Friday, January 24, 2020

First Cut by Judy Melinek & T.J. Mitchell

A young rookie medical examiner. A suspicious case. An underworld plot only she saw coming.

From the New York Times bestselling authors of Working Stiff

For San Francisco’s newest medical examiner, Dr. Jessie Teska, it was supposed to be a fresh start. A new job in a new city. A way to escape her own dark past.

Instead she faces a chilling discovery when an opioid-overdose case contains hints of something more sinister. Jessie’s superiors urge her to close the case, but as more bodies land on her autopsy table, she uncovers a constellation of deaths that point to an elaborate plot involving drug dealers and Bitcoin brokers.

Drawing on her real-life experiences as a forensics expert, Judy Melinek teams up with husband T.J. Mitchell to deliver the most exhilarating mystery of the year. Autopsy means “see for yourself,” and Jessie Teska won’t stop until she has seen it all—even if it means that the next corpse on the table could be her own.

Book 1
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

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This is the first book that I've read by these authors. It resembled the Kay Scarpetta novels that I absolutely love by Patricia Cornwell.

While this is a more procedural novel, with a lot of medical jargon, it didn't detract from the story for me.

I really enjoyed the twists and turns that this book took. It was well developed, and you really want to pull for Jessie, the newest medical examiner. But when she finds that something is strange about her new job, Jessie isn't one to let things go. She wants to know the truth. She wants justice.

While the story has a lot going on, I think it was almost a letdown when it came to an end. I still had questions and while it isn't a cliffhanger, I felt that it didn't feel finished either. I am hoping that more will follow Jessie's new adventure.

We meet Jessie Teska when she is starting her new job with the medical examiner’s office in San Francisco, having moved there from LA. The start, Jessie’s story is really slow and 15% in I was wondering what the point of the story was and I was bored. I decided I probably wasn’t going to bother reading any further. But later the same day I decided I was being too hasty and gave the book a second go and I’m glad I did.

It still took me to more than a third of the way into First Cut to get really involved with the story, for me to see how that different cases, people, and things in Jessie’s new life weren’t entirely random. I liked the way all of the parts of the story came together and there were a few good suspenseful action scenes that got my blood pumping. Ultimately, First Cut was good reading, it just had a slow start. At the conclusion to the story I got the impression that maybe there would be more books featuring Jessie. I hope there will be.

Judy Melinek

Judy Melinek, M.D. is a graduate of Harvard University. She trained at UCLA in medicine and pathology, graduating in 1996. Her training at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York is the subject of her memoir, Working Stiff, which she co-wrote with her husband. Currently, Dr. Melinek is CEO of PathologyExpert Inc., & works as a forensic pathologist in Oakland. She also travels nationally and internationally to lecture on anatomic & forensic pathology and she has been consulted as a forensic expert in many high-profile legal cases.

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T.J. Mitchell

T.J. Mitchell graduated with an English degree from Harvard and worked in the film industry before becoming a full-time stay-at-home dad and screenplay consultant in 2000. He co-authored the New York Times bestseller Working Stiff with his wife, Dr. Judy Melinek, in 2014. He and Judy are currently collaborating on First Cut, the debut novel in a medical examiner detective-fiction series, while raising their three children in San Francisco.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of First Cut (A Dr. Jessie Teska Mystery #1) by Judy Melinek & T.J. Mitchell to read and review.

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