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The Chosen Dead Coroner Jenny Cooper Mystery -book 5 by M. R. Hall
  

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M R Hall is definitely an author to invest in. His series character is a coroner, Jenny Cooper, for the Severn Vale, Bristol area. This is the fifth and all are ace. Here we have germ warfare at its centre and some of it is a bit scientific which does slow the pace but skip those bits or not, this is a horrific, gripping page-turner. A man jumps off a motorway bridge, the police assume suicide so it’s up to the coroner to ask questions. His wife and work colleagues are convinced he didn’t kill himself and so our case is set. Terrific.

If you like M. R. Hall you might also like to read books by Anne Cleeves, Morag Joss and Stuart MacBride.

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The Chosen Dead Coroner Jenny Cooper Mystery -book 5 by M. R. Hall

Coroner Jenny Cooper investigates ...An unlikely suicide or a deadly conspiracy? When Bristol Coroner Jenny Cooper investigates the fatal plunge of a man from a motorway bridge, she little suspects that it has any connection with the sudden death of a friend's thirteen year old daughter from a deadly strain of meningitis. But as Jenny pieces together the dead man's last days, she's drawn into a mystery whose dark ripples stretch across continents and back through decades. In an investigation which will take her into the sinister realms of unbridled human ambition and corrupt scientific endeavour, Jenny is soon forced to risk the love and lives of those closest to her, as a deadly race to uncover the truth begins ...

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Matthew Hall's previous four novels are very good. This one is even better ... This exciting story raises eternal and unanswerable questions and teaches the eternal and unwelcome truth ... the crusading coroner, neither ruthless nor calculating, come out on top in the end Literary Review Every so often, I'm lucky enough to read a book which pulls me in so tightly that I don't want it to end - the sort of book where you find yourself slowing on the last few pages, just to prolong the enjoyment that bit more. The Chosen Dead is such a book, and it had me in its thrall from the first chapter ... intricately plotted and hugely enjoyable Crime Fiction Lover Splendid ... Regular readers of Matthew Hall will expect Jenny to be risking life and limb to bring to light crimes which others would rather remain hidden and she does. If you've read earlier Hall's books such as The Disappeared and The Flight (one of the best) you will not be surprised to hear that this new one effortlessly maintains his usual high standard Daily Express


About the Author

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 And A Prayer. The first season earned him a BAFTA nomination in the best series category.

For over ten years Matthew has been a screen writer and producer, and has written over forty hours of prime time drama for BBC1 and ITV.

His debut novel, The Coroner, was published by Pan Macmillan in the UK in 2009 and has been nominated for the Crime Writer’s Association Gold Dagger in the best novel category.

The second novel in the series, The Disappeared, was published in the USA by Simon and Schuster on December 1st 2009 and in the UK by Pan Macmillan in January 2010. The third novel in the series, The Redeemed, is out in April 2011.

Translation rights to both The Coroner and The Disappeared have been sold across the world.

Matthew spends much of his spare time looking after his sixteen acres of woodland and working for the conservation of the countryside.

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Publication date

30th January 2014

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Publisher

Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
416 pages
Interest Age: From 18 years

Categories

Crime / Mystery
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Crime & mystery
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ISBN

9780330526623

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