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Excise

Dr. Schwartzman, Book 2
Narrated by: Shannon McManus
Series: Dr. Schwartzman, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (404 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Medical examiner Dr. Annabelle Schwartzman was not meant to be idle, which is why she's back at a murder scene even while reeling from recent chemotherapy treatments. Having undergone a double mastectomy, all she wants to do is dive back into her medical examiner job. It's a gruesome world, yet Schwartzman takes comfort in its science and precision.

But the crime she's dealing with brings her right back to the cancer ward: the victim is her own oncologist, dead from ingesting the very chemical used to fight her disease. Now, Schwartzman and homicide inspector Hal Harris must figure out why and stop the culprit before he can act again.

For Schwartzman, the case becomes even more personal. Her abusive ex, Spencer, who's in prison and seemingly out of the picture, is never far from Annabelle's mind. But to solve the mystery behind the death of the doctor who saved her life, she's got to put aside everything else.

©2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. (P)2017 Danielle Girard

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 09-03-17

Not a stand alone; listen to Exhume first!

Unless author Danielle Girard decides the expand this two novel series (and she likely will), the San Francisco Police Medical Examiner Dr. Annabelle Schwartzman series is complete.

Excise is difficult to classify. It is a serial murder mystery. It is also a psychological thriller as Dr. Schwartzman's murdering ex-husband Spencer McDonald is seeking to find and kill her as she tries to evade him. Finally, it is a medical thriller a Dr. Schwartzmen fights for her life against a late stage breast cancer. The situation is complex!

Compared to Exhume, the first novel in the series, Excise has less suspense related to the psychological aspects. I did not like Excise as much as Exhume which I rated 5 stars, yet Excise is an excellent novel. Shannon McManus does a great job of narration of this worthwhile series.

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Ok

I’m a little tired of the same story line. I wish they would move on past Spencer. I’m not sure that I’m going to be interested in the next book

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Poor research hurts the story.

Do some research! AML is not a disease of middle aged men. While not as common as ALL (acute lymphatic leukemia) in children, it does occur. Also, Adrimycin has been used to treat AML since the '70s. Having been a bone marrow transplant nurse, I'm offended by poor research.

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  • Jan
  • Sacramento
  • 04-27-19

Great

I Purchased this book after listening to a free book from the first of the series. I turned out to really like the story. I can never anticipate what’s going to happen next

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great

I couldn't put it down. narrator was good. the suspense. I can not wait for book.

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  • DHSK
  • RONCEVERTE, WV
  • 11-12-18

Disturbing ending

Another great book by Girard. I felt like the story had some slow spots and a very disturbing ending. I can't wait to read the next book. Girard is a gifted writer and the performance was excellent!

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Another Excellent Storyline

The case behind the case is always there and leaves you hoping the next book will be available. Having gone through breast cancer with total mastectomy and chemo at a young age also made it hard to listen to so many facts about it. However, it is good to know I made the right decision with adding the antiemetic to my treatments. It is not nearly as bad as the book makes it sound. Again, excellent storyline and ties in well with the underlying story from book to book.

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This author does a great job of drawing you in!

obsession, fear, mystery, murder.... this author does a great job of putting you in the shoes of the medical examiner in this series as she tries to regain some sort of normal life after leaving her obsessive and possessive husband.

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Complicated family relationships

The bodies kept coming in and they all seem to be related. Anna Schwartzman continued to work even though the treatments fot breast cancer slowed her down and made her tired. Characters were complicated but kept you guessing. Enjoyable reading.

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Great Read

The second in the series did not disappoint. Kept me guessing till the end. Wish the main story line would finish with this book.

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  • Jenny
  • 09-16-18

Schwartzman is back!

This is the second book about Anabelle Schwartzman and having read the first is essential to understand what's going on. In some ways, this book follows on from the first.... Spencer McDonald is in custody but the case is far from a done deal. However, we also see much more of Schwartzman in her professional role as Medical Examiner investigating murders which are so unusual they have to be related, and yet have no apparent connection.

I found Schwartzman more relatable in this book than the first, although I still don't really feel like I know her. We see much more of her through the eyes of Inspector Hal Harris and I think this helps her seem more human.

At times I found I enjoyed this book immensely, at other times it was the stupidest book I've ever read. I think if you take the book as it's intended, it's quite good. If you question it too much, it is ridiculous. Spencer and his behaviour is beyond belief.... but I will just ignore that. Schwartzman is inconsistent as a character and I still don't know if I like her. But I just love some of the other characters. Ken Macey and Hal Harris are fantastic.

I will now be moving on to the third instalment! I got this as Audible narration was included on Kindle Unlimited. The narration is brilliant. Shannon McManus has a brilliant style, great pace and all the character voices are distinctive.

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  • Fleetwoodboy
  • 09-06-17

A little bag of tricks

Good tale and page turning stuff all the way through , however the ending is a cliff hanger. Plenty of excitement and twists in the story line but without a book 3 I'm left feeling non-plussed.