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The Coroner

Coroner Jenny Cooper, Book 1
Narrated by: Sian Thomas
Series: The Jenny Cooper Series, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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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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  • Louisa
  • 07-12-10

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!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Rogayah
  • 08-03-10

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.

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  • catsatcastle
  • 02-20-11

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!


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  • Flint
  • 01-23-19

I loved this book

I was slightly put off by a review on this book but I’m glad I took a risk because I was hooked, I enjoyed it from beginning to end. It was well read, well paced and interesting with lots of twists and turns.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 01-17-11

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

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  • Gail J Elverd
  • 07-19-19

Excellent writing!

Great storyline, with interesting details. Characters are believable, complex and so very real. Thoroughly enjoyable. Well worth a second listen. 🌈🙏

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  • Patsy C
  • 07-17-19

Brilliant!!

A really good book with something new on every page!! Have now purchased the next two! I can't praise it enough....great story wonderful narration by Sian Thomas and overall just brilliant.

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  • Dizzietango
  • 05-04-19

Excellent story

Excellent story, spoilt a tad by the voicing of the corner in the early chapter. Not sure if this changed or simply became immune. As a result I almost didn’t continue but am delighted I did as the story blossomed into a gripping tale of intrigue. I look forward to the next volume. Enjoy

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  • Emma B.
  • 04-27-19

Amazing

Absolutely brilliant book had me gripped from beginning to end highly recommended if you like the tv program you will love this 😃

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  • Freckles
  • 12-18-18

Intriguing crime read

I enjoy crime stories and this has a different angle-a coroner as the protagonist. Of course she has various issues, but I really enjoyed the story and various revelations. Will definitely read another one if this is a series.