Forensic pathologist Richard Pryor uses his 'golden handshake' to set up in private practice with scientist Angela Bray. A friendly coroner gives them a start, and when two women both claim that human remains found near a reservoir are their relatives, the dilemma is given to them to investigate. Set in 1950’s post-war Britain, this thrilling new series is set during the emergence of forensic science.
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I enjoyed this story describing what forensic tools were available in the 1950's and the lifestyle of that period of time.
as Bernard knight was a pathologist at that period of time he should know what he is writing about making it authentic. it is explained that the characters are all fictional but the area in which the stories are set factual.
Jonathon keeble did a good job of performing the book.
looking forward to the next book.
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loved it can't wait for the next onee loved the period iof time its set
Really enjoyed this about CSO before high tech or DNA - love the characters and the unfolding home unit.
I would recommend even though many may find it a little slow perhaps.
Story quite interesting though slow. I usually like Keeble as a narrator but I felt he was accentuating every other word to make it interesting which just makes it tiring.
The author was intent on including as many quirks of the times as he could which I thought was very clumsy.
After the first half I was keen for it to be finished.
This is set in a 1950s small town and is very refreshing. The details of everyday life rang true and the actual pathology and forensics were clearly done without being burdensome. It was a good mixture of scientific procedure and police investigation and I thought that was all well done.
Where it lost me was in the rather clumsily inserted passages about the potential love lives of the characters. The pathologist is sharing a house with his business partner and it is platonic but the author puts in passages where they each wonder about the other in a rather half-hearted way before getting back to the plot. The partners have two young attractive female employees so the author tried to build some romantic tension between them all which was unconvincing and, I felt, unnecessary. It always improved when they were all concentrating on their work.
I have listened to just one Crowner John novel by the same author and this is much better done in that the main characters have expertise and are quite likeable.
Jonathan Keeble as ever reads it very well.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, it has a good story line and interesting characters; it sets the scene well for policing and forensic science in the 1950s and plays on the current enjoyment of all things nostalgic!
Who was your favorite character and why?
Probably Richard, the main character; he has an unusual background and seems like someone you would like to know
What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
I enjoy his variety of voices (there is only one that doesn't quite fit). He is easy to listen to and I like a good story while I'm working.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
No not really, it isn't that kind of book but I was very glad when they finally found the evidence to convict the murderer!
A detailed and, no doubt, accurate account of forensic science in the 1950s. Unfortunately, it is also slow, ponderous and did not excite. It does not offend either.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Better story line, less waffle.
What could Bernard Knight have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Not written it.
Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jonathan Keeble?
Someone who could do better accents and less false female voices.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
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I am not sure if this is supposed to sound like it was written in the 1950s or it is a modern take on 50s Wales and England but it fails on either count. One for those who love road atlas routes around Wales and England, 1950s shopping lists of the brands of food available then, endless descriptions of what characters were wearing and their physical appearance.Typical dominant male and subservient female characters, unable to fully function without men. I listened hoping it would get better - it didn't.
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