillar of his community is murdered while protesting outside an abortion clinic, detective Darla Cavanaugh is called on head the investigation. No small feat, considering she is not only an “outsider,” but a female Yankee! (Gasp!) Who should she get as a partner, but the worst Elvis impersonator around, which means her work is cut out for her, for sure! High on the suspect list is the doctor who runs the clinic, the charismatic Stephen Nicoletti, who just happens not to have any alibis at the ready. With her work cut out for her, Darla must avoid tripping over her bumbling partner while trying not to get tangled up in the sheets of Dr. Nicoletti’s bed. Add the less than savory dirt that is being dug up on the precious reverend, the strip club connection and Darla has a tangled web to unravel to find the killer. Add that good Ole Boy clichéd mentality of the Deep South and sit back and enjoy the ride!

The Last Clinic by Gary Gusick takes murder and ties it in knots and sends us on a twisted journey to solving the crime. Well-written with a cast of characters you will find amazingly perfect in their roles, by the time you finish, you may be feeling the need for a Mint Julep or two!

I received an ARC edition from Alibi in exchange for my honest review.

posted by DiiMI on October 25, 2013

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5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

¿People who want to share their religious views with you almost

“People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.” - Dave Barry

While reading this debut novel, I couldn’t seem to get that particular thought out of my head, as it cycled on rinse and repeat. And I couldn’t help t...
“People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.” - Dave Barry

While reading this debut novel, I couldn’t seem to get that particular thought out of my head, as it cycled on rinse and repeat. And I couldn’t help this one either: Men seem to have no problem telling women what to do with their bodies. Now I’m not saying what is right or wrong about the above quote, or whether abortion is a sin or not, and whether or not women should have the right to choose. But I do think when you only see one side of the issue, and you can’t even stare at the opposing party on the other side of the fence without getting into a spitting or shouting match, then you might want to take a good, hard look at yourself and ask yourself what you really stand for, and why you’re even standing there in the first place. Empathy isn’t just some word that you look up in the dictionary, and you completely discard it in your daily life. We’ve had plenty of leaders who’ve lacked empathy in our modern world: Hitler and Stalin certainly come to mind.

So yeah I was pretty liquored up and pissed off while reading THE LAST CLINIC, and I was even more liquored up and pissed off when I finished it, and I’m still liquored up and pissed off as I write this review. Because really the bottom line is it takes two people to start an argument, and it takes two people to continue one. Religion ends up getting a bad reputation when folks use it as an excuse to further their own extremism causes. Religion can actually do some good when used properly, creating a set of values and structure, and giving a man or woman hope, and a belief in something greater and more powerful than themselves. But when it isn’t used properly, you might as well be holding a gun in your hand instead of a Bible, because it’ll lead you to some bad decisions, and you’ll be screaming the name of Allah, or God, or Jesus Christ, or Buddha, or whomever from the other side of a metal cell or padded walls.

Aside from the religious aspects, and there were plenty for me to stand up and take notice, Detective Darla Cavannah is a woman I have no problem getting behind. She’s smart and beautiful with a body built for trouble, and the story added elements of mystery, instead of moving in a linear fashion straight to the finish line. But it’s hard for me to get past the fact that there were multiple individuals I’d like to whack upside the head with a Bible or a wooden cross.

I received this book for free through NetGalley.

Robert Downs
Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator

posted by RobertDowns on December 10, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    Slow moving

    I simply could not keep an interest in this story. It started out slowly and some of the characters were quite boring. I am into more suspenseful writings.

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    Posted February 4, 2014

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