"Dr. Zol Szabo chose public health for its noble ideals and predictable hours. He never expected to be intimidated by the Prime Minister's Office, roughed up by the RCMP, or threatened by the Hamilton mob. Though Zol and his team have investigated every centimeter of Camelot Lodge, a residence for healthy seniors blessed with generous pensions and high-ranking political connections, the source of the converted mansion's spate of fatal food poisonings remains elusive. As the death count rises, the outbreak threatens Zol's beloved grandfather Art Greenwood, a military veteran, engineering genius, and piano whiz. The Mounties muscle in, and Zol's boss threatens him with exile. Hamish Wakefield, Zol's friend and colleague obsessed with microbes and car washes, discovers dangers at the Lodge that make the rabid bats in the turret and the dumpster-diving cook seem like minor indiscretions. It takes Art Greenwood, marshalling the insights of his silver-haired companions, to expose the deaths for what they are: a string of murders"--Jacket.
|Series:||Dr. Zol Szabo Medical Mystery Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Ross Pennie is a physician and a professor at McMaster University. He is the author of The Unforgiving Tides. He lives in Brantford, Ontario.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The second in a series about a public health doctor and his team who investigate mysterious outbreaks is a satisfying "whodunnit" with likeable and credible characters. The plot too is believable, and makes one ponder how medicines are distributed in North America. A third novel is on the way, and I look forward to reading it as well.
The second entry in the Zol Szabo "epidemiological detective" series is a mostly fun read, although as in "Tainted," the author feels it necessary to add a melodramatic climax when the solution to the underlying puzzle would have been enough. Warning to the faint of stomach: The epidemic in the story has to do with unfortunate GI symptoms, and if you're not used to discussions of unpleasant bodily secretions, you may feel a little queasy about the repeated discussion of them, although it's in medical or euphemistic terms and needed for the plot. This is better written than the first book and I enjoyed revisiting the characters. If there's a third book, I'll read it, too.