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A Life to Kill

(Jenny Cooper #7)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  219 ratings  ·  23 reviews
The day they've all been waiting for is at hand. The last British combat soldiers in Helmand are counting the minutes until their departure for home. For their excited families in Highcliffe, it spells the end of an agonizing six month wait. But in the final hours, disaster strikes. Nineteen-year-old Private Pete "Skippy" Lyons is abducted and the patrol sent out to locate ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published October 1st 2018 by Pan Macmillan (first published January 12th 2017)
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Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the latest and seventh in this superb series featuring Coroner Jenny Cooper by MR Hall. This is a stellar addition, with Jenny taking on the might of the British Army as she sets up an office at the garrison town of Highcliff. This is a story that resonates with a number of contemporary British issues, covering recent history with military deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, using vulnerable teenage boy soldiers who have no idea what they are fighting for and whose lives are deemed expe ...more
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Compulsive, astute, and timely!

In this latest novel in the Coroner Jenny Cooper series, A Life to Kill, Hall immerses us in a complicated, emotional case involving a missing Private, a dead soldier, two critically injured, and a military that seems determined to keep their skeletons in the closet.

The writing is tight and crisp. The characters are flawed, secretive, and loyal. And the plot is an intricate, exceptionally-paced mystery full of twists, turns, revelations, deception, corruption, alle
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book in his series so far

From start to finish this book was a real page turner. The difficulties the Matthew portrayed about the army procedures when an investigation is underway from outside sources are conducted, could well be made to make you think of real time events. His empathy towards the comrades of the soldiers involved made you imagine that you could actually see it all unfolding before your eyes. Love all his books but this one for me is outstanding. Brilliant xxx
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 7th book following the career and life of Coroner Jenny Cooper. I thoroughly enjoyed this although at times it was harrowing reading. Mrs Cooper has been engaged to conduct a coroner's inquest into the death(s) of two soldiers who lost their lives in Helmund province 24 hours before they were due to go home, their tour of duty completed. A fascinating insight into military procedures and civilian procedures covering the same thing. Very involved and detailed and an excellent read. True to fo ...more
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my second Mathew hall book and thought it was excellent again.
Well worth a read.
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good, and worth the wait! I read this straight through. The inquest which Jenny is asked to conduct is on a soldier killed at Helmand at the end of the British involvement in the 13 year long excursionary war. This handles a difficult topic and achieves something which is hard to do: showing the futility of the exercise while at the same time putting the argument in favour of what was happening and linking it to national security; showing the supportive nature of the military family while a ...more
Alexios Gatzoyas
Jun 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the best book I've read this year. I'm already a big fan of Matthew Hall's 'Jenny Cooper' crime series, but in this one he's pulled out all the stops and in my opinion deserves to actually win an award rather than simply be shortlisted.

You can read all about the story from others on 'Goodreads' or from the cover description. My job is simply to attempt to convey the power of the story to enthrall, move and above all leave the reader shaken and thinking about it for a long time afterwards
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Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
When I originally requested A Life To Kill on NetGalley, I somehow missed that it was the seventh book in a series. It was hard to follow the story at times but it didn't really take out of me enjoying the book in the end. The book handles a difficult subject but succeeds in showing the issues with recruiting, soldier's mental health as well as the sense of purpose that drives men to want to serve.

Thank you to NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for my copy in exchange for an honest review.
Kirsten Izatt
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another perfect book

I love Jenny Cooper. I found it hard to believe after reading the very first book that it had been written by a man. Every description of her inner turmoil, her challenges and hopes, seemed so accurate, I couldn't imagine how anyone other than a woman could have such insight. And that's never changed. I devour every book too quickly and then have to wait too long for the next. Without doubt, Matthew Hall is one of my favourite authors.
Janice Bridger
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting read based on a conversation the author had about British boy soldiers and how they struggled when on tour eg in Helmand province against the Taliban. Most of the story is about a coroners court case that gradually reveals the truth of one disastrous mission. It’s the first of Matt Halls books that I have read but I shall definitely read some more.
Louise Davy
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
A great read. I wasn't sure about a book on the British in Afghanistan but through the eyes of the Coroner, Jenny Cooper, "Whatever the truth, It's better than not knowing" rang true.
This novel and Tony Jones' The Twentieth Man, may yet convince me to read ore fiction. Current or recent political events as background to a crime make for compelling reading.
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this was another chance read for me, picked from the Quick Choice section at a local library. I hadn't read any other in the series but the synopsis of the storyline hooked me. I was not disappointed. This was an excellent novel
Christine Parker
An excellent book. V emotional and thought provoking.
More please Mr Hall!
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent addition to the Coroner Jenny Cooper series. A range of characters, well drawn. A suspenseful plot with tension kept up to the end.
Janet Pearson
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read. Love this series of books and this one was no exception. Interesting military background. Couldn't put it down. Highly recommended.
james stewart-taylor
Wonderfully researched addition to The Coroner series. Excellent quality writing and a perfect 'page turner'.
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous read, gives a powerful insight into life in and associated with the army and the relationships and responsibilities that entails.
Robert Dunn
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is, in my opinion, Hall's best Jenny Cooper book yet.
Tom Waters
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is the seventh book in the series I have read and I can not wait for the next brilliant Tom Waters
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A war time tragedy or a cover up? Good, fast-paced book with several twists and turns. Would give it 4.5 stars if I could. Not quite 5 stars though as the ending was a little weak
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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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