Saturday, February 10, 2007

Abra Cadaver by James Tucker


"When a body turns up in the Allegheny River, it's rushed to the Pittsburgh cororner's office for an autopsy. But something's wrong - the person died of natural causes and has aready been embalmed. So how did the corpse end up in the river?

A year later, Dr. Jack Merlin, a dedicated young surgeon, makes another shocking discovery. The body currently being dissected in the gross anatomy lab at Pittsburgh University Medical Center is his roomate, who went missing months earlier. No foul play had been suspected. But now....

As an amateur magician, Dr. Merlin knows a little bit about disappearing acts. This one is a killer. He'll have to use all his skills - in medicine and magic - to find the truth. And stay alive..."

My thoughts:

This is the second book I've read recently which was set in Pittsburgh! I enjoyed the mix of medicine, murder and magic, though some of the characters were a bit two-dimensional at times. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Hocus Corpus.

Date finished: 2/6/2007
Book No.: 12
Rating: 3* = good
Genre: Mystery

ISBN-10: 0451195914
ISBN-13: 978-0451195913
Publisher: Signet
Year: 1999
No. of pages: 394
Binding: Hardcover


Craig said...

Detective work and magic are such a perfect blend. I love how the title of this book brings out the primal power of the word "cadaver." It's a grave word to begin with (no pun intended), but when paired with "abra" to form a magical incantation, it's downright spooky!

Kimmy said...

Good words.