Book Review: The Trial Of Dr. Kate

The Trial Of Dr Kate CoverBook: The Trial Of Dr. Kate by Michael E. Glasscock III

Expected Publication Is October 8, 2013 by Greenleaf Book Group|Expected Number Of Pages: 238

Series: Round Rock #2

Genre: Adult Historical Fiction

The Trial Of Dr. Kate is an e-ARC from netgalley.com, which has not influenced my review in any way

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Goodreads Summary: In the summer of 1952, Lillian Johnson was found dead in her home, slumped in the wheelchair that had become her cage due to multiple sclerosis. An overdose of barbiturate had triggered a heart attack, but the scene was not quite right. It looked as though someone other than Lillian herself had injected the fatal dose.

Dr. Kate Marlow, Lillian’s physician and best friend, now sits in the Round Rock city jail. The only country doctor for miles, Kate cannot remember her whereabouts at the time of Lillian’s death and the small Tennessee town buzzes with judgment.

As Dr. Kate’s trial approaches, another woman is determined to uncover the truth about the night of Lillian’s death. Memphis reporter Shenandoah Coleman grew up in Round Rock on the wrong side of the tracks, but unlike the rest of her unsavory clan, escaped her destiny. Now, back in the town she grew up in, she’ll have to turn every stone to keep Kate from a guilty verdict.

The Trial of Dr. Kate is the second novel in a four-part series from Michael E. Glasscock III that explores the intricate social cloth of Round Rock, Tennessee. Though each story stands alone, readers who enjoyed Glasscock’s first Round Rock tale, Little Joe, will delight in the cameo appearances in this one.

Not only am I a fan of this series, but I’m also a fan of Michael Glasscock!  He’s created such a unique story in his Round Rock books, and I just loved The Trial Of Dr. Kate.  I liked seeing characters from Little Joe make random appearances throughout the book and catching up with them.  I also loved Shenandoah’s story and how it intersected with Kate’s story.

I wasn’t surprised to learn of what happened the night of Lilian’s death, but I loved how the story unfolded and how much Kate meant to the community.  And how much distrust there was between different people in Round Rock.  They all have a history with each other, and some of it is not good.  I liked how Shenandoah was reminded of her past and her family everywhere she went in Round Rock, and how she was able to overcome it, while also reconnecting with her hometown and her family when she returned home.

I love how real the book feels, and everything seems so real and authentic.  Everything feels like it actually happened, and I love that Round Rock seems to represent the time and place and people of that time and place so well.  The characters are so memorable, and are very hard to forget.

The Trial Of Dr. Kate has so much going on, and really captures the essence of Round Rock and its inhabitants.  Really, I cannot gush enough about this book!

Back to Lilian’s death for a minute: You have so many people divided on whether or not Kate did it, and all of the different opinions are pretty well represented.  You get such a good picture of who Kate is and you’re wondering what happened the night Lilian died, and then you find out, and it’s not that surprising, but it’s also a little surprising, because you’re trying to figure out who Kate really is, and if she’s really the sort of person who would help her friend die.  I don’t necessarily think of doctor-assisted suicide as something that happened in the fifties, but I really liked how Glasscock wrote that element of the story.

And I feel like I’ve barely talked about Shenandoah, even though she’s the main character.  I thought she was interesting as a character, and how she wanted to get of Round Rock.  I think it’s something a lot of people can relate to, and I like that she realizes that Round Rock isn’t such a horrible place, and that some of her family aren’t how she remembered them.

Final Thoughts:

I really loved The Trial Of Dr. Kate!  Round Rock really comes to life in this book, and I liked catching up with some of the characters from Little Joe while meeting new characters in The Trial Of Dr. Kate.  I’m looking forward to reading the next book, which I’m sure will be as great as the first two.  The Trial Of Dr. Kate gets 5 stars.

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