Dr. Barbara Golder worked as a hospital pathologist, forensic pathologist and laboratory director. Her work in these fields prompted her to get a law degree, which she used as a malpractice attorney and in a boutique practice of medical law. She has used both of these degrees in the field of disability insurance, medical politics, writing and lecturing, and teaching middle school and high school science. She is now retired from these and has embarked on a career as an author, speaker and blogger in addition to her position as Editor in Chief of Linacre Quarterly, the Journal of the Catholic Medical Association and the longest continuously published bioethics journal in the US. She is also a consecrated member of the Missionary Cenacle Apostolate (MCA), the lay branch of Missionary Cenacle Family founded by Father Thomas Augustine Judge.
Her award-winning writing on law, medicine, and bioethics has been recognized for decades by a variety of audiences, including The Florida Medical Association, The Catholic Writer’s Guild, the Indie BookAwards, and the Catholic Press Association.
In addition to scholarly work n the field of bioethics, she brings together her front-line experiences with law and medicine and her Catholic faith in a unique perspective on life lived out as a Christian in an increasingly secular world and a bridge between outlooks that all too often seem incompatible. She speaks and writes on the intersection of faith, law, medicine and ethics in a way that brings together disparate viewpoints for real conversation.
In her Lady Doc Murders series, Golder uses her keen insight of the human heart and knowledge of two full careers to build the complex and likable character, Jane Wallace. Her books are mysteries but with an ulterior purpose, what she calls “stealth evangelization.” Her books portray the Catholic life lived vibrantly, if sometimes imperfectly, in a world that doesn’t always understand the life of faith.
Dr. Golder and her husband of 46 years have two children and one grandchild. They live in Tennessee with their two dogs and two cats, and spend part of their time in their vacation cabin in Telluride, CO, the town featured in her first mystery novel.
About the Lady Doc Murders
Chattanooga, Tennessee – Author Barbara Golder crafts a bit of an autobiographical sketch into her mystery Dying for Revenge, a medical thriller that not only solves a murder, but packs a spiritual punch as well. In a day where reader consumption is often filled with graphic violence and casual sex, Golder’s book adds a layer of depth without sacrificing energy. Not relying on loose morals to turn pages, Golder weaves a thrilling tale of revenge. It’s a rediscovered kind of mystery genre where human relations and the effect of the murder on others is as important as solving the mystery itself.
If your book club is reading any of the Lady Doc mysteries, contact Dr. Golder about joining you via Skype for a discussion.
“Dying for Revenge dives in to the deeply personal place in so many hearts with “justifiable” reasons for revenge…but the face of mercy is entwined in the unexpected turn of events. You’ll be captivated,” says Patricia M. Chivers, of ABLAZE Radio, Catholic Church of Saint Monica.
Set in the wealthy resort town of Telluride, CO where author Golder has a second home, the story revolves around the mysterious death of Mitch Houston, a rich and famous Hollywood actor who has been shot. The obvious culprit seems to be his girlfriend, who is pregnant and just found out that Houston has probably given her and the baby AIDS. But then as more murders occur in the quaint little town known for its paradoxical wealthy-hippie residents and trust-fund babies, it suddenly seems more like the work of one – or two – serial killers.
Medical Examiner Jane Wallace comes on board, a mother of six who lost her husband in a murderous act of revenge. She hides her feelings behind her cold exterior, unwilling to let anyone in, or forgive the man who destroyed the love of her life. She walks through her work facing death every day in her morgue, while she struggles with her own faith in a world where God can take a loving couple in a car and “flick it from the side of the road for no reason one harsh winter night.” Murders. Rapes. Abuse. Wallace has seen violence in many forms in her dual careers as a lawyer and doctor.
A Catholic, devoted to the church because her husband was, and she wants her children to be, Wallace can’t bring herself to attend confession or receive communion. She’s just not ready to forgive. We feel empathy for her, and Wallace is a character we both grieve with, and laugh with. Golder pulls from her own experiences as both a medical examiner and a lawyer to give Jane Wallace her quick-witted, detail-oriented mind and crime-solving abilities.
“Barbara Golder’s writing skills are astonishingly polished,” says Grady Harp an Amazon Top 100 Hall of Fame reviewer. “Her ability to create a vivid scene – whether that be involved with murder or courtroom or autopsy lab of the atmosphere of Telluride, Colorado is first rate.”
“Dying For Revenge is a darn good medical thriller – a page-turning plot and vivid characters – with a stop-you-in-your-tracks twist: the costs of revenge. It’s a gripping story – I defy anyone to put it down,” says Deacon Dennis Dorner, Chancellor, Archdiocese of Atlanta.
Tired of the hate and violence so prevalent in the world, Golder takes a deeper look at the human heart in her book. “The narratives we are hearing are so toxic these days in terms of how people relate to each other,” says Golder. “But there is another way to go about life. I’m astonished at the kinds of stuff that are popular today; people who would never consider this kind of behavior appropriate, are still reading about it. The information we consume is as important to us, into forming who we are, as is what we are eating.”