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Act of Deception by John Bishop

Title: Act of Deception (Doc Brady Mystery #2)

Author: Dr John Bishop

Published on: 10 June 2020

Genre: Mystery and Thrillers (Medical Thriller)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Dr Jim Bob Brady is back! This time he’s sued for medical malpractice. His job is in jeopardy and so is his bank balance. If the case comes through and Kim Bob is found guilty, the insurance will not be able to pay whatever amount the defense has quoted. This means Jim Bob might have to shell out a couple of million dollars from his pocket. Ouch!

A doctor sued for malpractice, well that might happen more often than you think. But in this case, it’s not just Jim Bob who is being sued. A handful of surgeons are being sued for negligence and malpractice and it seems like there is one man behind all this – a shady lawyer. Or should we call him an ambulance chaser?

I had high expectations from this story. Having read the first book in this series, I was looking forward to seeing what’s next for Dr Jim Bob. I was a little disappointed with the slow start. Jim Bob is losing his nerve over the charges filed against him. To add to this is the defense attorney who makes a comment about Jim Bob’s wife. Now, now, Jim Bob might tolerate any negative comments made against him but to threaten his wife… nope, not happening!

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I found the ‘romance’ between Jim Bob and his wife a little too cheesy for my taste. It gets a little repetitive in the first half of the story with Jim Bob and his routine work. Since the author is a medical professional, I understand the need to explain the medical terms and I really do not mind reading the medical jargon. But descriptive routine work and the dialogues when they are lazying around – can be condensed.

The story picks up pace in the second half – the twist takes the mystery on a whole new level. The best part of this story is the support Jim Bob has from his family and friends. What with the court case and the possibility of losing his job, the poor chap is facing his worst nightmare. His wife Mary Lousie is his pillar of support during this tough time and that is all Jim Bob needs. The murky world of lawsuits and corrupt lawyers is well portrayed in this story.

Act of Deception is a decently paced medical thriller. Though this is a part of a series, it can be read as a standalone.


Many thanks to FSB Associates and NetGalley for the ARC. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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