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Strange Medicine by S.C. Wynne

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Strange Medicine by S.C. Wynne

Book Info

Book Series
Dr. Maxwell Thornton Murder Mysteries (Volume 1)
About the Author
S.C. Wynne started writing m/m in 2013. She loves writing m/m and her characters are usually a little jaded, funny and ultimately redeemed through love. 

 S.C loves red wine, margaritas and Seven and Seven’s. Yes, apparently S.C. Wynne is incredibly thirsty. S.C. Wynne loves the rain and should really live in Seattle but instead has landed in sunny, sunny, unbelievably sunny California. Writing is the best profession she could have chosen because S.C. is a little bit of a control freak. To sit in her pajamas all day and pound the keys of her laptop controlling the every thought and emotion of the characters she invents is a dream come true.
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Publication Date
April 03, 2018
Available Formats
ePub, Mobi, PDF
Maxwell Thornton isn’t really a people person, but that never mattered to him because he’d lived for his career. After losing a patient during a routine hysterectomy, he’s shaken and afraid to pick up the scalpel again. He resigns his position in the city and takes a job as sole GP in the isolated town of Rainy Dale, Texas, population 1001. 
 Rainy Dale is populated with eccentrics who test his patience and seem to think he’s not only there to treat their illnesses, but that he’s also there to hold their hand and be their therapist. When one of his most annoying patients ends up dead and floating in Maxwell’s pool, he has some explaining to do to the local sheriff. 
 Sheriff Royce Callum is intelligent, determined and more attracted to the new doctor than he would like. He can’t imagine Maxwell is a murderer, but he also can’t exactly ignore a corpse in the sexy doctor’s pool. 

Editor review

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Maxwell and Royce, Part One
Strange Medicine is a fun mix of intrigue, passion, and annoyance. Maxwell Thornton has just arrived in Rainy Dale, Texas, and it is clear from the outset that he doesn’t want to be there. He is a world class surgeon transitioning to a general practitioner, and since he isn’t used to dealing with awake patients, it shows from his first word. He’s got a stick up his butt high enough to choke him, and I wanted to (several times). However, he’s running from something he cannot escape – his past.
It took me a long time to warm up to this character, but as he began sharing tidbits of his previous life, not only did I warm to him, but my heart went out to him. 
Royce is the local sheriff, a laid back, friendly sort, and he notices right away that Maxwell has a look Royce likes, even if he does seem like a snob. He decides to get to know the surly doctor, and it doesn’t take long for them to heat up the night. The chemistry was instant and thick between these two men.
I really liked this story! The storyline was fascinating, the whodunit not at all a giveaway, and the characters interesting. The pacing was quick, and there were no spots that dragged at all, which my ADD self really appreciated. I read this book in a single go because I simply couldn’t put it down! 
The characters are many, but spaced enough that the reader can easily remember who is who and where they fit in the town. My favorite was Girdy, Maxwell’s assistant at the clinic. She was a super bright spot in what could have been one extremely particularly awkward scene, but generally smoothing things over and always willing to step up to help the socially inept doctor whenever she appeared.
This book is a happy for now. However, it ends with a jumping off point for the next book that reads suspiciously like a cliffhanger. It took me a bit to decide that was the case and not to be annoyed by the abrupt ending. This is clearly going to be a serial, with individual stories resulting in resolution but more to come. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and I’m anxiously awaiting the next in the series. I’m rating this at 3.5 stars, rounding up for sites that don’t take halves, and I definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a good whodunit. 
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