"An engrossing and satisfying mystery with a humble Texas physician/sleuth at its heart." -Kirkus Reviews
"John Bishop MD will blow reader's minds when they open up Act of Murder. Readers will be drawn into the story and the case that Dr. Brady gets in the middle of. You will not want to put this book down. Act of Murder will take control of reader's attention and minds and they will be powerless to stop reading......they will have to see things through.....just like Dr. Brady does." -Cozy Mystery Book Reviews
"This thriller fits within the realm of legal thrillers by John Grisham, though with a medical twist. As the story unfolds Bishop does not shy away from covering darker elements in this mystery. He also is able to bring his own knowledge to the table and craft a story that shows an impressive amount of medical terminology. If you are looking for a read that will keep you guessing then this is a book for you." -The Nerdy Girl Express
"Act of Murder is fun, fast, and action packed...a fascinating read that you will not put down until you are finished with the last page. Guaranteed" -Kathryn Loving, The Boogie Man is My Friend
"The debut novel from author John Bishop M.D. is a solid beginning to a new series featuring the character of Doc Jim Bob Brady and his awesome wife Mary Louise (who is the star of the book). The characters are well-written and the story is a solid mystery." -Red Carpet Crash
"Jim Bob and his wife Mary Louise were wonderful, warm, thoughtful and compassionate people who any reader could not help but love. The plot moved along at a good pace. This was a quick and enjoyable read, and it gets my recommendation. I'd be glad to read another Doc Brady novel." -Men Reading Books
"The book is well written and highlights how greed can be a powerful motivator for evil actions. A definite must read novel." -Working Mommy Journal
"A really well-balanced book that kept me entertained on every level. Looking forward to Brady's next investigation." -Books From Dusk Till Dawn
The death of a child shocks a tightly knit community and sparks an intense homicide investigation in this series opener.
Veteran Houston physician and debut author Bishop kicks off a medical thriller series featuring Texas family man and orthopedic surgeon Jim Bob “Doc” Brady. It’s the spring of 1994, and Brady hears a “sickening thud” and the screeching of tires behind his house in what is typically a peaceful neighborhood. He discovers 10-year-old Stevie Huntley, a neighbor’s son, crushed in the street, the victim of a hit-and-run driver. Immediately labeled a vehicular homicide, the case is assigned to local detective Susan Beeson. Without leads, Beeson leans on the Brady family for discreet assistance and insider information on the neighborhood. His conversations reveal that Stevie had a bone fragility disease and raise the suspicion that the homicide was premeditated. And when medical colleague T. Edmund “Ed” Wilson begins acting with uncharacteristic aggression, Brady fears something more nefarious is afloat. Shaken but unbroken by the tragedy, the resilient Doc Brady aims to help police solve a crime that, as things progress, involves genetics, adoptions, and the extended Huntley family along with some heinously dishonorable intentions. Bishop never lets genetic jargon overwhelm the story’s momentum as more suspicious deaths occur and the race to bring the perpetrators to justice becomes everyone’s top priority. Greed—not surprisingly—figures into the plot. Though the action ignites from the opening pages, Bishop incrementally introduces his characters, including Brady’s computer-savvy son, J.J., and the doctor’s wife, Mary Louise, with whom he shares a playful intimacy. Brady is a naturally warmhearted first-person narrator, describing events with urgency while incorporating homespun nuances and clever banter. With a marked absence of gore, graphic violence, or offensive language, this novel gives readers an intriguing puzzle to solve yet not an overly complicated one, opening his readership to a young adult audience as well.
An engrossing and satisfying mystery with a humble Texas physician/sleuth at its heart.