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A headless body found buried in a Welsh bog in 1955 draws the attention of an archaeologist, thinking the corpse may be very old. Then forensic pathologist Richard Pryor detects a tattoo of Batman on the corpse’s arm. The investigation provides a valuable chance to shine for Priscilla Chambers, filling in for Pryor’s partner, forensic biologist Angela Bray, who’s attending to her ill mother. As police seek the head and identity of the man, who appears to have been murdered, Pryor and Bray, back at work, gather evidence for the appeal of a woman charged with killing her abusive partner. Aspiring winemaker Pryor also is asked to assist a nearby French vintner with a problem that is tearing his family apart. Surrounded by women at work, Pryor is reluctant to start a relationship within his forensic family, yet he finds himself eyeing both beautiful, extroverted Priscilla and cool, elegant Angela. Retired pathologist Knight combines solid science and culture of the period and an attractive cast of characters in another entertaining entry (after According to the Evidence, 2011) in the Pryor series. --Michele Leber

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The discovery of a headless body in a Cardiganshire bog prompts Welsh pathologist Richard Pryor and Angela Bray, his forensic consultancy business partner, to swing into high gear in Knight’s solid third 1950s mystery (after 2010’s According to the Evidence). Meanwhile, a new woman in Pryor’s life—Priscilla Chambers, a former medical associate of Angela—fills in while Angela is briefly away tending to her aging mother. An underplayed conflict arises as Pryor compares the two women, both of whom pose potential romantic interest. A couple of subplots involve a paternity question and an abused woman’s appeal of her murder conviction. While retired Home Office pathologist Knight puts the budding technology of scientific crime solving at the forefront, often at the expense of character development, this period procedural is not without its peculiar charms.

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Product Details

  • Series: Richard Pryor Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727881078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727881076
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,629,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I liked the read very very much - The description of the countryside and towns in Wales would be more interesting if I had been in that area of Britain or had the time to look further into the maps of the area - but the story lines are really well done and the characters are very well portrayed. I hope that the author will come our with another volume soon!!
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By John D on November 5, 2012
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it was an excellent read both entertaining and informative.I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys crime novels. Bernard Knight has a series about the first coroner in England which is also worth reading.Grounds for Appeal (Richard Pryor Mysteries)
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By Amazon Customer on October 21, 2012
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You know I have to take credit for getting the Bernard Knight books into e-book format after (surprisingly) the great man replied to an email I sent him.
Well, here's another good yarn (possibly a bit repetitive sometimes - he's getting on a bit, never mind about that) and another interesting series following the Crowner John books. Will his fans get the prequel to the Crowner John books I wonder...
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bookaholic on December 12, 2011
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After reading the first two in this new series, I could not wait to obtain this latest title, "Grounds for Appeal." One can't go wrong with Bernard Knight who has long given us many great titles set in the distant past or near past, e.g. 1950's forensics with "Dr. Pryor, et al." I was astounded to get this in less than 5 days from ordering as Amazon UK used UPS for delivery. I will not bother you with a "synopsis" couched as a review. I will just say that I have not been disappointed with titles by Dr. Knight(see his bio)over the years and don't expect to be now!
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