Reviewed by Joanne Reynolds

Copernicus (Nick) H. Stringfellow is a very tall but otherwise average-looking man. While driving through in Washington, Nick picks up a hitchhiker, Molly, who claims she is sixteen, although Nick can tell that she probably isn’t any older than thirteen.

Nick has a conversation with Molly and convinces her to go back to her home, which is a tenement complex in a pretty run-down area. Molly’s mom is worn out and tired and unemployed. Nick pulls out a roll of bills and tells Molly’s mom to just love her daughter and guarantees her a job with a friend of his. Good deed accomplished!

Nick arrives at Harborview Hospital and consults with Theodore S. Furney, M.D., the medical director. Dr. Furney, an old friend, offers many positions to Nick, but Nick would like the position of Nurse-At-Large. Dr. Furney believes that the position is not good enough, a waste of Nick’s talent.

Nick then proceeds to go about purchasing a run-down house, paying an outrageous amount in $100 bills. He then advertises, at the hospital, for a gardener, housekeeper, and interior decorator. He winds up hiring three people, all down on their luck, and offers them salaries of between $3,000 to $4,000 per month.

Nick’s work at the hospital brings him into contact with some very good and some not-so-good people. Nick seems to have knowledge about everything, from medicine to languages to protective instincts. He is consistently running into a woman whom he considers to be the most beautiful woman he has ever seen – Dr. Prescilla Spurbeck. Despite his attraction, they butt heads as Nick seems to be everywhere and looking in on patients in all areas of the hospital.

It seems that Nick has a nutritional secret. He ingests Twinkies, sometimes 20 at a time, that make him become a superhero. He has many cute little names for his dietary super-food including Fantastic Focus Factors, Salubrious Segments of Sagacity, etc.

Nick performs many heroic acts throughout the book but he does so a quiet basis and never seems to be conscious of his super-hero abilities. He acquires a group of friends at the hospital and watches over these people surreptitiously. He really is just an ordinary guy with some very intelligent means of accomplishing super feats.

The Secret Life of Copernicus H. Stringfellow is a very cute story. Although some of the medical jargon was a little much, it conveyed Nick’s thoughts perfectly and was therefore more tolerable. I hope that Lorin Barber writes a second novel so that we can follow Nick on his next adventure.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Joanne has always been an avid reader and loves the ability to lose herself in someone else’s life for the time that it takes to read about it. She has a huge admiration for authors and the worlds that they create for us. She enjoys reading to her granddaughters and hopes that they take up the love of reading.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Lorin Barber. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received