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Synopsis

Dr. Hope Sze rolls into Montreal with three simple goals:  1) survive her family medicine residency, 2) try pain au chocolat, 3) go on a date sometime in the next two years.

Then she discovers a doctor's body in the locker room.

When she tries to uncover his killer, two men dive in to help her. 

The one man with charm to burn, the one man who makes her melt, has zero alibi.

Code Blues.  Sex, drugs, and doctors. 

Written by an emergency physician trained in the crumbling corridors of Montreal, Canada.

"Narrating in a sprightly style while sharing some of the nitty-gritty of a resident's job, Hope Sze is an utterly likeable character.”--Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

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Code Blues
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A fun mystery with well-drawn characters
January 21st, 2015
This is a wonderful first entry into what promises to be an on-going mystery series. There's a murder and suspects and romance and a white-knuckle finish. But what really makes this story work and stick with you isn't all of the above, but the carefully drawn picture of its world and characters. The protagonist is a new medical resident in the physically deteriorating Montreal anglophone medical system. The facilities are crumbling, and the author skillfully paints a series of characters whose walls are crumbling too. This is a novel partly concerned with boundaries: professional boundaries (when does a physician give 'too much'), romantic boundaries, relationships that are too co-dependent or too enmeshed to be truly healthy, despite how compelling and driven the characters find them. The novel is partly a meditation on compulsion and addiction--when does the goal-directed driven nature required of medical students and doctors slip over the line from adaptive and necessary to harmful? Murder mysteries often shatter a type of false paradise, and need someone to put it back together and restore balance or grace. "Hope," the intrepid resident heroine has that role, as the name might suggest, but she isn't an outsider like Poirot or Holmes come to fix it. She's broken too, and the murder accelerates her own brokenness and that of her community--medicine is a small club, and the _esprit de corps_ among residents (who are doctors, yet still trainees) makes them even more closely knit, since they don't fit with any other community perfectly--they are neither lay people or patients, full-fledged physicians, or administrators. Murder highlights and animates this dynamic in Yuan-Innes' model. But, this is not a novel of psychopathology or navel-gazing either--the characters are _real_, not stand-ins for mental states or personality disorders. None of the above is heavy-handed or the focus, but its presence as subtext provides for a surprisingly and refreshingly layered mystery, that can be appreciated on multiple levels. It is in short, a _novel_--an exploration of character, motivation, choice, and change. Really, what more could you want? [Parental note: there are some romance scenes which by temperament and conviction I skim over very lightly, so I cannot comment on those aspects.]
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Code Blues
January 21st, 2015
A fantastic book which starts a thrilling series of adventures, romance and suspense! I have all the books in my library and they have all kept me awake at night. They have sound and realistic medical backgrounds. Keep those adventures coming!
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A Great Medical Mystery With A Fun Protagonist
January 20th, 2015
I love the main character in this book! Hope Sze is so fun, interesting, flawed, and heroic that her personality leaps off the page. Add in a beautifully rendered setting (Montreal) and an involving medical-oriented mystery, and you've got a wonderful novel you won't be able to put down for long. I especially enjoyed the details about the world of medicine--all the little insights provided by the author, who is also a doctor. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery novel, a fun and fascinating protagonist, and glimpses behind the scenes of life in the medical world. It makes it all the sweeter knowing that Hope Sze stars in other books in the series, which I now have the pleasure of reading. This is one doctor I actually look forward to seeing as often as possible!
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The characters were real and enjoyable
January 19th, 2015
The previous reviewers kind of said exactly what I wanted to say. This is the first time I have read this author but it will NOT be my last. I have never been to Montreal but I kind of feel like I have been after reading this book. The characters were real and the book was an enjoyable, easy read, in that I did not have to think to much, which I really appreciate (thinking is for work, not while reading for enjoyment). If you like mysteries that take place mostly in a hospital, that have humor thrown in, this is a excellent choice to read.
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An Enjoyable Read!
January 19th, 2015
Although Hope Sze, our heroine, gets into frustrating situations which are often due to the inefficiencies of the roads, transit system, hospitals, etc., the author still paints Montreal as a vibrant place with a giant joie de vivre. Being new to the city, Hope is trying to succeed professionally and socially. The travails of moving, dating and working are all told with a humorous tone. I was particularly amused by Hope’s relationship with her family. Despite the demands of work and love life, Hope gets involved in trying to solve a murder that occurs on her first day on the job. She endures numerous setbacks along the way, but all the while we are rooting for Hope. All in all, an enjoyable read.
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Great!!
January 15th, 2015
Hope Sze is an engaging, funny detective. This book made me laugh and kept me interested right until the end. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series!
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Don't waste your time reading this book
January 11th, 2015
The plot was lame, the character development was non-existent and the writing style very juvenile. This is the last time I buy deal of the day book.
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