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Bridge of Sighs (Martha Gunn) Hardcover – 31 Oct 2018
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About the Author
Priscilla Masters is the author of the successful 'Martha Gunn' series, as well as the 'Joanna Piercy' novels and a series of medical mysteries featuring Dr Claire Roget. She lives near the Shropshire/Staffordshire border, works part-time as a respiratory nurse in the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and has two grown-up sons and one grandson.
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Coroner Martha Gunn learns of the death on reaching her office on Monday morning unusually not from her assistant Jericho, who always liked to be first with any news, but this morning she was informed by DI Alex Randall himself. A suicide he says – ‘well, it looks like a suicide’. Gina Marconi was thirty-six years old, a successful barrister in criminal law, due to be married in September. One son Terrance, aged 8. With everything to live for inexplicitly she gets out of bed at 3am and drives her car at 60 miles an hour straight into a brick wall’.
As Martha reads through the case file, she begins to form a picture of the dead woman andfeels that something is very wrong. Despite enquires, or as Martha puts it, her ‘digging around’, she can find no explanation in her life for a suicide and the results of the post-mortem find nothing abnormal. The only other possible area is her connection with criminals through her work. But both Martha and Alex continue to feel uneasy about the ‘suicide’.
Two weeks later twelve-year-old Patrick Elson jumps off an A5 bridge. Witnesses say they saw him standing on the parapet and then he jumped. Although there is no connection between the boy and Gina Marconi, neither suicide makes any sense. He was a clever boy, perhaps something of a ‘swot’. He wasn’t depressed and didn’t take drugs, no reason can be found for him taking his own life.
Then Alex Randall’s wife dies, deemed to be a suspicious death. Over the years Martha and Alex have become friends and more recently more than just colleagues, and although Martha is a widow, Alex is married, and a although unhappily and they have maintained a certain distance. And now his wife is dead. And the case is being referred to her.
In this the 7th book in the series featuring Coroner Martha Gunn, she is jolted to a certain degree from her comfort zone. Although she dines occasionally with Simon Pendlebury, who was the husband of her late friend, and who clearly would like to take their relationship to another level Martha has not been so inclined. The friendship with Alex Randall has grown slowly over the years and while he remains married Martha’s life has continued in its usual pattern, although now her twins have both left home. But Alex has always been there to discuss her cases with, to brain storm difficult situations, but now she is adrift. She has two unexplained suicides and a cloud of suspicion has settled firmly over Alex Randall’s head, and maybe also her own!
There are two clever and intriguing stories here. Can Martha solve the three unexplained deaths? If she does get to the truth will she be able to handle it? and if she doesn’t will the lovely easy camaraderie she has enjoyed with Alex be gone forever?
This is a brilliant episode in this series, and I heartily and highly recommended this as a ‘not to be missed’ read.
Reviewer: Lizzie Sirett
Martha Gunn is a Coroner in Shropshire and has been notified of the death of a young woman. In the middle of the night she left her home, without her mobile phone and drove her car into a brick wall at 60 mph. No cause for the accident could be found, but the woman had everything to live for. She is a successful barrister, beautiful, intelligent, somewhat extrovert, planning her wedding and she has a son whom she adores. So, could it be suicide – but why no note in explanation?
Two weeks later she receives notification of a 12 year old boy who has committed suicide and she is called upon to investigate. Again, there is apparently no reason.
Martha, as the Coroner usually liaises with DI Alex Randall with whom there appears to be the hint of a developing relationship but suddenly he is on garden leave from his post and Martha is unable to contact him to discuss these cases and her suspicions. So she goes it alone.
Although this is written in a fairly simplistic style, it is well-written and far from detracting from the whole; it renders it a comfortable, easy read without losing anything. What I found really interesting was the background to her work as a coroner. Not for Masters the gory and bloody prose, but more of a considered, thoughtful process of deduction. The characters are well-drawn and identifiable, even though at times I was dis-satisfied with Martha and her relationship with Alex, let alone the risks she sometimes took. I felt that she needed a gentle shake (but that’s just my opinion).
Would I recommend it? Yes, particularly if you like a more ‘English’ approach.
Thank you to the author, publishers and NetGalley for providing an ARC via my Kindle in return for an honest review.
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