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The Coroner

by M. R. Hall

Part of the Coroner Jenny Cooper series Series

Crime / Mystery Debut Books of the Month eBooks of the Month

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Shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger 2009.


CWA Judges’ comments: ‘A very strong debut with a highly original female protagonist.’


This is a fantastic book that was deservedly shortlisted for a CWA Gold Dagger.  It introduces a highly original female protagonist, Jenny Cooper, the troubled new coroner to the Severn Vale District in one of the most exciting new crime series in years.  Jenny takes on the establishment in search of truth and justice whilst dealing with a broken personal life you can really relate to. We could not put the book down and can’t wait for the next in the series.


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Jenny Cooper series:
1. The Coroner
2. The Disappeared
3. The Redeemed

Comparison: Lynda La Plante, Peter James, Mark Billingham.

Sarah Broadhurst

The Coroner Synopsis

When lawyer, Jenny Cooper, is appointed Severn Vale District Coroner, she's hoping for a quiet life and space to recover from a traumatic divorce, but the office she inherits from the recently deceased Harry Marshall contains neglected files hiding dark secrets and a trail of buried evidence. Could the tragic death in custody of a young boy be linked to the apparent suicide of a teenage prostitute and the fate of Marshall himself? Jenny's curiosity is aroused. Why was Marshall behaving so strangely before he died? What injustice was he planning to uncover? And what caused his abrupt change of heart? In the face of powerful and sinister forces determined to keep both the truth hidden and the troublesome coroner in check, Jenny embarks on a lonely and dangerous one-woman crusade for justice which threatens not only her career but also her sanity.

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ISBN: 9780330458368
Publication date: 04/09/2009
Publisher: Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780330458368
Publication date: 4th September 2009
Author: M. R. Hall
Publisher: Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 464 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About M. R. Hall

M. R. Hall lives and works in the Wye valley in South Wales.  Born in London in 1967, he was educated at Hereford Cathedral School and Worcester College, Oxford, where he graduated in law.During a career at the Bar, working mostly in the field of criminal law, he tried to learn the craft of screen writing, eventually getting his first commission in television writing an episode of the ITV hit series, Kavanagh QC starring John Thaw.  He went on to write further episodes and shortly afterwards was commissioned to create a series for the new Channel Five, Wing ...

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