Library Journal Review
Dr. E. Ridley Woodhouse will not have an easy time in Frost Falls, CO, as the replacement for the town's longtime physician. Doc Dunlop had returned suddenly to his hometown of Boston and persuaded Ridley, his godchild, to fill the post. When it becomes clear that Dr. Woodhouse is a woman (several locals have commented on just that), even a small town has its share of prejudices and narrow-mindedness. Sheriff Ben Madison took notice as well, but he tries to make the doctor feel comfortable and accepted because Doc Dunlop asked it of him. Ben has only been in his position a scant six weeks after serving as deputy so he can appreciate Ridley's apprehension. Yet with his family a stone's throw away, Ben will have his own challenges keeping anything under his well-worn hat. And what could "E" possibly stand for? VERDICT Goodman (A Touch of Frost) sets up a host of issues for a female stepping out of her expected role in 1898, but each is handled with as much respect as it is hilarity (it seems everyone wants to cuff our earnest lawman). After producing dozens of books, Goodman might have written her best one yet. Highly recommended.-Bette-Lee Fox, Library Journal © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.