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A Kiss Before Killing

(Eisenmenger-Flemming Forensic Mysteries #11)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Each man kills the thing he loves…

Edward Marsham is admitted to the Royal Infirmary having hung himself in his prison cell.

As predicted, he dies.

In the wake of several unexpected deaths at the hospital, however, Dr. Claire Woodforde suspects there is a killer amongst the staff. As Detective Chief Inspector Beverley Wharton and her new sergeant Tom Bayes begin to investi
Kindle Edition, 243 pages
Published August 28th 2017 by Endeavour Ink (first published 2017)
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Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
First of all, I'd like to thank the author for offering me a manuscript of A Kiss before Killing in exchange for an honest review.

"Nothing can keep the doctor away." 🔪

Edward Marsham hung himself in his prison cell during several unexpected deaths at the hospital that Dr. Claire Woodforde works at and she suspects that there is a killer among the staff. As Detective Beverley Wharton and her sergeant Tom Bayes begin to investigate Marsham's death, they too start to wonder if it was natural or wh
Kirsty ❤️
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I was a bit surprised to find that there are quite a few of these books in the series and this isn't a first one. I got the impression that most of the characters were new to each other and hadn't worked with each other before. 

While I liked the serial killer angle and the grisly way of dealing with the corpses (liked may be the wrong word there!) there was a brief one line towards the end of a 'Grand Plan' and then nothing. I am assuming it's the old story of abused becomes abuser but why the d
Kathi Defranc
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great,easy to read crime story involving forensics and pathology. Immediately we meet a man in prison, supposedly on suicide watch but prison officers don't check him often, who hangs himself with the arms of his shirt tied together. Even though he is brain-dead, he is taken to a hospital. When he dies , a Dr. Claire Woodforde, believes there is something amiss, as does police DI Beverly Wharton.
The characters are well explained, we know just who they are and believe how they act in a
Oct 19, 2017 added it
"Coincidencees happen all the time, Chief Inspector. It's because we live in a random universe."

Well -- imagine my surprise to find that this book is #11 in a long-running series! And I have not read ANY of the previous books. I hate it when this happens! I would have liked to approach this medical thriller with all the background on the characters of Dr. John Eisenmenger and DCI Beverley Wharton. Perhaps I would have understood their relationship better based on their history together. Regardle
Judith Barrow
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
From the start it is obvious that the author knows a great deal about cadavers and forensics; there is a lot of detail about the dissection of bodies and the necessary criminal investigation. I didn’t mind reading about those sections; in fact I can deal with grisly as much as the next reader of this genre but it felt rather clinically shown so, as a reader, the dreadfulness of the murders, the horrendous dismemberment, was, for me, portrayed too clinically; there was something emotionally missi ...more
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
It seems this is the 11th book in a series. Would it have been better for me if I had some back story on the characters? Probably. In many ways the interaction of the main characters and the action of the serial killer seemed to work against it. I found myself wishing that they would just get on with it!

The murders are gory and the author doesn't spare the reader's finer feelings! I could almost smell the gory discoveries! He certainly knows how to hook a reader! Do these gory dismembered corpse
This is one of those times when I wish I had been watching this story rather than reading it, not because I don't like the story, but because I think A Kiss Before Killing: Nothing can keep the doctor away... would thrive as ... say ... a BBC television series rather than a novel. And I think it might actually have been better.

A Kiss Before Killing: Nothing can keep the doctor away... is a solid serial killer tale. It's not really a thriller -- we don't know who is doing the killing until the e
Michelle (Michelle's Book Ends) Shealy
"Eisenmenger had left his small house fifteen minutes before, aware that he was late and therefore hurrying. He walked quickly to the end of the mews, looked right and left, saw nothing coming and stepped into the road. The car that hit him must have come out of nowhere. Having hit him, it disappeared into the same place and he was left sprawled on the tarmac, bleeding from an abrasion on his left temple and feeling intense pain in his chest and right knee. He was concussed, with the world whirl ...more
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I haven't read the first one but didn't think I really needed to as it is a crime novel. I did get confused in parts, as it kept going to and fro between different scenes, and it gave no indication that the scenes were different. All in all, a good read, and a really good ending.
E.L. Lindley
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Kiss Before Killing by Keith McCarthy is an addictive thriller that I found hard to put down. The novel is one of many featuring pathologist John Eisnenmenger although this is the first one that I’ve read.

The novel opens with the seeming suicide of a prisoner whilst in custody. The man’s death brings Dr Claire Woodforde to the attention of Eisenmenger and his former lover DCI Beverley Wharton due to her claims that his death was suspicious and linked to other unexplained deaths in the hospital
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was offered this ebook in exchange for an honest review; that's why I'd like to thank the author and the publishing house first :)

I was sent the book because I'm a big fan of the Rizzoli & Isles series. A Kiss Before Killing follows another pair of the same kind, tough detective Beverley Wharton and no-nonsense pathologist John Eisenmenger as they investigate a series of grisly murders that takes them from a prison to the hospital, with many body parts strewn in between.

It is a very engag
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, kindle, netgalley
I received this arc from Netgalley.

Quite an interesting read. Plenty suspense to keep you guessing. It kept me entertained throughout.
N.A. Granger
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Kiss Before Killing is the latest in a long line of crime thrillers involving forensics and pathology by Keith McCarthy, who is himself a practicing pathologist.
As written in the book description: This is not for the faint-hearted reader of crime thrillers -- it shines a light into the darkest recesses of the human soul.
I will state at the outset there are parts of this mystery which are grisly. The author is a physician/pathologist and clearly knows about dissection and forensics, which lends
Georgia Rose
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
There is plenty of death in this medical mystery with a higher than expected rate of patient deaths at the hospital, which alerts Dr Claire Woodforde to the fact that something’s wrong, and then the first body is found in an empty house. A torso, minus its limbs and a head.

DCI Beverley Wharton leads the investigation with her new sergeant, Tom Bayes, enlisting the help of Dr John Eisenmenger, a pathologist, along the way. My favourite characters were Eisenmenger and Wharton and I enjoyed whateve
Debbie Littley
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
As written in the book description: This is not for the faint-hearted reader

Book Description

Each man kills the thing he loves…

A body is found in an empty house.

A body without its limbs. And head.

Dr. John Eisenmenger is tasked with examining the torso to uncover clues which will lead to its identity and cause of death; a grisly job even for the most hardened of pathologists.

But as the investigation unfolds, the team discovers that there is much, much worse to come, and in addition, there is growi
Kate Vane
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I picked this up because I'd previously read and enjoyed The Silent Sleep of the Dying and was interested to revisit Eisenmenger some years on.

Sadly, this for me isn't as strong a novel. It feels a little rushed, like it's an early draft.

The strengths - the pace, the detailed portrayal of the hospital/medical world and the author's willingness to populate his books with unlikeable characters!

The weaknesses - I struggle with the trope of pulling an indispensable cop (or in this case pathologist)
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keith_mccarthy
A body is found in an empty house.

A body without its limbs. And head.

This is from the synopsis of A Kiss Before Killing, throw in some torture, some good forensic snooping, and you have yourself an exciting forensic thriller. Besides being a first rate author, Keith McCarthy is a pathologist, which means he is the fellow who really does the autopsies. So as you can imagine, McCarthy doesn’t hold back when he writes about the darkest part of his job. A Kiss Before Killing is not for those that
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy from NetGalley and this is my honest review. I found this to be a quick thriller with a forensic spin. This is the first book I have read by this author but I did enjoy it so will now b e on the lookout for others by him.
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A statisical increase in the deaths at the hospital results in Dr. Claire Woodforde involving John Eisenmenger. Meanwhile Detective Chief Inspector Beverley Wharton starts to investigate the appearance of torsos.
An interesting mystery which held my interest to the conclusion.
A NetGalley Book
Bekha Youmans
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I was taken when I read the back of this book that it was going to have me on the edge of my seat with the way that it was saying there was ghosts and Gould’s offing people in the hospital. But frankly that wasn’t exactly what I was reading it was a pathetic attempt at a crime thriller that could better be described as teenage fiction. Bitterly disappointed.
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Keith McCarthy is a pathologist and writer of crime fiction, known for his Eisenmenger-Flemming Forensic Mysteries. He also writes under the name Lance Elliot.

* Dr. Lance Elliot
* Eisenmenger-Flemming Forensic Mysteries

Other books in the series

Eisenmenger-Flemming Forensic Mysteries (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • A Feast of Carrion
  • The Silent Sleep of the Dying
  • The Final Analysis
  • A World Full of Weeping
  • The Rest Is Silence
  • With a Passion Put to Use
  • Corpus Delicti
  • Soul Seeker
  • The Taste of Wormwood
  • A Furnace Far Too Hot