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The Midwife Murders

In a previous post, I mentioned that 2020 has been a good year for new books. There have been a considerable number of new titles that I have had the opportunity to enjoy this year, most of which have been excellent. One of the books I was really excited to read was The Midwife Murders, by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo.

The Midwife Murders focuses on a midwife named Lucy Ryuan, who works with a small team of other midwives out of Gramatan University Hospital in Manhattan. When Lucy is called in to help with a difficult birth, she learns that a newborn has gone missing from the hospital. The police have been called in to investigate, and extra security has been added. But despite the increased security, a second baby soon goes missing.

Then one of Lucy’s young mothers is brutally stabbed and left for dead in the hospital’s basement. Feeling that the police are not moving quickly enough on the case, the senior midwife becomes determined to help them find the person responsible, and find her patient’s missing baby…whether the detective in charge wants her help or not.

I really enjoyed reading The Midwife Murders! The story was fast-paced and exciting, and the characters were very interesting. I had a difficult time putting this book down, and actually finished the last two-thirds in a single afternoon.

It is worth mentioning that this book does include a significant amount of medical content, including descriptions of childbirth. Since Lucy is a midwife, these descriptions are fairly common. So if you don’t do well hearing/reading about medical procedures, this may not be the book for you.

Whether you are interested in mysteries/thrillers involving medical personnel, a fan of James Patterson and Richard DiLallo’s novels, or just looking for a new standalone mystery to read, I definitely recommend giving The Midwife Murders a try.

If you are currently participating in the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, this novel would be a great choice for any of the following prompts: “a book that’s published in 2020,” “a book published the month of your birthday” (if you were born in August), “a book that passes the Bechdel test,” “a book with a three-word title,” “a book you picked because the title caught your attention,” and “a book by an author who has written more than 20 books.”

If you do have the opportunity to read The Midwife Murders, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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