In an intriguing departure from her Doctor Fenimore novels (The Doctor Digs a Grave, etc.), Hathaway launches a new series with an unusual heroine. Reeling from the death of a young patient, Dr. Jo Banks abandons her job in Manhattan and hits the road. She ends up at a New Jersey motel, where she treats a woman who becomes suddenly ill. Impressed, the motel owner offers Jo a deal. None of the motel operators in the area can afford to keep a doctor on staff full-time; she can live and keep an office at his motel in return for serving their needs. At first reluctant, Jo soon warms to the area and finds a number of puzzles to pique her interest. Who was the dead man found disguised as a scarecrow in a local farmer's field? And what is the story behind an odd girl who wants to run away to the big city? Tooling about on a motorcycle, Jo encounters more strange events and even murder, and her penchant for nosiness leads her into danger that could prove life-threatening. As the young physician integrates herself into the community, Hathaway convincingly portrays small-town and rural New Jersey life in an appealing, sometimes poignant story with low-key suspense and winning characters. FYI: The Doctor Digs a Grave won an Agatha Award for Best First Novel.
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In a break from her popular Dr. Fenimore series, Hathaway introduces a compelling new physician-sleuth, twentysomething Jo Banks, who is wracked with guilt when a young patient dies. Impulsively fleeing Manhattan, she meanders into the small southern Jersey town of Bayside. Her first night at the decidedly unglamorous Oakview Motor Lodge initiates a series of implausible but highly entertaining adventures. First, Jo is called on to treat a violently ill woman in the next room. The woman and her husband skip out on their hotel bill, only to turn up later as houseguests of Jo's new friend, Becca, and her aunt. Meanwhile, a farmer finds that a scarecrow is actually a dead body in disguise. Deciding to stay in Bayside as "house" doctor for several small area hotels, Jo soon finds links between the shady couple and the scarecrow murder. As she befriends the locals, especially good-looking Tom Canby, Jo finds herself falling for the town and its inhabitants. An affectionate portrayal of small-town life. Jenny McLarin
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