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The Cause of Death

Narrated by: Mark Davis
Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
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Spontaneous combustion and exhumation, drug mules and devil worshippers, a gruesome killing beneath the Palmerston North Airport control tower, a mysterious death in a historic homestead, a firsthand dissection of the infamous Mark Lundy case...

In The Cause of Death, provincial pathologist Dr. Cynric Temple-Camp lifts the lid on the most unusual stories of death and murder he's encountered during his 30-year career.

©2017 HarperCollins Publishers(New Zealand) Limited (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers(New Zealand) Limited

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Love it!

I personally love true crime, and have always wanted to hear the pathologists side of things. This book does that! And it's not a constant droning on. The author is actually telling you a story. I love the pace as well. Gets right to the story without skipping anything or over explaining. Would recommend!

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highly recommended

this is one of the best books I've listened 2 in quite a while has some graphic content eg slicing up body parts.We actually knew someone who had been a friend of lundy and he said lundy was a wacko even before he murdered his wife and daughter .

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  • Catherine Lacey
  • 08-29-18

A definite must!

This was one of the best books I have ever listened to (or read). I felt it was easy for someone with a non-science background to follow but was still enthralling for someone like myself who has a science background. I listened to it in one go it was that good and will listen again.

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  • Jen W
  • 11-06-19

Not what I was expecting

After such glowing reviews I was really excited to listen to this. But it wasn’t for me, a boring account of one mans job.

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  • Eldasensei
  • 02-05-19

Very detailed and well written

This reminded me a lot of Dr. Richard Shephard's "Unnatural Causes" not only by its content but also the writing style that Temple-Camp employs. The descriptions of death and the stories of the people involved are treated very respectfully while still affording riveting insights into the forensic pathologists day-to-day activities. I gave this book 5 stars all round and the narration was great except for the Irish accent of Pat the pathologist's assistant. "Der's moire to Oirland dan dis" - it's weird because the narrator has the British, New Zealand and Kiwi accents down to a T but the Irish accent sounds bizarrely effected.

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  • Four legs good
  • 01-06-19

Riveting and superbly read

Stories were fascinating and read clearly and pleasingly. I enjoyed every moment of the book.