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A riveting insider perspective from Ireland's former state pathologist, Marie Cassidy. 

For over thirty years, bodies have been my business. The lucky ones have died peacefully in their own bed, surrounded by loved ones. But, life, or should I say death, is not always like that. This is your opportunity to duck under the police tape with me. Walk carefully in my footprints and follow me into the scene but don't touch anything, just look. Remember Locard's principle, every contact leaves a trace.

Marie Cassidy was Ireland's state pathologist from 2004 until 2018. During that time, she was involved in many high-profile cases, including the Stardust exhumation and the deaths of Siobhan Kearney, Rachel O'Reilly, Robert Holohan and Tom O'Gorman.

In Beyond the Tape, she invites us into the world of forensic pathology and shares her remarkable personal journey, from working-class Glasgow to becoming Ireland's head pathologist. A fascinating, behind-the-scenes account of real-life forensics, the intricate processes central to solving modern crime and the stories from behind the crime tape.

©2020 Marie Cassidy (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Interesting listen

A little on the slow side at times. Not overly complicated in terms of medical speak. Have recommended it to friends but found it a bit of a trudge in parts, worth the work though for the rest of the story. Doctor Cassidy is an excellent narrator who comes across as intelligent, empathetic, professional, humble and open minded.

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excellent read

a great read,couldn't put it down at all,Marie is a fantastic woman,really interesting career,would have loved it myself

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honest

a very good listen to the very interesting life of a very special person

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Very interested

I fear death so listened to this to maybe desensify myself to my fear... I loved how matter a fact, clinical but caring this lady is! Beside this beyond the tape was fascinating.

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fascinating insight into tough job

dr Cassidy is witty, funny and warm. the respect for justice and those involved in the cases discussed is palpable. really enjoyed and would recommend

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Interesting and in depth

Very Interesting listen, Narration was excellent and due to the narrating being performed by the author you got a real feel for the content. Marie herself came across as very down to earth and grounded in her opinions of her own abilities. If you like true crime and even more so Irish crime this is a great listen. Her name is synonymous with rte news here in Ireland so I was truly intrigued.

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Loved every minute.

Really enjoyed all Marie’s stories and wisdom. So glad that she read it herself. Her knowledge will be missed.

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LOVED this!

Great book. funny, informative and moving. Dr Marie Cassidy is a hero in her own right and this book just highlights that!

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Loved it!

Interesting, harrowing, fascinating. I'm so glad I listened to this audio book. Marie has a fab sense of humour too.

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Brilliant

Book written by kind and through salt of the Earth Doctor. Thank you! It was very enjoyable