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The Coroner | [M. R. Hall]

The Coroner

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?
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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?

©2009 M. R. Hall (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Rogayah
    Reading, United Kingdom
    8/3/10
    Overall
    "Justice"

    This was a good story and I am going to keep track of M. R. Hall who seems to write a murder story with a twist. The coroner is normally consigned to a brief mention in most detective story but here takes centre stage.

    The coroner battles with a complex situation, her personal problems and sexual prejudice amongst other things. I was rooting for her and was glad she stuck with it.

    An excellent, entertaining story and was well read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Louisa
    Freshwater Bay, United Kingdom
    7/12/10
    Overall
    "An Excellent Read"

    I really recommend this - an excellent read with an engaging heroine and very good plot. Very well read by Sian Thomas - don't miss it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nicola
    Folkestone, United Kingdom
    7/7/12
    Overall
    "very poor"

    This book started well and I was looking forward to listening to a thriller from a different angle ie the Coroner.
    Sadly the central character Jenny Cooper turns into an obnoxious, arrogant and totally unbelievable person whose own personal problems completely overwhelm the rest of the story.
    I have listened to the first 3 books in this series and they get more unbelievable as they go on and Cooper becomes more arrogant and obnoxious.
    A real shame as this could have been an excellent series

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • cats22
    Oxfordshire
    2/20/11
    Overall
    "Oh dear"

    This started off promisingly - a new woman coroner with personal problems who nevertheless sets about investigating two cases left by her predecessor. For two-thirds of the book I was with her as she gradually uncovered bits and pieces of evidence in those cases with the help of her ex-detective coroner's officer. Sadly, it became too overblown as her anger with pretty much everyone and everything boiled over. That rather spoilt the tension of the court scenes, which were otherwise interesting, as the tension arose from the worry about whether she would hold it together.

    We know from the outset that she is seeing a therapist and that there is some trauma buried deep in her memory from her childhood. She has had a nervous breakdown and has left her previous job in family law to take up this new post. This is to be a fresh start for her after her divorce.

    Unfortunately, she degenerates from pill-popping and being almost in control of her anger to borderline psychotic with suicidal tendencies. I could just about suspend disbelief so far as to accept that she was appointed in the first place but was amazed she was able to stay in her job for any length of time.

    The baddies have no light and shade. There are some characters who have their feet on the ground (sadly not the coroner herself) who offer some blessed moments of calm.

    The narration is excellent. I have given it three stars as, despite the unease I felt about the central character, it was an interesting story but I don't think I want to spend any more time in the company of Jenny Cooper. I found myself hoping that the villager with whom she develops a friendship runs a mile as she is poison!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    Cornwall, United Kingdom
    1/17/11
    Overall
    "enjoyable listen"

    its a bit slow to start, but good once it gets going, didn't really know a Coroner could do the investigating, some of it seems a bit unlikely, but it is well read and you are willing the heroine to do well. Moves at a good pace and no confusing legal jargon

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hulk Hogan
    10/29/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Enough with the tranqs and anxiety......"
    Where does The Coroner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have only listened to four, so I'd have to say fourth but I liked it a lot...


    What other book might you compare The Coroner to, and why?

    Many many of its genre are similar but the pace and building to the end is very well done.


    Which character – as performed by Sian Thomas – was your favourite?

    The pompous barrister....


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nope...I am somewhat too far along the psychopath scale for that to be relevant to me.....


    Any additional comments?

    Very well written and wel voiced, my only annoyance is the over egging of the tranqs and anxiety bit...I know it knid of forms part of the story but there is FAR too much of it for my liking....makes you start to want to slap the main character...really hard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gwen
    COLWYN BAY, United Kingdom
    5/7/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "EXCELLENT READ"
    Where does The Coroner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have read and listened to many books over the past 67 years and this ranked with some of the best. I nearly didn't download it because of one reviewer's comments but I am so glad I gave it a try. I am looking forward to listening to the others in the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that I had to keep listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Learning is fun!
    Dorset, England
    3/8/14
    Overall
    Performance
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    "Gripping and full of twists and turns!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Coroner the most enjoyable?

    The story was very well read, the reader giving exactly the right amount of tension to the voice of the Coroner as she investigates the tragic death of two young people finding herself constantly up against petty bureaucracy and criminality


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Coroner?

    It was all pretty memorable!


    What about Sian Thomas’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed her empathetic portrayal of a woman facing very challenging personal circumstances as she tries to do her job.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Neither but it does evoke strong feelings towards those who seek their own advancement at the expense of the weak and vulnerable.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen, shall be starting the 2nd book in the series now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqui
    Macgregor, Australia
    12/2/11
    Overall
    "Very enjoyable"

    My first M R Hall but not my last. I found the central character engaging, but did wonder at the ability of such a damaged person to hold down this sort of position. However I was with her all the way, although did get just a little tired of all the pill popping details. Also one of the best narrations I have heard for a long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neil
    Tyldelsey, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
    8/1/10
    Overall
    "Slow"

    Slow but interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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