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The Burning (Coroner Jenny Cooper Series Book 6) [Kindle Edition]

M. R. Hall
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A family tragedy. A buried secret. What lies hidden in the flames?

A dense, bitterly cold fog has settled over the Wye Valley when Bristol Coroner Jenny Cooper is called to the scene of a dreadful tragedy: in the village of Blackstone Ley, a house has burned to the ground with three members of a family inside.

Though evidence of foul play is quickly uncovered, it isn't long before the police investigation is drawn to a close. It seems certain that the fire was started by one of the victims, Ed Morgan, in a fit of jealous rage. But their infant son is still missing and Ed had left a message for his surviving wife, Kelly Hart, telling her that she would never find the child . . .

As Jenny prepares the inquest, she finds herself troubled by the official version of events. What could have provoked Ed's murderous rampage? How might the other, guarded inhabitants of the village have been involved? And what could the connection be with the mysterious abduction of a little girl ten years ago?

Battling to supress gruelling events in her own life, Jenny soon becomes entangled in another perplexing inquiry that may have surprising links to this one. Can she unearth Blackstone Ley's secrets, before it's too late?



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About the Author

M. R. Hall is a screenwriter and producer and former criminal barrister, a profession he left due to a constitutional inability to prosecute. Educated at Hereford Cathedral School and Worcester College, Oxford, he lives in the Wye Valley in Monmouthshire with his wife, journalist Patricia Carswell, and two sons. Aside from writing, his main passion is the preservation and planting of woodland. In his spare moments, he is mostly to be found amongst trees. Also available in the double CWA Gold Dagger shortlisted Coroner Jenny Cooper series: The Coroner, The Disappeared, The Redeemed, The Flight, The Chosen Dead and short story The Innocent. Discover more at www.m-r-hall.com; facebook.com/MRHallAuthor; @MRHall_books

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1456 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Mantle; Main Market Ed. edition (27 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HSNVN5I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,266 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Gil_Gibbs_Hotch VINE VOICE
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This is the first novel I have read by M R Hall. The premise of the story is for Jenny Cooper, the coroner for the Severn and Wye region to arrive at a verdict on the deaths of a step father and his two teenage step daughters. It would appear that this was a murder/suicide. However, clues are quickly uncovered which leaves this very much in question. Also is there a connection with the disappearance of a 4 year old girl 10 years ago from the same village of Blackstone Ley?
The author writes in an intelligent and relaxed manner. The prose is particularly effective and true to life. The reader is lead down several paths, each of which appear a plausible route to the truth. However, nothing is simple in Jenny's world and the red herrings begin mounting. Her persistence and trust in all those around her are tested to the limit. In addition, she also has to deal with a serious personal issue.
This novel is thoroughly engrossing and I simply had to finish it in one sitting as Mr Hall expertly weaves a story to which you have to know the answer; which doesn't happen until near the end. If, as I this is the first novel by Hall that you read, it will not be the last and I predict a healthy interest in the previous 4 Jenny Cooper stories.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and quite brilliant page turner 18 Feb. 2014
By Mrs. V. Bradley TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is the third M R Hall novel about Coroner Jenny Hall - and this is by far the best to date. When we first meet Jenny Cooper (the Bristol Coroner) is on her way to the scene of an appalling tragedy in the village of Blackstone Ley. A house has burned to the ground killing the three members of one family inside. Foul play is suspected, but for some inexplicable reason the police investigation is quickly closed, and Jenny is determined to find out why. As happened in the previous novels she soon finds herself in danger, because she likes to step outside the normal call of duty for a coroner.

Initially the case seems cut and dried - on the face of it it appears that the fire was started deliberately by Ed Morgan, one of the victims, as a way of getting back at Kelly Hart. He leaves a message for Kelly, his surviving wife, telling her that no matter what she will never find their young son who was not in the fire and who is still missing. But somewhere in the back of Jenny's mind there is something troubling her. What provoked Ed to start the fire? Were others involved, and why were some of the other inhabitants in the village reluctant say anything? Ten years prior to this event a young girl was abducted and was never seen again. Were the two events connected in some way.

There are some violent and unpleasant scenes in the story - all of which add to the mounting tension. There is a more human side to all this as well as we learn more about Jenny's complicated love life, and at times the stress of her job and her nerves begin to catch up with her. The story had me captivated from start to finish, and the ending came as a total surprise to me as I am sure it will to all who read it. Well done, M R Hall - and when can we expect the next book in the Jenny Cooper series?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspend Disbelief 27 Mar. 2014
By C. E. Utley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I am growing rather fond of Mr Hall's dotty coroner, Jenny Cooper. Actually, and this is a great improvement, she is not nearly as dotty in this book as she is in the earlier ones. But she does still have a very strange idea of a coroner's job. Readers should be aware that Hall's description of what coroners do is fantastic in the extreme, but it doesn't matter in the least.

The story opens with a dreadful fire in a house in a village near Bristol. It happens at shortly before midnight. Three charred bodies, assumed to be those of Ed Morgan and his two young step-daughters, are found in the burnt out house. On the following morning a detective inspector turns up at the coroner's house, tells her of the tragedy and goes with her to see the scene, where the bodies are awaiting removal to the morgue. In her strange way, Jenny immediately starts interviewing witnesses. On the following morning she is informed that the police have closed their files on the case and handed it over to her. That is despite the fact that it has transpired that all three victims have gunshot wounds, that they have not yet been identified and the post mortems have not yet been carried out. The Crown Prosecution Service, we are assured, has advised the police that they need not investigate any further (see what I mean by suspending disbelief?).

Still, this odd behaviour of the police and the CPS gives Jenny her chance to act as a detective (what she seems to like doing most). As is her habit, she charges round the country interviewing all sorts of potential witnesses for the inquest (real coroners leave that to the police) and uncovers all sorts of strange goings on, especially when there are some more violent deaths which, yet again, the police can't be bothered to investigate.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great instalment to the series. 5 Mar. 2014
By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Thank you to the author and publisher for the advance reading copy.

A family tragedy. A buried secret. What lies hidden in the flames? A dense, bitterly cold fog has settled over the Wye Valley when Bristol Coroner Jenny Cooper is called to the scene of a dreadful tragedy: in the village of Blackstone Ley, a house has burned to the ground with three members of a family inside. Though evidence of foul play is quickly uncovered, it isn’t long before the police investigation is drawn to a close. It seems certain that the fire was started by one of the victims, Ed Morgan, in a fit of jealous rage. But their infant son is still missing and Ed had left a message for his surviving wife, Kelly Hart, telling her that she would never find the child . . . As Jenny prepares the inquest, she finds herself troubled by the official version of events.

The Jenny Cooper series is one I have followed from the beginning so never was I more pleased to see an early copy of a novel as I was to see this one.

In this instalment we find Jenny coping not only with an emotive case but with the aftermath of previous events and some tough decisions about her future.

I love these because they are so compelling – the mystery element is always intriguing, tightly plotted and often unexpected – and the characters always illicit an emotional response. The legal aspect of a coroner’s work is authentic and Jenny Cooper herself is an interesting protagonist both in how she thinks and acts…and realistically flawed.

This one kept me up into the early hours, always a good sign. And as usual the personal lives of the regulars was just as fascinating as the case they were solving..another great thing about this particular series is how well rounded each story is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant book
Published 9 days ago by Mrs J Devenport
5.0 out of 5 stars Another splendid Jenny Cooper novel.
I have thoroughly enjoyed all the Jenny Cooper series. This one I found to be even more of a gripping page-turner than the previous five in the series. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great story in the Jenny Cooper saga. Lots of twists: who can you trust?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not realistic
I was disappointed with this book after the other reviews and I wonder how anyone could give this 5 stars. Read more
Published 1 month ago by dixie dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
another good book in this series
Published 1 month ago by lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
An excellent read.To use an old adage it was quite difficult to put down.Jenny Cooper's best yet of an impressive collection.
Published 2 months ago by Andrew Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Have lived all this series if books and thorough recommend then for a...
Have lived all this series if books and thorough recommend then for a good read. You don't want to put them down but don't want then to finish!
Published 2 months ago by Catherine
5.0 out of 5 stars the burning
Kept me guessing till the last page. The twists and turns of the story made the last few chapters so intense that I couldn't put the book down!!!
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Judith Symons
4.0 out of 5 stars I have enjoyed each of M R Hall's books and look forward ...
I have enjoyed each of M R Hall's books and look forward to reading another about Jenny Cooper as the Coroner.
Published 2 months ago by Paul Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed every one and only hope that Jenny Cooper will ...
Have now read all of the Coroner Jenny Cooper Series of books - six in all. Enjoyed every one and only hope that Jenny Cooper will have many more cases to deal with. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Monika Paterson
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