Darden North’s mystery and thriller novels have been awarded nationally, most notably an IPPY in Southern Fiction for Points of Origin. His fifth novel, The 5 Manners of Death, also follows Wiggle Room, Fresh Frozen, and House Call and was nominated for the 2018 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) Award in Fiction.
Darden has presented or served on author panels at writing conferences including the 29th Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration, Killer Nashville, Murder on the Menu, SIBA Thriller Panel, and Murder in the Magic City.
A board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and daVinci Robotic Surgeon practicing at Jackson Healthcare for Women in Flowood, Mississippi, Darden North is Chairman of the Board of the Mississippi Public Broadcasting Foundation and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Mississippi Medical Association. He lives in Jackson with his wife Sally and enjoys family, travel, and outdoor activities. The Norths have two adult children, William and Anderson, who also work in the medical field.
Romance – Treachery – Murder in the Deep South
A speaker propped atop a computer screen in the surgical bay of Balad Air Force Theater Hospital screeches this announcement: Incoming Black Hawk with casualties!
Pushing two loaded gurneys, the helicopter’s Army medevac crew burst single-file into the ICU. “We unloaded these two patients first, Major.” The medic gestures to the gurneys arranged single-file. “Lance Corporal Chad Giles, U.S. Marine Corps, age 21, and this Iraqi local. The local’s burned pretty bad. Likely a college student. I’d say a 500-pound IED detonated, lots of flying shrapnel-nail and ball bearings everywhere. We got four more aboard the chopper. The kid was walking along the road when the IED blew, then got pinned under when the Humvee flipped. It was our vehicle, our situation. We just couldn’t leave him.”
Air Force surgeon Major Brad Cummins fails to save the injured American soldier, while the maimed Iraqi survives. Though cleared of medical negligence, he is forced to endure the criticism of his peers. Cummins hopes to put the past behind him when he returns to civilian life in Jackson, Mississippi, unaware that someone wants him dead.
As the body count mounts, Cummins must uncover the truth or risk losing his new love, fellow surgeon Dr. Diana Bratton.
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The 5 Manners of Death
Dr. Diana Bratton steals precious time from her young daughter, her surgical practice, and her hopes for renewed romance to clear Aunt Phoebe’s name of multiple murder and uncover the significance of the list. Even as Diana searches Phoebe’s home basement for evidence, she works to trump the police and outrun the conspiracy between her ex-husband and Phoebe’s long-time lover—her quest to expose the truth overshadowed by a need to rebury the past. Even though she realizes there is a chance to save her shrinking family, Diana understands that of the five ways to die, murder is her family secret.
One of the best things about The 5 Manners of Death—and there are many—is that none of the characters are who they appear to be. If you like plot twists and surprises, you’ll love North’s fifth novel, a fast-moving story of crime and deception in the modern South.
– John M. Floyd
Edgar Award nominee and three-time Derringer Award winner