Book One in the Redwood County medical mystery series. Dr. Fiona Tyler has a problem with diagnosis. Were these patients poisoned? Is it international terrorism? The nucleus of a statewide epidemic? A shaman who thinks Fiona is his soul-bride is proving his love for her. Redwood County is a beautiful place with a high weird to rational ratio but this is beyond quirky. More
Dr. Fiona Tyler is an Emergency Department physician with an unusual problem. A technoshaman who thinks Fiona is his soul-bride is proving his love for her by dropping dead people in her Redwood County hospital. Redwood County is a beautiful place with a high weird to rational ratio but this is beyond quirky.
Fiona’s first challenge is a child who despite her best efforts dies as the result of an apparent attack with VX, a lethal agent employed by bioterrorists.
The situation is immediately confused by an influx of poorly attentive mushroom ingesting refugees from the local Fungus Fair. People who once believed that mushrooms were delicious and nutritious and that mushroom hunting was healthy exercise are now harboring grave doubts.
Fiona’s goal is to heal the sick and raise the dead. She has a strong need to understand what’s happening, take control, adapt to and overcome challenges. Surprises and complications from a mysterious admirer that affect her professional competency are not the way to her heart.
The west coast has four seasons: flood, earthquake, drought, and fire. This is the rainy season, complete with floods, mudslides, and power outages. During the next power outage, someone clonks Fiona’s medical student on the head and drops in another celestial transfer.
A live victim is seeing yellow and smelling dry desert sand, sage. She thinks she’s a snake. Her respirations are shallow, heart rate fast, blood pressure climbing dangerously, skin pink and sweaty. Whatever she was exposed to contaminates another doctor, who gets positively silly. He sees canary yellow singing stars.
In a confrontation, the technoshaman accidentally overdoses himself. Fiona wonders what glorious visions he is experiencing. When he wakes up, will they all be gone? Will he still see her as his soul-bride? Fiona kisses him lightly on the forehead. Poor wizard.
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