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Susan L.

United Kingdom
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  • Think of a Number

  • By: John Verdon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

It begins with a letter... The letter contains a request - think of a number, any number - and a sealed envelope. Inside the envelope is that number... When Dave Gurney, retired NYPD homicide detective, is contacted by an old college acquaintance about some startling letters he’s been receiving, it is at first little more than a diverting but sinister puzzle. Until the acquaintance is brutally killed.Suddenly Gurney finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation that makes no sense.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A gripping tale

  • By Paul on 11-01-12

Exceptional <br />

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-03-18

The narrator really brought this story to life, I was entranced from start to finish.

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  • The Redeemed

  • Coroner Jenny Cooper, Book 3
  • By: Matthew Hall
  • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

The body of a dead man is discovered in an overgrown cemetery in Bristol, the sign of the cross gouged into his flesh. At first it seems to coroner Jenny Cooper that all the evidence points to a horrific, if routine, suicide. Then an enigmatic young priest, Father Lucas Starr, arrives on Jenny’s doorstep, entreating her to hold an inquest into the death of Eva Donaldson, a high profile political campaigner whose past life continued to haunt her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good read!

  • By Trixie on 02-05-15

Intriguing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-17

Captivating style of writing that compliments a very lively, intelligent and fascinating imagination. Well done.

  • The Disappeared

  • Coroner Jenny Cooper, Book 2
  • By: Matthew Hall
  • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Two young British students, Nazim Jamal and Rafi Hassan vanish without a trace. The police tell their parents that the boys had been under surveillance, that it was likely they left the country to pursue their dangerous new ideals. Seven years later, Nazim’s grief-stricken mother is still unconvinced. Jenny Cooper is her last hope. Jenny is finally beginning to settle into her role as coroner for the Severn Valley; the ghosts of her past that threatened to topple her, banished to the sidelines once more.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nearly four stars

  • By Mrs V on 24-09-11

Gripping

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-17

Hooked from intriguing start to brilliant finish. Never a dull moment with this talented author.

  • The Flight

  • Coroner Jenny Cooper, Book 4
  • By: Matthew Hall
  • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Coroner Jenny Cooper investigates… A tragic accident or a terrible crime? When Flight 189 plunges into the Severn Estuary, Coroner Jenny Cooper finds herself handling the case of a lone sailor whose boat appears to have been sunk by the stricken plane, and drawn into the mysterious fate of a ten year-old girl, Amy Patterson, a passenger on 189, whose largely unmarked body is washed up alongside his.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imaginative and innovative

  • By Learning is fun! on 14-12-13

WOW!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-17

This series just gets better and better. Easily as good as Cornwell's Scarpeta series, of which I am also a big fan.

  • The Coroner

  • Coroner Jenny Cooper, Book 1
  • By: Matthew Hall
  • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

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?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Read

  • By Louisa on 12-07-10

Loved it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-17

I had never read a book by this author but was so impressed, and moved by his cleverly emotive style of writing, that I subsequently bought the entire series. Could not recommend highly enough.

  • A Life to Kill

  • Coroner Jenny Cooper, Book 7
  • By: Matthew Hall
  • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

The day they've all been waiting for is at hand. The last British combat soldiers in Helmand are counting the minutes until their departure for home. For their excited families in Highcliffe, it spells the end of an agonizing six-month wait. But in the final hours, disaster strikes. Nineteen-year-old private Pete 'Skippy' Lyons is abducted, and the patrol sent out to locate him is ambushed. One killed, two injured. One still missing in action... Their loved ones are left desperate for answers the army won't provide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good

  • By san2har on 09-07-17

Brilliant!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-17

This was a complicated, emotional and, at times, gut-wrenching story that captivated me up to the very last words. I only hope that the author will continue to write more books in this brilliant series.

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  • The Burning

  • Coroner Jenny Cooper, Book 6
  • By: Matthew Hall
  • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

A dense, bitterly cold fog has settled over the Wye Valley when Bristol coroner Jenny Cooper is called to the scene of a dreadful tragedy: in the village of Blackstone Ley, a house has burned to the ground, with three members of a family inside. Though evidence of foul play is quickly uncovered, it isn't long before the police investigation is drawn to a close. It seems certain that the fire was started by one of the victims, Ed Morgan, in a fit of jealous rage. But their infant son is still missing, and Ed had left a message for his surviving wife....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Fifi Lafou on 25-03-19

Truly exceptional.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-17

Intriguing storyline with a good dose of suspense thrown in. As always, Sian Thomas brings the story to life.