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The Coroner (Jenny Cooper #1)

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A vulnerable boy hangs himself inside a young offenders' centre. A teenage girl is found dead of a heroin overdose. Then, after dealing with these two cases, Coroner Harry Marshall suddenly dies, apparently from natural causes. Jenny Cooper is his replacement & she is puzzled by Marshall's strange behaviour just before his death.
Hardcover, 422 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by MacMillan (first published 2009)
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Melinda Elizabeth
This was a fairly bland procedural crime novel... I assume the author is setting up storylines for further novels, but it would have been nice to tie up some of the loose ends. There was just too much whinging and dragging, boring stories in this book to be good. If it had stuck with the coronial part, and cut out the pill popping lead character it might have been a little more tolerable than it was. The characters were one dimensional and I didn't really care what happened to any of them. Don't ...more
Richard
This is first book about Jenny Cooper a newly appointed Coroner in Bristol, SW England. It introduces us to a struggling 42 woman who has endured a recent marriage break-up, with her teenage son chosing to stay with his Dad, a new remote home and a serious drug addiction following a nervous breakdown. Having lied on her application about her current medical issues she throws herself into her new job.
Unfortunately, she can hardly manage with all the demands on her and when a couple of cases appea
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Mary Gilligan-Nolan
I have been considering reading this one for a while now and decided it was time to get stuck into it. The story follows the newly appointed Coroner, Jenny Cooper to the Severn Vale District. Jenny is recovering from a breakdown following her divorce and losing custody of her teenage son to her husband, who is a right a***hole. Jenny is a troubled soul, addicted to tranquilizers and drinking a little too much. This seems to be connected to an incident in her childhood, she has blocked out of her ...more
Gerald Sinstadt

Brave of a male author to make a female character the main protagonist, but M R Hall succeeds well enough. Though Jenny Cooper, the coroner of the title, isn't easy to like. She is in psychiatric consultation for some childhood trauma, suffering guilt pangs after a custody struggle from a messy divorce, at the same time addicted to pills and too much alcohol (a bottle of red, followed by a bottle of white, beer from the can, brandy meant to be for cooking, etc). Difficult to see how she was app
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Sunnie
It isn’t very often that a new author comes my way about whom I know nothing at all. Usually if they are good, there is a buzz about them. People start talking about the book they’ve just read and others pick up on it. I hadn’t heard a word about M.R. Hall’s, THE CORONER so I had no real expectations that this was anything other than just another run-of-the-mill crime novel. You know the type of thing. You read it and a couple of weeks later you’ve forgotten most of the plot. I am happy to admit ...more
Jane
I’m not sure what drew me to this one. I read a certain amount of crime, but I’m not a great lover of straightforward modern procedurals. But there are some authors who can give them that little bit extra to make them more than a generic read.Could M R Hall be one of them?

The set-up was promising. Jenny had an established career as a family lawyer but, after a nasty divorce and a breakdown, she opted for a new career in a new town. As a coroner.

It’s an interesting angle. One that I’d not come ac
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LJ
First Sentence: The first dead body Jenny ever saw was her grandfather’s.

Jenny Cooper spent 15 years practicing child-care law, but a serialized cheating, emotionally abusive husband and subsequent divorce, a missing year from her childhood, resulted in an emotional breakdown and severe panic attacks. She’s beginning to put her life back together and has been appointed local coroner in the Severn Vale District Corner, inheriting the office, and it’s rather resentful clerk, from recently deceased
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Lou Robinson
Recommended by a friend, I think I've found another author who I'll be adding to my series list. This is the story of a somewhat damaged lawyer who takes up a new post as coroner in the Severn Valley. Jenny Cooper has taken the role following on from the death of the previous incumbent. A mysterious death and closely following the mysterious deaths of his last 2 cases. Jenny takes up the challenge, and finally exposes the truth and corruption rife on her patch. Already ordered the next book...en ...more
Baoyi
This is the first time I've encountered a heroine/hero in a capacity of coroner, not to mention that she has a therapist. The Coroner was pretty informative on the legal aspect and job scope of a coroner so I was pretty satisfied. The plot was slow going at first and there wasn't a lot of action as most of the suspense happened in the 'court rooms', but it detained my attention and Jenny Cooper fascinated me. She's one of the few characters who made me feel frustrated for her and not at her. The ...more
Jools
Listened to as an audiobook, and I picked it up on the recommendation of a customer at the library. I was in no way disappointed - I thoroughly enjoyed it! The main character is flawed, struggling with mental issues and dependent on prescription drugs.........but how she deals with the corruption of the system she lands in, and emerges triumphant in her endeavours to get through the day on fewer pills, and STILL manages to solve the mysteries and bring the criminals to book is a great story. Eve ...more
Christie
Fantastic, first in series featuring the main character a Coroner. A real good story, I enjoyed it so much that as soon as I finished book I downloaded the next in the series
Robyn
I found it hard to put this book down.. I don't think her anxiety helped my anxiety though. :)
Ursula

The Coroner's protagonist is, surprise, a coroner. Since she just starts out in this position, she teaches herself, and the reader, on the duties and rights of the coroner as needed, and as the investigations proceed, a point of view that I knew little about before I read this book.

The combination of the crime story, and political issues like private prisons and the difference between punishment and rehabilitation, together with a background story of a woman struggling with mental issues, makes
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Lynda Kelly
This was a pretty good story in itself but with way too many errors in it for a paid-for book. I wasn't impressed in the least. For me there were also a few unexplained loose ends....I have the second in the series in my wishlist and may try that although I'm not in any great rush, I must admit.
I loved the cover although the ASIN number didn't pick up the cover I had on my download with the woman and the bridge. I don't get why so many authors keep altering their covers and editions. I see no re
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Helen
First in a series about a coroner who is based in Bristol and lives near Tintern, an area I know a bit so I enjoyed the background to this. Jenny Cooper has just been appointed to her post after some traumatic events in her personal life, and she is beginning a difficult task for which she seems not to be ready. I found her constantly popping Temazepam and driving recklessly to be very alarming (perhaps because the locality is not far away and the idea of encountering her on the road is pretty d ...more
Jill Burkinshaw
This book had mixed reviews so was a bit undecided whether to order it or not but decided that given the low cost it was probably worth the risk. I cant say with all honesty that it is the most gripping book I have ever read but it is certainly educational. At 55 years old I have never given much thought to what a Coroner's job entails so it was good to have it explained in such an easy to understand interesting manner. The book covers many topics including Jenny's struggle with mental health pr ...more
Fab Librarian
“I’ve never seen the reading group so animated!” That was one of the observations at our Novel Lovers Reading Group meeting last night as we discussed The Coroner by M R Hall.

Jenny Cooper has recently moved into a cottage in the beautiful village of Tintern and left a stressful job to start a new role as the Severn Vale District Coroner. She hopes these changes will give her life the equilibrium she so desperately needs. But as Jenny takes over the reins from her recently deceased predecessor sh
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Caroline Taggart
First in a series of ‘detective’ stories featuring the newly appointed Coroner for the area around Bristol. Arriving on the job fresh from a nasty divorce and a nervous breakdown, totally dependent on her temazepam to get her through the day, she finds that all is not as it should be. Her recently deceased predecessor seems to have been very lax about following up on the deaths of two young offenders and in the overworked police and hospital systems no one is thanking her for re-opening cases th ...more
Pat
Not bad, not great. Definitely too long (450 pages), in spite of the rather sparse script-like writing style. The villain of the piece and the nature of his/her villainy was spottable from a fair distance. And, by the way, Temazepan is not an anti-depressant. It sends you to sleep.
Zelda
A deeply flawed main character and totally believable. Very engrossing how she refuses to give up searching for more evidence after she finds unsatisfactory procedures and verdicts carried out by her predecessor coroner. Glad to see that this is the first of a series.
Maragad
Příběh Jenny mě do sebe okamžitě vtáhl. Jako hlavní postavu jsem si ji moc oblíbila, nenechá se nikým jen tak zastrašit a když si něco umane, jde za tím. Děj i postavy jsou skvěle propracované a je vidět, že si M. R. Hall jako bývalý právník, dal opravdu záležet. Překvapilo mě, že kniha není jen o Jennyině práci na pozici koronera, ale děj se úzce proplétá i s jejím osobním životem. Právě rozmanitost děje se mi na knize moc líbila, chvíli přemýšlíte nad případem a zachvíli řešíte záhadného souse ...more
Nick Brett
Jenny Cooper is damaged goods, suffering from anxiety and dependent on triazepan. Trouble is, she is also the new coroner of the Severn Vale District on the Welsh Borders. She takes up her new job and finds that there are inconsistencies in the last case her predecessor handled and she needs to balance an unwanted investigation with her personal issues and problems.
It’s not bad, Cooper is a flawed but believable character and I liked the fact that sometimes other people make discoveries, it is n
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Deanna Mayhood
While this book started off a little slow, and I wasn't sure I liked the protagonist--new coroner Jenny Cooper-- I decided to hold on and keep reading. It turned out to to be worth it. I came to understand Jenny and what drove her moods and attitudes, and from there, I could forgive her poor behaviours. Better still, things had finally picked to the point that I was looking forward to what would happen next, as the action actually seemed to have become dangerous and (dare I say it?) thrilling. O ...more
Mel
A strong main story line with interesting sub plots. I enjoyed this book and felt the characters were very well written. Being set close to where I am from also helped.
Jenny Cooper is a the main character and she is flawed, has real issues and makes mistakes. She is easy to relate to. It is obviously the first in a series as we do not learn everything about her and certain issues that she has we are yet to learn where they stemmed from. I knew this going into the book so I was not left frustrat
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Nathaly
Podľa mňa to bol úžasný detektívny príbeh s prvkami trileru, ktorý by ste si mali určite prečítať. Autor dokáže dokonale vykresliť svoje postavy, čitateľa necháva dlho v nevedomosti a veľmi dlho taktiež trvá, kým sa postavy k niečomu dopátrajú, pretože je všetko zahalené do intríg a strašných prekvapení. Aj keď dej plynie svojim vlastným tempom, musím tvrdiť, že sa tam stále niečo deje a ten, kto príbeh číta nebude ukrátený ani o napätie a akciu. Jediným negatívom, ktoré som videla, bolo správan ...more
Cleo Bannister
This book is about a normalish 42 year old woman escaping a traumatic time in her life by taking up a new career and post as a Coroner on the boarder of England and Wales.

The story was fast paced and Jenny's character well formed and believable. She takes over the post from a man who died from a heart attack leaving some questionable judgements relating to suicides of teens in his last few days in office. Jenny with prompts from a local journalist decides to investigate more closely into these d
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Teresa
Found this book a bit of a slog at first, and it took a third attempt to really get into it, but once I did I found it pretty good.
Elaine
While I would have liked to have given this a better rating, it wasn't always easy to follow. I was confused about why certain photos were mailed and how they fit into the deaths and inquisitions of the youngsters. I had hoped it would come together by the end of the story but it didn't; Maybe I was missing something. I also thought that what happened to Katy was merely glossed over at the end. The story felt incomplete.

None of the characters were even remotely likable. Jenny Cooper is a divorce
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David
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Susan
I really enjoyed this book, excellent crime writing and UK based
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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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