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Malicious Intent (Dr Anya Crichton #1)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  652 ratings  ·  68 reviews
A gripping and powerful new thriller -- the debut of a stunning new voice in suspense fiction -- and the first appearance of a tough and remarkable investigator, pathologist, and forensic physician, Dr. Anya Crichton.

The only female freelancer in the male-dominated field, pathologist Dr. Anya Crichton will take any work she can find to pay child support and her mortgage, g
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2005)
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This debut novel by Kathryn Fox is the first in her series featuring Dr Anya Crichton, a pathologist and forensic physician. Anya has recently set up as a freelance specialist and is struggling to get her practice going when she is asked by the family of a young girl who recently died from a drug overdose to review the autopsy reports and confirm the cause of her death and notices some unusual features in samples of her lung tissue. When these same features turn up in the lungs of other young w ...more
Helen McKenna
Dr Anya Chrichton has just started freelancing in the male dominated field of forensic pathology, but work is sparse - until she is asked to look into the seemingly non-suspicious death of a teenage girl from a Lebanese background. A few minor details from the case are disturbingly similar to another case she is working on....then another and another. Too bizarre to be a conincidence, Anya realises she has uncovered some kind of sinister plot and more frighteningly, that a serial killer is on th ...more

I did enjoy this book a lot, although I thought it got a bit lame in some areas involving descriptions of complicated apparatus used by the main bad guy, but this was a minor glitch and didn't put me off too much. I also thought the lead character Anya a little bit gullible at times....though, again not enough to spoil it.

I was aware that this is the authors first novel and made allowances for that, and have to give credit for a strong story which has the potential to grow into a really good ser
3.0 out of 5 stars Good start!, August 21, 2008

This review is from: Malicious Intent: A Novel (Paperback)

This was a pretty good first novel. It got a little bogged down with TMI sometimes, lots of detail and then all of a sudden, lots of action. I had already figured out who "done it" midway through the book, probably because so many thrillers are so formulaic and you know it's someone you have `met' or who is close to the character or on the periphery so you just mentally start detecting them
I was prepared to give this book only 4 stars, until I realized that I could not put it down. The first book in a series is always hard, since you have to introduce the character, as well as set the scene, and then build up the story, which the author accomplished very well. It was rather difficult to read in parts, sometimes due to an overload of medical jargon, and other times due to graphic content. The climax was rather delicious, full of suspense, and kept me turning pages, but the resoluti ...more
The first of Fox's three mysteries and what a debut novel.Again it is set in my local area...I always thought Seven Hills station carpark was a creepy place and now I have verification.
When three girls from vastly different backgrounds are found dead from apparent suicide after being missing for a period of time the links between their deaths ssem tenuous at best. But the tenacity of Dr Anya Chrichton in uncovering forensic clues soon links the deaths. The mystery is sustained well and she leave
Blood Rose Books
In her debut novel Kathryn Fox who is a medical practitioner with a special interest in forensic medicine introduces her readers to the world of forensic pathology, medicine and murder.

Dr. Anya Crichton has recently decided to go into practice for herself by offering her services as a expert witness, but work coming in has been slow. So she is forced to take an investigation from a brother whose sister who had OD and believed to have committed suicide in a bathroom stall. He does not see to care

Review originally published at BookThing!

Malicious Intent is a novel set in Australia and focuses on Forensic Physician Dr. Anya Crichton. I found her interesting and she was easily the most well rounded and likeable character in the story. Her own struggles throughout her life made her seem more believable.

The subject matter she has to deal with, especially when she is called to assess and collect evidence of rape victims is quite traumatic and I couldn’t quite engage with it. Perhaps because F
Patricia Cornwell war eine Vorreiterin auf dem Gebiet der Gerichtsmedizinerinnen-Thriller und auf dieser Welle versucht Kathryn Fox hinterherzupaddeln, was misslingt.

"Malicious Intent" ("Nachts, wenn du nicht schlafen kannst") ist der erste Roman einer Reihe mit der australischen Pathologin Anya Crichton. Die Einführung der Protagonistin ist auch ganz im Stile Cornwells: eine Gerichtsszene, in der ihr die Gelegenheit gegeben wird, ihre Reputation aufzuführen mit Frau Doktor hier und da.

Diesen Ru
Cat Sheely
I enjoyed the book. The storyline was very topical with Dr Crichton asked to provide a forensic report on the murder of a Lebanese girl. The family adhere's to old customs and the girl has been dominated and abused by her father. Her brother is a thug and wants to know the truth behind his sister's death.

At the same time there are multiple deaths that, although different, have a common element, a fibre in the lungs.

The forensics are well done and overall it is a very suspenseful and well writt
Janice Gallen
Another of Kathryn Fox's books I enjoyed. I found that I wanted to know about the characters, that there was enough technical information to inform, without being too much. I didn't think the writing flowed as well as it did in Without Consent, but tha's only a minor matter, not taking away from the enjoyment of the gripping narrative.
If you love forensic thrillers, you'll love this one from debut Australian author, Kathryn Fox. Dr. Anya Creichton is a forensic pathologist, who gets embroiled into a mystery, when someone asked her to look into the death of one girl. Later on, the conspiracy broils, when more links shows up in past and present cases--the same link of a mysterious fiber in their bodies and a trace of herpes. While she finds the connection, she's also dealing with custody battles with her ex on her son, and the ...more
its the debut novel of kathryn fox and it is is not very detailed neither will have any after effects but the thrill was awesome.the details given are quit correct and i did not find any plot holes.but the bad guye is pretty guessable from the start.the imotional attachment of a mother child relation is quite adorably described seemed to me she might have some personal life experience about that.all in all a good thriller and hope it will improve in the following novels
Kathleen Dixon
This is an Australian medical thriller, and one could be suspicious of another author jumping onto the forensic band-wagon, but why shouldn't she?! After all, if you can do something well, you should do it. And this author does it well.

I was hooked in right from the start - a good opening (much better than the last book I read (the Colleen McCullough murder)). And it continued to insert little pieces that the reader knows are going to add into the whole eventually, but are intriguingly (uh oh, t
This is the first of a series, written in 2004. It was not brilliant, but the style was gripping enough to keep me reading. It is set in Sydney and I look forward to reading the others in order! A good new Aussie thriller writer for me.
Hazel Edwards

Lots of clinical detail which sounds authentic but the sleuth's relationship with her son gives another viewpoint. Clever plot, but a few coincidental links.
Preferred her other book set on the cruise, but an excellent researcher who conveys real settings.
Natalie Mullan
The debut novel of Australian author Kathryn Fox is a cross between Robin Cook & Tess Gerritsen. Excellent twist you don't see coming!
Dr.Anya Chrichton is smart, poised and attractive--but her foolish ex-husband and a wave of suicides complicate her hectic life as a forensic pathologist. I didn't like Anya and I didn't like this book. It's a very basic plot, with unrealistic dialog rife with infodumps. Seriously, the whole book is one long uninteresting infodump. I say uninteresting because, although the author works in forensics herself, there was nothing I didn't already know. This book would have been intriguing, if not enj ...more
i would have given this book a 5 but it was weird, at some points i was like, i dont think i am getting into this, then on others i couldnt put it down! great ending though
Jackie Lane
Started 12/29/09 - Finished 1/6/10

This was a good read in that I enjoyed the forensic aspect of it, but I did not feel pulled into it and found that I could put the book down for a few days without feeling like I had to pick it up.

I think because it was set in Australia and some of the wording was a bit different, it took away from the book for me.

Anya, who was divorced from her husband and fighting for time with her son, struck out on her own in the forsenic arena. She is involved in one murder
Nikki Balzer
kept me up past my bedtime to get to the end. interesting read, it didn't help I'd read her second novel first. shows an insight to an Australian world that is often swept under the carpet.
Any Length
Not bad. A bit see through and a few practical things that are not possible. i.e. a 3 year old taking steps 2 at a time.
I was drawn into the the different character style of Anya compared to other forensic investigator characters I've read, like Kay Scarpetta and Tempe Brennan. And, I liked the use of the setting being in Australia; it lended itself to make the storyline unique. My only fault was I felt there was too much detail given on particular topics that then never had any relevance with the storyline. Overall, I felt like something was missing. I didn't see the killer being developed until the end and even ...more
I thought this book was good. I liked Anya and how she was struggling in her life. The issues she faced made her seem like a real person. I thought the way she went through to help solve the crime was an interesting one. I loved the play between Anya and Kate, and Anya and Dan. I had a bad feeling about half way through about who the bad guy was and hated to be right about it. His way of brutalizing these women was horrible.

Although I liked the book I did get lost in the Aussie slang, while I co
This was an OK thriller/mystery novel. It contained actually little mystery (the killer being somewhat obvious mid-way though the book) and simply contained too many plot elements. Hopefully as Fox progresses the series, she will cut some of the excess. Had she just picked one or two of the ten or eleven ideas she brought up it would have been much better.

However, it was relatively well written, not offensive (ie the sex politics were good and the lead character engaging and intelligent). And it
Kaaren Matthewson
excellent read - Ive discovered a new author and its the first in a series - can't wait to continue !
Great book! Forensic Science lovers take note.
Teresa in Ohio
I love forensics and was anxious to find a new one. What I enjoyed about the book, is it encompassed the whole feel of the working world of forensics. We had different cases being worked on, personal issues mentioned and real life scenarios in play. The killings involved mental manipulation and psychological terror. This made the book a 5 in my ratings UNTIL the ending where the killer was revealed. I still don't get why he was the killer and nothing I can find in the plot supported it. I will ...more
Wilfred Goodwin
An interesting series kickoffs.
Cassandra Curtis
I buzzed through Ms. Fox's book Malicious Intent like a chainsaw through butter, caught up in the characters and the setting. I love that the heroine, Dr. Anya is a freelancer ME (I didn't even know such things existed), fabulous setting, lots of intensity. Oh yeah, it's a page turner too. I'm hooked. Already bought the second book in the series and started it tonight. Her style feels very fresh and original to me, and I love her writing voice. Looks like I have another fav author to add to my m ...more
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Kathryn Fox is a medical practitioner with a special interest in forensic medicine who currently lives in Sydney, Australia.Her debut novel, MALICIOUS INTENT, received international acclaim, won the 2005 Davitt award for adult fiction and was shortlisted for the Ned Kelly best debut novel award. In addition, it toppled The Da Vinci Code to become the no. 1 crime book on Amazon in the UK and German

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Other Books in the Series

Dr Anya Crichton (7 books)
  • Without Consent
  • Skin and Bone
  • Blood Born (Dr. Anya Crichton, #4)
  • Death Mask (Dr. Anya Crichton, #5)
  • Cold Grave
  • Fatal Impact
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