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The Flight (Jenny Cooper #4)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  478 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
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. While a massive and highly secretive operation ...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 320 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Mantle (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mary Gilligan-Nolan
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
I really like The Coroner, the first book in this series, but I now have formed the opinion that I am in Groundhog Day, as the plot is different, but everything else remains the same. There is a format to the books, i.e. Jenny Cooper always threatens someone she can have them arrested if they do not comply with her orders. "I am The Coroner, do you know who I am and what powers I have". (She does not actually say this, but implies it every time). Alison, her assistant, is always in a bad mood an ...more
Nick Davies
Nov 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
For all the fact that the quality of writing here was high, for all the plot generally held me interested, for all the pre-existing interest I have in air accident investigation, this otherwise very decent book was let down IMHO by the same little annoyances which prevented me enjoying the previous M.R. Hall 'Jenny Cooper' novel.

The central premise of this is that local coroner Jenny Cooper is called in to investigate the death of a man washed up in her patch following a plane crash having sunk
Clodagh Phelan
Dec 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, my-reviews
A series too far?

When Flight 189 crashes into the Severn Estuary, it leaves a raft of unanswered questions. How could ten-year old Amy Patterson have survived apparently unharmed, only to die of hypothermia? Who was the man found alongside her, a yachtsman who had obviously not been on the plane? How could such a high-tech plane literally drop from the skies? Why were certain passengers switched to this flight at the last moment?

Coroner Jenny Cooper is drawn into the investigation, despite the f
Ann James
Apr 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Found myself quickly reading through the technical bits of aviation...possibly as it was an industry I worked in. Shame it didn't include at the end why flying is safer than car travel...a large aircraft, compared to a car, has the equivalent of 150+ MOT's that are checked after every landing & before it can take off again (one of the many things that contribute to the turnaround time at an airport, when u see the aircraft landing and wonder why it's taking so long to be called to board!). I ...more
Vicky Thomasson
After a plane plunges into the Severn Estuary, Jenny Cooper investigates into its sinister cause. I wasn't really sure how I felt about this book. It was a very scary concept which has severely intensified my fear of flying but I'm just not sure if the ending was entirely believable. I don't really believe in conspiracy theories as I refuse to believe that people can be that evil (probably being very naive here!) and sometimes things are just what they are with no suspicious meaning behind them ...more
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it

The author was very wise to add a note at the end of the book saying, " remember that a short drive through town remains statistically far more dangerous than your flight by a factor of many thousands to one." That said, it was a great read!
David Highton
Mar 30, 2017 rated it liked it
The fourth in the series of the Coroner, Jenny Cooper, and with her repressed childhood memories being exposed in the third book, she is a much less stressed and less irritating character this time round. She still plays the role of the determined outsider battling against the establishment, and her dogged pursuit of matters probably outside her remit seems a bit of a stretch of credibility at times. Nevertheless, a decent read, the series improving and I will definitely read the fifth book
David Brown
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I’ve never had a fear of flying and on one holiday I flew ten times in the space of a month without an ounce of anxiety. That said, I haven’t much experience of turbulence which I imagine is pretty frightening. M.R. Hall’s The Flight depicts the tragedy of a plane crash and the mysteries that surround it. This is the fourth in a series of novels featuring coroner Jenny Cooper and would be my first taste of her work.

The novel focuses on Flight 189 which crashes into the Severn Estuary leaving no
Emma Greenwood
Dec 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
It's a while since I read this (an entire year!). Unfortunately I didn't enjoy this book too much - I felt it was lacking suspense somewhat, the narrative was a little dull for my tastes and honestly I put it down so many times that it took me well over a month to finish it.

Perhaps it's because I came into the Jenny Cooper series at book 4 and was lacking the background, but I often find for me personally a book series is truly great when you can pick any book in the series and it 'clicks' - suc
Annie Dyer
Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Enjoyed and liked the plot, but the character of Jenny seems to have run it's course. She has become far too unlikeable and I'm struggling to be on her side now. The demons from her past/mental health issues were interesting at first, but now have become depressing. Not sure if I'll read the next.
Agnieszka Higney
Sep 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF.Too much technical details regarding airplanes and aviation safety to keep my interest.Starts quite interesting as a plane crash investigation.Next hundred pages are really not very engaging or entertaining.Very technology based and with little character description.
Katy Chessum-Rice
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the angle of air travel in this novel but found some of the characters a bit flimsy and I couldn't remember who was who a few times! Overall, was enjoyable and I will look forward to reading the next in the series.
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really good read.

Technically had a lot going for it and certainly held your attention. I can recommend this book to anyone aeronautically minded.
Tom Waters
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too Technical

Avery well written story with plenty of twist At times it became very bog down with technical data that's why I only gave four stars
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Again a second read but equally gripping.
Lizzie Hayes
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
‘The Flight’ by M R Hall
Published by Mantle, 17th February 2012.
ISBN: 978-230-75491-1 (Trade Paperback)

When Ransome Airways Flight 189, bound for New York with 600 passengers and crew on board, plummet’s into the Severn Estuary shortly after leaving Heathrow, it falls into North Somerset’s Coroners jurisdiction, but two bodies wash up in the jurisdiction of Severn Vale District Coroner Jenny Cooper.

Jenny is currently investigating an unexplained fatal car accident, and along with her current ca
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: aviation enthusiasts and fans of Da Vinci's Inquest
Recommended to rabbitprincess by: the Globe and Mail
The Airbus A380, a behemoth of the skies, is the latest and greatest in terms of technology, supposedly virtually free of human error. How then to explain Ransome Airways Flight 189's fatal plunge into the Severn Estuary shortly after take-off from Bristol International Airport? That's not really what coroner Jenny Cooper is asking though. Her remit is supposedly the death of a sailor who happened to be on the water when the plane hit, taking him out as well. But then Jenny discovers that her in ...more
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Flight 189 crashes into the Severn Estuary and nearly six-hundred people die and another sailboat sinks.
It’s Jenny Cooper’s task to find out what happened to Amy Patterson, a girl who travelled alone and who was the only one who wore a lifejacket. She’s found dead nearby the body of the sailor. There has happened something in the water, because Amy’ s dead wasn’t caused by the crash, but by something else.
How could such a high-tech plane, not supposed to crash, fail? Nobody seems to want that qu
Anne Wright
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery - crime
The Flight by M R Hall

I give this book 4.75 out of 5 stars

There has been an Airplane crash around the River Severn, One of the Air buses has just fallen out of the sky - something it should not be able to do. No one survives.

Jenny Cooper the Coroner is called to the sight of two bodies - one young girl and one older man dressed as a sailor. Both dead, both with questions attached to them, why has the girl got a floatation vest on, and when they find the yacht the sailor was on his is missing.

Janek Bogucki
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Good mixture of technical details regarding avionics, relationship dynamics, conflict with authority and suspense leading to a slightly limp resolution.
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Matt Hall demonstrates in this fourth novel about Coroner, Jenny Cooper why we were first drawn to this series and I personally feel that with 'The Flight' he has created an imaginary plot and a chilling thriller.
Perhaps not a book to take on a transatlantic trip this is a mystery that has you on the edge of your seat and grateful not to be obeying seat belt signs.
What I like about Hall's books are that they are multi-layered and not just conspiracy driven stories about our Coroner trying to st
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you feel nervous about flying, this is probably not for you (although the author has obviously thought about that and has a nice reassuring postscript about aircraft safety!) A plane comes down in the Severn Estuary and one of the bodies ends up in the area covered by coroner Jenny Cooper. All is, of course, not as it seems, and to reach the truth (and save another plane) she has to run the gamut of the establishment putting obstacles in her way. Her husband and son are more or less out of th ...more
Sharon Kennedy
This is the fourth book in a series, although it is the first one I have read. A coroner (nicely flawed) is called in after the crash of Airbus flight 189, and two bodies are washed up in her jurisdiction - that of a little girl and a sailor.
Orders from on high then take the investigation of the little girl's body out of her hands, which doesn't please her mother, who is determined to find the cause of her daughter's death.
There was a lot to like about this book - the fact that she did not have
Laura Pilcher
A Really good read!
Flight 186 has lost radio contact and crash lands in the Severn River. Two bodies are found a bit further from the wreckage and fall into the juristiction of Coroner Jenny Cooper. Immediately the powers at be close ranks around the diaster the flow of information stops. Jenny has to hand over the body of a 10 year old girl Amy Patterson to the main enquiry. Mr Brogan, the second body in Jenny Coopers juristiction, jives Jenny a small hole in which she tries to uncover the tru
Tanya Bull
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Yet another great book in this series. Only reason it dropped a star was because of the depth of detail of aviation and avionics ...... date I say it (very occasionally) even bored me a little
Books n All  Jill Burkinshaw
I do like these books and am enjoying learning about the role of a Coroner and getting to know Jenny. I find these books, by their very nature, to be a bit slow going. I usually read thrillers so am used to having an element of suspense which, because these books are more informative than fiction dont have that same 'grab the reader' format. I have found them very interesting nontheless.

This book, however, is a whole different ball game. I think we can all relate to the tragedy of a plane crash
Lou Gillies
This book has a lot of detail and it's easy to become bogged down by it all. The story revolves around a crashed Airbus. The investigating coroner is terrified of flying, as is the author (confessional at the end). Having been on a fear of flying course, there are many arising issues within the story that are very much fictional and whilst you probably shouldn't be reading a book about plane crashes if you're too scared to go on one yourself, it's probably not going to help quell your fears. Unl ...more
Ann Broom
Sep 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first experience of M.R Hall and the Jenny Cooper books. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the storyline, and despite the subject being rather far fetched (in my mind) sometimes, it was chillingly believable. As they say Real Life is often stranger than Fiction. This could be one of those moments.
I don't normally like to start off in a series with other than the 1st book and read them in order, just incase there is anything that follows on in the history of the character. However, I
John Ellis
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth book in the series about a coroner based around the English and Welsh border. When flight 189 crashes into the Severn estuary, Jenny Cooper is asked to take on the case of a man whose boat is hit by the falling plane. She is not afraid to ask questions that the official investigation don't want to ask, in her attempt to get at the truth of what really happened.
I have read a couple of the other books in the series so far, and have enjoyed them, so am looking forward to reading
Nikul Patel
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I started reading this book as I was flying away on holiday and the premise really intrigued me. I work in the aviation industry and it sometimes frightens how much things are becoming automated and humans are having less and less control of the aircraft. Whilst I understand the reasons behind this its only a matter of time until someone figures how to control aircraft from a remote base. The detail in the book is incredible and the processes highly credible and felt like a real life event. The ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

Jenny Cooper (7 books)
  • The Coroner (Jenny Cooper, #1)
  • The Disappeared (Jenny Cooper, #2)
  • The Redeemed (Jenny Cooper, #3)
  • The Chosen Dead (Jenny Cooper, #5)
  • The Burning (Jenny Cooper, #6)
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