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The Coroner

Narrated by: Sophie Amoss
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (487 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Summoned from her promising surgical career first to her estranged father's bedside and then to his post as medical examiner when his small town needs urgent help with a suspicious death, Emily Hartford discovers home is where the bodies are in this pitch-perfect mystery debut.

Recently engaged and deeply ensconced in her third year of surgical residency in Chicago, Emily Hartford gets a shock when she is called home to Freeport, Michigan, the small town she fled a decade ago after the death of her mother. Her estranged father, the local medical examiner, has had a massive heart attack, and Emily is needed urgently to help with his recovery. 

Not sure what to expect, Emily races home, blowing the only stoplight at the center of town and getting pulled over by her former high school love, now sheriff, Nick Larson. At the hospital, she finds her father in near total denial of the seriousness of his condition. He insists that the best thing Emily can do to help him is to take on the autopsy of a senator's teen daughter whose sudden, unexplained death has just rocked the sleepy town. 

Reluctantly agreeing to help her father and Nick, Emily gets down to work, only to discover that the girl was murdered. The autopsy reminds her of her many hours in the morgue with her father when she was a young teen - a time which inspired her love of medicine. Before she knows it, she is pulled deeper into the case and closer to her father and to Nick - much to the dismay of her big-city fiance.

When a threat is made to Emily herself, she must race to catch the killer before he strikes again. 

The Coroner, expertly written and sharply plotted, is perfect for fans of Patricia Cornwell and Julia Spencer Fleming.

©2018 Jennifer Graeser Dornbush (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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I loved it

I. can't wait for the next one. I really hope there is a next one. I loved the story and the main character.
Emily was. a woman who ran away from her life and home after her mother died in an accident. She ended up as a doctor in Chicago engaged to a. doctor who looks great on paper.
Her birthday starts with a successful surgery and a proposal from her perfect boyfriend.
That is soon eclipsed by a phone call from home. Her father the local medical examiner had a heart attack and a state senator's daughter is killed.
This is. backdrop for a clever mystery.
I am a fan. This one is worth a credit.

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Compelling characters, well-researched story

I’m thrilled to listen to my friend Jennifer Dornbush’s book. The characters felt like real people who would be part of my life, and the story was told with the authority of a forensic expert. The romantic subplot was predictable, but necessary to set up the series. It ended with adrenaline for sure. I can’t wait for book two!

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Sudden Stop

Well, that was abrupt! The book just stops without any warning. Oh, there’s a “reveal,” but it certainly falls short of a resolution. Why in the world would a publisher or editor allow the book to stop with so much still unresolved in the storyline? Very frustrating book.

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Ready for the next.

Well written. Left me wait and wanting the next installment. Great first novel.

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Great

First time reading a book by this author and am so glad I did. I hope there will be many more!!

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Perfect set up for a second book!

Great story!! Hurry with the next one! I loved the whole thing and the narrator was great.

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  • Beth
  • PENSACOLA, FL, United States
  • 09-17-18

Almost needed resuscitation to finish the book

The plot (which offered so much promise) dragged on, making me regret my choice. Characters were one dimensional. The story line was improbable. The writer ignored realistic difficulties having her protagonist walk seamlessly away from a surgical residency in Illinois to practice medicine in Michigan and resume a high school romance. The murder was committed to give a peripheral character the chance to win a scholarship to a state university rather than have him matriculate at a local community college which, presumably, would have curtailed his career opportunities. The coroner was a good title for this book which was dead on arrival.

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abrupt ending

i enjoyed the main characters and the overall story line. this was a good fast paced book, but what a terrible, unfinished, abrupt ending

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  • Carol
  • Denver, Colorado
  • 11-25-18

A good story.

This is an enjoyable book. Nothing magnificent, but worth a credit. I expect there are (or will be) sequels, and I will definitely purchase the next one when it comes out.

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The Coroner

I really enjoyed this,it did drag a bit but I do recommend it. Much better than many that I paid twice as much for.

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