The Case of the Questionable Quadruplet by Jacqueline Diamond
A Safe Harbor Medical Mystery
Publisher: K Loren Wilson
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (133 pages)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Orchid
Dr. Eric Darcy is on the trail of his patient’s killer.
The mother of triplets stuns the young obstetrician by claiming there was a fourth baby, a quadruplet stolen from her at birth years ago. Is there a deadly secret hidden in an old medical file… which has just disappeared?
When someone murders his patient, Eric believes the police in his small town are dismissing a vital clue. Then the bodies start to pile up. Never imagining his own life might be in jeopardy, the widowed doctor turns amateur sleuth, partnering with his private investigator sister-in-law. Don’t miss this fun cozy mystery with a touch of medical thriller!
Dr Eric Darcy is an obstetrician-gynecologist and has inherited some of his deceased father’s patients. Work consumes his life since he lost his wife a year before. His day is interrupted by news of a robbery at his home, and then Malerie Abernathy, a patient of his father and the mother of adult triplets, confides some startling news to him. She is convinced her triplets were really quads.
The story is seen through the eyes of Eric Darcy and conveys information from the past without any bumps in the narrative. The people in Eric’s life each have a part to play in the discovery of a murderer. One of the triplets died six months before and it is thought she was strangled. Immediately after Malerie’s visit to Eric, she is also murdered.
Eric is a strong character who is curious about the murders in his quiet town. The females in the story add interest and mystery. Who is acting a part? Who is showing their true self? This book is a true mystery, murder tale. I couldn’t work out the identity of the murderer until the sudden twist at the end. Right from the beginning, my interest was engaged as I tried to make up my mind about Malerie’s insistence on a fourth daughter. Did she really exist? Could she or the two surviving triplets be the murderer?
Definitely a good mystery.