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Publisher's Summary

In the beginning there were five identical murders - bodies eviscerated and organs scattered playfully around. Beverly Wharton pinned the crime on Melkior Pendred, a highly skilled and autistic mortuary assistant. Her colleague, Sergeant Homer, always believed she had caught the wrong man and that Melkior's twin, Martin, was the real killer.

With Melkior dying in prison, a sixth, apparently identical murder gives Homer the perfect chance to prove his case. Martin Pendred is arrested but released on a technicality after the intervention of his solicitor, Helena Flemming. Then Martin disappears and another murder takes place. Former pathologist John Eisenmenger worked on the original murders, and his finely honed skills could make all the difference to this nerve-wracking case.

©2005 Keith McCarthy; (P)2006 Isis Publishing Ltd

Critic Reviews

"McCarthy is a working pathologist who can also write exciting, literate prose." (Publishers Weekly)
"British pathologist with a rattling good whodunit." (Bookseller)

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  • Anne
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • 03-07-11

Fabulous

Kieth's done it again! Gripping story and narrated by the brillian Sean Barrett makes for great listening. Kieths books should be listened to in sequence so that you don't hear what happened in a previous book that you haven't listened to yet. Google to find out when each book was released

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Great tight writing; excellent narration

I am now on my 5th Keith McCarthy novel in this "mystery" series. He is truly a wonderful writer - witty, concise, and compelling. The reader, Sean Barrett, is completely convincing as every character he reads!
The only reason I don't give 5 stars is because the endings of McCarthy's novels tend to be wrapped up too quickly, and come to a final head a bit too quickly.
Even with this, though, I love these books!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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What a Treat!

Oh Keith! Where have you been all my life!? I adore your writing, I adore ALL your characters, I adore everything about your books. They are smart, funny and have the twistiest plots I've ever heard of.
Marry me and I will give up all my affairs, including but not limited to Capt Von Trapp, Raylan Givens, Jamie Frasier, Walt Longmire and that Sam guy) Okay, if it too soon for that, just let me watch your eyes glitter as you compose your stories. I even want to read the out-takes. I'll bet you can make a grocery list dazzle.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 02-23-10

Excellent book

Excellent well written captivating kept me on the edge of my seat. One of the best forensic murder mistery I have listened too. Highly recommend

13 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Sue
  • 11-01-08

A gripping listen

This really was a cracking listen! Featuring John Eisenmenger and some other favourites it sort of follows on from The Secret Sleep of the Dying, expanding on the characters, continuing their stories whilst entwining a new plot line. Excellent stuff. Well written and building up to the reveal, this is another excellent book. Once again, expertly read by Sean Barrett who masters the voices wonderfully, giving them a life of their own.
The quality and pace of the recording are perfect and there are no noticeable variations along the way.
Since this is my second book I feel I am really getting the measure of
Eisenmenger and his relationships, particularly Helena and Beverley. I found this book brought more flesh to their bones and I am hoping another is available to download.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • M L EVASON
  • 11-26-17

suspense, gritty and absorbing.

I'm loving this series of books. Sorry that Helena is dying, Beverly no doubt will get her chance. The image of Martin as the villain was quite horrific and the portrayal of him by Sean Barrett a genius! Arrogant and superficial medical scholars depicted with a cutting wit and sarcasm. You never can tell who is bad, mad or quite simply evil.

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  • Lee
  • 09-28-17

Top Notch..gripping thriller.

Another gripping tale written by Keith McCarthy and read by the wonderful Sean Barrett. Had me listening compulsively over a couple of days. A twisty turns plot that moves along at a good pace. Highly recommended.

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  • FrannyC
  • 06-02-17

A good read, but...

I guess that I enjoyed listening to this book. But I was constantly expecting it to get going at a faster pace.

It was a perfectly adequate read, but no more than that.

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  • Miss L ttophi
  • 04-03-17

good series

even thought this book is very descriptive its posable to lision to bit at a time
intresting at time makes you laught this books got everything
takeing time to get thought it
i look forward to getting more

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  • MAGGS
  • 06-25-16

Final Analysis - Enjoyable read

Final Analysis - Enjoyable read
Always plenty of twists & turns with this series
Narration excellent as always from Sean Barrett

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  • 01-05-14

Tried this author because of Sean Barrett

Tried this crime author mainly because of Sean Barrett narrating. This may be personal to me but I like crime fiction as a bit of escapism but this author obviously has professional experience of pathology and is very well versed in tumours of all varieties. I'm afraid I got fed up with it for that reason and didn't finish the book. I felt that the author's extensive knowledge of such things was a distraction from the main story and frankly I found it grim.

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  • Linda
  • 08-03-13

4/5 star review with very mixed thoughts

I don't very much like the writing style - nor do I warm to any of the characters at all (other than lukewarmly John Eisenmenger and Wright the Police underdog). Having said that I think the actual plot is absolutely excellent and the pace ensures you want to keep listening to know whether your hunches are correct (mine were!).

The main female characters in this series continue to annoy me (are they badly drawn or drawn too well?!) and I can only pray that the police force is not as personally and politically motived as shown here.

Sean Barrett does his usual excellent portrayal of all of these characters.

Part of me wants to give this a 2 star only - part of me wants to listen to the next instalment.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful