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The Coroner

By: Jennifer Graeser Dornbush
Narrated by: Sophie Amoss
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Summoned from her promising surgical career first to her estranged father's bedside and then to his post as medical examiner when his small town needs urgent help with a suspicious death, Emily Hartford discovers home is where the bodies are in this pitch-perfect mystery debut.

Recently engaged and deeply ensconced in her third year of surgical residency in Chicago, Emily Hartford gets a shock when she is called home to Freeport, Michigan, the small town she fled a decade ago after the death of her mother. Her estranged father, the local medical examiner, has had a massive heart attack, and Emily is needed urgently to help with his recovery. 

Not sure what to expect, Emily races home, blowing the only stoplight at the center of town and getting pulled over by her former high school love, now sheriff, Nick Larson. At the hospital, she finds her father in near total denial of the seriousness of his condition. He insists that the best thing Emily can do to help him is to take on the autopsy of a senator's teen daughter whose sudden, unexplained death has just rocked the sleepy town. 

Reluctantly agreeing to help her father and Nick, Emily gets down to work, only to discover that the girl was murdered. The autopsy reminds her of her many hours in the morgue with her father when she was a young teen - a time which inspired her love of medicine. Before she knows it, she is pulled deeper into the case and closer to her father and to Nick - much to the dismay of her big-city fiance.

When a threat is made to Emily herself, she must race to catch the killer before he strikes again. 

The Coroner, expertly written and sharply plotted, is perfect for fans of Patricia Cornwell and Julia Spencer Fleming.

©2018 Jennifer Graeser Dornbush (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Cliched and needs a good editor

This book was expertly narrated however the story was weak and cliched. There were also some very annoying things that should be picked up by a good editor before publishing. It made me wonder whether this is a self-published book. Examples include: when a character said something ‘with a displeasing tone’ - she meant ‘displeased’; .Several times when a situation, not a person, ‘was incredulous’ - presumably she meant unbelievable; The clunky phrasing of the sentence, ‘Was this how getting smothered felt like?’ ; Someone has ‘Hateful eyes’ - presuming she meant ‘hate filled’. Annoying plot events included when the sheriff ‘knew how to override the passcode on the phone’ - convenient, when that’s something even the FBI struggle with. Then there’s the lead character, more than a little annoying and unprofessional and a totally loose canon, who suffers a broken collarbone, a couple of broken ribs and severe bruising but is up and about the next day moving without pain and free to consider doing an autopsy on someone. Very missable book.

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The coroner

Omg the narrator. … the male voices are terrible.
The story is utterly boring.
Don’t waste your time on this one

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Disappointing

Didn’t ‘grab me’ but I stuck with it. The ending was disappointing and unfinished, no doubt paving the way for a 2nd book but I won’t be reading it. Going back to my favourite authors, British & Irish narrators and suspenseful, gripping storylines.

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omg get an editor

awful inconsistencies in the narrative... a hospital with an icu and an ER with 1 hotel? every other character (nearly) went to school with the protagonist. I'm expected to believe a 28 man is head of this police force? also look up the pronunciation of Hugh! a sister is mentioned once. the whole setting is unbelievable. the story trite and obvious. I don't care who killed the the person because I learn practically nothing about her. I could care less about Emily's mother's death... it's not compelling as a reason for estrangement. nothing in this story makes me care about anyone in it. I only got half way through. if the dead person was so up in the house world do some research on what kind of horse she would have been given. also a broken knee will not have a horse "back to normal" in a month.

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Mediocre

Not a bad story, a bit drawn out. Very slow & monotone narrator I increased the speed to 1.1

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Average

Needed more polish, lots of weird little details that made no sense and the main character is shallow and very ditzy for a doctor - who forgets their own birthday? And of course she is tall, thin and blonde, insert eye roll here!
The involvement of the senator in the scoring wasn’t explored - was it to cheat or did he want his daughter disqualified so he could keep control over her? All the main characters were quite dense in one way or another and no one could communicate properly - from the way she left town, to the dad being remarried, and Nick pining after her for 12 years (pfft). One minute Julie is dead, the next minute her little sister is being questioned at school - why was she at school the same week her sister was murdered? And this accomplished woman is ready to throw everything away by about day 3 in her old town, whilst dealing with a murder and ailing parent (who she became estranged from a bit too hastily). I just couldn’t get into this book at all, it felt like fan fic or a teenager wrote it at times. Comparing it to Kathy Reichs is an affront to her and her fans! It was a freebie, I definitely won’t be using credits to continue the series.

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Good ready

Good read and good story but it leaves a few loose ends,
an extra chapter would’ve finished it perfectly

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I couldn't finish it

the reason I couldn't finish it past the first 3 chapters was the narrator. She sounded tired and bored .

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average

This read like a Mills and Boon novel, not a lot of weight to it. And the narrators pretend male voices made the whole thing comical. I'm guessing there will be a follow up book, but I won't be buying.

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Very wordy

The storyline is quite good but it’s written and read more like a Mills & Boon romance than a murder mystery/triller.

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