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Monday, November 25, 2013

The Last Clinic by Gary Gusick

The Last Clinic: A Darla Cavannah MysteryThe Last Clinic: A Darla Cavannah Mystery by Gary Gusick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

**The Last Clinic** by *Gary Gusick*
There are some topics, whether they are handled in fiction or non-fiction, that are difficult to be objective about. Or at least that's the case for me and the topic of abortion and abortion clinics. Which is why I was surprised that the topic was handled so well in **The Last Clinic**. For me, this is not a black or white subject. It's a matter between the pregnant woman and whomever she chooses to include in her decision making process. It is none of my business to know who does or does not use this option, except, as in the current atmosphere, when taxpayer dollars are involved. Aside from that, I object to interference from anyone who believes (s)he knows better than the parties involved what to do about a pregnancy. Which would explain why I have rather strong opinions about zealots who do nothing but interfere in matters of no concern to them. That said, it will come as no big revelation that Reverend Jimmy Aldridge's death in the first few pages did not get my also considerable justice juices flowing. What did arouse my curiosity, and held onto it for the duration of the book was what kind of people were involved with the Jackson Women's Health Clinic. In addition, once the character of Darla Cavannah was introduced, I wanted to know much more about her. By the time I got to the **Sisterhood Of The Swamp** I wanted lots more books with Darla and her female posse.

That's one of the major points about this novel for me aside from the fact that it's a well developed mystery with enough twists and turns to keep me guessing and wondering where all of this was going. I loved the addition of humor in such unexpected places. For example, it's clear enough that Detective Tommy Reylander is a fool, but add to that his act as an Elvis impersonator, and I got the giggles more than once when Tommy showed up.

The bottom line, though, is that this is a mystery about who murdered Reverend Jimmy Aldridge and why. There's nothing funny about what led people to react the way they did in a number of situations, and I was impressed by Gusick's knowledge of human psychology in making the motives behind the behavior make perfect sense once they were all understood and revealed.

And then there's that love story... I want more of Darla Cavannah just to see where Gusick takes the characters for that. And, oh yes, more of the **Sisterhood Of The Swamp** too. And the Elvis impersonator. Definitely 5 Stars from me!

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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