Dropping in on the second in the Dr.
Katie LeClair mystery series feels like an easy fit, and it didn't
matter that I hadn't read the first. We meet a newcomer to a small town
GP practice who has already helped to resolve a murder case. With that
excitement behind her, Dr Katie is hard at work, in DO NO HARM. A new patient has been bruised and
cut, but he's not saying much. Turns out Eugene Lowe just got out of
prison for allegedly murdering a girl, and the irate townsfolk think he
should have stayed there, or stayed away from his former home of
Eugene Lowe reappears with fresh bruising, just after a young woman
student at the University of Michigan is reported missing. Taylor Knox
is an idealistic lady who wants to work with the Peace Corps and who
had been assigned a sociology project: to study and report on an old
case which got press attention. She had been looking into the
conviction of Eugene Lowe, and had confided in Dr Katie that she
thought the verdict was wrong and someone had got away with the
The atmosphere is constantly busy and the only time Katie gets a
break, she is sipping coffee laced with pumpkin spice, since it's fall and
everyone has pumpkins on the porch step and Christmas decorations
ready to hang. Of course, people in small towns have long memories.
Miss Simms and Mrs Peabody are happy to gossip. As teachers, they
know everyone who ever lived in Baxter. Matt Gregor's a doctor and
Katie's gentleman friend, so he's another good source of information.
Presently Katie shares a house with her brother Caleb, a computer
professional. I like that characters in normal occupations are featured,
not just police, providing depth to this crime tale. Also, a cosy coffee
shop called the Purple Parrot is a lively meeting place.
Since Katie is so busy, the fact that she takes time out to drive around
and pursue investigations does seem odd. She's not a private
detective, and I can't think of one good reason why a professor would
give her his student's assignment papers, which he hasn't even read.
Still, she is rightly annoyed that everyone pins crimes on Eugene
without cause, and wants to help. Dawn Eastman has created a puzzle
which will appeal to women and men, as her doctor heroine seeks to
prevent injustice. DO NO HARM is
a good crossover between thriller and cosy mystery with a lively sense
of place and season.
Small-town doctor Katie LeClair is drawn back into an
old murder investigation, a mysterious disappearance, and a
dark undercurrent of violence.
The idyllic town of Baxter, Michigan, seemed like the
perfect place for Dr. Katie LeClair to settle down after
years toiling in medical school—until the murder of a
patient shattered the peace she had found. Now on the mend
and balancing the responsibilities of a new house and the
joys of a new romance, Katie is finally ready to start
enjoying life. But danger arrives just as the town is
gearing up for its annual Halloween festival—and once again,
this doctor-turned-sleuth will have to unmask a killer in
Trouble comes in threes this Halloween. Katie sees a new
patient who has just been released from prison for a murder
he says he didn’t commit. Inexplicably, the patient suddenly
goes missing. And matters take an even more sinister turn
when a college student who had been investigating Katie’s
old murder case is found dead in the woods near Baxter.
Could Katie’s involvement with the case be responsible for
the student’s violent death? Is her new patient truly a
cold-blooded murderer? Is this Halloween about to become a
real-life horror show? Katie embarks on a desperate race to
find the truth in Do No Harm, the second gripping Dr.
Katie LeClair mystery.