“A trip to the cottage will never be the same. Those friendly neighbours might not be as nice as they seem. That quiet little church in the woods might be the centre of a major smuggling operation.
In Bad Medicine, Richard Whitten Barnes has woven together a complex mystery, one that had me glued to the page. What starts off as a some quiet time on leave from the police force for Andy Blake, turns into an intriguing, heart pounding mystery, the implications of which threaten her developing relationship with an old high school flame. Andy is the kind of character we root for throughout the book: smart, curious, principled and somewhat damaged. What Barnes does extremely well in this book is to illustrate the community in Canadian cottage country. In his descriptions of the people, the landscape, the relationships, Barnes' writing is authentic. The tension mounts throughout, little clues keep you hooked, and it culminates in an explosive ending, leaving you wanting more. I will wait eagerly for the follow-up.”
Author of The Pirates of Aden
Multi-published author Richard Whitten Barnes has a seamless way of unfolding a suspenseful and exciting account of International crime with dangerously wicked characters, and lovable, heartwarming heroes. You can’t help but fall in love with his main character in Bad Medicine. Recuperating Officer Andy Blake could easily be your next-door neighbor, who has to choose between the new man in her life, or her love for her work at Windsor Police Station in Ontario.
Conger Books Reviews
Richard Whitten Barnes was born in Minnesota but grew up on the north side of Chicago. A music scholarship took him to Michigan State University, where he majored in chemistry. He is now retired from a long career in international chemical sales and marketing, which has taken him all over the world. Barnes is a veteran in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division and an avid sailor. He lives in Lake Wylie, S.C., but spends summers with his wife Marg and dog Sparty at their cottage on St. Joseph Island, Ontario, on the shores of Lake Huron where this story is set.
Barnes is the author of The Faircloth Reaction, his historical novel, The Corydon Snow, and his 2011 crime novel, BRINK