Tuesday, August 1, 2017

An Arresting Story from Dr. Richard Mabry—By Linda Kozar

(eBook to a winner in or outside of the USA, but print only to winners inside the Continental United States).

Cardiologist Dr. Kirk Martin continually crosses swords with Dr. Cliff Hamilton, so he is surprised when Hamilton asks him to care for him after a heart attack. When he is ready for discharge, Hamilton is found dead in his hospital bed, and Martin is suspected of murdering him.

After another doctor is found shot to death, Martin’s girlfriend, nurse Janet Rush, reminds him to be careful because he may be next. Can he save his own life while searching for the identity of the real murderer?


I'm a retired physician who, in addition to writing, is a husband and grandfather, plays (and enjoys) golf, and does the hundred-and-one other things that retired people do. I got into non-medical writing after the death of my first wife with my book, THE TENDER SCAR: LIFE AFTER THE DEATH OF A SPOUSE. I'm gratified that it continues to help those who have lost a loved one. Now I'm writing what I call "medical suspense with heart." My novels have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Award, Romantic Times' Best Inspirational Novel and their Reviewer's Choice Award, have won the Selah award, and been named by Christian Retailing as the best in the mystery/suspense/thriller category. My latest novel is CARDIAC EVENT, which has been given a 4-1/2 star rating and a "Top Pick" by Romantic Times. I've also published three novellas, the latest one DOCTOR'S DILEMMA.

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When did you start writing and what inspired you?

Although I’d written a number of medical textbooks, I had no thought of non-medical writing—then my first wife died. I eventually wanted to write a book about what I’d learned in the time following her death, but I had no idea how to do that. At the first Christian writers’ conference I attended, I was challenged by James Scott Bell, and Alton Gansky, to try my hand at fiction as well. After four years, writing four novels, and garnering forty rejections, I got my first contract. I’ve now published eleven novels and three novellas. Oh, and my non-fiction book, The Tender Scar, is still in print ten years after its publication.

What led you to write mystery?

Even though I don’t recall hearing, “Write what you know,” I easily settled on this genre, mainly because that was the one I’d read for many years. And, of course, I had to make my books medical mysteries, featuring doctors and nurses, because that was the world I’d inhabited for almost four decades.

Do you have a favorite mystery writer-modern or no?

I’m hesitant to start naming, because there are so many. I have to say my favorite writer is the late Robert B. Parker, whose Spenser novels have inspired me for years. And in addition to reading “new” authors, I have two bookshelves full of mystery/suspense/thriller novels that I reread regularly.

How has being published changed your life?

Despite my expectations to the contrary, no one recognizes me in the grocery store, there are no streets named in my honor, and no parades march by my house. However, it’s something to keep me busy in retirement (for which my wife is grateful).

What is your current work in progress? How many words do you typically write per day?

I’m working now on a novel I plan to publish sometime next year, tentative title Strong Medicine. It’s about a faith healer, a pastor, and a doctor who leaves medicine for the ministry. And (please don’t let Jim Bell know), I don’t keep a writing schedule. Some days I don’t write anything, others I may write 3000. But I’ve never missed a deadline.

Do you incorporate settings in your books from your real-life travels?

Although I’ve been fortunate enough to travel and teach my medical specialty worldwide, I write about this area. Most of my novels are set either in Dallas, Texas or a fictional place in North Texas that’s based variously on the town where I grew up, the city where I went to college, or the area where I now live.

Tell us about the featured book, the one you’ll be giving away to one lucky reader!
Let me give you the back-cover blurb for Cardiac Event:

How can readers find you?

I blog regularly at rmabry.blogspot.com, and have a web page at rmabry.com. I’m also on Facebook (rmabrybooks) and Twitter (RichardMabry). I have Goodreads and Pinterest accounts, although I don’t visit them quite as often as the others.


  1. Linda, I appreciate this opportunity. It's good to be back here.

  2. Two FaceBook Entries: Connie Power and Jenny Walker

    1. Linda, we'll need their emails to enter them in the giveaway.

    2. OUR WINNER (according to Random Name Picker) is Stella Potts!!! Congratulations! If Stella doesn't get back in touch with me (since she didn't leave an email), I will have to pick another winner. Here's hoping we can connect.

  3. I so enjoy Richard Mabry books. Mystery/suspense is my favorite genre and the medical suspense just makes it better.

    1. Stella, you're our winner!!! Please give me your email so Doc Mabry can get in touch with you.

  4. What a great interview! I enjoyed reading it!This sounds like a great book! duellonlysis(at)aol(dot)com

  5. If you don't win this you've got to buy it! I've read and reviewed it and is so good. I couldn't wait to find out who the real culprit was!
    No need to enter me.

  6. I would love to read it! Patricia wright. Patty.wright1958@gmail.com

  7. I started reading Richard's books from the very first one he wrote. I still have that first series. And I've read most of his others. I love love his books. I love suspense, and with Dr Mabry being retired from the medical field, he is an expert at writing medical suspense. I can't wait to read this one!

    1. Oops I forgot to leave my email address. And my name! It's Joy Hannabass
      ibjoy1953 at yahoo dot com

  8. I love learning more about Doc Mabry! And I've already downloaded Cardiac Event and can't wait to read it.

  9. Sounds like a winner from Dr. Mabry!! I love me some suspense.

  10. Great interview, Richard! Didn't know about the 40 rejections.
    It encourages us all.
    Ellen K.

  11. I am sure that this is another great book by Dr. Mabry!
    Martha T.

  12. As always - I want to read the latest Richard Mabry book! Such a great writer! Thanks for the chance to win and the interview! paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

  13. Entering all your names! I'm glad you're all fans of Doc Mabry. He knows what he writes about.

  14. Thanks to all of you for your comments (and to Linda for having me here).

  15. I know this book will be just as great as all the others. Thank you for a chance to win a copy.

  16. This is a GREAT interview, and at times, very funny. I LOVE your sense of humor. As soon as I can focus long enough to concentrate for more than 5 minutes, I will read your latest book. And your "40 rejections" is an encouragement to all of us to never give up, regardless of what we're trying to accomplish. That is, if we know the LORD is leading us. Thank you.

  17. This is a wonderful interview. I love finding out about how different authors get started. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book. It sounds fantastic.

  18. Paging Stella Potts!! You are our winner. Please get in touch with me ASAP so I can connect you with Doc Mabry for your book.

  19. Sounds exciting! Love Doc Mary's books. Thank you rose blackard at Gmail dot com

  20. Sorry I missed this giveaway. I am always excited to read about Dr. Mabry's books.