From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. A body with too many kidneys is just one of the darkly delectable treats in British author McCarthy's outstanding seventh mystery to feature forensics pathologist John Eisenmenger (after 2008's With a Passion Put to Use
). After Helena Flemming, John's solicitor girlfriend, suddenly ditches him for another man, John decides to become an on-call pathologist again, much as he dislikes the work. His first case—the knifing murder of petty criminal Billy Whipple—reunites him with Insp. Beverley Wharton. While investigating an apparently unrelated case, the disappearance of the son of an influential Cheltenham medical official, Beverley must care for her dying brother, Jack, as well as deal with a superior looking for any excuse to sack her. McCarthy tweaks this spine-tingler with jittery twists, including a shocking ending. The utterly human frailties of the principal characters don't get in the way of their crime solving but only enhance it. (Feb.)
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Another fine entry in McCarthy’s excellent John Eisenmenger and Helena Flemming series, this one features a page-turning plot, deeply flawed characters, and a slam-bang ending. Young hoodlum Billy Whipple is found brutally murdered on a local industrial estate. In the eyes of DCI Lambert, Billy’s murder is not worth investigating, since it removes a budding criminal from the streets. But DI Beverley Wharton feels differently—in her book, all murders demand an investigation. Lambert insists, however, that she spend time on the disappearance of a wealthy senior civil servant’s son. Wharton, known for her defiant attitude, ignores Lambert’s orders and focuses on Billy’s murder. She is joined on the case by pathologist John Eisenmenger, whose longtime lover, Helena Flemming, has just left him for another man. Burying himself in a complex and challenging case is just what Eisenmenger needs—until he and Wharton discover that their investigation has ruffled some very dangerous feathers Excellent procedural fare. --Emily Melton