Today’s team review is from Georgia, she blogs here http://www.georgiarosebooks.com
Georgia has been reading A Kiss Before Killing by Keith McCarthy
There is plenty of death in this medical mystery with a higher than expected rate of patient deaths at the hospital, which alerts Dr Claire Woodforde to the fact that something’s wrong, and then the first body is found in an empty house. A torso, minus its limbs and a head.
DCI Beverley Wharton leads the investigation with her new sergeant, Tom Bayes, enlisting the help of Dr John Eisenmenger, a pathologist, along the way. My favourite characters were Eisenmenger and Wharton and I enjoyed whatever it was that was going on between them. They’d had a relationship in the past, it was over, but there was that lingering connection that made for some interesting interactions.
There were a few things that were a little off for me with this story. There was a lack of emotion throughout and I couldn’t really work out why Lambert, Wharton’s superior, was quite so antagonistic towards everything and anything that went on in the investigation. It seemed out of proportion. I also felt it could have done with another edit and proofread.
There will be some for whom the level of description of the bodies will be too gruesome but it didn’t bother me at all. I loved all that detail and it was clear the author knows what he is talking about so I had great confidence with his descriptions and the medical detail. This book will therefore please those readers who are not squeamish.
I received a copy of this book from the author as I am a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.
Each man kills the thing he loves…
Edward Marsham is admitted to the Royal Infirmary having hung himself in his prison cell.
As predicted, he dies.
In the wake of several unexpected deaths at the hospital, however, Dr. Claire Woodforde suspects there is a killer amongst the staff. As Detective Chief Inspector Beverley Wharton and her new sergeant Tom Bayes begin to investigate Marsham’s death, they too start to wonder if it was natural or whether someone…
helped him along.
But as they start to make headway on the case, something much more sinister comes to light.
A body is found in an empty house.
A body without its limbs. And head.
Dr. John Eisenmenger is tasked with examining the torso to uncover clues which will lead to its identity and cause of death; a grisly job even for the most hardened of pathologists.
But as the investigation unfolds, the team discovers that there is much, much worse to come, and in addition, there is growing suspicion that there is a link between the two cases.
This not-for-the-faint-hearted crime thriller shines a light into the darkest recesses of the human soul.
Keith McCarthy is a pathologist and writer of crime fiction, known for his Eisenmenger-Flemming Forensic Mysteries. He also writes under the name Lance Elliot.