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Deadly Undertakings

by Gregg Luke

Rated: Mild

Back Cover Summary:
Being an assistant to the state medical examiner in Salt Lake City might sound like a dead-end job, but Rebekah Smith loves the mystery and challenge of determining the cause of death in the bodies delivered to the morgue. Tutored by her friend and boss, Dr. Sandeep Mahesh, she gains understanding not only for her job but also for how to mask her own troubled past.

While analyzing the corpse of a one-hundred-year-old woman, Rebekah discovers some disturbing elements: not only was the deceased woman a healthy centenarian, but she was also embalmed before anyone discovered she’d passed away. When two identical cases surface, Rebekah enlists the help of her boyfriend, special investigations officer Josh Logan. Together they uncover shocking truths about the bizarre deaths, which eventually lead them to a nightmarish revelation they weren’t prepared for. Yet unknowingly, the more they reveal, the closer they come to being the killer’s next guinea pigs.

My Review:
It’s been years since I read a medical thriller and I forgot just how fun they can be. I really enjoyed this heart-pounding book by Utah author Gregg Luke. Each chapter left me eager for more. The medical details are so precise and obviously well-researched and the crime is bizarre and intriguing. I loved how Luke gets into the minds of all the characters: the heroine, hero and the twisted, psychotic criminal.

A medical thriller not to be missed!

Rated: Mild. Detailed medical descriptions, including a lot about blood and cadavers, mild violence (fighting) and maybe two very mild swear words.

— Reviewed by Teri Harman

Teri Harman is an author, reader and book enthusiast. Her young adult novel, Blood Moon, was published by Jolly Fish Press in summer 2013. She writes a biweekly column, Book Matters, for ksl.com and also contributes a monthly book segment to KSL’s #1 lifestyle show, Studio 5.

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Deadly Undertakings
  • Deadly Undertakings
  • by Gregg Luke
  • Rated: Mild
  • Genre: Fiction
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