THE BOOKS

Are you looking for a medical thrillers or psychological thrillers? I write both. My Alex Destephano novels take place in New Orleans where I lived and taught for many years, and the Michaela McPherson takes place in Richmond, Virginia both areas where I was born and raised. 

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Mardis Gras, Medicine, and Murder

It's Mardi Gras season in post-Katrina New Orleans. Thousands of tourists have flocked to the city, paralyzed traffic and jammed the French Quarter with drunken crowds and garbage. City officials expect record crowds and the biggest boost to the Crescent City economy since the big storm. Alexandra Lee Destephano, legal counsel for Crescent City Medical Center, is anticipating her third Mardi Gras season and her date with dashing art historian Mitch Landry to the biggest Mardi Gras Ball in New Orleans. Things change. Alex is stat-paged to the hospital and learns from her boss and former husband, Dr. Robert Bonnet, that the wife of the Governor of Louisiana has been found unconscious and covered in blood in her hospital room. To make matters worse, patients have left the hospital against medical advice, and staff have refused to work. By the end of the day, the Ball is the last thing on Alex's mind 

Alexandra Destephano is hospital lawyer living in New Orleans who struggles, like all of us, to find her way. Life is tough. She’s been hurt in love, deserted in life and left bruised and vulnerable. Violence in her hospital, terror in the streets and threats against her life have panicked her. Will she make it? And, if so, at what cost?

 
Life isn't easy in the Big Easy

It is hotter than hell in New Orleans and newly promoted Police Commander Jack Francoise is battling horrific crime in the Vieux Carre. At the Psychiatric Pavilion, nurses are doling out Thorazine Slurpees to the criminally insane and viciously psychotic patients in the South. Alexandra Destephano, legal counsel for the hospital is troubled by safety issues and is working hard to protect patients and staff. The violence escalates and brutal beatings and murder becomethe order of the day as life in the Big Easy becomes Uneasy. 

 
Chaos at Crescent City Medical Center(Book One of The Alexandra Destephano Series)

Terror in New Orleans

With POTUS and members of Congress in the Big Easy for a political convention, an unidentified killer virus in the Crescent City emergency room has physicians baffled, hospital staff frightened, and the CDC on their way to assist. When the first death from the mysterious virus is a Secret Service agent guarding the President, a terrorist attack is feared. Matters get worse with the murder of a prominent politician in the French Quarter. Alex and Jack must learn to play well with the CDC, FBI, and Secret Service and enlist the help of the enemy to save the streets of New Orleans from disaster.

 

The day that wouldn't end 

The party of the year in the rural Virginia countryside turns into a day of horror as the enemies of Alex's grandfather, Congressman Adam Patrick Lee, bring the war to his Virginia estate killing, maiming and destroying every thing in their path.

 

For fans of Robin Cook, Tess Gerritsen, Patricia Cornwell, Michael Palmer & Barbara Ebel…

 

Alex returns to Wyndley Farm, her childhood home in Virginia, to await the birth of her baby. An urgent call from Crescent City Medical Center compels her to return to New Orleans to investigate cruel, questionable incidents and heinous patient deaths. Digger Stildove returns from Yemen where he has searched for Jacob Stark. Michaela McPherson travels from Richmond with police dog Angel to consult with Commander Francoise in his search for St. Germaine.  Events unfold as the evil continues and the hospital attempts to safeguard patients and staff. 

 
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Long-Awaited Romantic Interlude Turns Deadly….

 

At long last Alex has returned to Wyndley Farm, her childhood home, with her infant child and the love of her life, undercover operative Jacob Stark. Her happiness is short-lived and abruptly ends as CIA agent Digger Stildove gathers intel that suggests trouble from the other side of the globe. Digger and Jacob leave Virginia for the Middle-East but danger escalates quickly as the Secret Service detects imminent terrorist activity near the farm.

 

Exciting, dramatic hospital stories set in the Big Easy featuring Virginia -born nurse-attorney Alexandra Destephano, New Orleans Police Commander Jack Francoise and surgeon Robert Bonnet, Alex's former husband. Books feature romantic suspense, malpractice, elements of the supernatural, political intrigue and the work of a grisly serial killer.

 

Awarded 2017 Gold Medal by Reader's Favorite for Best Mystery Sleuth !

Awarded "Best-read of the Year" in the U.K. by Lock Publishing.

A young woman disappears after a job interview at a well-known dentist’s office in Richmond, Virginia. Retired homicide detective Michaela McPherson and Angel her retired police dog, along with her close friend, the aging Countess Dorothy Borghase, and Richmond police join forces to solve the crime. Could human trafficking be a real problem in the United States? 

This case pits them against evil and greed armed with tentacles that span continents and generations.

 

An Amazon #1 Psychological Thriller

Retired homicide detective Michaela McPherson and the aging Countess Dorothy Borghase team up again—this time to match wits with two serial killers stalking children, women and the elderly.
When Dottie Borghase's friend Camilla Rothrock collapses at a lunch gathering of old friends, the countess's only concern is to dial 911 for help. But Camilla's subsequent death has authorities buzzing about international safety and retaliation, because her son is decorated U.S. Army General Stuart Rothrock.
As other restaurant patrons in Richmond meet similar fates, Michaela and Dottie join forces with the Richmond Police and the FBI to track down the pair of heinous murderers. But in order to catch the killers, they will put their own lives and the lives of others in in serious jeopardy.
What Price Must a City Pay to Keep its Citizen's Safe?

 

From the Gold-Medal Winning Michaela McPherson Crime Series... The Highly Anticipated Third Installment

After an intense year of solving crime in their home town of Richmond, Virginia, Michaela, Dottie and retired canine Angel, travel to Europe to spend much needed leisure time at the Borghase Estate outside of Rome. A luxury cruise around the Mediterranean culminates their trip and becomes a nightmare as Mic and Dottie investigate an American pharmaceutical company’s release of a ‘dirty’ drug. The threesome meet up with lethal, dangerous and heinous criminals from their past and the cruise becomes a living hell.

 
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"A thoroughly engaging story populated by exceptional characters!"

Dead Lawyer’s Body an Instrument of Terror

 

Michael St. John never lost a criminal case. He wasn’t a nice guy. He cheated his clients, destroyed criminal evidence, paid off judges, and ran around on his wife. He was an albatross around the neck of the Richmond Police Department. The District Attorney’s office loathed him until they found his mutilated corpse – one lovely fall morning - after an unusual outburst in Court the day before. Little did they know that Attorney St. John’s body was key evidence in far more heinous crimes.

 
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A five book medical thriller box set written by the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Amazon best-selling, and Readers’ Favorite award winning author Judith Lucci. 

A Gripping New Orleans Medical Thriller Series!
A multi-dimensional medical thriller series featuring Virginia-born nurse/attorney Alexandra Lee Destephano, Commander Jack Francoise of the New Orleans Police Department, and Dr. Robert Bonnet, Alex’s former husband and a prominent New Orleans surgeon. Thrillers center on the characters as they encounter murder, malpractice, the supernatural and a serial killer in The Big Easy’s most famous hospital. Alex Destephano Medical Thriller series blends hospital drama, murder, romance, political intrigue, terrorism, and the grisly work of a serial killer.

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