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Where Death Delights
 
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Where Death Delights [Unabridged] [Audible Audio Edition]

by Bernard Knight (Author), Jonathan Keeble (Narrator)
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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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. Set in 1950's post-war Britain, this thrilling new series is set during the emergence of forensic science.

©2010 Bernard Knight; (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd

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  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 8 hours and 34 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
  • Audible.com Release Date: September 30, 2010
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00724L1XC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Start of a New Series in Post WWII (1955) U.K. August 17, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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. 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
There are several different stories presented, the threads carried through and well resolved. The main character are well presented and I certainly hope that this will be an on-going series about a 1950's pathology team.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Start to a Series October 16, 2011
Format:Hardcover
I enjoyed this book, especially the setting in the 1950's. It is a mystery will a taste of the past and a much more simplier lifestyle. Having lived in the UK for 2 years, I can appreciate the setting and the details. The use of local slang can be irritating if not for a dictionary available via the Internet. All in all, a keeper and I look forward to the next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Introducing Doctor Pryor February 19, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Where Death Delights is a new mystery about a pathologist written by a pathologist, set in 1955 in the west country of England. Following his recent divorce, Richard Pryor has left government service in Singapore to set up a private practice in the newly emerging field of forensics. Pryor and his new partner partner, biologist Angela Bray, also on the rebound, set up their labs in the rambling house that he has inherited from an aunt. Neither is certain of the success of their new and risky venture, so both are relieved when cases begin to come their way. Most are fairly routine, but one, the discovery of a skeleton, which two women are claiming as relatives, is interesting and challenging. Within a few days, they are also contacted by a prominent London QC who suspects that the death of his daughter, ruled a suicide by the coroner, is actually a cleverly planned murder executed by his philandering son-in-law.

Don't expect the caustic scenarios of a Patricia Cornwell from this novel. Rather, it is a sort of medical procedural that just misses classification in the cozy mystery genre. That does not mean the book is not worth reading. On the contrary, despite the absence of violence and gore, it's fun to follow Pryor as he applies the new forensic techniques (deriving blood type from bones, for instance) to his first puzzling cases. There are a few confusing moments trying to keep the bits of evidence separate from each other, and, while one of the puzzles is brought to a satisfying solution, the other is not. There are also hints that Pryor is developing romantic feelings for his partner and also his attractive, widowed housekeeper, but those have yet to blossom.

A promising beginning to a new series, hopefully one in which these characters have a chance to grow.
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