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The Redeemed (Jenny Cooper #3)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  414 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
A man's body is discovered in a church yard, the sign of the cross carved into his abdomen. Later he is found to be Alan Jacobs, a troubled psychiatric nurse. It seems to Jenny Cooper, Severn Vale District Coroner, this is likely to be an open and shut suicide case, but something tells her to probe a little deeper ...Then an enigmatic young priest, Father Lucas Starr, entr ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 5th 2013 by Simon & Schuster (first published April 1st 2011)
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Rosa Macpherson
This should have had a higher rating. The writing is good but there are fundamental flaws in the plot. There are references to characters out of nowhere, so unless the book is a follow on it makes absolutely no sense . Even then we should except some info or backstory to bring new readers up to date. The bigger flaw though is in the denouement: the killer is revealed in the most amateurish and unconvincing way. I felt very cheated, jaw droppingly aghast that I could have invested so much time in ...more
Lukasz Pruski
Feb 20, 2013 Lukasz Pruski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wonder why I like M.R. Hall’s books starring Severn Vale District Coroner Jenny Cooper. The general setup of the three novels I have read so far (“Coroner”, “The Disappeared”, and the current one, “The Redeemed”) is heavily implausible - in each of them Ms. Cooper embarks on a personal crusade to uncover truth, fighting against the overwhelming evil forces of corporate greed, government abuse of power, religious fanaticism, etc. I doubt this is the usual working mode of British coroners in rea ...more
Dec 18, 2015 Maddy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
PROTAGONIST: Jenny Cooper, Coroner
SERIES: #3 of 3
RATING: 2.75

In the UK, a coroner has a function that is quite different from that in the US. The coroner is an independent official who is entitled to investigate the circumstances of a death independent of the judicial and police systems. The coroner has complete authority to summon witnesses and interrogate them under oath in a courtroom. After being approached by a prison chaplain who believes that a man who confessed to the killing
Kristen M
I found The Redeemed very satisfying. It is the first of what I'm sure will be all the other Jenny Cooper mystery series. I am thoroughly fascinated with everything about Jenny Cooper and look forward to getting to know her better. It's frustrating and disappointing to me that after I get to know a character personally, I often never read another word about them. Thankfully, I just purchased The Disappeared and will be able to continue my friendship with Jenny.
Nov 23, 2014 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The most compelling part of this book is the uncovering of some of Jenny's past. Since book one she's been struggling with intense anxiety and some of the reasons behind that are becoming uncovered in "The Redeemed." Finally.

Two separate cases are before Jenny: She is asked to look into the death of a one-time porn star now said to have a relationship with Christ. At the same time, she is looking into the death of a male psych nurse. As with Hall's previous books in the series, this one is slig
Deanna Mayhood
Aug 03, 2014 Deanna Mayhood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the shocking last words from the previous book, I couldn't open this one fast enough! I just had to know what was meant by Jenny Cooper's father's comment about her cousin. I had also found myself quite wrapped up in the series, despite not being sure I could like Jenny enough to care what happens to her as she searches for the truth in deaths. I was not disappointed in this book, and the more I read of Jenny Cooper, the more I find myself sympathising -and empathising- with her. The story ...more
Third in the series. The cliffhanger at the end of the second is resolved, more or less (could it still come back to haunt Jenny?) There is another one, a hint that the fate of Alec from the previous book might not be straightforward. I like the geographical background (I especially like the idea of people having cloak-and-dagger meetings at Tintern Abbey!) This story involves two different churches, both of which are a bit sinister. The priest is annoying and sinister despite apparently being o ...more
Feb 02, 2014 Jeanine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, own-it, mystery
I've been struggling to get through this book. I should have set it aside and moved on. I did not like the protagonist, the plot was muddy and all over the place. I didn't care about any of the characters. I had hoped the ending would be the big payoff. It wasn't.
Nick Davies
There were a lot of good things about this British crime mystery (connected suicides of two male members of a church group, and the murder of an ex-pornstar who was involved in the same church as well as politics) from the POV of a professionally impressive but personally flawed woman coroner - it was of a decent literary quality, the plot was ambitious and kept me interested for the majority of the book, the characters were generally thoroughly painted, complex and real.

Alas though there were a
Lizzie Hayes
Aug 31, 2012 Lizzie Hayes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘The Redeemed’ by M R Hall
Published by Mantle, 29 April 2011. ISBN: 978-0-230-71141-9

Severn Vale District Coroner Jenny Cooper is called to a cemetery in Bristol where the naked body of a man has been discovered – the sign of the cross scored into his flesh.
DI Tony Wallace SCO presiding, seems relatively informative, not the usual obstructive Police Officer she has come to expect.

Returning to her office Jenny is confronted with Father Lucas Starr who entreats Jenny to look into the death of an
First Sentence: Jenny was drinking cordial by the stream at the end of her overgrown garden, watching a school of tiny brown trout flick this way and that, quick as lightning.

District Coroner Jenny Cooper is asked by Father Lucus Starr to look into the death of Eve Donaldson, an ex-porn star who professed to be born again and became a crusader against pornography and as a spokesperson for the Mission Church of God. When Jenny discovers two other recent deaths also have links to the church, she b
May 26, 2014 Richard rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
You have to love this character of coroner Jenny Cooper to stick with this series. This is the third book now and it is basically more of the same. Suspicious death everyone in the ministry, the police and wealthy interests want a quick inquest and minimal press attention. Those of us familiar with M R Hall's character know this will not happen. More insights into Jenny's troubled past, difficult social life and threats from her employers. However, this novel is worth the reading as the author i ...more
Jun 25, 2014 Kent rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldnt put it down until towards the end. Very fast paced throughout, and there was still pretty good character development. Beat up on organized religion a little too much - too easy and done before. After a few days of thinking it over, I realize the book was formulaic, but still fun. I'd recommend it for an airplane ride or waiting at the DMV. I will read others by this author to see if he develops more of the jenny cooper character.
Nathan Medley
Jun 30, 2013 Nathan Medley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I could not get hold of M.R Halls The Disappeared, I thought I would miss The Disappeared (Halls second in the Jenny Cooper series) until my reservation arrived at the Library and go on to this one. In a way, I was disappointed I did this as some of the plot of the second book became very apparent in The Redeemed, However...
I began to loose interest in the book as the plot seemed to go stale and become predictable, consequently was ready to close the book and take it back to the library, sudd
Angela Free
Well I've finally found out what happened in Jenny's childhood! I didn't feel as enthralled by this book as I did the previous two. Maybe because I've 'read them in quick succession, or maybe because I had to leave it for a few days...I dropped it in the bath and it took 3 days to dry out in the airing cupboard. I've got The Flight ready to read in the pile next to my bed but I'm gonna change genre for a spell first, then hopefully I can get back into the Jenny Cooper series like I did when I fi ...more
Sandra Shannon
Jul 23, 2014 Sandra Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in this series. The writing formula is very much like the first book. The main characterJenny Cooper is the Coroner fighting for truth and justice against the odds. I liked finding out about the ghosts in Jenny's past which make up a big part of who Jenny is.
Feb 17, 2012 Heffalumpi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
Another fantastic crime writer. I had heard of this author and have another of her books on my To Read shelf so picked this book up randomly in the library. I am a bit annoyed to find that it is book number three in a series of books but will be going back to discover the previous ones as the writing was so good.

The books follow a coroner, jenny Cooper, and the cases that she gets involved in. The book also followed the personal life of Jenny and has multiple storylines all running together. Thi
Feb 09, 2014 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-books-read
This series just gets better and better. They can all be read as stand alone but it does help to know a bit of Jenny Coopers back story so I would say definitely read the first and then dip in as you want. I have now got one more to go and then I will have to wait patiently for the next one luckily it won't be long. I can't bear spoilers so please just go and enjoy these books !!
Ann Tonks
Although I find Coroner Jenny Cooper exasperating with her anxiety attacks and angst, she manages to rise above self obsession and solve mysteries in an effective way. Good read.
Gary Van Cott
Overall, I think the coroner part of this mystery is too much like the first two books. The only thing that changes is the gradual revelation of Jenny's previous trauma.
Andy Plonka
Oct 07, 2015 Andy Plonka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't really like the bits about the main characters mental problems, but her job as a coroner and the specifics of her profession are interesting.
May 21, 2015 Muskan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-2015-reads
Why isn't this book more famous? I was quite entertained by this book. Yes, there are some faults in the plot, but they were petty and overall, this makes a great book. Everyone should give this a try. Highly readable. :)
Mandy Slater
May 18, 2014 Mandy Slater rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this - rivetted from start to finish - this was my first novel by M R Hall and will be reading more
Jun 08, 2016 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoying Jenny Cooper. Twists and turns in private life and professional.
I am enjoying this series but why must lead characters in detective novels always have a troubled personal life?
The third book in the series and Jenny Cooper still irritates the hell out of me, but there is something in the books, the writing that keeps drawing me back for more. In this instalment Jenny comes face to face with her past and discovers the reason for her memory block from early childhood. This time I got bored with the courtroom drama and felt at times it became farcical. I admit to getting a bit lost with all the characters at one point and had to re-read portions of the book to clarify who ...more
May 19, 2011 JackieB rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, crime
This had a really intruiging plot, which moved along at a good pace. Not breakneck, but not dragging either. I also thought the characters were complex and well developed. Lots of things were not quite what they seemed at first, so the readers understanding of the situation developed and changed a lot as the plot progressed, which made the plot really absorbing.
This is the third book in the series though and I think this is definitely a series which should be read in oorder if you want to get th
Jeanne Grunert
A solid mystery book with likable characters. I'll read more in this series.
Pat Stearman
Getting more involved with her ... storyline is good. Onto the next one now....
Apr 28, 2014 Dilys rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Another good crime story a bit slow to start but gets more pacier as you get on.
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M R Hall, otherwise known as Matthew or Matt Hall, lives and works in the Wye Valley in Monmouthshire. Born in London in 1967, he was educated at Hereford Cathedral School and Worcester College, Oxford, where he graduated in law.

After several years as a criminal barrister in London, Matthew started writing TV drama, beginning with epsiodes of ITV's Kavanagh QC. He was nominated for a BAFTA for his
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Jenny Cooper (6 books)
  • The Coroner (Jenny Cooper, #1)
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