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Where Death Delights (A Richard Pryor Mystery)

Where Death Delights (A Richard Pryor Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Bernard Knight
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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The first in a new series from author of the ‘Crowner John’ books - 1955. Forensic pathologist Richard Pryor uses his ‘golden handshake’ to set up in private practice with scientist Angela Bray. A friendly coroner gives them a start, and when two women both claim that human remains found near a reservoir are their relatives, the dilemma is given to them to investigate. Written by a former Home Office pathologist, the story carries the stamp of forensic authenticity.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 451 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Digital (1 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058E11FG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,756 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bernard Knight Jumps Forward to Post WWII U.K. 17 Aug 2010
I have read the "Crowner (Coroner) John" series with much enjoyment not to mention other titles by Dr. Bernard Knight which include non-fiction (I wish I could find his 1960's titles). I saw one detractor speak of confusion and such (that was on another web site). I can not address that, it is not my problem. However, I can say that this title is the first in a new series that takes place in Post WWII U.K. It is essential that the author, in the best interests of the reader, to set the stage, so to speak, for the time and circumstances in which events take place (a socio-cultural context). The younger U.K. reader, as well as the American reader, might not appreciate that it took a while for the U.K. to rebound from the WWII experience. Rationing was still practiced, if not officially, in need by many. The main character, and others, served in the war and their lives were still adjusting about a decade later (I won't give specifics because that would take away from a good read). In the first title of a series, I believe it is important for the author to "flesh out" the characters and provide details of life so that one can be in tune with the setting(s) as well as better understand future titles in the series. I may not always agree with Dr. Knight, but I can say that despite that I find his writing worth reading and most enjoyable. He wrote in such a way that I could not only associate with many things spoken of in the book, but better appreciate the characters and their trials and tribulations. I certainly hope that the good Doctor will be able to provide us with more titles in this new series. I was even surprised at how many things I was familiar with from my past associations with the British military and U.K. friends. I think you will find it satisfying if you like socio-cultural history mixed with your murder mystery. Knight still can pull off surprises for some in the last few pages and make the journey to the end of the book well worth it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 1950's forensic tale 4 July 2010
By Mary J
I am a previous fan of Bernard Knight and love his medieval Crowner mystery thrilers This is very different , and you could not classify the book as a murder mystery . This is a new development for Bernard Knight. Its written from the perspective of a young forensic clinician back from abroad setting up private practice with a female colleague in Wales. In some ways its a record of forensic medicine at this time along with the very 50's police processing routines . As he struggles to get work and recognised by the locals and police hierachy, he becomes involved in several deaths and police investigations which requires his colleagues laboratory expertise to find cause of death. The book explores the developing relationship with his colleague,and the locals who he gradually gets to know.
Its well written as are all Knights books,and I found it initially bland ,although the record of the 50's work I found interesting.
Reflecting on this book I can only compare it to an , All Creatures Great and Small, production, which is a record of vetenarary practice in the Yorkshire Dales.
I think this could be the same. I think there is more to come and hope that Bernard Knight will go on to develop the story lines and the intriguing relationships that he hints at in subsequent books.
I look forward to reading more.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 8 Mar 2010
I am a big fan of Bernard Knight's Crowner series of books, so eagerly anticipated this book the first in a new serious of a forensic Pathologist Richard Pryor set in the 1950's.

It is well written, and a subject that is very close to Knight's heart as it is a career that he had.

I couldn't put it down I highly recommend it to all Bernard Knight fan and to anyone who like a crime novel that more fact than fiction

Can't wait for the next one in series
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent reading 30 May 2011
This is a complete change from his Crown Coroner books and makes excellent reading. Well thought out and written. Hopefuly the first of a new series. Can't wait for the next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 27 April 2014
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Having read all the Crowner John series I hesitated about this as I thought it would be unlikely to match up. However, having adjusted to the more recent historical setting I couldn't put it down. Bernard Knights`s fantastic knowledge and personal experience made it riveting reading. Great! I`'ve another series to enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Too many brand names used 21 Feb 2014
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I enjoyed the book very much but I was not impressed with the use of so many brand names, I thought they were superfluous.
I do look forward to the next in the series.
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thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions of the area which I know slightly. Being 'of a certain age' I revelled in nostalgia for the 50's while thoroughly enjoying the tale
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent writing 29 April 2013
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Somehow, Bernard Knight prevents this being a text-book on forensic pathology by an engaging and interesting account of the personalities involved. Well worth a read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 18 days ago by W. Reekie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I liked this book and also the other book featuring Richard Pryor, hope there is more
Published 2 months ago by J Logan
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Bernard knight has a wonderful eye for detail. Having read all the crowner John series, I wanted to try the Richard Pryor series. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Paul Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent 'page turner'
Does more than it says on the cover! The early days of 'kitchen table forensics' (by today's standards) in which 'Richard Pryor' sets up his own forensics company from a legacy and... Read more
Published 21 months ago by G T Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars Reciew
I couldnt get into the story Just me probably Its still waiting in my unread categoty of books till I get round to try it again
Published 21 months ago by Elizabeth Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars A book delights
I picked up this first Richard Pryor series book, (although it does not matter in which order you read the, although this one does define the basis of the practice so it is best... Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2012 by pete jen
3.0 out of 5 stars Where Death Delights
First off - if you are looking for a murder mystery you will probably be disappointed.
This is more a book about the life of a forensic pathologist rather than the cases... Read more
Published on 27 July 2012 by Zak
5.0 out of 5 stars Where Death Delights
This book is a 'delight'.An excellent read.
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