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Excise

By: Danielle Girard
Narrated by: Shannon McManus
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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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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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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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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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what next?

While struggling with chemo from her double mastectomy Schwartzman continues her work for the San Francisco Police Department. There are several unexplained murders with strange connections that seem like a serial killer and yet that doesn't make sense. At the same time, simmering always in the background is the strong possibility of her abusive ex husband walking out of jail even though we know that he has committed at least three murders. Dr. Schwartzman refuses to testify because when the question of evidence being planted she would perjure herself. I couldn't put this book down.

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Great book!!

Love this series! The main character, Dr Annabelle Schwartzman, is a strong person yet flawed at the same time! Great plot with interesting dialogue kept my interest from start to finish👌

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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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Would be a good creepy, OMG, bit of romance movie

There has to be a follow-up. The ending screams for it. And so does the new house. It’s almost like a modern version of a Victorian mystery with a touch of horror.

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Motive

An interesting read with a motive and connections that I didn’t see coming. Looking forward to seeing an end to Spencer!

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Excellent!

Great book 2 in the series. Can't wait to read #3. The narrator did an awesome job!

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Tough, Brave, Intelligent, but Often Not So Smart.

Dr. Annabelle Schwartzmann is a bit of an enigma. Considering her history as a victim of severe abuse, it's not too surprising. But it is a bit frustrating when such an intelligent character acts with incredible idiocy. Once? Sure, we all have our days. Twice? Yeah, throw her a bone. But repeatedly? Really? It's time for a good counselor and some time off, I'm thinking.

She's pretty much an anti-heroine. She does great things, but her methods are a tad suspect. Okay, that was euphemistic. They're more than suspect. They're wrong. It gets into that gray area of thinking that the good of the outcome outweighs the sin of the method. It's easy to understand how people come to terms with this concept. But Schwartzmann has gotten herself into a huge mess and she doesn't really have anyone to turn to now. She's got to hold this secret close.

There's a lot to like in this story and this series. It's very well written and keeps the reader on the edge throughout. I realized I was enjoying this second book in the series even better than the first, because I was finally growing to understand the good doctor better. I guess I just need to see some signs that she's overcoming her situation better than she currently has. But that is a pretty tall order for one who has been so damaged. That's why I'll come back for more. Maybe I would enjoy the story better if I enjoyed the narration better. I'm not really crazy about the way the narrative sections seem like they're being read by artificial intelligence. But she does well on the dialogues.

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