Books by Robin Hathaway

Robin Hathaway received a B.A. in English from Smith College. She has enjoyed a number of careers over the years, including owning and operating Barnhouse Press, a Philadelphia printing/advertising firm, and working as a freelance writer and as a freelanc


SLEIGHT OF HAND by Robin Hathaway
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2008

"Although Jo (Satan's Pony, 2004, etc.) is an engaging sleuth, it's hard to swallow some of the zany story lines."
Curiosity leads a sleuthing physician to a grumpy, gun-toting printer. Read full book review >
THE DOCTOR ROCKS THE BOAT by Robin Hathaway
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 27, 2006

"The mystery, alas, is all too easily solved. Only rowers and the Doctor's most ardent fans need apply."
The Schuylkill River provides the backdrop, or rather the undercurrent, for the Philadelphia physician's latest case. Read full book review >
THE DOCTOR DINES IN PRAGUE by Robin Hathaway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2003

"Fenimore is far too slender a reed to support the menace Hathaway thrusts on him: a runaway cozy that wants to grow up to be a thriller."
Leaving behind the City of Brotherly Love, Dr. Andrew Fenimore (The Doctor and the Dead Man's Chest, 2001, etc.) travels to Kafka's birthplace to find intrigue more worthy of The Trial than his narrow shoulders. Read full book review >
SCARECROW by Robin Hathaway
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 7, 2003

"An offbeat heroine, crusty local characters, and a fine sense of menace almost compensate for numerous plot glitches from the author of the Doctor Fenimore series (The Doctor and the Dead Man's Chest, 2001, etc.)."
A fatal misdiagnosis and a waning love affair send New York City doctor Jo Banks searching for herself in the rural south Jersey town of Bayfield, where she treats a case of food poisoning in the room next to hers in the Oakview Motel. When the couple skips out without paying, she sets off in pursuit, with no luck. Paul and Maggie Nelson, the motel owners, advise her to forget about it and invite her to stay on as the motel doctor. She agrees, settles in, and is soon catching glimpses of that couple everywhere, from a nuclear power plant to the home of Becca, a young runaway she gives a lift to. With each sighting, poor Jo becomes more endangered. What is the elusive couple up to? Could they be behind the sudden vanishing of Becca and her aunt and the unidentified body hidden inside a scarecrow? Could they be responsible for the disappearance of Nick, the Nelsons' son? Hunky local Revolutionary house restorer Tom Canby helps Jo look for everyone, but when she forsakes his pickup and her motorbike to rent a boat in the dead of night to stake out a supposedly deserted house and barn near the river, she too vanishes, only to become another body in a scarecrow—not quite dead, but badly in need of rescue. Read full book review >
THE DOCTOR AND THE DEAD MAN’S CHEST by Robin Hathaway
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 12, 2001

"Charming, with interesting tidbits about colonial brickwork and coins. If Fenimore is a bit dull, Mrs. Doyle, Horatio, and Jennifer more than take up the slack. "
When an elderly patient leaves Philadelphia physician Andrew Fenimore 50 acres in southern New Jersey—and a treasure map—he finds nothing there but mud and mosquitoes. Undaunted, he stops on his way home to call on another aged patient, Lydia Ashley, on her nearby farm. Lydia's been having a spot of trouble: butchered carcasses left to rot in her barn, smoke bombs set off, demands to sell up heaved through her window. Concerned for the state of her heart, Fenimore sends his trusty nurse Mrs. Doyle to stay with her and her granddaughter Susan, and the estimable Mrs. Doyle is soon chatting up members of the Colonial Society, an old classmate of Fenimore's now head of a boys' academy, two of Susan's suitors, and Lydia's housekeeper and handyman. When his office boy Horatio is stabbed in a gang initiation, Fenimore sends him out to Lydia's as well to recover and reconnoiter, but the troubles continue. Susan's diving hose is slit, Lydia's heart medicine is tampered with, and Mrs. Doyle is shot at and abducted. Not to fear; with a little seductive help from his girlfriend Jennifer and some hobnobbing with Philadelphia's rich and avaricious, Fenimore deciphers a code purloined from Lydia's old beau and family lawyer, rescues Mrs. Doyle from a mud bank, and eventually uncovers the passel of baddies causing Lydia all her distress. Read full book review >
THE DOCTOR MAKES A DOLLHOUSE CALL by Robin Hathaway
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

The Pancoast spinsters, sisters Emily and Judith, are fluttering about, awaiting the arrival of their relatives for Thanksgiving dinner, when they notice that their most prized possession, a handmade dollhouse with replicas of each family member, has been vandalized. They set it right, but after dinner is finished, it is mysteriously upended again—with the doll representing their niece crushed into her dessert plate, a fate all too soon reenacted in real life. Who would want poor Pamela dead? Dr. Fenimore, family physician and part-time sleuth (The Doctor Digs a Grave, 1998), chats up the kinfolk and the locals but comes to no conclusion, and soon it's Christmas, another doll in the dollhouse "dies," as does another family member, and then it's Valentine's Day and—well, you get the idea. The spinsters bury the dolls and burn the dollhouse in hopes of stopping the mayhem. Their relatives become in turn despondent, hysterical, and paranoid. The doctor's assistant, the estimable Mrs. Doyle, settles in to keep an eye on the sisters while the doctor, between patients and after a tryst with his much-younger girlfriend, ponders the murders. Eventually, Mrs. Doyle tumbles to the murderer's disguise. But even readers with no dollhouse experience will have figured it all out several holidays earlier. Better suited to the YA market, but even then, the author would need to shore up the plot, eliminate at least a few of the lists Dr. Fenimore makes of the suspects, and drop each and every parenthetical aside (they're goofy). Read full book review >
THE DOCTOR DIGS A GRAVE by Robin Hathaway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 1998

Dr. Andrew Fenimore, a late-30s bachelor, has an unlikely double profession—medical doctor and private eye. He practices both from an old-fashioned office in his Philadelphia home, comforted by cat Sal and assisted by nurse-secretary Mrs. Doyle, a holdover from his late father's practice. Into this serene milieu comes Hispanic teenager Horatio, caught by a park guard while trying to bury his cat—killed in an automobile accident observed by Andrew. The doctor remembers a tiny Lenape Indian burial ground in a nearby alley, and he and Horatio arrange to meet there that night. Horatio leaves after the burial in the alley—but Andrew, who's seen something suspicious, gets a bash on the head for his trouble. A call to his old friend Inspector Dad Rafferty of the Philadelphia police quickly uncovers the body of a Lenape named Joanne Field, a.k.a. Sweet Grass, recently reported missing by her fiancÇ Ted Hardwick, son of a prominent Main Line family headed by Dr. Nat Hardwick. Sweet Grass was last seen leaving the emergency room of the local hospital, complaining of feeling ill but refusing further treatment—this after a pre-wedding barbeque hosted by her future in-laws. It takes all Andrew's knowledge of blood chemistry and herbal properties to pin down Sweet Grass's killer—but not before, with Horatio's help, he narrowly escapes his own death. Newcomer Hathaway (winner of St. Martin's Malice Domestic Award for the —Best First Traditional Mystery of 1997—) maintains an easygoing, unpretentious touch even with her complex plot, Native Indian lore, heavily technical medical background, and nebbishy but nice hero. Lovers of hospital drama, in particular, will welcome a return visit. Read full book review >