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“Mr. Kendall, in the past few months there have been a number of doctors who have mysteriously disappeared, or whose deaths were either alleged to be accidents, or were suicides, or they were actually murdered.”

Kendall made a mental note to find out about these "other doctors". 

“A number of doctors you said. How many are we talking about?”

Mrs. Eaton thought for a few moments. 

“To my knowledge there have been at least eight cases in the past six months. There may be a whole lot more that I know nothing about.”

©2016 John Holt (P)2018 John Holt

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Grabs you and keeps you

Diagnosis Murder Kendall, Book 7.I have read a few Kendall mysteries and have always enjoyed them, this one is of the same high standard. Good solid detective work, Lots of attention to the details of the case. Kendall is a dogged detective.
Great storyline,
Each of the Kendall books is a standalone and can be read in any order without curtailing the pleasure.
I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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  • Kingsley
  • Henely Brook, Australia
  • 08-15-18

Murdered doctors start piling up

When ex-cop, turned PI, Kendall is asked by a recent widow to look into their husband's 'accidental death'. comes across dozens of medical doctors dying off in strange circumstances. Most are put down to accident or suicide, but Kendall doesn't think so. Is there a conspiracy against these doctors, all of whom are researching or speaking out against 'Big Pharma' and believe in alternative cancer cures? Or is there something else going on?

The story here is generally a good one, with a good mystery that unfolds well, although it can a bit long in the tooth in places. The PI Kendall is likable - that right mix of knowing when to bend or break rules to get things done - and good at his job. The rest of the supporting cast are also fleshed out enough to not feel flat or just there for exposition. Overall it kept me interested and guessing throughout.

Narration by Mark Sando is good. He does character voices, and is well paced and clear. No issues with the production or narration. More than happy to listen to more of his work.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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I Feel Bad For This But I Have to be Honest

Audiobook: DIAGNOSIS MURDER ( Kendall, Book 7 )

I'm not sure EXACTLY what went wrong here but I can name a few possibilities unlike Kendall. I will attempt a diagnosis based on this one book, not the series. I have listened to two other audiobooks written by John Holt and enjoyed them quite a bit. Both were under two hours. Both of those audiobooks had different narrators.

This audiobook was redundant. It just seemed to go in circles. At almost nine hours, it was an arduous listen. It had either none or very little editing. Edit, edit, edit. I would've also liked more character depth. Along with that, I wasn't thrilled. Next is the narration. The reading didn't go with the story or genre. It felt disconnected.

Narrator: Mark Sando

I think he's a great reader with a strong, clear voice and good inflections but not for this audiobook. It sounded too cheery where it could've had more trepidation as if to give the listener the edge of seat feel which is what you want in a mystery thiller.

I like this author and narrator and they both have different styles. I wish them both to be very successful and if I'm being honest, I think my review is a fair assessment.

I was given this free review copy audiobook by author and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Suzan
  • SF Bay Area
  • 07-25-18

Give it a chance

I had a hard time rating this audiobook. I liked the book but I found Kendall to be a very simple minded investigator. I finally stopped judging Kendall and just listened to the book I enjoyed it. I thought Mark Sando does a good job of narrating this book. He kept me listening to the end. I would listen to more by this author but I need to remember that the style of this investigator is not what I am used to reading.

I was gifted this book with the understanding that I would leave an honest review.

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Not for me

I really didn't enjoy this, which was not what I was expecting, I've enjoyed other John Holt books, but this one...

Well, to start with, the detective is an idiot! He regularly ignores crucial information, crucial information so obvious that I can't understand how the author could expect us to buy an experienced detective ignoring it, it defied believe. It didn't just happen once either, it happens multiple times for each piece of information.

Then there's the fact that the detective can't even remember what his own opinion is "this isn't worth investigating, police ruled it an accident"... "this could have been foul play"... "definitely an accident"... "could have been murder"... "definitely an accident"... "oh wait, police now say it's suspicious"... "an accident, the police ruled it an accident" and more, it drove me up the wall.

I had to force myself to finish the book, it was almost physically painful, I'll never get those hours back.

I'm not sure how much effect it had but I haven't read the series, I'm not familiar with the characters of their quirks, maybe that would have changed something.

The narrator did a good job, the character voices are clear, believable and distinct. The pacing and tone of the delivery work well with the story.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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good book

a very good and well written book the story was interesting and well developed the characters we're good characters the story itself was very nice and enjoyable
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Great read !!



The plot wasn’t so thick that it could not be easily figured out but the way it was written was enough to keep me captivated and and on the edge until the end. 

I really enjoyed this book!

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dull

Way too much trival chit chat; No suspense hardly a mystery just detective covering case

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Ex NYPD

Kendall is a persistent private detective (ex-NYPD) who does not believe in coincidences. He was hired by wife of doctor who believed her husband was murdered as well as other doctors. The more he investigates he finds all the doctors are connected by cancer research alternative cancer cure than the conventional pharmaceutical chemotherapy. Recommend if you enjoy a decent murder mystery with likeable detective. I was given this free review copy audiobook by author and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you

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Twists and turns

Witty, held my attention throughout.

Too much repeating of story- drawn out too often though.

Mark Sando did a good job narrating.

Twists and turns held my attention throughout! Amazing how greed drives people!

A must listen to audiobook!

Christopher Lane did an excellent job of narrating

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, narrator or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review via audiobookboom com.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 08-18-18

What's your point, Mr.Kendall?

With so many slick action, fast talking private eyes out there, it's rather refreshing to meet one who tends to bumble from each possible clue to the next, often ignoring the absolutely (at least to the reader) obvious until it's either reinforced by his overworked police detective friend or prodded into activity by his much more able and observant assistant, Molly.

In fact, it was Molly who pressured Kendall into agreeing to help a woman look for the truth behind the alleged accident of her doctor husband. He died when the brakes in his car failed and he ran headlong into a wall. She believed he'd been murdered. And his death was not the only one: several doctors had, in the past few weeks, either disappeared, been murdered, had an accident or suicided. Coincidence? Kendall didn't believe in coincidence, he said.

This book by John Holt is fun. Written with short, simple sentences, it is an easy read and with many of Kendall's thoughts fashioned as questions rather than statements ("It's not a crime, is it?" "It's none of our business, is it?"), although often irritating, it does give a personal immediacy. There is also résumé type repertition as the grouchy, coffee and cake loving detective slowly forms theories and attempts to find evidence.
Yes, it's slow paced, the main protagonist infuriating and the plot obvious, but there is something very comfortable and enjoyable, especially as read by narrator, Mark Sanford, slightly gruff voiced but clear and giving differentiated voices for the various characters. A good choice.

An unusual private eye story, very laid back and easy with the indecisive Kendall taking centre place, backed by the redoubtable Molly. Not for fast action fans, but good fun nevertheless and very enjoyable.